Connecticut basketball coach

Jim Calhoun

left a hospital yesterday, a day after breaking five ribs in a bicycle accident.

Calhoun, 67, biked at least 16 miles after hitting a pothole and falling during Saturday's annual 50-mile Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride. He completed the ride but collapsed while talking to friends near the finish line in Simsbury, Conn. He was taken to the UConn Medical Center in Farmington, where he was treated for his injuries and dehydration.

Maureen McGuire, a hospital spokeswoman, said Calhoun told her he hit a pothole and fell with about 16 miles to go in the ride, which began and ended in Simsbury, winding its way through northwestern Connecticut and part of southwest Massachusetts.

"He got back on the bike and finished the ride," she said. "Obviously, he's in extremely good physical shape. It was after he finished the ride, he was talking to some people and he did faint."

Team spokesman Kyle Muncy said heat and dehydration contributed to the collapse, but said there were no other health concerns.

Calhoun, who has led Connecticut to three Final Fours and national titles in 1999 and 2004, missed the Huskies' first NCAA Tournament game in March at the Wachovia Center after being hospitalized for dehydration. After being released from the hospital yesterday, Calhoun said he planned to "go home and rest for a couple of days."

Calhoun is a three-time cancer survivor.

Philly File

* It was a good weekend for West Catholic High and Villanova at the NCAA track and field championship meet in Fayetteville, Ark. West graduate Nicole Leach won the 400-meter hurdles for UCLA in 55.39 seconds, while former high school teamate LaTavia Thomas took third in the 800 meters and anchored LSU to second place in the 4 x 400-meter relay. Also, Nia Ali, who started high school at West then transferred to Pleasantville (N.J.) High, finished fourth in the heptathlon for USC. Villanova's Frances Koons capped her collegiate track career with a third-place finish in the 5,000 meters, and teammate Amanda Marino was eighth. In men's events, 'Nova's Matt Gibney was fifth at 1,500 meters and Sean Tully sixth in the 800.


* Andy Murray defeated James Blake, 7-5, 6-4, to win the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club in London.

* Tommy Haas upset Novak Djokovic, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-1, to win the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

Sport Stop

* Peugeot driver Marc Gene, of Spain, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. *