Short Sport, November 11, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 November, 2012, 4:09am

Rookie ends round, then heads to hospital

PGA Tour rookie Charlie Beljan was admitted to hospital with shortness of breath after firing an eight-under-par 64 to seize the lead at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Florida . Beljan, a 28-year-old American fighting to keep his card in the final event of the year, stood on 12-under 132 with a three-shot lead after the second round of the US$4.7 million golf tournament. But in a five-hour round in which he told caddie Rick Adcox that he thought his life was about to end, Beljan learned from paramedics that his blood pressure was high and he had to sit down on several occasions. "He was scared," Adcox said. "He kept saying he thought he was going to die. It was spooky." Seconds after signing his scorecard, Beljan was put on a stretcher and loaded onto an ambulance just off the 18th green at the Disney complex's Palm course. "I thought they were going to stop him on 10 when they told him what the blood pressure was," Adcox said. "He just said, 'I'm going to keep going until either I pass out or they take me off'. I kept saying, 'It doesn't matter to me. It's only a golf tournament. You've got many more'." Beljan returned to Disney with only an hour of sleep in the hospital and concern that he might face another day of a racing heart and shortness of breath. "I'm still not feeling that great," the American later said. "But shoot, the position I'm in, it's kind of hard not to show up." Reuters


Probike's Keung pips rival by half a wheel

Keung Tsz-hing pipped Cosmo Richards by half a wheel's length to win the first day of the Volkswagen AA XC Mountain Bike Festival at Chi Ma Wan, Lantau, yesterday. The pair battled it out to the finish line with Keung taking a narrow victory in one hour, 35 minutes and 25 seconds. Richards clocked the same time. Alistair Haigh-Smith grabbed third place for his 2XU team. "I'm happy to finish first ahead of Cosmo. I hope this race can help promote mountain biking in Hong Kong," said Probike team rider Keung. Staff Reporter


Patriots' Bolden gets four-game ban

New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended for four games without pay by the National Football League for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing substances policy. The suspension takes effect immediately, meaning Bolden will miss today's home game against Buffalo. AFP