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Williams back in hospital

| Friday, Jan. 25, 2002

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Ted Williams , slowed by a series of strokes and congestive heart failure in recent years, was back in the hospital Thursday.

The 83-year-old baseball Hall of Famer was taken from his home by ambulance to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, about 50 miles away. He had open-heart surgery last January.

Williams was given fluids and antibiotics in the intensive care unit, and his vital signs improved, the Boston Globe reported last night. His temperature was 100 degrees before he arrived, it said.

''Dad's doing all right,'' son John Henry Williams told the newspaper. ''He's got some sort of cold or flu or something. But he's far from dead.''

The family at first didn't think it was serious enough for the hospital but decided not to take a chance. Williams said his father might return home today.

BASEBALL

Juan Gonzalez moved a step closer to finalizing his $24 million, two-year contract with the Texas Rangers, completing a physical yesterday before returning home to Puerto Rico.

  • The Detroit Tigers claimed infielder Oscar Salazar off waivers from Oakland yesterday and designated outfielder Endy Chavez for assignment.

    BASKETBALL

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom will be sidelined for 3-to-4 weeks because of a sprained ligament in his right wrist.

  • Indiana Pacers forward Al Harrington will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

    FOOTBALL

    Contract talks between Marty Schottenheimer 's agent and the San Diego Chargers hit a snag yesterday, the day both sides had hoped to reach a deal for the veteran coach to take over the struggling team.

    GOLF

    Thongchai Jaidee , ranked 171st in the world, upstaged playing partners Sergio Garcia of Spain and Australian Adam Scott on the 7,059-yard Lake Karrinyup course and took the lead over a world-class field yesterday after the first round of the Johnnie Walker Classic.

  • Steve Flesch , who ran off four straight birdies, wound up with a 64 for a one-stroke lead over Duffy Waldorf yesterday at the Phoenix Open. The PGA Tour's youngest rookie, seventeen-year-old Ty Tryon , had a birdie on his final hole for a 6-over-par 77. Greensburg native Rocco Mediate shot a 72, and is eight shots of the lead. First-round play was suspended, and 21 golfers failed to finish the round.
  • Bruce Vaughan shot a 6-under-par 66 and shared the lead with four others yesterday after the first round of the South African PGA Championship. David Higgins , Andrew McLardy , Tim Clark and Michael Kirk also shot 66s on the 7,434-yard Woodhill Country Club course.

    TENNIS

    On Saturday, Jennifer Capriati will try to defend her Australian Open championship when she faces Martinia Hingis in a rematch of last year's final.

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