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Woods Commits to Play CA Championship

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Tiger Woods has entered the CA Championship at Doral next week, resuming his return from knee surgery on a course where he has won three times.

Woods played his first tournament in eight months last week at the Match Play Championship, where he was eliminated in the second round by South Africa's Tim Clark.

Woods has not finished out of the top 10 in his six appearances at Doral. . . .

Erik Compton closed a comeback of a first round at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., finishing off a 1-under-par 69 and tied for 12th, three shots behind leader Robert Allenby. . . .

Americans Paula Creamer and Jane Park shot 1-under 71s to share the second-round lead in the LPGA Tour's HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. . . .

Defending champion Bernhard Langer shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif.

Langer, a two-time Masters winner, was one stroke ahead of Jim Colbert, Bob Gilder and Eduardo Romero.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Florida St. Punished

Florida State received four years' probation from the NCAA and will lose scholarships in football and may forfeit games because of a widespread academic cheating scandal involving 10 sports.

The NCAA infractions committee says the case was "extremely serious" because of the large number of student-athletes involved in various sports. Academic fraud is considered among the most egregious of NCAA rules violations.

Some five dozen Florida State athletes cheated on an online test from the fall of 2006 through summer 2007 or received improper help from staffers who provided them with answers to the exam and typed papers for them.

AUTO RACING

Martin Claims Pole

Mark Martin has claimed the pole for tomorrow's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his first top spot since 2001. Martin, 50, qualified first with a speed of 187.045 mph, his 42nd career pole but first since May 5, 2001, at Richmond. Kurt Busch will start from the outside of the front row.

MISC.

U.S. to Soccer Final

A spectacular late goal from substitute Natasha Kai gave the United States a 1-0 win over Iceland and sent the defending champion into the final of the Algarve Cup. . . .

Former NBA great Charles Barkley will serve only three days in jail for DUI after a judge reduced his original 10-day sentence. . . .

Andy Roddick beat Marco Chiudinelli in straight sets to move the United States into a 1-1 tie in its opening-round Davis Cup matchup with Switzerland.

James Blake lost to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in four sets to put the United States in an early hole in the indoor hard-court match. . . .

Cycling's world governing body banned German rider Stefan Schumacher for two years after he tested positive for a banned drug at the 2008 Tour de France. . . .

Netherlands Antilles sprinter Churandy Martina lost his appeal to be reinstated as the silver medalist in the 200 meters at the Beijing Olympics. . . .

World champion Bill Demong of the United States rallied to win a Nordic combined World Cup race in Lahti, Finland.

Demong finished the individual Gundersen event in 26 minutes 10.8 seconds.. . .

Kathrin Zettel led a 1-2 Austrian finish in a World Cup giant slalom, while Lindsey Vonn moved within one race of capturing her second overall title in Ofterschwang, Germany.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports

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