John Wooden leaves hospital

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden went home from the hospital Wednesday after a bout of diverticulitis.

The 95-year-old Hall of Fame coach was released in the morning and will rest at home for the next few days, UCLA sports information director Marc Dellins said.

“He’s doing well,” Dellins said.

Wooden was admitted to the hospital Sunday for diverticulitis, an inflammation of the area around the colon. He needed several blood transfusions, but other tests showed the former coach was healthy, his daughter Nancy Muehlhausen said.

Wooden’s illness caused him to cancel speaking engagements this week, she said.

He retired from UCLA in 1975 with a record of 620-147 in 27 years as coach. The Bruins won 10 national titles under Wooden, including seven in a row. The streak included 38 straight NCAA tournament victories.

AP-ES-04-05-06 1911EDT

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