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Published:Wednesday | October 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Spinks hospitalised

LAS VEGAS (AP): Former heavyweight
champion Leon Spinks is in a Las Vegas hospital after a second operation
for abdominal problems. The 61-year-old boxer who catapulted to fame by
beating Muhammad Ali in 1978 had the second surgery in recent days
after complications from the first emergency surgery.

His wife
updated The Associated Press on her husband's condition, saying "it's
going to be a long road ahead, but he's strong and he's starting to
recover". Brenda Spinks does not know how long he will be hospitalised,
but the family is optimistic.

Spinks won an Olympic gold medal in
1976. After just seven pro fights, he defeated Ali in a 15-round
decision in Las Vegas, only to lose the title in a rematch seven months
later in New Orleans. Brother Michael Spinks also was a heavyweight

Jamaica U-17 squad preparation

Jamaica's national Under-17 men's football squad is in the final stages of preparation for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) final-round qualifiers, which will be held in Haiti from October 18-26. The squad departs the island this weekend.

The Andrew Edwards-coached players are currently in camp and will play a practice game at the Jamaica Football Federation's football academy at 4 p.m. against the University of the West Indies.

SQUAD: Jahmali Waite (JC), Akeem Chambers (St Jago), Shandel Senior (Vere), Ryan Knight (Clarendon College), Fabian Grant (Camperdown), Juvane Brown (KC), Jahwani Hinds (Calabar), Deshane Beckford (Rusea's), Alex Thompson (STETHS), Ajeanie Talbott (JC), Antoniel Mullings (Waterhouse FC), Alex Marshall (St George's College), Peter-Lee Vassell (Cornwall), Justin McMaster (Hillel Academy), Hakim Williams (Calabar), Delano Gardner (KC), Donovan Dawkins (JC), Nicholas Nelson (Hydel), Charles Grant (Muschette), Takea Brown (Camperdown).