Beljan has frightening health moment, recovers to take lead at Disney tournament

Charlie Beljan had trouble breathing before he teed off, and paramedics worried about his blood pressure at the turn. He didn’t stop playing Friday until he had an 8-under 64 and a three-shot lead at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Moments later, Beljan was loaded onto a stretcher and taken to the hospital.

Exactly what was ailing Beljan was not immediately known, though it was clear he was struggling the way he bent over to breathe and sat down on the golf course to rest. That he had the lead was simply amazing.

Still to be decided is whether Beljan can play the final two rounds.

SINGAPORE OPEN: Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat and England’s Simon Dyson shared a one-stroke lead in the second round when play was suspended due to thunderstorms.

LPGA: 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 at Guadalajara, Mexico.


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Boosted by its first Champions League title, Chelsea announced an annual profit for the first time in the nine-year reign of Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich — posting a $2.2 million profit through June 30, compared to a $109 million loss in the previous financial year.


ATP finals: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Andy Murray won their final group matches at London, sending both into Sunday’s semifinals at the season-ending event for the top eight players in the world.


EASTERN SECTIONAL: Franz-Peter Jerosch, a sixth-grader at Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth, placed 11th among juvenile boys at Hyannis, Mass.

Jerosch, 11, earned a score of 24.33.

Morgan Sewall, 15, of Scarborough will compete in the junior ladies short program Saturday and finish up with her free skate Sunday.

The top four finishers at each level will qualify for berths in the national championships in late January in Omaha, Neb.


WORLD CUP: Steven Holcomb won the two-man gold medal in the season opener at Mount Van Hoevenberg as the U.S. swept the top two spots at Lake Placid, N.Y. Holcomb and brakeman Steve Langton defeated Cory Butner and brakeman Charles Berkeley by 0.60 seconds.

Francesco Friedrich and Gino Gerhardi of Germany took the bronze.

Nick Cunningham and Andreas Drbal finished fifth for the U.S., a sloppy second run knocking them off the podium after they posted the third-fastest time in the first heat.

Earlier, Jazmine Fenlator and Lolo Jones of the U.S. won silver in the women’s bobsled race and teammates Elana Meyers and Tianna Madison took the bronze.