Penguins’ Letang had stroke
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will miss at least six weeks after suffering a stroke last week, the NHL team announced on Friday. Letang, 26, began feeling dizzy last week and tests later confirmed the stroke. He has had a small hole in the wall of his heart since birth, but specialists say the condition is not career-threatening and can be treated with blood thinners. His defect, which occurs in all individuals before birth but usually seals shut, could have led to his stroke, the Penguins said in a news release. Letang will be re-evaluated after six weeks of treatment by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center doctors. Letang, who was selected 62nd overall by the Penguins in the 2005 entry draft, has been cleared to go on vacation with his family during the NHL’s Olympic break. Letang, a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman last season, has 10 goals and 18 points in 34 games this season.
Davis to replace Bryant
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was named on Friday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in next week’s 63rd NBA All-Star Game. Davis, a member of the US gold medal team at the 2012 London Olympics, is to make his first appearance at the annual showdown of elite talent in his team’s home arena when the Eastern and Western Conference squads meet next Sunday. Davis, 20, is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and an NBA-best 3.3 blocked shots over 40 games for the Pelicans. Despite playing only six games this season because of a fractured left knee, Bryant was voted into a starting spot in the All-Star Game by NBA fans. Because Bryant is not yet fit enough to play, new commissioner Silver — who replaced David Stern last Saturday — had to name a new member of the Western Conference roster.
Eastwood makes the day
Clint Eastwood added another starring role at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am — life saver. Eastwood attended a volunteer party on the eve of the PGA Tour event when he noticed tournament director Steve John choking on a piece of cheese. The 83-year-old actor quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver on Wednesday night at the Monterey Conference Center. John said on Friday that the Hollywood actor saved his life. He said Eastwood immediately saw that he was in trouble and lifted the 92kg tournament director three times about 30cm off the ground. Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone it was his first time using the Heimlich maneuver. Eastwood is the chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which runs the popular PGA Tour event.
N Zealand win at home
New Zealand beat South Africa 21-0 yesterday in the final of the Wellington Sevens to win their home leg of the International Rugby Board World Series for the seventh time, the first since 2012. Sherwin Stowers scored two tries and Tim Mikkelson one as New Zealand overwhelmed South Africa in their third-straight final meeting on the world circuit. South Africa had won both of their previous meetings, at Las Vegas and in their home tournament at Port Elizabeth, but New Zealand proved too strong yesterday in front of 34,000 home fans. New Zealand lead South Africa by two points in the standings, while Fiji, who beat England 14-7 in the playoff for third and fourth, are in third place.