Morning Newsletter

Sports briefs: Nov. 11

Golf

Out of hospital, Beljan keeps lead at Disney

Doctors told Charlie Beljan he was in good enough health to leave the hospital Saturday morning, but perhaps not to play golf. With his job on the line and his name atop the leaderboard for the first time, Beljan ignored the recommendation and was glad he did.

One day after a panic attack so severe that he struggled to breathe and feared for his life, Beljan managed just fine in the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Orlando, Fla. Despite a pair of early bogeys, and one nervous moment when he felt his chest tighten, he had a 1-under 71 that gave him a two-shot lead going into the final round at Disney.

Suddenly, the 28-year-old rookie has a chance to do more than just keep his card. He's one round away from winning on the PGA Tour.

"I honestly didn't think I was going to get through it," Beljan said. "I just stayed strong."

He stayed overnight in the hospital — with his shoes on for most of the night — and only got about an hour of sleep. This is the final PGA Tour event of the year, and Beljan is at No. 139 on the money list. Only the top 125 keep their cards, and Beljan likely would need to finish around 10th.

Beljan said he started to feel some of the same symptoms from Friday as he approached the turn. He ate a sandwich, tried to calm himself, and back-to-back birdies to start the back nine certainly helped. He closed with six straight pars to reach 13-under 203.

That gave him a two-shot lead over Brian Gay (67), Kentuckian Josh Teater (67) and Charlie Wi, who was tied with Beljan until two sloppy bogeys at the end for a 70.

Inbee Park moved into position for her third victory of the year, shooting a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. The South Korean player had a 15-under 201 total at Guadalajara Country Club. She won the Evian Masters in France in July and the LPGA Malaysia last month and leads the LPGA Tour money list. Cristie Kerr was second after a 67.

Thomas Bjorn took a one-stroke lead over England's Chris Wood before play was halted Saturday during the third round of the rain-delayed Singapore Open. Tropical downpours have caused havoc with the schedule this week, forcing golfers to finish the second round early Saturday and then hurriedly start the third round hours later. Officials were still planning to play 72 holes unless storms cause more delays on Sunday.

Bjorn shot a 67 in the second round to take a two-stroke lead at 9-under 133, but Wood pulled within one with a birdie at the start of the third round. Both players only got through three holes before play was stopped because of darkness.


Auto racing

Keselowski matures to get into title race

It would have been easy for Brad Keselowski to wreck Jimmie Johnson at the end of last week's race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Keselowski would have won the race, surged ahead of Johnson in their championship battle and maybe even put enough separation on him to win his first career Sprint Cup title.

But Keselowski said he wouldn't have felt good about winning that way. So he raced Johnson hard — but clean — on the final restart at Texas and wound up finishing second.

Johnson went on to his second consecutive victory, and took a seven-point lead over Keselowski into Sunday's race at Phoenix.

So why didn't Keselowski go for broke?

Because he's not the same driver he was three years ago.

"Jimmie has never done anything to me to deserve to be raced in that manner," Keselowski said. "When I race people the way I race them, I race them off of a code that you know usually exists off how they've started racing me. He never did anything to deserve to be wrecked, that's for sure. I'm not in the habit of just wrecking people just to wreck 'em. Now obviously if somebody does something to push me around, that's a little different."

Joey Logano picked up his ninth Nationwide Series win of the season, and a wreck by Elliott Sadler helped Ricky Stenhouse Jr. move a big step closer toward a second championship.

Logano was dominant Saturday at Phoenix, but was under pressure late from Brian Vickers and Stenhouse. But as they closed in on the white flag for what should have been the final lap, Sadler imploded.

The championship contender was running 12th and racing hard — too hard — with Justin Allgaier and Cole Whitt when he triggered a three-car accident.

Sadler and Stenhouse started the race tied in the Nationwide standings. Now Stenhouse goes into Homestead up 20 points in the standings.

The Indianapolis 500 is fading into the background for Danica Patrick, who has decided not to attempt the race next season, after all. Several people familiar with her plans told The Associated Press that Patrick has decided against trying to run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next May because it would detract from her NASCAR efforts. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because Patrick has not officially announced her intentions.


NHL

Lunch replaces formal labor talks

NHL labor talks took a break Saturday — an old-fashioned lunch break. Instead of returning to the negotiating table for a fifth straight day, representatives from the NHL and the players' association stayed in touch during the morning and then got together for an informal lunch meeting in the afternoon.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and union special counsel Steve Fehr made plans to talk either Saturday night or Sunday morning to set up the next round of negotiations.


Baseball

Dodgers bid $25.7 million for Korean lefty

The Los Angeles Dodgers have bid nearly $26 million for a chance to sign pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin.

The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization said Saturday they have accepted a posting fee of $25.7 million for the 25-year-old left-hander. Major League Baseball later announced that the team was the Dodgers.

"We are thrilled to have this exciting opportunity," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "We have watched Ryu pitch for a long time and he is another option to consider as we look to improve our team in 2013 and beyond."

The Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers were also among the clubs thought to be interested in Ryu.


UK sports

Junghänel-led rifle team defeats Navy

The second-ranked Kentucky rifle team defeated No. 15 Navy 4,697 to 4,591 on Saturday, led by senior Henri Junghänel's 597 in air rifle, a tie for a program best. Kentucky took an early lead Saturday morning, shooting a 2325 in smallbore to Navy's 2266. The Wildcats added to the early lead with a 2,372 in air rifle, compared to Navy's 2,325, to claim the victory by over 100 points.

Including Junghänel's 597, Kentucky saw four air rifle scores top 590. Seniors Heather Greathouse and Stacy Wheatley both delivered 592s for the team, while junior Emily Holsopple shot a 591.

Kentucky's smallbore score was led by a 586 from Holsopple and 584 from Junghänel.

Kentucky improved to 6-0 this season.


The last word

Olympic cycling gold medalist Anna Meares of Australia plans to compete at the 2016 Games at Rio de Janeiro, but she's taking a break from training until early next year. She's got a few things she has to catch up on first, she said:

"Just wearing my trackies around the house, gardening, walking the dog and annoying my husband."

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