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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods lashes out at Golf Digest for ‘grudge-filled piece of character assassination’ 11.19.14 at 8:02 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NBA: Celtics at 76ers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Lakers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Oklahoma at Creighton, 8 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: St. Joseph’s at Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Flyers at Rangers, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
College football: Bowling Green at Toledo, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Kent State at Buffalo, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)


Tiger Woods is not pleased with Golf Digest’s attempt at humor, and he wants to make sure everyone knows it.

Writer Dan Jenkins said he was denied an interview with Woods — something the golfer’s agency denies — so he created a fake interview in which Woods is portrayed as a selfish, uncaring individual who, in the real Woods’ words, “mistreats his friends, takes pleasure in firing people, and stiffs on tips — and a lot of other slurs, too.”

Wrote Woods in The Players Tribune: “Jenkins faked an interview, which fails as parody and is really more like a grudge-filled piece of character assassination.”

MASHUP POLL: Is Tiger Woods overreacting to Golf Digest's parody?

  • No, the piece is a cheap shot and he's right to be upset (57%, 290 Votes)
  • Yes, a guy with his history should not question anyone else's ethics (43%, 215 Votes)

Total Voters: 505

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Here’s an excerpt from Jenkins’ piece:

Dan: “Why haven’t you fired Steiny, by the way? You’ve fired everybody else …”

Tiger: “I’ll probably get around to it. I like to fire people …”

Dan: ‘€œIn many cases, tips are a part of their salary.”

Tiger: “So let ‘em go find a better job.”

Dan: “Marko [O’€™Meara] was your best friend in golf at one time.”

Tiger: “I’m sorry. I can’t place him. Did he play the tour?”

Wrote the real Woods: “The truth is, Jenkins has no idea how I think or feel about any of the things he claims to know about, which is why he had to make things up. Frustration or resentment because I have not been more available to him should not give him a license for an underhanded attack on me as an athlete, as a professional and as a person.”

— Steelers safety Mike Mitchell, who made news a week ago when he leaped over the line of scrimmage in the closing seconds of his team’s 20-13 loss to the Jets while New York was preparing to take a knee — a play even his coach said was “not professional” — is back in the news once again for the wrong reasons.

Following Pittsburgh’s 27-24 victory over the Titans on Monday night, Mitchell took to Twitter and address some of his haters. He let the obscenities fly, and he told one person to “kill yourself.”

“If people tweet me, I tweet them back,” he told KDKA-TV.

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Brad Faxon on D&C: Problems with Tiger Woods’ swing leading to back issues 08.08.14 at 9:22 am ET
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Golfer Brad Faxon joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning to discuss Tiger Woods and the PGA Championship. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Woods shot a 3-over par 74 in the first round of the PGA Championship on Thursday less than a week after pulling out of the World Golf Championship with a back injury.

“There was a fascinating interview on the Golf Channel last night with Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee and Frank Nobilo really disputing whether Tiger is playing poorly because he’s hurt or whether he’s hurt because he’s swinging poorly,” Faxon said. “It’s a great debate. There’s probably going to be people on both sides of the fence. There’s no question in my mind whatever he’s doing with his swing is hurting his back. He didn’t hurt his back and then start playing poorly.”

Faxon said Woods’ motivation to play despite injury problems stems not only his pursuit of victories in major tournaments, but also in hopes of making an impression for the Ryder Cup team.

“If the listeners know, I thought he’d get to 18 [majors] in 10 years. It’s amazing to me,” Faxon said. “Tiger went down pretty hard last week at the World Golf Championship where he’s dominated and won eight times. This week he shows up on Wednesday, doesn’t tell anybody he’s coming and plays his practice round like he’s never been hurt before and shoots 74.

“There’s a case for shutting this down altogether. The other thing is, this is the last tournament before the Ryder Cup team is selected and Tiger probably wants to play on the team. He wants to show Tom Watson he’s there and able to play.”

Added Faxon: “This is a big day for him. He’s 3 over par, the cut is going to be around even par, maybe he has to shoot well into the 60s just to make the cut. He’s struggled hitting the ball, his sharpness around the greens is not there, nothing like it used to be.”

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Tiger Woods’ season in doubt after he withdraws from Bridgestone Invitational with back pain 08.04.14 at 10:35 am ET
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No more than two months after returning from back surgery, Tiger Woods has once again suffered a setback that could derail his season.

