Morning Jolt: Who benefits from Tiger's return?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
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Who benefits most from Tiger's return?

The move to come back may be good for golf, but is it good for Tiger Woods, too? That Tiger is coming back to golf is, in the context of sports and people who revel in competition and athletic achievement, extraordinary news. That his first tournament back is the Masters is, well, odd. It's like Kobe or LeBron deciding to skip warmup games in March or April and just report to work for the playoffs. Skipping Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill, where a member of the Mount Rushmore of golf could put his arm around Tiger and help usher him back into the fray, is wasting an enormous resource of potential strength, not to mention goodwill. (Washington Post) Comment

Is Ovechkin a dirty player?

Is one of the NHL's top two players a dirty player? Puckville is of course dropping its gloves on this one. The fight is over whether Alex Ovechkin's two-game suspension for shoving Chicago's Brian Campbell into the boards from behind on NBC Sunday afternoon -- a hit that broke Campbell's clavicle and ended at least his regular season -- warranted further discipline than the game misconduct penalty he already received. Or whether the hit should have received any punishment at all. How the league metes out justice and to who is frothily debated by the most passionate on both sides. Back here in the real world, the debate is straightforward: Is the most potent force in the game also the most reckless and dangerous? Is Ovie dirty? (Washington Post) Comment

MLS may see the last of Beckham

If you took a picture of David Beckham playing soccer in the MLS, make sure you keep it. On Sunday, Beckham completely tore his left Achilles' tendon while playing for AC Milan in a Serie A game against Chievo Verona. He is expected to be out of action for about six months. And while the doctor in Finland who performed the surgery on Beckham said he is expected to make a full recovery, "Becks" is expected to miss the World Cup in June in South Africa. Under the current timeline, Beckham is projected to return to the Galaxy when it hosts D.C. United on Sept. 18, and could play here against the Union on Oct. 7. I wouldn't be surprised if he never plays for the Galaxy again. (Philadelphia Daily News) Comment

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