Recovering Woods starts to extend swing, agent says
Tiger Woods is making progress in his recovery from back surgery and starting to extend his swing, his agent said Tuesday.
Woods already has missed two major tournaments this year while he recovers from a microdiscectomy on his back March 31. He last played March 9 at Doral, when he closed with a 78 despite the pain in his lower back.
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Woods has said he has no idea when he will be healthy enough to return to competition.
Golf Channel reported Woods, who is ranked fourth in the world, was taking full swings at the Medalist Golf Club in South Florida.
“Tiger is progressing like he expected,” Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management said in an email. “Feeling good each day. As each day passes and he feels that way, he lengthens the swing a bit.”
The next major is the British Open, which starts July 17 at Royal Liverpool — where Woods won in 2006.
James is vague about future
Miami Heat superstar LeBron James didn’t offer many details about his future plans after emerging from the final team meeting of the season.
The Heat lost to San Antonio in five games in the best-of-seven NBA Finals. James, 29, can opt out of his contract.
“I just want to win. That’s all that matters to me,” he said. “I haven’t even begun to even think about what my future holds or what I have in store. I will sit down with my team at some point, my family as well. Today definitely wasn’t the day.
“If my family is happy, then I’m happy and able to perform at a high level.”
Virginia beats TCU in 15
Daniel Pinero’s sacrifice fly scored Thomas Woodruff in the bottom of the 15th inning to give Virginia a 3-2 victory over Texas Christian in a game in Omaha, Neb., that matched the longest in the College World Series’ 66-year history.
Three other CWS games had gone 15 innings.
In an elimination game, Mississippi scored in the bottom half of the ninth inning to hand Texas Tech a 2-1 loss.
Azarenka returns to action
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus was reasonably satisfied despite losing in her first match in more than three months.
Azarenka, a former world No. 1 who is recovering from a left-foot injury, lost to Camila Giorgi of Italy 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the grass-court Aegon Championships in Eastbourne, England.
“I wanted to have a competitive match,” Azarenka said. “I wanted to test myself, to play for a long time, see how my body is going to react. I’m pretty pleased with what happened.”
Former Totem Zeidel dies
Larry Zeidel, a rugged defenseman who played parts of five seasons in the NHL, died at a Philadelphia hospital. He was 86.
Zeidel had battled congestive heart failure, kidney problems and dementia.
Zeidel played for the Seattle Totems of the Western Hockey League in the 1963-64 and 1964-65 seasons. In 130 games for the Totems, he scored seven goals and had 365 penalty minutes.
Zeidel scored three goals in 158 NHL games. He was regarded as one of the game’s best fighters and also was involved in several stick-swinging incidents.
Lawyers want Pats’ records
Aaron Hernandez’s attorneys asked a judge to approve their subpoena to the New England Patriots for the NFL team’s medical, psychological and other records on the former tight end. Hernandez, 24, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the June 2013 shooting death of semipro player Odin Lloyd.
• The Connecticut Sun beat the visiting Indiana Fever 89-67, extending its WNBA winning streak to five games. Sun rookie Chiney Ogwumike from Stanford scored all 18 of her points in the second half.
• Maya Moore scored 31 points to lead the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx to a 94-77 victory over the host Los Angeles Sparks.
• American Justin Gatlin remained unbeaten this season by winning the 100 meters at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, clocking 9.86 seconds to improve his own world-leading time of the year.
Gatlin, facing a head wind of 0.4 meters per second, pulled away early and eased to his eighth victory of the season.
Other U.S. winners included LaShawn Merritt in the 400 in 44.16 seconds and Allyson Felix in the women’s 200 in 22.75.
• Dave Joyner became the acting athletic director at Penn State when the Nittany Lions were at their lowest point.
Joyner held the reins through 2½ turbulent years, hiring two football coaches that kept the program afloat in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal and Joe Paterno’s death.
Joyner, whose interim tag was removed in January 2013, plans to resign Aug. 1.
“It was a privilege for sad reasons, but it was a privilege,” Joyner said of working as AD.
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