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Georgia Tech Football Coach Gailey Suffers Heart Attack

Tuesday, March 15, 2005; Page D02

Georgia Tech football coach Chan Gailey suffered a heart attack yesterday while playing racquetball at the campus recreation center.

Gailey, who turned 53 in January, was taken to Piedmont Hospital after experiencing chest pains. He underwent a balloon angioplasty, a procedure that is used to clear a blocked artery, and was resting comfortably, the school said.

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"He'll be in the hospital probably three or four days, but they do expect a complete recovery," Athletic Director Dave Braine said. "We expect him to be back here within a few weeks."

Braine said the angioplasty was needed to clear an artery that was totally blocked. He wasn't aware of the coach having any previous heart problems.

"It was touch and go for a little while, it really was," Braine said. "We were told it was serious, so everybody said a prayer and hoped he was going to be fine, and he is."

Gailey began feeling pain in his chest and left arm during an early morning racquetball game. After calling Georgia Tech's athletic trainer, the coach went next door to the student health center. Two school doctors examined Gailey and called an ambulance to take him to Piedmont, just a couple of miles away from the downtown campus.

Gailey previously coached the Dallas Cowboys for two seasons, leading the team to an NFC East championship and consecutive playoff appearances.

• TENNIS: Overcoming gusty winds that sent sand swirling around the court, Lindsay Davenport beat Meghann Shaughnessy, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif., to move into the quarterfinals.

"It's no fun to play like that," said Davenport, who obviously didn't like the conditions, with gusts of 30-40 mph that kicked sand into the air and left a thin layer of grit on the court. "It makes for pretty awful tennis. Fans obviously don't enjoy sitting out there, trying to watch in that wind."

Andy Roddick played later when the wind had eased, and he advanced to the fourth round with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Jiri Novak. Andre Agassi moved into the fourth round with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Andrei Pavel.

Maria Sharapova was a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Dinara Safina in a match of Russian teenagers.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL: In Milwaukee, Levi Rost had 18 points and Brian Snyder added 11 to lead Western Michigan to a 54-40 victory over Marquette in a first-round National Invitation Tournament game.

The Broncos (20-12) advanced to a second-round game against the winner of tomorrow's game between Texas Christian and Miami of Ohio.

Marquette (19-12) made a season-low one three-pointer in 21 attempts in its second straight NIT appearance.

• OLYMPICS: In their first face-to-face meeting with Olympic inspectors, Russian officials outlined their proposal and insisted that Moscow's bid to host the 2012 Summer Games is more than a long shot.

"We don't feel that we are in last place. We will never feel this way," Deputy Mayor Valery Shantsev said, defending his city's plan for the Games in the face of stiff competition from Paris, New York, London and Madrid.

• COURTS: Former pitcher Dwight Gooden walked out of jail one day after he was charged with punching his live-in girlfriend. Gooden, a special assistant for the New York Yankees, was told to stay away from the woman before being released without bail on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.

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