Salvador Cabanas, the top player on Paraguay’s World Cup team, was shot in the head before dawn Monday in the bathroom of a bar in a well-off neighborhood in Mexico City.

The 29-year-old striker underwent surgery in which doctors failed to remove a bullet lodged in his skull. Dr. Ernesto Martinez, who was part of the surgical team, said “we cannot guarantee that his life is out of danger.” He called the player’s condition stable.

Mexico City Attorney General Miguel Angel Mancera visited the bar and said from the crime scene that robbery did not appear a motive “because nothing was taken.”

Cabanas plays for the Mexico City team America. Club president Michel Bauer said Cabanas was conscious when he arrived at the hospital and was speaking as he awaited surgery.

Bauer said Cabanas’ wife told him the two were preparing to leave the popular nightspot Bar Bar when the shooting took place in a bathroom. His wife said she found her husband on the bathroom floor.


Creighton suspends
former Palo star Stinnett

Creighton has indefinitely suspended guard P’Allen Stinnett, a former Palo Verde High School standout.

Coach Dana Altman said in a statement that the Bluejays’ second-leading scorer was being disciplined for “conduct not acceptable to the team.”

Stinnett, a junior, is averaging 9.2 points and has started 15 of 20 games this season for Creighton (10-10, 5-4).

Also: Kentucky, the last unbeaten team in Division I, was a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll, its first time on top since the final poll of 2002-03.

For first-year coach John Calipari, Kentucky is the third school he has taken to No. 1. He led Massachusetts to the top spot in 1994-95 and 1995-96, and Memphis in 2007-08.

The Wildcats (19-0) moved up one spot, replacing Texas (17-2), which was No. 1 for two weeks before losing to Kansas State and Connecticut, both on the road. The Longhorns, who were ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history, dropped to sixth.

Kansas, the only other No. 1 team this season, Villanova, Syracuse and Michigan State all moved up a spot from last week to stand second through fifth.

Italee Lucas, a former Centennial High School star, scored 28 of her career-high 33 points in the second half as No. 12 North Carolina rallied to beat North Carolina State 81-69 in Raleigh, N.C.


Wladimir Klitschko set
for fight vs. Chambers

Wladimir Klitschko will defend his heavyweight titles against American challenger Eddie Chambers in March.

Klitschko’s management said the fight will take place March 20 at the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, Germany. Klitschko holds the IBF, WBO and IBO titles.

Also: Injured snowboarder Kevin Pearce was set to be transferred out of critical care at a Salt Lake City hospital, a positive sign in his recovery from a severe head injury. An update provided by his family said Pearce, injured when he hit his head on the halfpipe during practice on Dec. 31 in Park City, would move from critical care to the Neuro Acute Care unit at University of Utah Hospital.

Cyclist Stefan Schumacher of Germany lost his appeal of a two-year global ban for doping at the Tour de France. Schumacher won both individual time trials at the 2008 Tour, but was caught two months later when the French anti-doping agency developed a test for CERA, the latest version of blood-boosting hormone EPO.

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