midfielder breathing on his own
LONDON — Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba began breathing independently and responding to family members Monday, showing significant signs of recovery in intensive care two days after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match Saturday. Muamba, 23, made progress throughout Monday, with medics no longer describing his condition as "critical" by the evening.
"He is continuing to show signs of improvement this evening," Bolton and the London Chest Hospital said in a joint statement. "He is now able to breathe independently without the aid of a ventilator. He has also been able to recognize family members and respond to questions appropriately. …
"However, his condition remains serious and the medical staff in intensive care will continue to monitor and treat him."
Special membership for Ishikawa this year
Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa will take special temporary membership on the PGA Tour, which allows him to accept as many sponsor exemptions as he wants for the rest of the season.
In six events this year, he has earned $582,471, more than enough to be a special temporary member. The next goal for Ishikawa, 20, is to make as much as the player who ends the year at No. 125 on the money list. That would allow him to become a full member next year.
Colleges: UF outfielder Preston Tucker, a former Plant standout, was named SEC player of the week for the first time. He batted .400, including three homers and two triples, in four wins last week. … Missouri quarterback James Franklin will have right (throwing) shoulder surgery Friday and miss spring practice, but is expected to be ready for the start of next season. The junior was injured last Tuesday during practice when a defender landed on his outstretched arm.
Horses: The Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's Secret Circle earned its fifth win in six starts and moves up to No. 4 on the latest AP Run to the Roses Top 10 list of Kentucky Derby contenders. The colt won the $500,000 Rebel Stakes by three-quarters of a length Saturday in Hot Springs, Ark. Union Rags, Hansen and El Padrino remain 1-2-3 as they get ready for their final preps before the Derby on May 5.