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Digest: Soccer legend Pelé experiences health setback

Digest: Soccer legend Pelé experiences health setback

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Daughter says Pelé will leave hospital and recover at home

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Brazilian soccer legend Pele attends the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow. On his social media accounts, Pele said on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 that an apparent tumor on the right side of his colon had been removed in an operation. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Brazilian soccer great Pelé “took a little step back” in his recovery from surgery to remove a tumor from his colon but he is “recovering well” at a Sao Paulo hospital, his daughter Kely Nascimento said.

However, the Albert Einstein hospital said the 80-year-old Edson Arantes do Nascimento had returned to intensive care after “a brief breathing instability” Thursday night. Pelé was currently stable in “semi-intensive” care, the hospital said, and he “continues recovering.” It did not give further details.

Kely Nascimento posted a picture Friday with her father on Instagram that she said she had just taken in his room at the hospital.

“He is recovering well and within normal range. Promise!” she said. “The normal recovery scenario for a man of his age after an operation like this is sometimes two steps forward and one step back. Yesterday he was tired and took a little step back.

“Today he took two forwards!” she added, without giving more details.

The tumor was found when Pelé went for routine exams at the end of August. His surgery took place on Sept. 4. Pelé won the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups, and remains Brazil’s all-time leading scorer with 77 goals in 92 matches.

McNealy leads PGA tourney: Maverick McNealy overcame three consecutive bogeys and holed out from 74 yards for eagle on the last for an 8-under 64 and the second-round lead in the Fortinet Championship, in Napa, Calif.

Winless in 66 career starts on the PGA Tour, McNealy had nine birdies to get to 12 under. Beau Hossler matched McNealy’s 64 to get to 6 under with Mito Pereira (67). Three others, including tour rookie of the year Will Zalatoris (67), were 9 under.

First-round leader Chez Reavie barely made the cut after a round of 75 that left him eight strokes behind. Phil Mickelson (69) was seven back, at 5 under.

The 51-year-old Mickelson overcame a pair of bogeys and a cracked head on his fairway wood to stay in contention.

“I’m putting well so I’ve got a chance to make a run at it,” Mickelson said.

Elsewhere in golf: Jin Young Ko shot a 5-under 67 to take the second-round lead in the Cambia Portland Classic, an LPGA Tour event in West Linn, Ore. The second-ranked South Korean star needed only 23 putts in her morning round, making six birdies and a bogey to reach 8-under 136. Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland was a stroke back after a 69.

Carlota Ciganda, the only member of the winning European Solheim Cup team in the field, had a 71 to get to 5 under. Jeongeun Lee (67), Jeongeun Lee6 (70), Andrea Lee (68), Alana Uriell (66), Su Oh (71), Jenny Shin (71) and Pajaree Anannarukarn (72) were 4 under.

• K.J. Choi closed eagle-birdie-birdie for a 7-under 63 and share of the first-round lead with Darren Clarke in the PGA Tour Champions’ Stanford International, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Choi had a bogey-free round at Minnehaha Country Club. Robert Karlsson, Matt Gogel, Rod Pampling and Brandt Jobe were a stroke back.

• Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden shot 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Dutch Open, in Cromvoirt, Netherlands. Marcus Helligkilde and Thomas Detry both shot 66 and were tied for second place in the European Tour event.

Allmendinger wins Xfinity regular-season title: AJ Allmendinger slid sideways across the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway finish line to edge rival Austin Cindric and win and the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular-season championship.

The race was Cindric’s to win and the reigning Xfinity champion was four laps away from a second straight regular-season title and a healthy lead for the start of the playoffs. Instead, a late caution gave Allmendinger a shot to steal a sixth win from Cindric and continue his own fairytale season.

The rivals crashed each other as the cars crossed the finish line and Allmendinger’s fourth win of the season was awarded because his Chevrolet was sliding ahead of Cindric’s under the checkered flag.

“It’s frustrating to get hit that hard coming to the checkered, but we are battling for the win and it’s Bristol baby, this is what it’s all about,” Allmendinger said to a roaring crowd. “I haven’t had a lot of chances in my life to win at Bristol, so you get a chance to go do it, you do it.

“If I don’t take that chance, I don’t belong in that racecar because my team deserves to win.”

Allmendinger earned a shot at the win when Justin Allgaier spun Sam Mayer with four laps remaining in regulation. The win gave Allemendinger the regular-season title over Cindric by 10 points. More important, it tied the two at the top of the standings for the start of the playoffs next week in Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

—Associated Press

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