Family: Beaten Giants fan needed emergency surgery

    SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants fan who suffered severe brain damage after he was beaten outside Dodger Stadium underwent emergency surgery this week after suffering another seizure.

    Bryan Stow's family said on their website Tuesday that doctors at San Francisco General Hospital performed the surgery Monday after fluid built up in Stow's head and caused a 30-second seizure. The family said Stow's physician, Dr. Geoff Manley, removed a bone flap that was put in Friday and "found some sort of growth he had never seen before."

    Police say Stow, 42, was attacked by two men outside Dodger Stadium after attending the March 31 season opener between the Giants and archrival Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Police arrested Giovanni Ramirez, 31, as the prime suspect on May 22, but he hasn't been charged in the case. He is in prison on an unrelated parole violation involving access to a gun.

    Myra Kraft, wife of Patriots owner, dies

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Myra Kraft, the wife of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and a hard-working philanthropist dedicated to numerous causes, died Wednesday. She was 68.

    She died Wednesday morning after a battle with cancer, the NFL team said in a statement.

    Myra Hiatt Kraft was an active and powerful force in her family's foundation and served on the boards of varied community and charitable organizations.

    Tarver beats Green to take IBO cruiserweight title

    SYDNEY — Antonio Tarver stopped defending champion Danny Green in the ninth round Wednesday to claim the IBO cruiserweight world boxing title.

    The 42-year-old American was in control from the start at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and twice hurt Green in the first round. He knocked him in the second. The referee stopped the fight following the ninth after a punishing round for Green, who was defending the IBO title for the fifth time.

    Tarver, a three-time light heavyweight world champion, improved to 29-6 with 20 knockouts. Green fell to 31-4 (27 KOs) after his first defeat since 2006.

    Serena Williams into US Open with special ranking

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Serena Williams is using her special injury-protected No. 1 ranking to get into the U.S. Open field.

    She is ranked 172nd this week, and only the top 105 players have been granted direct entry into the field for the year's last major championship, which starts Aug. 29 in New York.

    Because Williams was sidelined more than six months by a series of health issues, she can enter up to eight tournaments.

    Compiled from wire reports

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