Sports Shorts: Ali's Condition Called 'Vastly Improved'

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Sports Shorts: Ali's Condition Called 'Vastly Improved'


services, From news, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Ali's condition is called 'vastly improved'

A spokesman for Muhammad Ali said the former heavyweight boxing champion's condition has "vastly improved" since he was admitted over the weekend to an undisclosed hospital because of a mild case of pneumonia.

Ali spokesman Bob Gunnell said Monday that Ali's doctors hope to discharge him soon from the hospital to which he was admitted Saturday.

Gunnell has declined to say where Ali, 72, is hospitalized. He has indicated that Ali's bout of pneumonia was caught quickly.

Ali's relatives say they appreciates all the prayers and well wishes for the three-time world heavyweight champion.

Gunnell says no other details are being released because of the Ali family's request for privacy.

Ali has battled Parkinson's disease for years. He and his wife, Lonnie, have homes in Arizona, Michigan and Kentucky.

Masters has 90 qualifiers so far * Rory McIlroy was among 90 players who already have qualified and are expected to compete in the 2015 Masters. The 90 players is the same number eligible at this time a year ago. A total of 97 players started the 2014 tournament. Augusta (Ga.) National prefers the field to be under 100 players. McIlroy was eligible in nine of the 12 categories available to professionals. The exceptions were the lifetime exemption for Masters champions, the three-year exemption for winning The Players Championship and top four and ties from the 2014 U.S. Open. Players still can qualify by winning a PGA Tour event (except the Puerto Rico Open) or getting into the top 50 in world ranking a week before the Masters. Next year's event is set for April 9-12.

Scott has new caddie * Former Masters champion Adam Scott has picked Mike Kerr to be his caddie. Kerr worked the recent Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship for Scott, then was offered the job. …

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