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Georgetown lacks a timetable for UCLA transfer Smith

Not only is John Thompson III unsure when center Josh Smith will be eligible to play, Georgetown’s coach has “no idea” when a ruling will come from the NCAA.

Smith, listed at 6 feet 10 and 350 pounds in the Hoyas’ media guide, is a transfer from UCLA who graduated from Kentwood High School in Covington.

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Smith played two full seasons at UCLA and left the Bruins’ program after six games as a junior. It is not known whether Smith will be allowed to play for Georgetown at the start of this season or need to wait until the second semester.

“We’re approaching it as if he may or may not be with us. It’s quite as simple as that,” Thompson said Tuesday. “I mean, we’re going about it as something that he may be there, he may not. We have no idea when we’re going to hear anything.”

Georgetown opens its season Nov. 8 against Oregon in Seoul, South Korea.

As for what Smith will add to his team, Thompson said, “A low-post presence, and that when he gets (the ball) down there, he knows what to do with it. He’s very good on the blocks. He’s a very good basketball player, which quite honestly I didn’t realize until he got here last year — just what a good feel for the game he had.”


Chamblee apologizes to Woods

Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee is apologizing to Tiger Woods after insinuating the world’s top-ranked player cheated during his five-victory season.

Chamblee, a former PGA Tour player, saved Woods for last in his report card of 14 players in a column posted on Chamblee, 51, wrote about getting caught cheating on a fourth-grade math test and how the teacher crossed a line through his “100” and gave him an “F.”

Chamblee followed that anecdote by writing, “I remember when we only talked about Tiger’s golf. I miss those days. He won five times and contended in majors and won the Vardon Trophy and … how shall we say this … was a little cavalier with the rules.” He then gave Woods a “100” with a line through it, followed by an “F.”

Chamblee apologized in a Twitter post Tuesday. He tweeted: “My intention was to note Tiger’s rules infractions this year, but comparing that to cheating in grade school went too far.”

Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management, the agent for Woods, was so incensed by the column he told he would “have to give some thought to legal action.”

Woods accepted a two-shot penalty in Abu Dhabi for taking relief from an embedded ball in a sandy area covered with vegetation. Augusta National gave him a two-shot penalty for taking the wrong drop in the second round of the Masters. And the PGA Tour gave him a two-shot penalty after his second round of the BMW Championship when video evidence showed his golf ball moved slightly from behind the first green.

Earlier Tuesday, in an email to The Associated Press, Chamblee wrote, “I don’t feel I’m the one that needs to justify the ‘F.’ The BMW video does it for me, followed by Tiger’s silence — until confronted — and then by his denials in the face of incontestable evidence to the contrary of his petitions. To say nothing of the fact that he was disrespecting his position in golf, the traditions of golf and his fellow competitors, in my opinion.”

16-year-old Ko to turn pro

New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko, 16, is turning pro after previously giving up more than $1 million in potential prize money. She is ranked No. 4 in the world.

Ko has sent a petition to the LPGA Tour asking it to waive its minimum age requirement of 18.


Ferguson criticizes Beckham

Sir Alex Ferguson, former Manchester United manager, criticizes David Beckham’s preoccupation with fame in his new autobiography.

Midfielder Beckham, a former England captain, was among the world’s most recognizable athletes when he left Man U in 2003 for Real Madrid of Spain after his relationship with Ferguson broke down.

After a February 2003 loss to Arsenal, Ferguson and Beckham had a confrontation.

“I moved towards him, and as I approached I kicked a boot. It hit him right above the eye,” Ferguson recalled. “Of course he rose to have a go at me and the players stopped him.”

After that incident, Ferguson told the board Beckham had to leave.

“David thought he was bigger than Alex Ferguson,” Ferguson wrote. “You cannot have a player taking over the dressing room. Many tried. … The focus of authority at Manchester United is the manager’s office. That was the death knell for him.”

Beckham signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer in 2007.

“I imagine he also had his eyes on Hollywood and the impact it would have on the next phase of his career,” Ferguson wrote. “There was no footballing reason to go to America.”


• In high-profile UEFA Champions League soccer matches, Arsenal of England lost at home 2-1 to Borussia Dortmund of Germany and Barcelona of Spain got a 1-1 draw at AC Milan in Italy. Atletico Madrid of Spain is the only Champions League team with a 3-0 record after its 3-0 victory at Austria Vienna.

• Top-ranked Serena Williams of the United States overwhelmed Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 6-1 to open her bid for a fourth WTA Championships title in Istanbul, Turkey.

Matt Kenseth, second in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, had his testing at Texas Motor Speedway cut short when he crashed his car because of an issue with his front right tire.

• Richard Petty Motorsports has fired Todd Parrott for violating NASCAR’s substance-abuse policy. Parrott was crew chief for the No. 43 car driven by Aric Almirola.

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