The grimace came on the ninth tee Monday, the first indication from Tiger Woods that his left knee was bothering him during his 19-hole playoff victory over Rocco Mediate in the United States Open. Other winces may soon follow from directors and organizers of tournaments that were expecting Woods, the No. 1 golfer in the world, to be working his magic at their events. The June 26-29 Buick Open at Grand Blanc, Mich., and Woods's own AT&T National the following week at Congressional Country Club in Potomac, Md., are the two events in the most immediate danger of losing their top draw. The British Open, which will be played July 17-20 at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, also may be in jeopardy. Woods said he would be taking off an indeterminate amount of time from competitive golf to evaluate the condition of the knee. He had arthroscopic surgery April 15. "I think I need to shut it down for a little bit here," Woods said. "It's a bit sore. I need to take a little bit of a break." (New York Times) Comment
A Raiders spokesman said "We are in the process of gathering information," regarding the status of wide receiver Javon Walker, who was reportedly found unconconscious in Las Vegas with an orbital fracture Monday morning. Walker, according to Fox affiliate KVVU-5, was listed in fair condition. The Las Vegas-Review Journal reported Walker was spotted at the nightspot "Tryst" at the Wynn "spraying the crowd with some of the 15 bottles of Dom Perignone Rose champagne he ordered." Walker signed a free agent contract with $16 million in guaranteed money in the offseason but was still rounding into shape following knee surgery. Coach Lane Kiffin said he wanted Walker to lose weight before the Raiders went to training camp in Napa. A report filed with the the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department identified Walker as the "victim of an early morning crime." (Oakland Tribune) Comment
The Yankees' loss of their ace, Chien-Ming Wang, for up to 10 weeks prompted the team co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner to chastise the National League for playing without a designated hitter. "My only message is simple," Steinbrenner said in Tampa, Fla. "The National League needs to join the 21st century. They need to grow up and join the 21st century." Steinbrenner said he was angry and added: "I've got my pitchers running the bases, and one of them gets hurt. He's going to be out. I don't like that, and it's about time they address it. That was a rule from the 1800s." Making a rare appearance on the bases at an N.L. park in Houston on Sunday, Wang pulled up rounding third and hobbled home on a Derek Jeter single. (New York Times) Comment
Georgia's David Thoms (7), is tagged out stealing second base by Stanford shortstop Jake Schlander in the fifth inning of an NCAA College World Series game in Omaha, Nebraska. (AP Photo)
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