Gainesville, Fla. — Urban Meyer is walking away from Florida because of health concerns, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Meyer has a recurring burning sensation in his chest that doctors told him last week would raise cardiovascular risk factors if he continued to coach, the person told the Associated Press on Sunday on condition of anonymity because Meyer’s health issues are confidential.
The Gainesville Sun first reported the story.
Meyer announced his resignation Wednesday and said health was not the reason he was walking away. He said he wanted to spend more time with his family.
The person with knowledge of Meyer’s health said the coach can resolve his chest pain with “constant monitoring,” which he already has started doing.
Meyer first resigned Dec. 27, 2009, three weeks after he was rushed to a hospital because of chest pain. He changed his mind the following day and instead decided to take a leave of absence. He scaled back some, but changed little about his work habits once the season began.
Miami hires Golden as next coach
Coral Gables, Fla. — Al Golden led a turnaround at Temple. He now has a chance to engineer another at Miami.
Golden was hired as the Hurricanes’ coach Sunday. He replaces Randy Shannon, fired Nov. 27 after Miami completed a 7-5 regular season and fell to 28-22 in his four seasons at his alma mater.
Golden received a five-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the total value of the deal was expected to be worth up to $2 million annually.
QB Newton could be one-and-done
New York — If junior Cam Newton decides to be one-and-done at Auburn and enter the NFL Draft, he probably won’t have to wait long to be taken.
Longtime NFL personnel man Gil Brandt, now working as a draft consultant, called Newton “the most exciting player I can ever remember watching” and said the 6-foot-6, 250-pound quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner has displayed all the physical skills necessary to be an NFL star.
Two reasons why Newton might not stay at Auburn:
l If he’s going to be an early-first-round pick, it’s hard to put that off.
l The lingering cloud of an NCAA investigation into his recruitment out of junior college is still hanging over Newton.
Senior triumphs at Australia
Coolum, Australia — Australia’s Peter Senior won the rain-delayed Australian PGA in the early morning hours of today, beating Geoff Ogilvy with a par on the second hole of a playoff to become the oldest player to win a major professional tournament in Australia.
The 51-year-old Senior, a regular on the Champions Tour, made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation for a 1-under 71 to match Ogilvy, the Australian Open winner last week in Sydney, at 12-under 276.
Johnson/Poulter win scramble
Naples, Fla. — Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter won the Shark Shootout on Sunday, shooting a 13-under 59 in the scramble format to beat Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell by two shots.
Song prevails in LPGA Q-School
Daytona Beach, Fla. — Aree Song won the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament Sunday, shooting a 1-over 73 in wind, rain and cold for a two-stroke victory over Jessica Korda.
Martin defends Alfred Dunhill title
Malelane, South Africa — Pablo Martin survived a triple bogey to defend his Alfred Dunhill Championship title Sunday, shooting a 2-under 70 for a two-shot win.
Cardinals trade IF Ryan to Seattle
St. Louis — The St. Louis Cardinals traded infielder Brendan Ryan to Seattle for hard-throwing right-hander Maikel Cleto on Sunday.
Anthony wants extension — in N.Y.?
New York — Carmelo Anthony wants his money, even if he’s not saying where he wants it. Anthony made clear Sunday the importance of a contract extension, which he’s thus far refused to sign with the Denver Nuggets. He also said he doesn’t think the Nuggets would trade him somewhere he wouldn’t accept one.
After the Nuggets’ 129-125 loss to the Knicks, the team Anthony reportedly wants to play for, he was asked the importance of getting an extension before the collective bargaining agreement expires next summer. The NBA wants major salary cuts in the next deal.
“Whatever decision that I make, that’s going to be the first thing that gets done,” Anthony said.