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Charlie Beljan wins in Florida

Beljan wins first PGA Tour event just two days after fearing he would DIE



23:23 GMT, 11 November 2012

PGA Tour rookie Charlie Beljan clung on for his maiden victory at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic – just two days after being taken to hospital following a reported panic attack.

Beljan was hospitalised after complaining of shortness of breath and an elevated heart rate during his second-round 64, and told pgatour.com: 'I thought I literally had a chance to die.'

He defied medical advice by continuing in the tournament, and justified his decision with a two-stroke win after finishing on 16 under par at Magnolia Golf Club.

Taking the Mickey: Charlie Beljan with his trophy after a memorable win

Taking the Mickey: Charlie Beljan with his trophy after a memorable win

Charlie Beljanhits out of the greenside bunker on the 18th hole

Beljan pulled clear with four successive birdies from the seventh, putts of 17 feet at the seventh and 29 at the ninth sandwiching a tap-in at the eighth where he hit his approach to a foot.

He picked up further shots at 10 and 12 to lead by five strokes but then came back to the field when he double-bogeyed the straightforward 13th after dumping his tee-shot in the water.

He bounced back with his eighth birdie of the round at the next and despite a closing bogey, a round of 69 was enough for victory.

Matt Every and Robert Garrigus finished joint second on 14 under after final rounds of 68, with Brian Gay a further shot back after shooting 70.

A group of four players sharing fifth place on 12 under included Boo Weekley – enough to earn him a top-125 place on the season's money list, and with it a tour card for next year.

Runner up: Matt Every finished second in Florida alongside Robert Garrigus

Runner up: Matt Every finished second in Florida alongside Robert Garrigus

Tim Herron tied for ninth on 11 under to jump from 138th to 124th as he and Beljan replaced Billy Mayfair and Rod Pampling in the top 125 – but Jerry Kelly, also in that group, missed out by one place.

Kevin Chappell held on for the final qualifying spot after Charlie Wi and Josh Teater each finished their round with pars to stay at 12 under. Had either dropped a shot, Kelly would have tied for eighth instead of ninth and edged out Chappell.

Beljan's win lifts him from 139th to 63rd and also earns him a two-year exemption on the Tour.

He told pgatour.com: 'What a joy. This is the greatest feeling ever.

'Those five birdies in six holes made things a little bit easier. And then I threw a double bogey in there on the easiest hole on the golf course, but my thinking was I knew I had a five-shot lead.

Charlie Beljan

Charlie Beljan

Family fun: Beljan celebrates with his wife Merisa and son Graham after his victory

Charlie Beljan celebrates his win

'I made double and I actually wasn't even upset about it at all, because I still had a three-shot lead with four or five to play on a Sunday on the PGA Tour and that was all I thought about.'

Discussing the panic attack symptoms, he added: “This morning I woke up and I felt horrible again. It must be a blessing in disguise because all I think about is whether I'm going to play or not. I don't think about the task at hand.

'My wife was kind enough to go sleep in the other room with the baby, so I got a great night's sleep. I woke up, I had a pounding headache and my stomach was hurting.

'But I felt great on the golf course, other than my heart was coming out of my chest and I was just trying to get through. But physically, I felt wonderful.

'(Today it was) for a great reason – Friday it was coming out of my chest for a bad reason.'

Police clash with fans during NFL season opener

Cop that! Police clash with rival fans during NFL season opener



10:31 GMT, 11 September 2012

Police clashed with American football fans as violence marred the start of the NFL season.

Several fans were arrested after fighting broke out during the San Diego Chargers' 22-14 victory over AFC West divisional rivals the Oakland Raiders on Monday.

Trouble: Police move in as fans fight during the second half of the NFL game

Trouble: Police move in as fans fight during the second half of the NFL game

Philip Rivers avoided the turnovers that plagued his 2011 season and helped the San Diego Chargers open the new campaign with a victory over AFC West divisional rivals on Monday.

Rivers led the Chargers on drives that produced five field goals from Nate Kaeding and finished a steady day with one touchdown throw, and more importantly, no interceptions.

Rivers threw 20 interceptions last season during a disappointing 8-8 campaign for San Diego.

The Raiders too, were hoping for a new beginning as they entered the 2012 season with a new coach and general manager.

