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WOODS: I PLAN TO PLAY U.S. OPEN

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH - Tiger Woods says he didn't do any more damage to his left leg at the Players Championship and expects to play the U.S. Open next month.

Woods made it only nine holes last week at the Players - his shortest tournament ever - when he withdrew after nine holes because pain in his left knee, Achilles' and calf. He shot 42 on the front nine.

On his website Monday, Woods said he irritated the knee and Achilles' without making them worse. He said doctors have advised rest, cold water therapy and soft tissue treatment, which he said he had been receiving.

"Aggravating my injury is very disappointing," Woods said. "I'll do whatever is necessary to play in the U.S. Open, and I'm hopeful I can be there to compete."

The U.S. Open is June 16-19 at Congressional in Bethesda, Md.

COLLEGES

Buckeye great George chosen for football hall

Eddie George, the Heisman Trophy winner for Ohio State in 1995, was picked for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. The rest of the class of 14 former players and two former coaches will be announced today.

HONOR: VCU's Shaka Smart won the Fritz Pollard male coach of the year award from the Black Coaches and Administrators.

ILLINOIS: Athletic director Ron Guenther, 65, said he will retire this summer.

OBITUARY:David Parry, the former head of football officiating in the Big Ten and the NCAA's first national coordinator of officials, died of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 76.

TENNIS

Clijsters will play in French Open after all

Kim Clijsters says she's healthy enough to play the French Open. The Belgian said she will play with her right ankle taped but that her shoulder and wrist injuries no longer impede her before the only Grand Slam she has yet to win. Clijsters is a two-time runnerup at the French, which begins Sunday in Paris. Until last week, she was considered doubtful.

STRASBOURG INTERNATIONAL: No.4 seed Nadia Petrova defeated Rebecca Marino 7-6 (6-4), 6-3 and American Melanie Oudin lost to No.7 seed Anabel Medina Garrigue 6-3, 6-1 in the first round.

WORLD TEAM CUP:The doubles team of John Isner and Mardy Fish, both Tampa residents, gave the U.S. team the clinching point in a 2-1 win over Sweden in Dusseldorf, Germany.

SOCCER

Maradona signs contract to coach team in UAE

Former Argentine playing great Diego Maradona was hired to coach the United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl. He signed a two-year deal.

SPAIN: European governing body UEFA cleared Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets to play May28 in the Champions League final, dismissing a claim that he racially insulted Real Madrid's Marcelo during the semifinals.

FC TAMPA BAY: The team's NASL match at Fort Lauderdale, canceled Saturday, was rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. on June 29.

ET CETERA

GOLD WINNER DIES: Sammy Wanjiru, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist in the marathon, died after a fall from a second-floor balcony during a domestic dispute involving his wife and another woman, officials said. He was 24. Kenyan officials differed on whether his death was suicide.

NFL: Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges that carry a maximum of life in prison. District Court Judge Paul King set a trial date of Oct.18. ... Jets receiver Braylon Edwards failed to appear at a scheduled hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court on his DWI case. His attorney, Peter Frankel, was granted a request for a pretrial hearing July 22.

KERRIGAN TRIAL: The trial began for former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's 46-year-old brother, Mark Kerrigan, who is charged with manslaughter in the January 2010 death of their father, Daniel.

AUTOS:Renault owner Eric Lux plans to file a criminal complaint against Formula One driver Adrian Sutil for assault after a nightclub incident last month in Shanghai. Lux's lawyer said the German driver did "physical assault and grievous bodily harm."

Times wires

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