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Bohn on heart attack: 'I got one hell of a mulligan'

PALM BEACH GARDENS — Jason Bohn says he wanted to go back to his room to take a shower before going to the hospital with chest pains and didn't realize he was having a major heart attack until paramedics at the Honda Classic put him on a stretcher and called for an ambulance.

"So it was kind of a scary moment for me," Bohn said Monday to SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio. "I didn't realize what was happening. I just never thought at age 42 I'd be having a heart attack to the degree that I had one."

Bohn figured the chest pains were from bronchitis and pneumonia. He made the cut Friday, then sought medical attention, and before long he was in an ambulance to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

He told SiriusXM that his heart is pumping at a weak rate and suffered damage from the heart attack. Doctors told him his left anterior descending artery was 99 percent blocked.

"My doctors all have told me that had I passed out or gone down on the golf course that they really don't think they would have had time to get the proper blood thinners in me — and put the stent in that they were able to do — in time," he said. "I got one hell of a mulligan. That's all I can say."

Bohn said he looks forward to returning to competition, though he has no idea when. He remained hospitalized for more tests and that his blood pressure was still low.

Soccer

New crest for U.S. national teams

U.S. Soccer unveiled its new crest on Monday, spreading the word via social media (see new logo, right). Players including Carli Lloyd and Mix Diskerud, and celebrities like Robin Roberts, took to Twitter and Instagram to show off the crest. It replaces the crest that had been used since 1995. On the U.S. women's national team uniforms, the logo will be topped by three stars to signify the team's three World Cup championships.

Italy: Second-place Napoli was held to a 1-1 draw at Fiorentina in Serie A, leaving Juventus with a three-point lead with 11 rounds remaining.

Phone theft: Several D.C. United players had their phones stolen in a locker room break-in during a recent match in Mexico. D.C. fell 2-0 to Queretaro on Tuesday in the first game of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals (the second leg is tonight in Washington). After the match, the team found that a "handful" of phones were missing from the dressing room, according to a club statement.

College football

Cain held out of offseason work

Clemson receiver Deon Cain, a former Tampa Bay Tech standout, won't go through on-field workouts this spring, though he will attend meetings and watch practices. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said he wanted to lighten some of Cain's football requirements this semester. Cain was suspended from the Orange Bowl in December for violating team rules. The receiver had 34 catches for 582 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman.

UConn has new AD: The University of Connecticut hired Dave Benedict, the chief operating officer for Auburn's athletic department, to be its new athletic director. UConn said it will introduce Benedict this morning at a news conference. Benedict replaces Warde Manuel, who takes over next month as athletic director at Michigan after four years in Storrs.

Et cetera

Doping: Former 1,500-meter world champion Abeba Aregawi failed a doping test and has withdrawn from competition pending an investigation. World track and field body the IAAF says a urine test indicated the presence of an unidentified banned substance. Abeba was born in Ethiopia but now represents Sweden.

Tennis: U.S. Open organizers plan to try to avoid closing the new roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium as much as possible, even if that means wet courts making for a longer delay. U.S. Tennis Association executive director Gordon Smith said a meteorological crew on site should be able to accurately predict rain within about 20-30 minutes. "We want this to be an outdoor tournament; we want to keep the roof open if at all possible," Smith said.

Sailing: Oman withdrew as host of the 2016 Youth World Championships after failing to submit written confirmation it would abide by anti-discrimination regulations, the sport's governing body said.

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