Short Sport, September 27, 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 2:09am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 September, 2012, 2:48am


Reds manager Baker suffered minor stroke

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker suffered a minor stroke last week on top of being treated for a heart problem. Before last Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs, Baker was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat. Baker, 63, said he also suffered a "mini-stroke" while being discharged last Friday. He received immediate treatment by hospital doctors who were able to minimise the effects of the stroke. Baker returned to Cincinnati on Sunday, and his condition has improved dramatically. "I'm feeling much better, and it's great being back here,"  Baker said on Tuesday. "I look forward to getting back to the dugout." Doctors say they expect Baker to make a full recovery and return to the managerial duties, possibly sometime next week. AFP


Giant Boks prospect joins the Brumbies

Australia's ACT Brumbies have signed towering South African lock Etienne Oosthuizen as their foreign development player for the next two years. Oosthuizen, 19, was capped three times for the Golden Lions in 2012 and turned out at schoolboy level for the Springboks. Though young, he is powerful on the park, packing a hefty 120 kilograms into his 1.98-metre frame. Oosthuizen said he was sad to leave Johannesburg but would relish the chance to train under Jake White and Laurie Fisher. "I realised the chance to move to Australia and join one of the world's best rugby programmes was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Oosthuizen. "I've followed the Brumbies' development this year and they were one of my favourite teams to watch. I know I can add to their style and look forward to the coaching staff improving my own game at the same time." AFP


Bhullar plans winning tribute to stricken Lu

Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar is plotting another winning tribute at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters for title-holder Lu Wei-chih, the Taiwanese who is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumour. Bhullar won his third Asian Tour title in Taiwan two weeks ago and dedicated the win to Lu. He is now on the hunt for a unique double at the US$600,000 event starting  today. Bhullar said he bumped into Lu during a dinner recently. "He is walking and talking to everybody and seems to be recovering really fast," said Bhullar. We have so many good memories with Lu. He is such a good player and I think any winner this week will definitely dedicate this win to him." AFP