Hand off: Sheriff officers grapple with a female fan

Hand off: Sheriff officers grapple with a female fan

Alameda County Sheriff officers contain a football fan

However, they found themselves 10-6 behind at half-time before Kaeding kicked four successive field goals to leave the home team with a mountain to climb.

Carson Palmer, who joined Oakland in the middle of last season, threw for 297 yards but could only muster a consolation touchdown in the final minute.

In Baltimore, Joe Flacco passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns, while Ray Rice rumbled into the end zone twice as the Ravens ditched their traditional bruising, methodical attack in favour of a no-huddle offense that blew away the Bengals.

Mayhem: Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden takes on Chargers' defence

Mayhem: Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden takes on Chargers' defence

Cincinnati, coming off a surprising season where they reached the playoffs with then-rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, stayed in touch at 17-13 halfway through the third quarter before Baltimore broke loose.

Flacco tossed a touchdown, Ed Reed returned an interception 34 yards for a score and the Ravens ended the game with 27 unanswered points to cap an impressive victory – especially for their quarterback.

'We know what we've got in this guy, he's won a lot of football games,' Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

'Joe Flacco is a great football player.'

Ryder Cup 2012: Martin Kaymer surprised at Brandt Snedeker selection

Kaymer surprised at Snedeker Ryder Cup selection with Mahan and Fowler snubbed



19:46 GMT, 4 September 2012

European Ryder Cup player Martin Kaymer expressed surprise at the American selection of rookie Brandt Snedeker ahead of Rickie Fowler or Hunter Mahan for the event later this month.

US captain Davis Love III chose Dustin Johnson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk and Snedeker as picks Tuesday to join the eight automatic qualifiers in his 12-man team for the Ryder Cup from September 28-30 at Medinah outside Chicago.

'I expected Dustin and Stricker but also thought Rickie had a good chance because he made a really good impression in Wales two years ago,' Kaymer said of Fowler's 2010 performance in earning a half point as the first PGA Tour rookie to be picked.

Selected: Brandt Snedeker has been called up

Selected: Brandt Snedeker has been called up

'So I thought Rickie would be a strong chance of getting a pick, but then (Jim) Furyk is a good pick because of his experience and he's a guy who has been there many, many times.

'It was a tough decision between Snedeker, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler. You could have put those three names in a hat and pick any one of them. It's tough to say who deserved it more as Snedeker will be a rookie, but then Rickie and Hunter have the experience of having played in 2010.'

Kaymer is preparing for the KLM Open, at which he will be play the opening two rounds with European captain Jose Maria Olazabal and Ryder Cup rookie Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium.

The German, who won the 2010 PGA Championship and then two-and-a-half out of possible four points in Wales, is chasing his first title this year.

Surprised: Martin Kaymer said it must have been a tough choice

Surprised: Martin Kaymer said it must have been a tough choice

'Of course the Ryder Cup will sure come up in conversation, but then the three us also will be focused on trying to capture the KLM Open,' said Kaymer, who has 10 European Tour titles.

'I can't remember the last time I played with Jose Maria, but now that I'm in the team I don't feel as though I will be under sort of pressure as such.'

He was feeling anxiety when sitting out the final European qualifying event late last month. If Colsaerts had finished in the top two at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in Scotland then he would have unseated Kaymer for the 10th and final automatic position.

'There were two to three guys playing really well up to the Gleneagles event, with Nicolas having the best chance of making the team,' Kaymer said.

'He played really nicely in America, finishing seventh behind Sergio (Garcia) and then also at the Johnnie Walker.

'But I don't think I have ever looked at tournament leaderboards before without even playing. I was following what Nicolas was doing at Gleneagles almost every hole to see how he was performing. But in the end we both made it and we can be both happy.'

Matt Every lights up Texas Open with record start

Flawless Every lights up Texas Open with record start



00:09 GMT, 20 April 2012

Matt Every shot a new course record to take a three-shot lead after the opening round of the Valero Texas Open.

The 28-year-old American lit up TPC
San Antonio with a flawless nine-under-par 63 to break the previous
course mark, held by Ryan Palmer and Scott Piercy in 2010, by a single

Matt finish: Every, left, and his wife, Danielle, centre, hitch a ride in a golf cart following the first round

Matt finish: Every, left, and his wife, Danielle, centre, hitch a ride in a golf cart following the first round

Every set up his low round, which defied the tough conditions, with a hat-trick of birdies after starting on the back nine.

