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Tiger Woods confirms he’ll return for the Masters

It’s official: Tiger Woods will return at The Masters

Tiger Woods Returns!

As first reported by FOXSports.com last week, Tiger Woods has confirmed he will return to competitive golf at the Masters. “The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect. After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta,” Woods said in a statement released Tuesday morning.

“The major championships have always been a special focus in my career and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played.”

The Masters begins April 8.

Woods, who has won the Masters four times, the last time in 2005, hasn’t played since November 15 in Australia. He became entangled in a sex scandal after crashing his SUV into a fire hydrant outside his Orlando home on the night of Thanksgiving. More than a dozen women came forward to allege affairs with the world’s No. 1 golfer.

He attended an inpatient clinic in Mississippi to rehabilitate for an addiction to sex and spent another week in rehab in Arizona.

“I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy and I am continuing my treatment. Although I’m returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life,” he said.

“When I finally got into a position to think about competitive golf again, it became apparent to me that the Masters would be the earliest I could play.”

Woods had been rumored to be making his comeback at either the made-for-TV Tavistock Cup, which will be played next Monday and Tuesday, or the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, also in Orlando.

“I called […]

Nascar: violence and unpredictability of NASCAR racing

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.

Despite NASCAR president Mike Helton’s concern about Brad Keselowski’s airborne car Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, don’t look for a solution to flying stock cars in the short term, if ever.

While preventing cars from getting airborne is a worthy goal, the violence and unpredictability of NASCAR racing probably makes it unreachable, Cup Series director John Darby said Tuesday.

NASCAR’s response

NASCAR president Mike Helton talks about the punishment for Carl Edwards and his concern about Brad Keselowski’s car getting airborne at Atlanta.

And Darby reiterated that the coming return of spoilers on the back of Cup cars was largely an aesthetic change, not a functional one.

“The one thing that’s very, very hard for us to deal with is there’s a huge difference between a car being lifted off the ground by air and being knocked up into the air by another car,” Darby said. “So the biggest roof flaps in the world or the biggest parachute in the world may not bring a car back to the race track once it’s catapulted up off the race track from the forces of another car.

“We can test and we can make additions and we can do everything we can to help keep the cars on the ground — a car that spins and turns and wants to come up, but the aero devices won’t let it. What’s hard to do is to displace the energy of a second car being involved and physically pushing the car up into the air.”

Earlier Tuesday, Helton promised NASCAR would develop a solution for cars prone to taking off and flying through the air during stock car racing accidents on its highest-speed race tracks.

Helton made his claims after announcing Carl Edwards would be on probation for the next three […]

Olympics: Canada takes the game to the next level. Gold!

Crosby’s goal wins gold, Canada beats US 3-2 in OT

Crosby's goal wins gold, Canada beats US 3-2 in OT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Rest assured, Canada, the national honor is served. With a flick of the wrist from The Next One, Sidney Crosby, Canadians found Olympic redemption Sunday. The pall of a luger’s death, a series of embarrassing glitches, a first half so dismal the hosts conceded the medals race, a loss to the upstart Americans in a preliminary game. All but forgotten. Canada is the Olympic champion in men’s hockey, and the whole country can finally celebrate its Winter Games.

Canada survived one of the greatest games in Olympic history to beat the Americans 3-2 in overtime and cap the host country’s record gold rush in Vancouver.

Crosby — hockey heir to Canada’s own Great One, Wayne Gretzky — won it when he whipped a shot past U.S. goalie Ryan Miller 7:40 into overtime after the U.S. had tied it with 24.4 seconds left in regulation.

“It’s a pretty unbelievable thing. You know what? Every kid dreams of that opportunity,” Crosby said. “Being in Canada, that’s the opportunity of a lifetime. You dream of that a thousand times growing up. For it to come true is amazing.

“Our team worked so unbelievably hard,” Crosby said. “Today was really tough, especially when they got a goal late in regulation. But we came back and got it in overtime. … To win it in overtime, here in Canada, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Canada’s collection of all-stars held off a young, desperate U.S. team that had beaten it a week ago and, after staging a furious comeback from down 2-0 on goals by Jonathan Toews and Corey Perry, almost beat the Canadians again.

With Canada […]

Olympics U.S.A. Hockey: USA vs Finland

Olympic Hockey – USA vs Finland

Only one team stands between the United States and the Gold Medal game. That team is Finland and they just happen to be lead by the hottest goalie (/TBL’d) in the Olympics, Miikka Kiprusoff. In ice hockey, a hot goalie can carry you a long way. Team America’s goalie hasn’t been too shabby himself, as Ryan Miller has been outstanding during the Olympics, but Kiprusoff has been just a little bit better.

The game will be shown live (on both coasts!) at 3pm Eastern on NBC. Winner (presumably) gets Canada. This is easily the biggest game in US hockey history since the Canada game earlier this week.

After her gold in downhill, she crashed in the super combined, won bronze in the super-G and crashed in the giant slalom.

Lindsey Vonn crashes out of Olympic slalom

Lindsey vonn: skiing 2010 Olympics

WHISTLER, British Columbia — Lindsey Vonn’s Olympics began with a messed up shin and ended with a not so good Friday.

Vonn was racing despite crashing in the giant slalom on Wednesday and sustaining a broken finger. Slalom is far from her strongest event — she is most dominant in the speed events, not the technical ones — and she has trained at it very little this season and especially since she sustained her shin injury in early February. But she has won two World Cup races in the discipline and hoped to shake off her various maladies and contend for an unlikely medal.

Instead, her skis got separated — her right one flying wide — on a gate about 16 seconds into her first run, and she could not pull them together in time for the next gate, which she straddled. She skied off, head down in disappointment.