Golfer Tiger Woods and skier Lindsey Vonn have gone public with their long-rumored relationship.

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Woods, Vonn say they are dating

Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are, officially, a couple.

Woods, a winner of 14 major golf tournaments, and Vonn, a skier who has won an Olympic gold medal and four overall World Cup championships, have gone public with their long-rumored relationship. They have posted four photos and an announcement to their combined audience of more than 6 million on Facebook and Twitter.

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“This season has been great so far and I’m happy with my wins at Torrey and Doral,” the 37-year-old Woods announced on Facebook. “Something nice that’s happened off the course was meeting Lindsey Vonn. Lindsey and I have been friends for some time, but over the last few months we have become very close and are now dating. We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes.”

Vonn, 28, added her own statement on Facebook:

“I guess it wasn’t a well-kept secret but yes, I am dating Tiger Woods. Our relationship evolved from a friendship into something more over these past few months and it has made me very happy. I don’t plan on addressing this further as I would like to keep that part of my life between us, my family and close friends. Thank you for understanding and your continued support! xo LV.”

Woods and Elin Nordegren were divorced in 2010 after Woods crashed his SUV in a Thanksgiving 2009 fight over his multiple affairs.

According to media reports, Woods and Vonn met at a charity event in April 2012.

Vonn is recovering from reconstructive knee surgery and wants to compete in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

College football

Former Oklahoma quarterback

Davis dies in plane crash

As a child, Steve Davis dreamed of playing quarterback for Oklahoma.

Decades later, he is among the standard-bearers for the position at one of the sport’s most storied programs. Davis, who started every game during Barry Switzer’s first three seasons as coach of the Sooners and won national championships in 1974 and 1975, died Sunday in a plane crash in South Bend, Ind. He was 60.

Davis’ parents, Jim and Patsy Davis of Sallisaw, Okla., said their son loved to fly and had earned a pilot’s license but did not own a plane. The Davises described 58-year-old Wes Caves of Tulsa, who also died in the crash, as a friend of their son.

Davis and Caves were the flight crew on the private jet, owned by Caves.

Davis had a 32-1-1 record in three seasons as Oklahoma’s starter.

Davis worked as a television sports commentator after his playing career was over and did game-day telecasts for Oklahoma last season.

Auto racing

Investigation of wreck in Calif.

involves steering wheel

Authorities are investigating whether a faulty steering wheel was a factor in a crash that killed two people at Marysville Raceway Park in California, including the young cousin of the teenage driver, officials said.

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department is looking into witness reports the detachable steering wheel came off before 17-year-old Chase Johnson’s car careened off the track and crashed into pit row Saturday, undersheriff Jerry Read said.

“It’s shaping up to look like a mechanical failure, but there’s still work to be done,” Read said of the investigation.

Dale Wondergem, 68, a race-car owner, and Marcus Johnson, 14, died after being struck by the car. Marcus Johnson’s father, Rob Johnson, said nephew Chase told him the wheel detached from the steering column as he was heading into a corner at about 90 mph, according to KTVU-TV.


U.S. team drops Bocanegra

from roster for Cup qualifiers

The United States heads into 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico with an inexperienced defense after dropping captain Carlos Bocanegra and learning eight players are injured or ill.

Already without goalkeeper Tim Howard, the shaky U.S. back line got weaker when coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Timmy Chandler, Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams will miss the matches.

Bocanegra, 33, the American captain since 2007, has lost his starting job with Racing Santander, a Spanish second-division team. Bocanegra, on loan from Glasgow Rangers of Scotland, has not appeared in a match since Feb. 2.

“He has no flow. He has no rhythm, and he understands that situation,” Klinsmann said. “Carlos is still in our picture. This is not the end of his national-team career, but he understands that he is right now behind other players.”

The U.S. team plays Costa Rica on Friday in Commerce City, Colo., and is in Mexico City for a match March 26.

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