Woods was forced to withdraw from the Bridgestone Invitational when his ailing back flared up again after just eight holes. The pain was so debilitating that Woods struggled to get his golf shoes off after leaving the course.

“I just jarred it, and it’s been spasming ever since,” Woods informed a PGA Tour official before leaving.

Woods hurt himself on the par-5 second hole after taking an awkward swing on the edge of a bunker that forced him to run into the pit to help compensate for the momentum of the swing.

Woods continued playing but struggled mightily over the next few holes before eventually deciding to leave the course.

“It’s just the whole lower back,” Woods said. “I don’t know what happened.”

While he did not see Woods’€™ swing on the No. 2 hole, Bubba Watson noted that something clearly was not right with Woods throughout the day.

“He hit some shots that we’re not used to seeing Tiger hit, even when he’s coming back from an injury like this,” Watson said. “So obviously, something was bothering him. … Like I told him when I shook his hand, I said, ‘I’m praying for you. Hope everything turns out good. Hope to see you next week.’ ”

At this point, the chances of Woods playing next week at Valhalla seems very unlikely. If Woods does not play in the PGA Championship, his season will come to an end. In six starts on the PGA Tour this year, Woods has only been able to finish all four rounds just twice.

Woods underwent back surgery on March 31 to help fix an impinged nerve that forced him to miss both the Masters for the first time of his career and the U.S. Open.

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New book says Tiger Woods paid Alex Rodriguez’s former doctor $76K for 14 visits 07.09.14 at 10:44 am ET
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Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times and Gus-Garcia Roberts of Newsday released a book this week focused on Alex Rodriguez‘s use of performance-enhancing drugs. But Rodriguez wasn’t the only high-profile athlete highlighted.

The book, titled “Blood Sports: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball’s Steroid Era,” claims that Canadian sports doctor Anthony Galea, who treated Rodriguez, met with Tiger Woods 14 times between January and August 2009.

Galea, who pleaded guilty to smuggling human growth hormone and other drugs into the United States to treat professional athletes in 2011, charged Woods a total of $76,012 as the golfer recovered from knee surgery following his 2008 U.S. Open victory, according to the book. Both Woods and Galea have said that Woods received legal platelet-rich plasma therapy from Galea.

The book also reports that Dr. Mark Lindsay, who also treated Rodriguez, met with Woods 49 times from September 2008 to October 2009 and charged Woods $118,979.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jonathan Martin ‘beyond blessed’ to be traded from Dolphins to 49ers 03.12.14 at 8:02 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Knicks at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Nets at Heat, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Trail Blazers at Spurs, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Boston College vs. Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: American at Boston University, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest, 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Virginia Tech vs. Miami, 3 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: South Florida vs. Rutgers, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Butler vs. Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: UCF vs. Temple, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: DePaul vs. Georgetown, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
MLB preseason: Tigers at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Brewers at Angels, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Cubs at Mariners, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Manchester City at Barcelona, 3:30 p.m. (FS1)


Jonathan Martin has a new home, and it’s a familiar one.

The Dolphins traded the offensive lineman to the 49ers, where he will be reunited with Jim Harbaugh, who coached him at nearby Stanford and called him a “personal friend” following last year’s bullying scandal in Miami. San Francisco will send an undisclosed draft pick to the Dolphins.

Martin, who has been taking classes at Stanford, expressed his excitement on Twitter, writing: Big news…. Beyond Blessed.

And: Opportunities are few in the NFL… Can’t wait to get to work #9erEmpire



Added his agent, Ken Zuckerman, in an interview with The Associated Press: “This is great for him to get back on the field, and he’s in Palo Alto right now. It couldn’t be much better. I just think everyone wanted this to happen. Harbaugh knows Jonathan, I think the Dolphins were compensated and Jonathan wants to get back on the field. It’s a good day.”

Martin, 24, has two years remaining on his contract, which pays him a base salary of $824,933 this year.

Steve Williams, the former longtime caddie for Tiger Woods, has been quiet lately, but he said in a recent interview that there still are some hard feelings since the two split in 2011.

“There’s been a lot of ‘€¦ this, that and the other … but the hatchet hasn’t been buried,” said Williams, who now caddies for Adam Scott. “It’s just personal things and a difference of opinions on how things went down … and I need to sort that out with him.”

