Golfer Tiger Woods has apologized to several U.S. Ryder Cup teammates for his 0-3-1 record at the event last month in Medinah, Ill.
Woods apologizes to teammates
for his Ryder Cup performance
Tiger Woods has apologized to several U.S. Ryder Cup teammates for his 0-3-1 record at the event last month in Medinah, Ill.
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Europe, which trailed 10-6 entering the 12 singles matches on the final day of the three-day competition, rallied and beat the U.S. team 14 ½-13 ½ to retain the Ryder Cup. On the first two days, the duo of Woods and Steve Stricker lost all three of its matches.
Woods sought out U.S. rookies Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley, according to ESPN.com.
“Steve Stricker and I were sent out to win points and we didn’t do it,” Woods said Monday. “That was frustrating. It has been difficult, there is no doubt. We held a great lead and couldn’t manage to win from a perfect position going into Sunday.
“That was tough. Some guys were pretty bummed out by what happened.”
Woods, a winner of 14 major titles, is in Turkey for the $5.3 million Turkish Airways World Golf Finals, an eight-player event that begins Tuesday.
Hall of Fame selects Venturi
Ken Venturi, the 1964 U.S. Open champion who went on to become a television analyst, will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla., on May 6.
Venturi, 81, was chosen through the Lifetime Achievement category.
Rockets’ White arrives at camp
Royce White finally got to focus on basketball, joining the Houston Rockets after he missed the first week of training camp to form a long-term plan for his anxiety issues.
White, the 16th player drafted this year, has a deal with the Rockets to travel by bus to some games this season, a compromise the former Iowa State standout said will help him cope with his anxiety, fear of flying and obsessive-compulsive disorder over the long term.
Rockets coach Kevin McHale said White was noticeably behind in his conditioning and his familiarity with Houston’s plays.
Bolt plans to defend sprint titles
Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt will aim for a threepeat of Olympic sprint titles in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, rather than trying out a new event.
After Bolt became the first man to successfully defend both sprint titles at the London Olympics, he was coy about his prospects of competing in Rio, and there was speculation he could switch to the long jump or 400 meters.
But during a promotional visit to New Zealand, the self-declared “living legend” said his plan for 2016 “is all about just going and defending my titles.”
Bolt, 26, also helped Jamaica win the 4×100-meter relays at Beijing and London.
Altidore is dropped from roster
Forward Jozy Altidore, 22, was dropped from the U.S. roster for two upcoming World Cup qualifiers after disappointing U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann in matches and practice over the last year.
“I communicated with Jozy that I was not happy about his latest performances with us, maybe even over the last 14 months,” Klinsmann said. “I think Jozy can do much, much better, and the reason why he’s not coming in is mainly about the performances in Jamaica and at home, also in training. Also, certain things that went on through the May-June camp.”
Klinsmann was critical of Altidore in an ESPN.com interview that ran Sept. 28. Altidore, according to multiple reports, posted a tweet, which since has been removed: “Love when people try to blame others for their own short comings and incompetence.”
Klinsmann said he wasn’t sure the comment was directed at him.
“The tweet people are referring to had nothing to do with Jurgen,” Altidore said. “When I realized there may be some confusion, I deleted it.”
• Belgian Jonathan Legear, who plays for Russian soccer team Terek Grozny, drove his Porsche through the glass doors of a gas-station convenience store in Tongeren, Belgium — resulting in minor injuries to a customer at the cash register.
Legear, 25, will be charged with involuntary assault and perhaps intoxication, a court spokesman said. The store’s owner estimated the damage at $325,000.
• Defender Salvatore Aronica of the Napoli soccer team in Italy might face sanctions after hitting and repeatedly threatening to kill a TV journalist who made critical comments about him. Aronica later apologized.
• Lawyers for a tennis referee charged in her husband’s death say she has passed a lie-detector test in which she said she did not kill him with a coffee cup in Los Angeles.
The attorneys for Lois Ann Goodman have submitted the results to the district attorney’s office by email, suggesting prosecutors re-evaluate the case and consider dismissing charges against the 70-year-old woman.
• Funny Car racer Mike Neff was among the winners at the rain-delayed NHRA Nationals in Mohnton, Pa.
Other category winners were Khalid alBalooshi in Top Fuel and V. Gaines in Pro Stock.
• Though the UCLA basketball team does not start preseason practice until Friday, touted freshmen Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson have already begun preliminary workouts, which means the clock is ticking on their eligibility.
The NCAA has yet to declare them eligible, pending the conclusion of dual investigations.
In the meantime, the rules allow them to participate with the team for 45 days. Either they are cleared by that time or they must cease working with the program until the matter is resolved.
• Idaho basketball center Kyle Barone has been suspended indefinitely after a violation of team rules, coach Don Verlin said. Barone averaged 12.9 points and 8.0 rebounds last season as a junior.
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