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Woods won't change his stance on Augusta

Tiger Woods hasn't changed his mind about playing at the all-male Augusta National Golf Club despite a New York Times editorial calling on him to skip the Masters.

"As I've said before, everyone is entitled to their own opinion," Woods said Tuesday. He is in Japan for this week's Dunlop Phoenix tournament.

"I think there should be women members," Woods said. "But it's not up to me. I don't have voting rights, I'm just an honorary member."

The editorial, published Monday, suggested Woods not play at the Masters next year because of Augusta's all-male membership.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who says his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition will organize protests at the Masters if a woman is not a member by April, called the Times editorial "unfair and inconsistent" for singling out Woods.

"I don't remember them saying to Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus to boycott the Masters because blacks are not playing," Jackson said.

AUTO RACING: The finale of the Fran-Am 2000 Winter World Championship will be run as a support race for February's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The race is expected to take place Feb. 23, with qualifying Feb. 22. The open-wheel developmental series also will run in Sebring and Homestead. Paul Tracy will join Patrick Carpentier on the Player's racing team for the 2003 CART season.

COLLEGES: Clearwater left-handed pitcher Cameron Betourne signed to play baseball at Vanderbilt. The Eckerd volleyball team finished its season at 15-19 after losing to Sunshine State Conference opponents Florida Southern and Saint Leo. South Florida volleyball player Ale Domingos was named to the Academic All-District second team. Charleston Southern announced it will discontinue its men's soccer program.

HIGH SCHOOLS: The Miami Edison alumni association planned to file an injunction asking that its football team either get the chance to replay the final minutes of its Class 5A region quarterfinal against Palm Beach Garden Dwyer or that the entire game be replayed. Edison contends game officials had no reason to stop the clock with two seconds remaining, allowing Wil Stricklin to kick a 19-yard field goal to give Dwyer an 11-10 victory. Officials from the FHSAA denied Edison's protest Monday, but the school said it will fight until all options are exhausted.

BOXING: Former champion Tim Witherspoon will face Italian Olympic bronze medalist Paolo Vidoz in one of four fights in a winner-take-all, $100,000 heavyweight boxing tournament Nov. 30 in Atlantic City, N.J.

OLYMPICS: NBA coaches Phil Jackson, Larry Brown, Jerry Sloan, and Pat Riley are the candidates to coach the U.S. men's basketball team. American rower Sebastian Bea has been ruled ineligible for a competition next summer for failing to file paperwork used to track athletes for drug testing.

SOCCER: U.S. captain Claudio Reyna will need 4-6 months of rehabilitation from reconstructive knee surgery. The U.S. women's national team will open its 2003 schedule against Japan on Jan. 12 in preparations for next fall's World Cup in China.

HORSES: Azeri, Volponi, Medaglia D'Oro and Sarava are among 375 U.S. horses nominated for the seven-race card at the Dubai World Cup on March 29. Booklet won the $59,500 allowance feature at Churchill Downs.

OBITS: Ramli Amat, who represented Malaysia in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, died at 47.

_ Compiled from Times wires.

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