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Surgery eases Woods’ doubts about playing

– Tiger Woods still doesn’t know when he’ll return. For a while, he didn’t know whether he would return at all.

Woods said Monday his back injury became so debilitating this year it caused him to doubt his ability to play golf again.

“Forget about playing golf at the highest level. I couldn’t get out of bed,” Woods said. “I was certainly doubtful at that point. What’s it going to feel like? Am I going to be pain-free? Am I going to be able to actually do this again, where I can to get out of bed, and go out there and play with my kids and play golf? All those things were up in the air.”

Woods said the doubt was erased after microdiscectomy surgery March 31. He said the procedure, which relieved pain from a pinched nerve, provided immediate relief, although he said there’s still “no timetable” for his return to golf – or even for taking a full swing. As of now, he remains limited to chipping and putting.


Hight’s Funny Car win streak hits 3

Robert Hight raced to his third Funny Car victory in a row and fourth overall this season at the rain-delayed NHRA Southern Nationals. Hight defeated John Force Racing teammate Courtney Force in a thrilling final at Atlanta Dragway.


Erie D-League affiliate for Magic

Orlando officials said the Magic are entering a three-year deal that designates the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League as the NBA club’s minor league affiliate.

Sterling charged, hearing June 3

The NBA charged Donald Sterling with damaging the league and its teams with his racist comments, setting up a June 3 hearing after which owners could vote to terminate his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.

NBA news

Golden State and Steve Kerr have completed the coaching contract agreed to last week. The sides finalized the five-year deal worth up to $25 million. …

Memphis parted ways with team CEO Jason Levien and director of player personnel Stu Lash. The front-office shake-up comes after the Grizzlies were eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Oregon State hires new coach

Wayne Tinkle, who coached the past eight seasons at Montana, was hired as Oregon State’s new head coach. He replaces Craig Robinson, President Barack Obama’s brother-in-law, who was fired this month.


Tackett finishes 9th at Oklahoma event

E.J. Tackett, from Huntington, finished in ninth at the Professional Bowlers Association Wolf Open in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He earned $1,400.


Armstrong ordered to give testimony

In Austin, Texas, Lance Armstrong has been ordered to give sworn videotaped testimony next month about using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times. Armstrong has been sued by a Texas company seeking the return of about $12 million in performance bonuses.


Chargers guard signs with Grace

West Noble guard Drew Schermerhorn signed with Grace College. He averaged 18.5 points and led the Chargers to the NECC tournament title.

Coach hirings

The hiring of Jim Hummer as Fremont football coach was approved Monday by the Fremont Community Schools school board. … Brett Fox, an assistant at Taylor, said he was hired as football coach at Columbia City.


Ovechkin to miss at least 1 game

Alex Ovechkin will miss at least one game at the world championship after suffering a right leg injury in a collision during Russia’s game against Germany.


California Chrome beats ban by nose

California Chrome is back on track for his Triple Crown try after an only-in-New York equipment ban appeared ready to put a kink in his Triple Crown try at the Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner was cleared to wear the nasal strip he has worn all through a six-race winning streak that has set him up for a chance at horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown.


No 2nd season for Mastodons’ coach

Softball coach John Bassett will not be retained for a second season, IPFW announced Monday. He led the Mastodons to a 40-15 record and a runner-up finish at the Summit League tournament.