Friday, February 23, 2018
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Tiger Woods returning to Doral

Golf

Back better, Tiger returns to play Doral

DORAL — Tiger Woods said his back feels good enough to play in the Cadillac Championship beginning today.

"I feel better; how about that?" Woods said. He said his bad back "comes and goes."

The world's No. 1 player withdrew from the Honda Classic after 13 holes on Sunday with back spasms. "It felt like I couldn't move. … It got to a point where I couldn't twist," he said.

Woods, 38, had planned to play nine holes Wednesday morning, but he took a walking tour in the afternoon of the renovated Blue Monster course. He won't play a practice round today and said he would only chip and putt to prepare for the week.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Slow-down proposal tabled

The NCAA football rules committee tabled a proposal that would have penalized offenses for snapping the ball before 10 seconds had run off the 40-second play clock. The committee decided not to send the "10 second'' rule to a panel for approval today. Alabama coach Nick Saban said he didn't have a role in coming up with the proposed rule. "I didn't vote on the committee," Saban said. "I didn't offer any solutions to the problems.''

JURISPRUDENCE: Former West Virginia RB Shawne Alston sued the NCAA and five major conferences, including the ACC and SEC, saying they violated antitrust laws by agreeing to cap the value of an athletic scholarship at less than the actual cost of attending school.

SOCCER

U.S. shut out in Ukraine friendly

The U.S. lost 2-0 to Ukraine in an exhibition match moved from Kharkiv to Larnaca, Cyprus, because of political turmoil in the Ukraine. Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Devic scored goals. The U.S. team's home exhibition schedule will be announced today, including a match at Jacksonville on June 7. In other exhibitions, Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to set Portugal's career scoring record in a 5-1 win over visiting Cameroon. Ronaldo has 49 goals in international play, passing Pauleta's 47. … Daniel Sturridge's late header gave England a 1-0 win over visiting Denmark.

MLS: Robbie Keane agreed to a multiyear contract extension to stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Terms were not announced.

U.S. WOMEN: Aya Miyama scored in the 83rd minute to give Japan a 1-1 draw with the United States in Algarve Cup play at Parchal, Portugal. Sydney Leroux scored the U.S. goal.

ET CETERA

SAILING: Olympic gold medalist Mathew Belcher has been named skipper of the Australian challenge for the America's Cup in the United States in 2017.

BOXING: Floyd Mayweather revealed on Twitter that his May 3 fight against WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

IDITaROD: Scott Janssen, 52, an Anchorage undertaker known as the Mushing Mortician, was hospitalized after crashing his sled, getting knocked unconscious after hitting a tree stump, falling through ice and breaking his ankle.

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