David Toms was released from a Pittsburgh hospital yesterday and plans to play in next week's Presidents Cup matches despite being stricken by a heart problem during the first round of the 84 Lumber Classic on Thursday.
The 38-year-old Toms, No. 4 on the PGA Tour money list and No. 11 in the world rankings, grabbed his chest and complained about not being able to breathe properly halfway through his round and was taken away in an ambulance. . . .
A limited number of daily tickets are on sale for the Presidents Cup at www.presidentscup.com or by calling 877-PREZ-TIX. Practice rounds begin Tuesday and the tournament starts Thursday at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville. . . .
Bob Gilder used a hot putter to tie the tournament record of 64 and take a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Constellation Energy Classic in Hunt Valley, Md.
* TENNIS: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal and second-seeded Guillermo Coria each won two matches in Beijing to reach the semifinals of the China Open, whose schedule became crowded because of rain the previous day.
Nadal first defeated Justin Gimelstob, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. The Spaniard then downed past Peter Wessels of the Netherlands, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. . . .
Lindsay Davenport defeated Maria Elena Camerin of Italy, 6-3, 6-1, to reach the semifinals of the Wismilak International in Bali, Indonesia. . . .
In Paris, Mary Pierce and Elena Dementieva will meet in today's opening singles of the Fed Cup final between France and Russia after playing each other last week in a contentious match at the U.S. Open. . . .
Kim Clijsters and her coach, Marc De Hous, have parted ways, less than a week after Clijsters won her first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open.
* BASEBALL: Defending champion Cuba beat Panama, 15-2, and South Korea beat the Netherlands, 7-0, to reach the Baseball World Cup final today in Amsterdam. South Korea was the last team to beat Cuba for the title, in 1982.
* BASKETBALL: Italy overcame 27 points and 15 rebounds from Dirk Nowitzki to edge Germany, 84-82, in overtime to start the European Championship in Belgrade.
In other matches, Croatia beat Bulgaria, 88-84, Slovenia defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina, 74-65, and late qualifier Israel topped Latvia, 74-65. . . .
Los Angeles Lakers center Vlade Divac plans to retire as a player but will remain with the team as an assistant coach and scout, a Serbian newspaper reported.
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