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  |   Nov. 15, 2012 at 5:15 PM
49ers coach Harbaugh has heart procedure

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh underwent a procedure Thursday for an irregular heartbeat but is expected to rejoin the team Friday, the NFL team said.

Harbaugh, who turns 49 next month, reported to Stanford Hospital for what the team said was a minor procedure.

"Coach Harbaugh is not at the facility today under doctor's orders," a statement on the 49ers' website stated. "He is having a minor procedure done at Stanford Hospital today for an irregular heartbeat.

"We anticipate that he will be back at the facility [Friday] but do not have any further information to share at this time.

"Assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Brad Seely will be overseeing today's practice and meetings."

San Francisco plays the Chicago Bears at home Monday night. The 49ers lead the NFC West with a 6-2-1 record after tying St. Louis on Sunday. Chicago is an NFC North-leading 7-2.


Ferrer, Almagro lead Spain in Davis final

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro, undefeated in Davis Cup this year, have singles duty for Spain against the Czech Republic in this weekend's Davis Cup final.

Ferrer, No. 5 in the world, was set against Radek Stepanek in Friday's first singles match of the best-of-five series with Almagro taking on sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych in the second singles match.

The series is scheduled for a hard court in Prague's O2 Arena, where the Czech women won the Fed Cup earlier this month. Not since 1990, when the United States managed the feat, has a team won both the Fed Cup and Davis Cup in the same year.

The Czech Republic has a tough chore ahead as Spain, which has won the Davis Cup five times since 2000, is looking for repeat as champion as the tournament marks its 100th finals.

Ferrer and Almagro are both 5-0 in Davis Cup play in 2011. While Berdych is 5-0 in singles, Stepanek is 1-2. Previous series have seen the Czechs turn to Berdych and Stepanek for doubles, too, and they are 3-0 in those matches this year.

Spain has Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez set for Saturday's doubles match while the Czechs have penciled in Ivo Minar and Lukas Rosol but could again turn to Berdych and Stepanek.

As long as the series is in doubt they will be called upon Sunday, which opens with Ferrer taking on Berdych in the spotlight match of the weekend. The final match currently has Almagro going against Stepanek.

The Czech Republic is looking for its first Davis Cup title, although Czech players were involved the 1980 championship when competing for Czechoslovakia.


Colomo has lead at Hong Kong Open

HONG KONG, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Javier Colomo closed fast Thursday in grabbing a one-stroke lead after Thursday's play at the European PGA's UBS Hong Kong Open.

Colomo had six birdies over his final eight holes for a first-round score of 6-under-par 64. He's one stroke up on Miguel Angel Jimenez, who closed with two bogeys, and Andrew Dodt, who had three bogeys Thursday. Jimenez and Dodt are at 5-under 65.

Five players, including Jose Maria Olazabal, are tied for fourth at 4-under.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy was at 1-over 73.

A handful of golfers -- none of whom was better than even par -- were unable to complete their first rounds Thursday due to darkness. They are scheduled to do so before the second round tees off Friday.

Colomo started Thursday's play at the 11th hole of the Hong Kong Golf Club and opened with 10 consecutive pars. He had birdies at Nos. 3 and 4 and jumped up the leader board with three consecutive birdies over 6-8. A closing birdie at No. 10 resulted in the day's best round.

Jimenez started with three birdies from Nos. 11-13 and was 5-under after birdies at 17 and 18. He eventually got to 7-under before sliding back with bogeys at the ninth and 10th holes.

Dodt had four birdies on each side but also had bogeys at the 15th, first and ninth holes.


Bremner takes lead at South African Open

EKURHULENI, South Africa, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Merrick Bremner fired a course record 8-under-par 64 Thursday in taking a two-stroke lead at the European Tour's South African Open Championship.

Bremner, No. 500 in the world rankings, was 6-under in his first nine holes for the lead. His 64 represented a record at the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate course. While he's yet to win a tournament, Bremner has been a hit player of late, posting top three finishes in his last two tournaments.

Matthew Carvell and Henrik Stenson are tied for second at 6-under while Craig Lee and Alex Haindl were in fourth at 5-under 67 after the first round.

Bremner, Carvell and Haindl are all from South Africa.

Carvell's round included two bogeys but he ran off three consecutive late birdies to keep close to Bremner. Stenson opened with back-to-back birdies and moved up with an eagle 2 at the 375-yard 17th hole.

Bremner also opened play with birdies at Nos. 1 and 2 and added another at No. 4. He had birdies on the seventh, eighth and ninth holes in making the turn at 6-under. Birdies at 11 and 16 allowed him to own the lead after the first round.

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