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DITKA IS HIP FOR MORE GOLF AFTER GOING IN FOR SURGERY

Even from his hospital bed, Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka can't stop thinking about the game. His golf game, that is.

Ditka underwent surgery Tuesday to repair part of the artificial right hip he received in 1984. He had his left hip replaced in 1992.Jan Shulman, spokeswoman for Ditka's surgeon, Dr. Mitchell Sheinkop, would not release Ditka's condition. But Sheinkop said the former football coach has an eye on getting back to his golf game.

"The coach told me then that he'd wait to have the surgery until it affected his golf game," Sheinkop said. "We scheduled surgery now because his golf handicap increased from one to eight and medication can no longer control his pain."