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Published:Saturday | January 2, 2016 | 1:00 AM

Olympic champion boxer Davis Jr dies

MIAMI (AP):

Olympic champion boxer Howard Davis Jr, who won the 1976 gold medal and was named over US teammate Sugar Ray Leonard as the most outstanding fighter in the Montreal Games, has died of cancer, his wife said on Friday.

Davis, 59, died on Wednesday at his Plantation home, surrounded by family, Karla Guadamuz-Davis said.

Amir back in

Pakistan squad

ISLAMABAD (AP):

Fast-bowler Mohammad Amir is back in Pakistan's Twenty20 and ODI squads - provided he can get a visa for New Zealand.

Amir's five-year ban from international cricket for spot-fixing ended in September, but the left-arm quick needs clearance from authorities in New Zealand because he also served three months in an English jail for taking bribes to bowl no-balls at agreed times.

Pakistan is scheduled to play three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals, starting January 15, in New Zealand.

AtlÈtico signs Argentine midfielder

MADRID (AP):

AtlÈtico Madrid have signed Argentine midfielder Augusto Fern·ndez from rival Spanish club Celta Vigo at the start of the winter transfer window.

The 2014 league champions say Fern·ndez signed a contract through to 2019 after passing a medical examination.

The 29-year-old Fern·ndez will help fill the void left by the injured Tiago Mendes.

Fern·ndez scored 10 goals in more than three seasons for Celta. He previously played for AtlÈtico coach Diego Simeone at River Plate in 2007-08.