Williams was Woods’ caddie when the golf star was caught up in an infidelity scandal in 2009, but he claimed to be unaware of what Woods was doing.

“So many people feel I must have known something, but I didn’t know,” he said. “If I’d known something, I would have said [so]. I don’t sugarcoat anything.”

— A high school wrestling match in Minnesota ended with an impressive display of sportsmanship when Blaine sophomore Malik Stewart was pinned by St. Michael Albertville sophomore Mitchell McKee in the state championship 120-pound match but then went over to McKee’s father, who is dying of cancer, and congratulated him.

“[McKee] won,” Stewart told KARE-TV. “He was pretty proud, and his dad was pretty proud. So I went over there and I shook his hand, embraced it a little bit, and told him to stay strong and everybody loves him.”

Added Stewart, whose father died of a heart attack when Stewart was 7 years old: “I got a little teary because I lost the match, and I knew the hard times he was going through. The crowd went wild and I heard a couple of people say after I did it, ‘ That was pretty classy,’ but I just did it straight from the heart.”

Said McKee of Stewart: “It was a big match for him, and to be able to hug my dad like that and not be mad and storm off like a lot of kids do — really respectful.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 12, 1985, Larry Bird scored a team-record 60 points in a 126-11 victory over the Hawks in New Orleans. Whose record did he break?

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods completes round at TPC Boston without pain in preparation for Deutsche Bank Championship 08.30.13 at 8:07 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Phillies at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
College football: Morgan State at Army, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Texas Tech at SMU, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Florida Atlantic at Miami, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: North Dakota State at Kansas State, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
MLS: Revolution at Toronto FC, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
MLS: Timbers at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
WNBA: Indiana Fever at New York Liberty, 7:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m., 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Golf: PGA Deutsche Bank Championship, 3 p.m. (TGC)


‘€¢ Local golf fans — and Deutsche Bank Championship organizers — breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as Tiger Woods, who dropped to his knees in pain after hitting a shot Sunday, completed 18 holes in a pro-am as he prepared for the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton.

Woods displayed no outward effects of a back problem as he played the TPC Boston course in advance of this weekend’s tournament. He said this was his first time swinging a club since Sunday’s back spasm. He had planned to play nine holes and then just chip and putt on the back nine, “but it felt good, so I continued playing.”

Said Woods: “The back has been … it’s a lot better than obviously on Sunday. It was nice to have that extra day of rest. Having the tournament start on Friday certainly helps. And I’ve gotten treatment every day, two to three times a day. And it feels good.”

Woods is scheduled to tee off Friday morning in a group with British Open champion Phil Mickelson and Masters champion Adam Scott, a gathering of the top three players in the FedEx Cup and the world.

“It’s exciting, I know for me, to have it 1, 2, 3 in the world,” Woods said. “It also goes to show you that those are the three hottest players in the world.”

Said Scott: “It will be fun no matter what. We’re all playing really well this year. So hopefully, we can push each other along and make a lot of birdies, and it will be an enjoyable couple of days.”

‘€¢ Boxing legend Mike Tyson, now a promoter, continued his candid assessment of his life during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show that aired Thursday, telling host Matt Lauer, “I won’t survive unless I get help.”

Tyson said at a press conference last week that he’s “on the verge of dying because I’m a vicious alcoholic,” and he acknowledged: “I’m a bad guy sometimes. I did a lot of bad things, and I want to be forgiven.”

On “Today,” Tyson said he’s struggling to remain sober and avoid having suicidal thoughts.

“When I start drinking and relapse, I think of dying,” he said. “When I’m in a real dark mood, I think of dying. And I don’t want to be around no more. I won’t survive unless I get help.”

Tyson said he has been sober for 12 days, but he has had trouble reconciling with the person he’s become.

“Yes, it’s a real challenge because I don’t know if I like this sober guy,” he said. “It’s hard for me to live normal — straight is hard. ‘€¦ I’m a king of the barbarians. There’s no one that could surpass me in the pain that I’ve endured.”

‘€¢ New Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer issued an apology Thursday after news broke of his arrest Wednesday on a DUI charge.

Budenholzer was pulled over late Wednesday night in Atlanta for not having working taillights and was detained after taking a field sobriety test. He was released on $1,524 bond and entered a not guilty please at Atlanta Municipal Court on Thursday.

