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Tiger Woods said Tuesday he is playing his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas the first week of December, which would be his first competition in more than 15 months if he follows through with it.

Woods left himself open to doubt by entering the Safeway Open last month only to pull out three days later when he said his game was not ready.

"I am excited to make my return at the Hero World Challenge at Albany and play in this terrific tournament," he said in a news release that announced the 18-man field for the unofficial tournament that awards world ranking points but is not part of any tour.


Montoya goes part-time

Juan Pablo Montoya accepted an offer to race the Indianapolis 500 for Team Penske and will not drive full-time in IndyCar next season. The two-time Indy 500 winner said the offer was the "best choice" for him. Penske last month hired Josef Newgarden to replace Montoya full time in the series.

NO DISCIPLINE: Four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel has avoided disciplinary action after an expletive-laced outburst in Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix. F1's governing body said in a statement that Vettel's "sincere apology" has spared him a tribunal hearing.


Inter Milan cans coach

Inter Milan fired coach Frank de Boer after winning only four of its opening 11 matches, leaving the club in 12th place. Youth squad coach Stefano Vecchi was given temporary control of the senior team for Thursday's Europa League match at Southampton.

GERMAN STAR RETIRES: Miroslav Klose, 38, the top scorer in World Cup history with 16, is ending his playing career and will train to be a coach.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Arsenal sealed its place in the knockout stage after coming back from two goals down to grab a 3-2 victory at Ludogorets in Sofia, Bulgaria. Mesut Ozil scored the winner two minutes from time. And Ilkay Gundogan scored twice, with Kevin De Bruyne's curling free kick in between his goals, to help host Manchester City rally to beat Barcelona 3-1.

BOLIVIA PENALIZED: FIFA has ordered Bolivia to forfeit two World Cup qualifying matches for fielding an ineligible player, a ruling that improves Chile's qualification chances and harms Argentina's.

BRAZIL HIRING: Brazil's women's national team has its first female coach, naming former player Emily Lima to replace Oswaldo Alvarez.


BOXING: Anthony Joshua will make the second defense of his IBF world heavyweight title in a fight against American challenger Eric Molina on Dec. 10 at the Manchester Arena in northern England.

GYMNASTICS: Two-time Olympic silver medalist Louis Smith was suspended for two months by the British federation after appearing to mock Islam in a video.

MMA: Ronda Rousey said her bantamweight title shot against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas will be one of her final mixed martial arts bouts. Rousey, 29, said on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show that she's "wrapping it up. … This is definitely one of my last fights, so everyone better watch, because the show isn't going to be around forever."

TENNIS: Fourth-seeded Milos Raonic hit 17 aces and as he beat Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 to reach the third round of the Paris Masters.

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