Beljan hospitalized after taking lead
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Beljan was worried about keeping his PGA Tour card when he showed up at Disney for the final tournament of the year. That changed Friday over five frightening hours when he felt a shortness of breath and his heart racing, and eventually told his caddie he thought he was going to die. His chest heaved. He called for paramedics at the turn and was told his blood pressure was not good. He sat in the middle of the fairway to rest and kneeled on the green to try to steady himself. In one of the most remarkable rounds of the year, the 28-year-old rookie fought through it for an 8-under-par 64 to take a three-shot lead going into the weekend at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Moments after signing his card, Beljan was loaded onto a stretcher. His eyes were shut, his head tilted back — still wearing his visor — and his arms were folded across his stomach as paramedics loaded him into an ambulance parked beyond the 18th green at the Palm Course. His agent, Andy Dawson, said even if Beljan remained in the hospital overnight, he still planned to play the third round. Beljan had a lead over seven players, including Henrik Stenson, Harris English, Charles Howell, and first-round leader Charlie Wi. Beljan likely needs to finish in about 10th place to move into the top 125 and keep a job for next year . . . Angela Stanford shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead over Inbee Park after the second round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico. Stanford had an 11-under 133 total. Park, from South Korea, had a 68. Michelle Wie, tied for the first-round lead with Stanford and Candie Kung after a 66, had a 75 to drop into a tie for 12th.
Rockies give Weiss a one-year deal
Newly hired Walt Weiss, who was introduced as the Colorado Rockies manager, was given a one-year deal . . . Catcher Mike Nickeas is staying with the Mets, agreeing to a minor league contract . . . Lee MacPhail, the longtime baseball executive who ruled in the celebrated Pine Tar case and later became part of the only father-son Hall of Fame pairing, died. He was 95. Obituary, B9.
Women’s regional now in Connecticut
The NCAA has moved a 2013 women’s basketball regional from Trenton, N.J. to Bridgeport, Conn., citing a new law that allows gambling on college sports in New Jersey. The NCAA said the tournament will be played between March 30 and April 1 at the Webster Bank Arena. The MAAC and Fairfield University will host the regional. New Jersey announced last month it plans to license sports betting as soon as Jan. 9. No. 2 Connecticut will host the first two rounds this season. in Storrs and could play its first four tournament games in Connecticut.
Busch sets track record in pole victory
Kyle Busch set a track record in winning the pole at Phoenix International Raceway, where Brad Keselowski got a jump on Jimmie Johnson in their tight championship race. Busch ran a lap of 138.766 m.p.h. in a qualifying session to win the pole in his Toyota. It broke the track record of 137.279 set by Carl Edwards in 2011 . . . Tony Stewart signed Kevin Harvick to drive for his team beginning in 2014, reported ESPN.com . . . Revolution forward Jerry Bengtson will represent Honduras in the team’s friendly against Peru on Wednesday in Houston, while Revolution midfielder Ryan Guy will play for Guam at the East Asian Football Championship in Hong Kong Nov. 26 through Dec. 7 . . . The New York Red Bulls cut ties with coach Hans Backe, a day after the team was eliminated from the MLS playoffs by D.C. United . . . Andy Murray beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), to reach Sunday’s ATP World Tour semifinals in London, hours after Novak Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6).