“I take my role as a leader very seriously and hold myself to a high standard,” Budenholzer said in a statement. “I apologize to the fans and to the Hawks organization for any negative attention this incident has brought upon my family and the organization while the legal process evolves and I contest these misdemeanor charges.”

The 44-year-old Budenholzer, who spent 17 seasons as a Spurs assistant, was named Hawks coach May 29.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 30, 1997, Nomar Garciaparra‘s American League rookie-record hitting streak came to an end against the Braves at how many games?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Dodgers, Diamondbacks brawl after Yasiel Puig hit 06.12.13 at 8:01 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Stanley Cup finals: Bruins at Blackhawks, 8 p.m. (NBC)
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Royals, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Indians at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Indiana Fever, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)


‘™¦ The Dodgers and Diamondbacks had a beanball battle Tuesday night, and unlike the Red Sox-Rays a day earlier, this one featured more physical confrontations.

The dispute started when Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy hit rookie phenom Yasiel Puig with a fastball that deflected off Puig’s shoulder and grazed his nose. It came in the sixth inning and apparently was retribution for Zack Greinke hitting Cody Ross the previous inning. Greinke responded by plunking catcher Miguel Montero in the back in the seventh.

“Puig gets hit in the face, Montero gets hit, it should have been really over at this point,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, adding: “If you can’t pitch inside without hitting someone in the head, you shouldn’t pitch inside.”

It wasn’t over. In the bottom half of the inning, Kennedy hit Greinke high on the left shoulder, with the ball apparently deflecting up into Greinke’s helmet, and was immediately ejected.

“That’s when it kind of got out of hand,” Los Angeles catcher Tim Federowicz said. “You can’t do that.”

The dugouts and bullpens emptied, and the coaches inflicted and received most of the damage. Mattingly threw down Arizona coach Alan Trammel, Diamondbacks coach Turner Ward was driven into a railing, and Dodgers coach Mark McGwire and Diamondbacks counterpart Matt Williams grabbed and pulled on each other’s jerseys while having an angry exchange.

“Everything happened so fast,” Mattingly said. “It just gets a little crazy out there.”

Said Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario: “I was out of my mind just trying to protect my teammates. If you want to hit somebody, don’t hit a pitcher. Don’t hit guys in the head. That’s crazy.”

Said Montero: “It got pretty ugly. They came out of nowhere, just throwing punches. When everybody was trying to break it up, they just kept coming and throwing punches. It was like 25 against 72, because all the DL guys were out there, too. I guess their arms were feeling pretty good because they were throwing good punches.”

Following six ejections, Los Angeles went on to win the game, 5-3.

‘™¦ Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o met the media Tuesday for the first time in a month and talked about the team keeping him under wraps as he transitions from an eventful senior year at Notre Dame.

“Coach [Mike McCoy] and the organization had a plan for me,” Te’o said. “That plan was to prepare me the best way for the season. We’re out here for football. I think that’s the bottom line. The plan was for me to focus on football, focus on getting my head in the playbook and just trying to make that transition as quickly as possible. I definitely have reaped the benefits of that and am thankful that I’ve had the time to just focus on the plays and focus on what goes on on the field. That has definitely helped me improve each day.”

Te’o insisted he hasn’t been distracted after the fallout from his fake girlfriend controversy.

“When we’re out on the football field, everything else doesn’t matter,” he said. “Thankfully for me, I’m surrounded by a bunch of teammates who have really pushed me to be better. All they care about is that No. 50 is working his butt off. I’ll take care of the work ethic part and for them, they just make sure that I’m going in the right direction. Personally, that hasn’t been difficult at all.

“We have a saying in the defensive room: `Keep the main thing the main thing.’ I’m here to play football. I’m here to be the best Charger I can be and I’m not going to let anything get in the way of that. We’ll keep the main thing the main thing.”

‘™¦ Sergio Garcia left a note in Tiger Woods‘ locker Tuesday at the U.S. Open in Ardmore, Pa., after he was unable to set up a face-to-face meeting between the golf stars to address their recent dispute. After the two feuded through the press last month, Garcia made a racially insensitive joke and said he wanted to apologize.

“I did leave him a note — a handwritten note,” Garcia said. “And hopefully, he can take a look at it. It’s a big week and I understand that it’s difficult to meet up and stuff. So hopefully, I’ll be able to do it. If not, at least he has read the note and he’s happy with that.”

