Tiger Woods decided Friday not to play in the Memorial as he recovers from knee surgery, meaning he likely will go to the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines without having played a tournament in two months.
Woods, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee April 15, was hopeful of playing before the U.S. Open. His office notified the PGA Tour that he would not enter the Memorial, a tour official said.
This is the second time in three years that Woods has had a two-month layoff before a major championship. He missed nine weeks in 2006 while coping with the death of his father, returning to the U.S. Open at Winged Foot and missing the cut for the only time in a major.
ASU player, USC team win NCAA golf titles
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Arizona State's Azahara Munoz rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt on the first hole of sudden death Friday to win the NCAA women's golf individual championship over UCLA's Tiffany Joh.
In the team competition, Southern California removed most of the drama on the back nine of the University of New Mexico Championship Course, pulling away from the Bruins to win by six strokes. The Trojans, who won their second team championship, finished with a 16-over 1,168.
Memphis' Anderson withdraws from draft
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis guard Antonio Anderson has withdrawn from the 2008 NBA Draft and is returning to school for his final season of eligibility.
He said in a statement released by the school Friday that he'd been projected as a second-round pick, and he was not satisfied with that. This past season, he was the team's fourth-leading scorer at 8.6 points per game. He tied for the team lead with 49 steals and was second with 136 assists.
Arrest warrant issued after skater drugged
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) Authorities searched Friday for a man charged with giving former Olympic ice dancing gold medalist Oksana "Pasha" Grishuk a date-rape drug.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist said James R. Halstead of Santa Ana encouraged her to order a drink as they waited for a dinner table at the posh St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel in Orange County on April 12. He then encouraged her to finish it, she said, but she only took a few sips before the two moved to the dining room.
Halstead, 61, of Santa Ana, was charged Wednesday with one felony count of administering a drug to Grishuk with the intent of having sex with her. He remained at large Friday. Grishuk had known Halstead, an insurance salesman, for two years but was not romantically involved with him, said Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. The pair met to discuss starting a clothing and vitamin line, Amormino said.
Grishuk won gold medals for Russia in ice dancing in 1994 and 1998.
Barkley's gambling debt paid, case closed
LAS VEGAS (AP) A Clark County prosecutor says Charles Barkley is off the legal hook and the case on his $400,000 gambling debt is closed.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Bernie Zadrowski said on Friday that the retired NBA star sent a $40,000 check to pay statutory and bad check processing fees.
Earlier this week, Barkley paid $400,000 to Wynn Las Vegas after the resort filed a May 14 civil complaint in Nevada state court. It alleged Barkley failed to repay four $100,000 casino markers, or loans, received last Oct. 18 and 19.
Olympic gold medalist injured in U.S. meet
Defending Olympic all-around golf medalist Paul Hamm suffered a major setback Thursday night when he broke a bone in his right ring finger while competing on the parallel bars at the U.S. men's gymnastics championships in Houston.
But the Waukesha, Wis., gymnast and defending Olympic all-around gold medalist still has time to recover and be in top form for the Beijing Olympics in August.
That's the firm opinion of Hamm's coach, Miles Avery, who indicated that Hamm would have surgery to insert a plate or screws to repair the fourth metacarpal in his right hand. Recovery time is expected to be four to six weeks.
Hamm will not be able to compete in the Olympic trials in mid-June. But he is eligible to petition for a spot on the six-member men's team, to be named July 1.