Woods out of U.S. Open
Tiger Woods withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday as he recovers from back surgery that has kept him out of golf for nearly three months.
It will be the second U.S. Open, and sixth major, he has missed because of injuries over the past six years.
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The U.S. Open is June 12-15 at Pinehurst No. 2, where Woods tied for third in 1999 and was runner-up in 2005. The announcement on his website was not surprising. A week ago at a promotional event for the Quicken Loans National at Congressional, Woods said he still had not taken a full swing with a golf club and did not know when he could.
He had microdiscetomy surgery to relieve a pinched nerve on March 31.
Alabama won its second straight NCAA men’s title, beating Oklahoma State 4-1 in the final at Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kan.
Buccaneers owner dies
Malcolm Glazer, a self-made billionaire who shunned the spotlight while leading the takeover of English soccer’s Manchester United and transforming the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into Super Bowl champions, died Wednesday. He was 85.
The reclusive Palm Beach businessman had been in failing health since April 2006 when a pair of strokes left him with impaired speech and limited mobility in his right arm and leg.
He was not involved in day-to-day operations of either of his sports franchises and was rarely spotted at games in recent years, instead remaining at his mansion in South Florida while entrusting leadership of the Bucs to three of six children, sons Bryan, Joel and Ed.
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Chris Clemons is the lone no-show for the team’s OTAs.
The Jaguars signed Clemons to a four-year, $17.5 million contract on March 13, a day after he was released by the Seahawks.
Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Clemons “has some personal things he’s working out.”
A spilled drink in a Boston nightclub led former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to kill two people in a drive-by shooting because he felt he’d been disrespected, prosecutors said.
Hernandez, already charged with killing another man last year, pleaded not guilty to seven charges — including two counts of first-degree murder — in the 2012 shooting that killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. A third man was wounded.
Fanendo Adi scored his first two MLS goals to help the Portland Timbers beat the host Chivas USA 2-0.
Portland (3-3-7) won its second straight game and third in its past five. Chivas dropped to 2-6-4.
A red card issued to D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson has been rescinded by an independent review panel.
Justin Mapp scored on Montreal’s only shot on goal and the Impact salvaged a 1-1 draw with host Toronto FC in the first leg of the Canadian Championship. Doneil Henry scored on a header for Toronto in the 20th minute.
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Stars defeat Shock
Kayla McBride scored a season-high 30 points, including hitting the game-winning three-pointer with 13.4 seconds left, to lead the host San Antonio Stars (3-2) to an 82-79 win over the Tulsa Shock. Skylar Diggins, who scored 17 points for Tulsa (0-3), tied the game on a contested layup with 38.6 seconds remaining.
Coaches get extensions
Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez has agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2019 that will raise his base salary to $1.9 million.
Arizona State football coach Todd Graham agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2019 that will raise his base salary to $2.7 million.
Arizona and men’s basketball coach Sean Miller agreed on a one-year contract extension that will raise his base salary to $1.6 million for the final year of the deal, 2019.
• Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee could miss the 2014 season after tearing a ligament in his left knee in the first offseason practice.
• The Buffalo Bills signed first-round pick receiver Sammy Watkins to his rookie contract. NFL.com said the deal is guranteed at $19.94 million over four years, with a $12.8 million signing bonus.
• New York Jets right guard Willie Colon needs knee surgery and will be out four to six weeks.
• Eddie Espinoza, 71, of Whittier, Calif., will be cheering a little louder than anyone else for California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes. If the colt becomes the first horse to sweep the Triple Crown in 36 years, Espinoza will win $1 million as part of a contest staged by Santa Anita.
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