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Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar to team in Presidents Cup

Woods and Kuchar will face Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman in fourballs at Muirfield.

October 02, 2013|Staff and Wire reports
  • Matt Kuchar, Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth of the U.S. Team walk off a tee box during a practice round prior to the start of The Presidents Cup at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.
Matt Kuchar, Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and Jordan Spieth of the U.S. Team… (Andy Lyons / Getty Images )

Matt Kuchar is the 10th player to have Tiger Woods as a partner in the Presidents Cup.

Woods and Kuchar are in the fifth of six matches Thursday, taking on Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman in fourballs at Muirfield in Dublin, Ohio. This is the seventh Presidents Cup for Woods, and the second for Kuchar.

International captain Nick Price put Jason Day and Graham DeLaet in the opening match against Hunter Mahan and Brandt Snedeker.

Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson also have new partners.

Mickelson, the only player to have competed in every Presidents Cup, has Keegan Bradley. That's his 13th partner in this event. Els got his 10th partner in Brendon de Jonge, one of seven rookies on the International team.


Biles, Ross take top two spots

After the final qualification subdivisions in the 2013 World Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, newly crowned U.S. all-around champion Simone Biles, 16, of Spring, Texas, qualified first and Kyla Ross, the 16-year-old from Aliso Viejo who won a team gold medal with the United States in the 2012 Olympics, qualified second. McKayla Maroney qualified sixth, but only two gymnasts per country can compete in the 24-woman all-around finals.

Thursday the men compete in the all-around finals, for which Sam Mikulak, 20, of Newport Coast, qualified second.

After qualifying finished Wednesday, the U.S. women's qualification rankings for event finals are: defending world champion Maroney first on the vault and Biles second; on uneven bars, Ross second and Biles sixth; on balance beam, Ross third and Biles fifth; and on floor exercise Biles first and Ross sixth. Maroney tied Ross in overall score in that event, but only two gymnasts per country can compete in each event final, and Ross took the second U.S. spot on a tiebreaker.

There is no team competition in this world championships. Biles also became the first gymnast since Shannon Miller in 1991 to qualify for the all-around and all four event finals at a world championship.

—Diane Pucin


A Jamaican disciplinary panel gave sprinting star Veronica Campbell-Brown a public warning but cleared her to return to competition.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist returned a positive test for a banned diuretic at the Jamaica International Invitational meet in May.

In a statement, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Assn. said its disciplinary committee "recommended that a reprimand without any period of ineligibility would be appropriate." It ruled she did not use the banned substance for performance enhancement.


Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun will miss three to six months while undergoing treatment for blood clots.

The 37-year-old Vokoun hasn't played since the blood clots were discovered last month. Vokoun said Wednesday he hadn't thought about retirement and wants to see how the treatment plays out before making any decision.


Li Na kept alive local hopes of a first homegrown champion in the China Open, reaching the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Sabine Lisicki of Germany at Beijing.

In men's play, 2005 champion Rafael Nadal edged Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, 6-4, 7-6 (3), to move into the third round.

To equal her previous best efforts in Beijing, the semifinals in 2010 and 2012, Li will have to beat Petra Kvitova.

Kvitova beat Sara Errani of Italy, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3.

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