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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Jack Nicklaus says he thinks Tiger Woods will win again. After seeing him a few weeks ago, Nicklaus is surprised Woods isn't playing the Masters this week.

Woods is missing the Masters for the second time in three years as he recovers from two surgeries on his back last year. He has not played since a tie for 10th in the Wyndham Championship in August, and he has not won since Firestone in August 2013.

"I don't think he's done," Nicklaus said Tuesday afternoon. "I think Tiger is going to win more tournaments."

Woods announced late Friday that he was not ready to return to competition. He said he had been hitting balls and training every day, but that "I need to be cautious and do what's best for my long-term health and career."

Woods was planning to attend the Tuesday night dinner for Masters champions. Nicklaus hosted a Ryder Cup dinner at his home Feb. 24 that Woods attended. Nicklaus said he thought Woods looked great physically and Woods told him he was able to putt and chip without pain.

"I'm very surprised he's not here," Nicklaus said. "Maybe he's not ready. But he's too good of a talent not to win."

Woods has long been associated with his pursuit of Nicklaus' 18 professional majors. Woods won his 14th major at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines when he was 32. Nicklaus won his 14th when he was 35.

SOCCER

Wambach linked to drugs

Retired soccer star Abby Wambach admitted to once trying cocaine and smoking marijuana about 10 years ago, according to court documents connected to her arrest on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants. Wambach's attorney entered a not guilty plea on her behalf at her arraignment.

MATCH FIXING: A prosecutor in Cremona, Italy, requested a suspended six-month sentence for current Italy coach and future Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Luis Suarez scored two second-half goals to lead host Barcelona to a 2-1 comeback victory over 10-man Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their quarterfinal. And Arturo Vidal's early header was enough for host Bayern Munich to beat Benfica 1-0.

ET CETERA

AUTOS: Two-time Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi is facing serious financial difficulties in Brazil, with authorities seizing trophies and racing cars from his personal museum.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Maryland coach DJ Durkin hired former Kentucky assistant Andy Buh as his defensive coordinator.

HORSES: Zulu is the 5-2 morning line favorite in a full field of 14 entered for Saturday's $1 million Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, Ky., a final prep race for the Kentucky Derby.

OLYMPICS: Rio de Janeiro police say 10 people have been detected using social media trying to sell 712 ticket vouchers — to be exchanged for tickets to the Rio Games — at up to double their face value.

Times wires

Sports in brief 04/05/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 9:12pm]
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