Woods at 2 over through 10 as Doral suspended by rain
Tiger Woods only made it through 10 holes Thursday — this time because of the weather, not his back.
The debut of the new Blue Monster, and the return of Woods, received an incomplete grade Thursday when the opening round of the Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla., was halted more than two hours because of menacing thunderstorms.
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Harris English was among only six players who finished the round, hitting 5-iron into the par-3 ninth hole and rolling in a 45-foot birdie putt for a 3-under 69.
“I’m ready to go back out tomorrow and play well,” said Woods, who was 2 over.
Stuard leads Puerto Rico Open
Brian Stuard birdied seven his first 12 holes in windy conditions to take the first-round lead in the Puerto Rico Open.
Stuard finished with a 6-under 66 at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico. Former Husky Richard H. Lee was tied for 10th, three strokes back. Former UW standout Alex Prugh shot 74, and Michael Putnam of University Place shot 77.
Manziel signs deal with Nike
Johnny Manziel will be wearing Nike shoes and products.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and polarizing draft prospect has signed a shoe and marketing deal with Nike, according to an ESPN report. Adidas, Under Armour and New Balance’s Warrior brand were also bidding to land Manziel.
Financial terms of the deal were not released, but the report said Manziel’s endorsement contract will be the richest signed by a rookie in this year’s NFL draft class.
Hamels will rest arm
Philadelphia pitcher Cole Hamels won’t throw off a mound for at least another week after feeling fatigue from his latest throwing session.
The Phillies’ opening-day starter in 2013, Hamels entered spring training behind schedule after biceps tendinitis in November.
Asked whether he believed he could join the Phillies’ rotation in April, Hamels was noncommittal.
“I think that’s the last thing I’m going to think about,” he said. “Ultimately, I just want to get back out and get on the mound and see how I’m going to fare there.”
Tanaka allows first homer
Derek Jeter got two hits that ended an 0-for-10 slide at the start of spring training and Masahiro Tanaka gave up a home run to Freddy Galvis in the New York Yankees’ 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Tanaka, the Japanese star signed to a $155 million, seven-year contract, made his second spring training appearance after waiting out a 1½-hour rain delay at the start. Tanaka allowed two hits and one run in three innings, giving up Galvis’ tying homer in the third.
Boston’s Hill reports after death of infant son
Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill starts spring training with a heavy heart.
Hill reported to Boston’s camp after the death of son Brooks, who was less than 2 months old when he died Feb. 24.
“We had a son on Dec. 26 and he was born with multiple issues that we confronted and had to deal with,” Hill said. “Unfortunately, he succumbed. He’s passed. He taught us a lot of things. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out.”
• Frank Jobe, a pioneer in the field of sports medicine who was the first to perform an elbow surgery that resurrected the careers of countless major-league pitchers, has died in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 88.
Jobe performed groundbreaking elbow surgery in 1974 on pitcher Tommy John, who had a ruptured medial collateral ligament in his left elbow. The injury previously had no solution until Jobe removed a tendon from John’s forearm and repaired his elbow. John went on to pitch 14 years after the operation on Sept. 25, 1974, compiling 164 more victories without ever missing a start because of an elbow problem.
• The WNBA and the players’ union have agreed to a new eight-year collective-bargaining agreement, pending approval by the league’s Board of Governors.
The biggest change in the deal is an increase by one in the team’s maximum roster size to 12. There also is an improved revenue-sharing program for the players and a small increase in the salary cap.
• As the girlfriend he shot in the head lay dead or dying in his home, a weeping, praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth, a witness testified Thursday at the double-amputee runner’s murder trial.
“I shot her. I thought she was a burglar. I shot her,” radiologist Johan Stipp, a neighbor, recalled Pistorius saying. The worried neighbor had entered Pistorius’ home after hearing screams. By that time, the celebrated athlete had carried Reeva Steenkamp’s bloodied body downstairs following the fatal nighttime shooting in his bathroom.
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