The two had a brief exchange Monday, when Garcia approached Woods and shook his hand at the practice range.

“We didn’t discuss anything,” Woods said. “Just came up and said, ‘Hi,’ and that was it.”

Added Woods when asked if Garcia apologized: “No. It’s already done. We’ve already gone through it all. It’s time for the U.S. Open.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 12, 1984, the Celtics defeated the Lakers in Game 7, 111-102, to win their 15th NBA title. Which Celtic scored a game-high 24 points?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant settles dispute with parents, auction house 06.11.13 at 7:51 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Giants at Pirates, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Reds at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
NBA finals: Heat at Spurs, 9 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-AM)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Costa Rica vs. Mexico, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Panama vs. United States, 10 p.m. (ESPN)


‘™¦ Kobe Bryant’s dispute with his parents about them selling his memorabilia ended Monday, with his parents apologizing and 90 percent of the items being pulled from the auction.

Bryant and the auction company were due to go to trial in New Jersey next week. Bryant said the items were still his, while his mother, Pamela Bryant, claimed she owned the things Bryant had left at her house. Instead, Goldin Auctions will sell just six items from Bryant’s past, including two high school uniforms from Lower Merion (Pa.), Bryant 2000 NBA All-Star Game ring, and two rings celebrating the 2000 Lakers championship team that were given to Bryant’s parents.

“We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia,” Pamela and Joe Bryant said in a statement. “We apologize for any misunderstanding and unintended pain we have caused our son and appreciate the financial support he has provided over the years. We also apologize to Goldin Auctions for their inadvertent involvement in this matter and thank them for their assistance.”

The auction begins June 17, with bidding continuing until July 19.

‘™¦ Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was arrested Monday on an assault charge after he allegedly struck a woman outside a Cincinnati bar last week following a Reds game.

Jones, who has had numerous run-ins with the law since being drafted in 2005, insisted that he acted in self-defense. Tweeted Jones: Just got arrested for protecting myself, I will not let this break me or change what I have work so hard for ‘€¦

Video surfaced on the web Monday and it appears to show Jones arguing with a woman while the two were on opposite sides of a low gate, the woman attempting to poor the contents of her bottle on him, and Jones responding by unleashing a left to the woman’s face.

In an interview with Cincinnati radio station ESPN 1530, Jones again claimed he did nothing wrong.

“I’€™m not out acting a fool. I’€™m not out drinking, getting drunk,” he said. “All I was doing was protecting myself, man. I wouldn’€™t like to harm no woman, period. I have two beautiful little girls and a wife at home [and] my mother. Most of my family are all women, I don’€™t even had a dad. That’€™s not Adam. That’€™s no part. I’€™m not into that, and I don’€™t condone that. So I don’€™t want you to try to tweak it and make it sound any other way. All I was doing was protecting myself and trying to clear my space.”

‘™¦ Feuding golf rivals Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia met up Monday at the practice range for the U.S. Open in Ardmore, Pa., and shook hands in their first meeting since Garcia made a racially insensitive comment about Woods.

After the pair had a dispute at The Players Championship last month when they were paired together, Garcia, at an awards dinner in England, joked that he would have Woods over for dinner and “serve fried chicken.” Woods downplayed the incident and said he wanted to move on.

Both players are scheduled to speak to the media on Tuesday.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 11, 1987, the Celtics tied an NBA finals record by having five players score 20 or more points in a 123-108 victory over the Lakers in Game 5. Which player led the way with 25 points?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Tiger Woods regains top spot on Forbes’ highest-paid ranking; Tom Brady 11th 06.06.13 at 7:53 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Tigers, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Spurs at Heat, 9 p.m. (ABC)
NHL playoffs: Blackhawks at Kings, 9 p.m. (NBCSN)


‘™¦ One year after being dethroned from the top spot in Forbes magazine’s list of the 100 highest-paid athletes in the world, Tiger Woods regained his lofty ranking. Woods had been No. 1 from 2001 through 2012, but boxer Floyd Mayweather was on top last year.

Woods is estimated to have made $78.1 million over the last year through prize money, endorsements, appearance fees and golf course design work. His winnings totaled $13.1 million, double his prize money from the previous year.

Following Woods on the list is tennis player Roger Federer ($71.5 million), NBA stars Kobe Bryant ($61.9 million) and LeBron James ($59.8 million), and quarterbacks Drew Brees ($51 million) and Aaron Rodgers ($49 million).

