Tiger Woods said Wednesday his game is “not acceptable” to compete in tournaments and he will return when he thinks it is.

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Woods says he won’t return until his game is better

Tiger Woods said Wednesday his game is “not acceptable” to compete in tournaments and he will return when he thinks it is.

Hopeful of having injuries behind him, Woods made a horrific start to the new year. He shot a career-high 82 in the second round of the Phoenix Open to miss the cut by 12 shots. And then he withdrew after 11 holes of ordinary golf at Torrey Pines because of tightness in his back from a fog delay.

Woods said his latest injury was not related to the back surgery he had last spring. He said he is feeling better every day with physical therapy.

“Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to still spend time with the people that are important to me,” Woods said. “My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf. Like I’ve said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I’m ready, I’ll be back.”

Woods is not playing Pebble Beach or Riviera. He said he wants to play the Honda Classic, which starts Feb. 26, but he won’t be there unless his game is tournament ready.

“That’s not fair to anyone,” Woods said. “I do, however, expect to be playing again very soon.”

College football

Ex-Beaver great Enyart dies

Former Oregon State fullback Bill “Earthquake” Enyart, a College Football Hall of Fame member, died Tuesday after battling cancer. He was 67.

His physical style made Enyart a star. He was a 1968 All-American and finished with 2,155 career rushing yards, which still stands as the seventh-best total in OSU history. The converted linebacker also still holds the school’s game records for rushing yards (299) and carries (50) against Utah in 1968. He was inducted into the OSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1991, the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

His trademark was the scar on the bridge of his nose that never completely faded. By the end of a game, Enyart’s face was often bloody and his body covered in mud, yet he’d also wear a permanent smile.

Enyart was a second-round NFL draft pick by the Buffalo Bills and retired after two seasons due to injury. He resided in Bend for most of his life after football, working for the state of Oregon.


Shields finalizes $75M deal

Right-hander James Shields finalized his $75 million, four-year contract with the San Diego Padres, the biggest free-agent deal in club history.

In other baseball moves:

• Reliever Jerry Blevins defeated the Washington Nationals in salary arbitration and will earn $2.4 million this year instead of the team’s $2.2 million.

• Right-hander Tyler Clippard and the Oakland Athletics avoided salary arbitration when they agreed to an $8.3 million, one-year contract.

• The Milwaukee Brewers said catcher Jonathan Lucroy is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks with a mild strain of his right hamstring.

The Miami Marlins’ wait to host an All-Star Game will end in the franchise’s 25th season. Miami has been awarded the 2017 game, and an announcement by baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is planned for this week at Marlins Park.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros will keep their spring-training homes in Florida. The statement did not refer specifically to the teams’ intentions to set up a shared site in West Palm Beach, where officials have been making plans to build a baseball stadium.


Howard returns from injury

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has returned to action in the Premier League against Chelsea after being sidelined for almost seven weeks with a calf injury.

Howard’s punchout in the 89th minute led to Willian scoring from outside the penalty area, giving Chelsea a 1-0 victory. The win maintained a seven-point lead in the English Premier League.

The English Premier League’s television-rights windfalls may soar over $13 billion once the 2016-19 international sales are completed this year. And with 11 of this season’s 20 clubs already under foreign ownership, the world’s richest soccer league expects the new deals will make its clubs even better propositions for would-be investors.


• Honolulu police said there’s been an arrest in connection with credit cards stolen from Australian golfer Robert Allenby. Allenby said he was beaten and robbed after missing the cut at the Sony Open on Jan. 16 but has no memory of a part of that night. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported police have a 32-year-old man in custody.

• USC hired Bob Connelly as offensive-line coach and run-game coordinator under football coach Steve Sarkisian. Connelly spent last season handling the offensive line at Oklahoma State.

• Top-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan was pushed to three sets in his opening match of the Memphis Open, beating American qualifier Ryan Harrison 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals in Tennessee.

• Top-seeded Andy Murray of Britain made a solid start to his Rotterdam campaign with a 6-3, 6-2 win over French qualifier Nicolas Mahut in the Netherlands.

• Canadian shot putter Dylan Armstrong will receive an Olympic medal, upgraded to bronze after a competitor was banned for doping at the 2008 Beijing Games.