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Woods won’t be playing in Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods has removed himself from consideration for a U.S. Ryder Cup captain’s pick because of back problems.

Woods posted a statement on his website Wednesday, saying: “I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practice now.”

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Woods’ season ended last week when he missed the cut by five shots at the PGA Championship, his fourth event since having surgery to alleviate pain from a pinched nerve.

U.S. captain Tom Watson has three picks for the Sept. 26-28 matches against Europe at Gleneagles in Scotland. The PGA Championship completed the points race for the nine automatic spots.

The PGA Tour released its 2014-15 schedule with a few moving parts.

The Farmers Insurance Open has been moved back one week to Feb. 5-8. That allows the Phoenix Open to end on Feb. 1, the same day as the Super Bowl in Phoenix. And for the first time in 13 years, the West Coast Swing will end with the Northern Trust Open at Riviera.

The Match Play Championship moves from the end of February to the first weekend in May, right before The Players Championship. The Wells Fargo Championship will be held after The Players.


Eddie Johnson suspended

D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson was suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Soccer for violent conduct toward Real Salt Lake defender Carlos Salcedo.

Johnson, a former Sounder, kicked the ball at Salcedo’s back while the Salt Lake player was on the ground after a whistle. Johnson received a yellow card during the game.

The MLS disciplinary committee also suspended Montreal midfielder Calum Mallace one game and fined him for violating its policy on entering the field of play and leaving the bench.


Dream clinches No. 1 seed

Rookie Shoni Schimmel scored a season-high 24 points and the host Atlanta Dream beat the Phoenix Mercury 96-82 to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time in franchise history.

Dream (18-14) leading scorer Angel McCoughtry was sidelined for the second straight game due to tendinitis in her feet.

Most Valuable Player contender Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor were healthy scratches for the Mercury (27-5), which has already secured the top spot in the West and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

Sylvia Fowles had 21 points and 16 rebounds and Elena Delle Donne scored 18 to lift the Chicago Sky past the host Washington Mystics 72-69.

The Sky (15-17) improved to 5-1 since Delle Donne returned from a flare-up of Lyme disease. The win pulled Chicago into a second-place tie in the East with Washington (15-17).


Serena taken to limit

Top-seeded American Serena Williams beat Samantha Stosur of Australia 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (9-7) in the second round at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio.

Roger Federer of Switzerland beat Vasek Pospisil of Canada 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-2.

Australia’s Bernard Tomic and France’s Michael Llodra are among eight men receiving wild-card invitations for the U.S. Open’s main draw.

Ryan Harrison, Tim Smyczek, NCAA champion Marcos Giron, Wayne Odesnik, and teenagers Jared Donaldson and Noah Rubin also were wild-card entries announced by the U.S. Tennis Association.


• Olympic champion swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was released from a hospital in Englewood, Colo., to continue her rehabilitation after an all-terrain vehicle crash in Arizona left the 41-year-old paralyzed just below the waist.

• Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, the superintendent of the Air Force Academy, said she has told coaches to take a bigger role in preventing sexual assaults, pulling them into the yearslong campaign at the school to stem abuse.

Aaron Fleshner and Sarah Bacon won the 1-meter titles at the U.S. national diving championships in Knoxville, Tenn.

Gerardo Martino has been hired as coach of Argentina’s national team, less than three months after leaving Spanish club Barcelona.

• San Lorenzo of Argentina, Pope Francis’ favorite team, beat Paraguay’s Nacional 1-0 to win the Copa Libertadores title for the first time.

• The Arizona Coyotes and Gila River Casinos have agreed on a nine-year partnership that will include the first naming-rights deal by a federally recognized tribe with a venue for one of the four major professional sports leagues. The venue, which had been called Arena, will be known as Gila River Arena if the deal is approved by the Glendale City Council.

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