Boston is represented by Tom Brady (11th at $38.3 million) and Paul Pierce (82nd at $18.8 million).

‘™¦ Incoming Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann met the media Wednesday and acknowledged that her job got more difficult following allegations that she was an abusive coach close to two decades ago.

“I believe it is going to be a tough challenge,” Hermann said. “Has it been made harder? No doubt. Am I going to have to work double-time to connect with the people who are passionate about Rutgers? I am.”

Hermann admitted that she considered withdrawing from the job.

“Who wouldn’t?” she said. “But the truth is, I was interested in this job because I believe that Rutgers is truly a special place that is so uniquely positioned to do something great.

“I’€™ll go to the mat. I’€™ll deal with it, I’€™ll put up with it. I’€™ll deal with a national embarrassment.”

After previously claiming she had no recollection of a meeting with her volleyball players at Tennessee in 1996 in which they criticized her aggressive style, Hermann tried to spin things Wednesday, claiming that the situation makes her the right person to clean up the mess left by former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, who repeatedly abused his players in practices.

“What I would say about that is that it was a difficult time,” Hermann said. “There were so many things going on with the team, and when you’€™re a young coach you may not be equipped to manage a lot of what we were managing as a team at that time.”

Added Hermann: “So, that lesson of 17 years ago was honestly part of why I felt I was not only very qualified but uniquely qualified.”

‘™¦ Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will miss Game 4 of the Western Conference finals after being suspended for his one-handed high stick to the head of Kings forward Jeff Carter during Tuesday’s Game 3 in Los Angeles. The retaliation move left Carter with a 20-inch gash on his face and three cracked teeth.

Keith, who attempted to apologize to Carter on the ice, met with the NHL’s department of player safety Wednesday.

“I said my piece,” Keith said. “Said the same thing [Tuesday] night, that it was an accident, and I didn’t mean to get him where I got him.”

At Wednesday’s practice, Carter chose to focus on tying the series.

“There’s bigger things to worry about right now,” he said. “We’re in a fight here, down two games to one. I don’t think that’s on our minds.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 6, 1977, which pitcher won his 100th game with the Red Sox?

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Despite lack of personal apology, Tiger Woods ‘done with’ Sergio Garcia feud 05.30.13 at 7:48 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Mets at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Heat, 8:30 p.m. (TNT)


‘™¦ On the eve the Memorial tournament in Dublin, Ohio, Tiger Woods spoke publicly about his feud with fellow golfer Sergio Garcia and Garcia’s racially insensitive comments from last week. Although he said Garcia had not apologized to him “in person,” Woods claimed, “That’s already done with.”

Garcia offered an apology at a press conference last week after saying he would invite Woods to dinner and serve “fried chicken.” Garcia reportedly also called Woods’ agent.

Said Woods: “It’s time to move on.”

Meanwhile, golf legend Jack Nicklaus weighed in on the feud, saying, “It’s stupid.”

Noted Nicklaus: “We were trying to figure out how to get somebody to write about anything when we played. I think today you have to figure out how you keep somebody from writing about anything. It’s a big difference.”

‘™¦ Jalien Messersmith, a forward at NAIA Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., became the first openly gay active college basketball player when his story was revealed Tuesday at

Messersmith said he told his coach last summer and his teammates before the season, and he said most people at his small college knew about his sexual orientation. He was interviews by in March, although the story didn’t come until after NBA free agent Jason Collins made his admission in April with his Sports Illustrated article.

“The big thing for me, why I wanted to do it, before the whole Jason Collins thing, is there weren’t a lot of basketball-related stories like this,” Messersmith said. “When I started coming out, I didn’t have anyone to look to for advice or to see how their story went. People can look to see what happened to me — and there are positive things going on.”

‘™¦ Controversial Lakers guard Metta World Peace has released a children’s book, called “Metta’s Bedtime Stories,” which includes five stories “written to help children think about daily events in a positive light.”

According to, where the book is available, “These stories will show everyone that you can always have a better day tomorrow, if you have a hopeful heart and keep positive thoughts.”

World Peace, previously known as Ron Artest, is a spokesman for mental health.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 30, 1997, which Red Sox player hit three home runs in a 10-4 rout of the Yankees at Fenway Park?

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