Woods: 'Lynch' Issue Over

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tiger Woods says Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman meant no harm when she used the term "lynch" during television commentary about him, and he regards the issue closed as he returns to work this week.

"It was unfortunate," Woods said yesterday in his first public comments since Tilghman was suspended for two weeks. "Kelly and I did speak. There was no ill intent. She regrets saying it. In my eyes, it's all said and done."

The world's No. 1 player will make his 2008 debut at the Buick Invitational in La Jolla, Calif., which starts Thursday.

¿ COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Norm Chow, who tutored a pair of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks at Southern California, is returning as offensive coordinator at crosstown rival UCLA.

Chow, fired last week by the Tennessee Titans, joins the staff of new UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel.

¿ PRO FOOTBALL: The girlfriend of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Cedrick Wilson was in custody after a nearly 12-hour standoff at Wilson's home that led to the evacuation of about 70 neighbors, police said.

Lindsey Paulat, 26, of Tarentum, Pa., who fired two shots from a handgun into a wall, was charged with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.

¿ PRO BASKETBALL: Orlando's Dwight Howard was chosen to compete in the Feb. 16 dunk contest at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. Defending champion Gerald Green, Toronto's Jamario Moon and Rudy Gay of Memphis round out the field.

Boston Coach Doc Rivers clinched the right to coach the East in the All-Star Game.

¿ COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Virginia Tech's Jeff Allen, suspended for two games by the ACC for bumping a referee, has apologized.

The ACC suspended the freshman forward Sunday for making inappropriate contact with Zelton Steed during the Hokies-Georgia Tech game on Saturday. . . .

Maryland's James Gist and James Johnson of Wake Forest won ACC weekly awards.

Gist was named the league's top player on the strength of his 22-point, 13-rebound performance in the Terrapins' upset of then-No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday.

¿ BASEBALL: Pitcher Lance Cormier and the Orioles agreed to a minor league contract, a move that adds depth to a potentially thin starting staff.

-- From News Services

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