Friday, February 23, 2018
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Golf

Woods out of tourney

Tiger Woods withdrew from the Safeway Open on Monday, three days after committing to play in the season-opening event of the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.

In a statement on his website, Woods said that he intended to play but reconsidered after testing his game in practice rounds in California.

"After a lot of hours, I knew I wasn't ready to compete against the best golfers in the world," Woods said.

Woods, 40, also pulled out of next month's Turkish Airlines Open. Woods last played Aug. 23, 2015, at the Wyndham Championship. He said he next plans to play at his Hero World Challenge, Dec. 1-4 in the Bahamas.

"I will continue to work hard, and plan to play at my foundation's event, the Hero World Challenge," Woods said of the December event that he hosts in the Bahamas.

Woods was slated to play in Wednesday's pro-am alongside Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, then was to be paired with rival Phil Mickelson on Thursday.

Since his five-victory season in 2013, Woods, a 79-time tour winner, has had three surgical procedures and eight tour starts.

Soccer

Klinsmann denies angling for U.S. coaching job over Bradley in 2010

Jurgen Klinsmann rejected Bob Bradley's claims that the former German star angled in 2010 to succeed him as U.S. coach. Bradley was fired soon after a 4-2 loss to Mexico in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final and replaced by Klinsmann, a former German national team star player and coach. Bradley made the claim Friday when he was introduced as the head man at Swansea City, becoming the first American head coach in England's Premier League. "No. I mean it's simply not true," Klinsmann said ahead of tonight's exhibition against New Zealand in Washington (8, ESPN). Klinsmann's comments come three days after Bradley accused him of "already jockeying for the job" while Klinsmann was an ESPN analyst during the 2010 World Cup. Tonight's match is the last for the U.S. national team before the 10-game final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying begins Nov. 11 against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio.

Europe: Belgium needed only seven seconds, a record for a World Cup qualifying match, to score against newcomer Gibraltar in a 6-0 victory. Christian Benteke stole the ball right after Gibraltar's kickoff, drove forward and hit a cross-goal shot. Gibraltar, a new member of UEFA (Europe's governing body) and FIFA, doesn't have a stadium that meets international standards, so the match was held in Faro, Portugal, 250 miles away. … Paul Pogba's 30-yard goal in the first half led visiting France past the Netherlands, 1-0. … Cristiano Ronaldo scored once as visiting Portugal, the reigning European champion, routed the Faroe Islands 6-0.

ET CETERA

Tennis: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won for the first time since retiring from his quarterfinal at the U.S. Open, beating Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round of the Shanghai Masters.

NBA: Pistons guard Reggie Jackson is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with injuries. The team said Jackson had platelet-rich plasma injections to treat left knee tendinosis and a sprained right thumb.

Autos: Kentucky Speedway will apply another layer of asphalt to its racing surface this month for use by next NASCAR season. The 11/2-mile oval was resurfaced this summer, with a reconfigured layout, increased banking and improved drainage. But speedway general manager Mark Simendinger said in a statement that portions of the paving did not meet specifications.

Horses: Heart to Heart, a 5-year-old, led all the way to win the $200,000 Knickerbocker Stakes on turf at Belmont Park, with Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard.

Et cetera: The USF Sun Dome will host two sports lectures on Oct. 26. NFL COO and former Lightning executive Tod Lieweke will speak at 5:30 p.m. and MLS commissioner Don Garber at 8. Both are free and open to the public.

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