Sports in Brief: Daughter: Ali is fine, not near death

Posted: February 04, 2013

The daughter of 71-year-old boxing great Muhammad Ali disputed rumors of her father's being near death Sunday, saying he was at home in Arizona watching the Super Bowl, wearing a Ravens jersey.

May May Ali said she talked to her father in a morning phone call and he was fine.

The rumors were started by a British tabloid quoting the fighter's brother, Rahman Ali, as saying the former heavyweight champ was near death. However, Rahman Ali said he had not seen his brother since the summer and had no contact with the family.

TENNIS:Sam Querrey rescued the U.S. team from an early Davis Cup exit, defeating Brazil's Thiago Alves, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3), in Jacksonville, Fla., in the deciding fifth match of the first round.

Earlier, Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci beat John Isner, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-3, to force the deciding match. The U.S. team advances to the quarterfinals vs. Serbia.

SOCCER: Nigeria got goals from Emmanuel Emenike and Sunday Mbah to knock out African Cup of Nations favorite Ivory Coast in Rustenburg, South Africa. . . . Jonathan Pitroipa scored in extra time as Burkina Faso ousted Togo with a 1-0 win in Nelspruit.

Lionel Messi scored in his 12th straight Spanish league game to give leaders Barcelona a 1-1 draw at Valencia.

COLLEGES:Brian Carter, a 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive lineman from Harrisburg, orally committed to play for Temple.

WINTER SPORTS:Skier Lindsey Vonn said she will have bodyguards at the Alpine world championships starting Tuesday in Schladming, Austria, in order to deal with the media crush following reports of her relationship with golfer Tiger Woods. Asked whether Woods would be watching her ski, a giggling Vonn said, "You should ask him."

- Staff and wire reports

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