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Tiger Woods' status for Masters Tournament uncertain

WASHINGTON - Tiger Woods is not sure whether his ailing back will allow him to play in the Masters, which is two weeks away.
Back pains force Tiger Woods to withdraw from Arnold Palmer Invitational

ORLANDO, Fla. - Tiger Woods has pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of persistent back pains.
Back issues force Woods to skip Bay Hill

Tiger Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Tuesday because of persistent pain in his back, creating even more uncertainty for golf's No. 1 player with the Masters Tournament only three weeks away.
Garnett's new gang ends best season in Wolves history

...the Lakers in the playoffs last year, was on crutches. Cassell succumbed to a hip problem that caused severe pain in his lower back and missed the last two games against the Lakers. Minnesota missed his clutch shooting down the stretch and his...
Sanford starts bike ride across the state

...home Summerville to ride with the governor. While Sanford has been troubled by a sore knee recently and lingering pain in his lower back, he said he wanted to set a good example by showing people how important exercise is to staying healthy. Sanford...
Nearly 100 join Sanford for first leg of bike ride Summerville to ride with the governor. Although Mr. Sanford has been troubled by a sore knee and lingering pain in his lower back, he said he wanted to set a good example by showing people how important exercise is to staying healthy. He said...
Braves notes: Braves disciplined for early signing of player

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Following the example it set in the Adrian Beltre case, Major League Baseball has fined the Atlanta Braves $100,000 for the early signing of shortstop Wilson Betemit and banned the team from signing Dominican Republic players for six months. In addition, former scouting director Paul Snyder and current Latin American scouting coordinator Rene Francisco were fined $2,500 each. However, just as in the Beltre case, Betemit was not declared a free agent.
Oliver has little to laugh about

Johnny Oliver is always quick with the jokes and wisecracks in the dugout to keep his teammates loose, but the GreenJackets outfielder is the first to admit it's been tough to find his smile these days. The 21-year-old has been sidelined the past three weeks with hamstring and lower back problems, and will undergo an MRI this week to find out if he will be able to play again season. But this is just another in a long line of tough breaks for the former first-round draft choice.
No slip for Jarrett this time

DARLINGTON, S.C. - As overpowering as Dale Jarrett's victory in the TranSouth Financial 400 appeared, NASCAR's hottest driver thought it was going to slip away again Sunday. Jarrett, with a point to make after letting both Winston Cup races slip from his grasp last year at Darlington International Raceway, hung on this time, fighting off a strong challenge from runner-up Ted Musgrave. The winner led the last 129 of 293 laps on the 1.366-mile, oval, beating Musgrave by less than two car-lengths in the battle of Ford Thunderbirds.
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Veterans rule tough day

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. --- Hot blasts of wind on a diabolical course made The Players Championship tough enough to turn someone's hair gray. Not that the leaders needed any help with that Friday.