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Golfer impaled when friend breaks club

A man speared in the skull by a broken golf club remained in serious condition Tuesday in Hamilton, Ontario, and possible criminal charges were being considered against the frustrated golfer whose club allegedly did the damage. Rick Pearce remained in the intensive care unit of Hamilton General Hospital where he underwent surgery Sunday to remove part of the broken club that lodged in his temple. Staff Sgt. Bob Buck said police were investigating and that charges could include assault or criminal negligence. Pearce was golfing with three friends at King's Forest Golf Club when the accident occurred. "Our understanding is this one fellow was teed off at his shot and wrapped his club around a tree," Buck said. A portion of the club _ including the head _ broke off, and the shaft embedded in Pearce's temple. In other news, a Ridgetown, Ontario, golfer has done the near impossible _ scoring two aces on the same par 4 within five days. Pete Brown, 34, aced the 252-yard 12th hole on consecutive rounds earlier this month at the Ridgetown Golf and Country Club. Golf Digest assistant editor Lois Hanes said aces on par 4s are so rare it's almost impossible to calculate the odds. "Maybe no one has aced a par 4twice in a row," Hanes said. Brown now has six aces in his career.Boxing: The Virginia boxing commissioner said videotapes of Mark Gastineau's quick knockout of Derrick Dukes convinced him the former New York Jets defensive end landed a solid blow. Doug Beavers made the comment after columnist Jay Mariotti of The National reported that Dukes said he was paid to "flop." Dukes denied making that statement. Beavers said Monday that he was at first skeptical about the knockout, which came 12 seconds into Gastineau's pro boxing debut Saturday night in Salem. "I'd say "fix' is a pretty strong word," Beavers said. "If he hadn't gotten hit, I'd have held up the money and declared it no contest. There's no question he got hit." Promoter Dan Duva, with a purse bid of $51,101,000, won the right from the International Boxing Federation to promote the Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson heavyweight championship fight. But Don King, Tyson's promoter, did not submit a bid and said that Tyson no longer recognizes the IBF because it ranks South African fighters.

Hockey: Mike Shanahan, who has been controlling owner of the St. Louis Blues since 1986, said Tuesday he would sell his interest in the franchise to a group building a new arena for the team. Shanahan, who will continue to serve as the club's chairman, said he was selling his 12 percent interest and, more important, his role as controlling partner to Kiel Center Partners, which is building a downtown arena scheduled to open in 1994. "It just doesn't make sense to have two different owners," Shanahan said. In other news, left-winger Brian MacLellan was sent to the Detroit Red Wings by the Calgary Flames for center Marc Habscheid.

Auto racing: The Grand Prix of Palm Beach, saddled with a debt of more than $250,000, has folded after a shaky six years. The announcement Monday in West Palm Beach followed a four-week struggle to find additional investors for the annual race, sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association. "We made a lot of headway," president Jack Williams said, "but this is just something this community is not willing to support." Indy-car owner Derrick Walker said Willy T. Ribbs will race in the Detroit Grand Prix on Sunday. A.J. Foyt also will drive in the downtown street race, a spokesman said.

Et cetera: Sports announcer Howard Cosell, 73, underwent a three-hour operation at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York for removal of a malignant tumor from his chest, a source told the Associated Press. The Big East plans to withdraw from its early-season basketball series with the ACC after the upcoming season, according to the New York Times. Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese reportedly opposes continuing the ACC-Big East Challenge because of an NCAA rule mandating that beginning with 1992-93, the season start no sooner than Dec. 1.

Et cetera: The Big East plans to withdraw from its early-season basketball series with the Atlantic Coast Conference after the upcoming season, according to the New York Times. The paper reported that Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese opposes continuing the ACC-Big East Challenge because of an NCAA rule mandating that beginning with 1992-93, the season start no sooner than Dec. 1. Italy's Massimiliano Lelli captured the 16th stage of the Tour of Italy on Tuesday.

_ Compiled by Pete Couture.

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