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October 2, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Tiger Woods is out of the top 50 in the world golf rankings for the first time in nearly 15 years. Woods, who hasn't won in nearly two years, was assured of dropping from the top 50 when Louis Oosthuizen finished in a three-way tie for fifth in the Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday at St. Andrews, Scotland. That ends a streak of 778 consecutive weeks inside the top 50, dating to when Woods was No. 61 on Oct. 13, 1996. Woods, who has not played since missing the cut at the PGA Championship, returns to competition this week at the Frys.com Open at CordeValle in Northern California.
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October 30, 2010 | Wire reports
Brett Favre expects to start for the Minnesota Vikings against the New England Patriots on Sunday despite two fractures in his left ankle, according to a report by ESPN. The network reported Saturday that Favre said his injuries have healed significantly and that he plans to start, which would extend his record streak of consecutive regular-season starts to 292 games. Favre wore a walking boot the first three days of the week and did not practice until Friday, when he only participated on a limited basis.
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August 13, 2010 | By Chris Hine
Reporting from Sheboygan, Wis. The aesthetics of Whistling Straits — the 900-plus bunkers, the fescue grass — are reminiscent of a British Open course. One missing ingredient Thursday — the wind — arrived Friday to give the course that extra links feel. The wind howled and gusted and picked up in intensity later in the day, making some holes more difficult and some a little easier. Bryce Molder , for instance, began the fifth hole of his second round at even par. For the next 10 holes, he said, he was hitting mostly downwind.
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October 31, 2010 | Wire reports
Lee Westwood had little reason to think one year ago he could be No. 1 in the world, a position that looked "unattainable" the way Tiger Woods had been dominating golf for so much of the decade. Golf can take some peculiar turns, though, which Westwood knows better than most. Westwood reached No. 1 on Sunday for the first time. He ended a record run by Woods, who had led the world ranking for 281 weeks. Westwood, at No. 266 in the world seven years ago while fighting through a severe slump, became only the 13th player to be No. 1 since the world ranking began in 1986, and the first European since Nick Faldo in 1994.
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March 7, 2014 | By Steve Waters
DORAL, Fla. --After playing 16 holes Thursday, Jason Dufner said the redesigned Blue Monster at Trump National Doral had a major championship feel. On Friday, with a howling wind turning even good shots into penalty strokes, the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship seemed more like the final day of a British Open. Patrick Reed completed his first round, which was delayed by rain, then suspended because of darkness, at four-under-par 68 Friday morning. That gave him a one-shot lead over six players.
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July 8, 2010 | Wire reports
Brendan Haywood is coming back to the Dallas Mavericks — as the starting center. Haywood agreed Thursday to a $55-million, six-year contract, according to a person familiar with negotiations. The person spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because details were still being finalized. Dallas acquired the 7-footer from Washington as part of a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline last season. He was a big part of the Mavericks getting on a roll soon after, but down the stretch he lost playing time — and his starting job — to Erick Dampier . The Mavericks have been planning to trade or cut Dampier.
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August 12, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Golf has been no elixir for Tiger Woods .… His numbers still astound, but not in a good way.… For the first time in 12 years, by the way, Woods is playing in a major championship in which someone else is favored.… Step right up, Phil Mickelson .… Golf's four reigning major champions represent four continents: Asia ( Y.E. Yang ), Africa ( Louis Oosthuizen ), Europe ( Graeme McDowell ) and North America (Mickelson).… Renegade JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater's reclaiming his job seems more likely than a third consecutive October matchup between the Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies.
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September 27, 2012
Writers from around Tribune Co. discuss the Ryder Cup, which starts Friday at Medinah Country Club near Chicago. Check back throughout the day for more of their responses and join the conversation by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own. Jeff Shain, Orlando Sentinel Predicting Sunday's final score at Medinah might be easier than picking the winner. Let's call it 14 1/2 to 13 1/2, same as two years ago in Wales. Yes, it'll be that close. The underdog almost always plays above its rank in these matches - and with every golfer among the world's 35 best, there's no true underdog.
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August 12, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Golf has been no elixir for Tiger Woods .… His numbers still astound, but not in a good way.… For the first time in 12 years, by the way, Woods is playing in a major championship in which someone else is favored.… Step right up, Phil Mickelson .… Golf's four reigning major champions represent four continents: Asia ( Y.E. Yang ), Africa ( Louis Oosthuizen ), Europe ( Graeme McDowell ) and North America (Mickelson).… Renegade JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater's reclaiming his job seems more likely than a third consecutive October matchup between the Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies.
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November 28, 2010 | Wire reports
Roger Federer turned his high-profile, season-ending match against Rafael Nadal into little more than an exhibition. Federer gave his rival little chance to mount a challenge in the 22nd meeting between two of the greatest players of all time, winning his fifth season-ending title, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, in the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday at London. Federer won an incredible 92% of the points played on his first serve in the final, and lost only 13 points on serve in the entire match.
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