After reaching the turn in 31 the Floridian picked up four more strokes on the way home to card nine birdies.

'It was good,' Every said. 'Man, it was fun. I got a couple of breaks in the middle of the round to keep it going and I end up with 63.'

Hunter Haas is Every's closest challenger after the Texan eagled the par-five 18th to ensure he was clear in second place with a round of 66.

The 35-year-old was also bogey-free, picking up four strokes through 11 holes, before highlighting his round at the last after hitting a three wood to within five feet.

Water hazard: Tim Petrovic negotiates a stream on the 18th hole as he looks for his ball that landed in the water

Water hazard: Tim Petrovic negotiates a stream on the 18th hole as he looks for his ball that landed in the water

Ben Curtis was on his own in third after his opening 67 with a group of five players a stroke behind on four under.

Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson was amongst them to break up an otherwise all-American top to the leaderboard that also included Cameron Beckman, Jason Gore, Troy Matteson and Derek Lamely.

Defending champion Brendan Steele endured a torrid day as he shot a 73, including double bogey at the par four fourth, as he failed to shake off his poor recent form.

The 28-year-old has failed to build on his rookie-year success of a year ago and has missed his previous three cuts, most recently at the Masters.

Kevin Na, who memorably took 16 at the ninth last year, returned to par the hole but he could only muster an eight-over 79 to already be out of contention.

Tony Clubb says London Broncos can make Super League play-offs

Clubb still believes Broncos can make play-offs after whipping Wakefield



22:00 GMT, 1 April 2012

Tony Clubb insists London Broncos can still make the Super League play-offs after Saturday's 36-0 demolition of Wakefield.

Former England ace Clubb scored a first-half try as Broncos claimed only their second win of the year.

The Londoners are now 11th and only four points away from the play-off positions. Clubb said: 'The top eight is what we're aiming for.

Crushing: Tony Clubb scores a try

Crushing: Tony Clubb scores a try

'That was our best performance of the year. We've been leaking a lot of points, so to keep Wakefield at nil was a great effort.'

Michael Robertson (two), Dan Sarginson, Liam Colbon, Luke Dorn and Kieran Dixon also scored to relieve the pressure on rookie coach Rob Powell.

Catalan are just two points from the top of the table after a 76-6 win over Widnes. The Dragons also have a game in hand on league leaders Huddersfield.

Meanwhile, Bradford Bulls officials will reveal on Monday how close they are to raising the 500,000 they need by Friday to avoid going bust.

Desperate Bulls players spent the weekend washing cars as part of a huge fundraising drive. Former Bradford stars, including Leeds coach Brian McDermott, have also donated medals and shirts for auction.

The Bulls used to be Super League's dominant force, but Friday's game against Leeds could be their last if their target is not reached.

Force India confirm Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg for 2012 as Adrian Sutil is axed

Di Resta feels the Force as British star is finally confirmed for 2012

Sign him up: Di Resta has agreed a new deal

Sign him up: Di Resta has agreed a new deal

Scotsman Paul di Resta has agreed a new deal with Force India.

The announcement means there will again be three Britons on the Formula One grid with the 25-year-old lining up against the McLaren duo of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton in 2012.

Di Resta impressed during his rookie season, and will be paired alongside Nico Hulkenberg at Force India after Adrian Sutil was axed from the team.

Hulkenberg”s promotion from his role as third driver leaves Sutil, who has spent six seasons with the team, without a seat next in 2012.

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The 28-year-old German however, still remains favourite to land the vacant seat at Williams.

On his new deal, Di Resta said: “I”ve said all along that I love being part of this team: they are ambitious, hungry for success and we work well together.

“I”m really excited about 2012 and there is a real sense of belief that we can continue to push the top teams and take another step forward.”

Force India team chief Vijay Mallya added: “In Paul and Nico we have two extremely talented drivers with tremendous potential.

“I think Paul caught the eye of everybody in the pit lane during his rookie season. His speed, maturity and racecraft confirmed that we were right to believe in him and we lookforward to working with him again next year.

“As for Nico, we identified him as a rising star at the end of 2010 and chose to evaluate him during the course of this season. Despite having only limited time in the car, he convinced us that he deserved a race seat for 2012.”

“Our new line-up means we say “goodbye” to Adrian Sutil, who has been with the team since we entered the sport. He has been an integral part of our success over the past four seasons and we wish him well for the future.