When Tiger Woods plays in the British Open, his security guards are members of the British Army.
As Woods's fame grows worldwide, so does the challenge to ensure his safety. During this week's Williams World Challenge in Scottsdale, Ariz., Woods has not only had thousands of fans cheering him on, but also a small gallery of security personnel trailing him on every hole.
Woods said this week he's learned to deal with the attention and intrusions his fame brings.
"Unfortunately that's just part of it and you have to understand that," he said. "There are consequences. I could do anything that anyone else can do, but there are consequences and you have to understand those consequences when you go through that."
Two Scottsdale police officers, along with security officers hired by the tournament, have been shadowing the 24-year-old superstar around the ritzy Grayhawk Golf Club course. John Lewis, the tournament coordinator who is in charge of security, said yesterday there had been no problems through the event's first three days.
"We haven't had anything out of the ordinary," Lewis said. "Vivacious fans and autograph seekers, the things that are normally common for this type of high-profile tournament."
P.A. Announcer Let Go
Sherry Davis, the first woman public address announcer in major league baseball, will not be asked to return next season after seven years on the job with the San Francisco Giants. Davis said she was told in November it was possible she might not be asked back but hoped the team would change its mind.
BoxingThrowing a Fight? A retired boxer says he was offered $30,000, the biggest purse of his career, to throw a fight to Roberto Duran when the legendary fighter was years past his prime.
Sanderline Williams said associates of Duran made the offer in a restaurant near Cleveland in the early 1990s, the Miami Herald reported in yesterday's editions. The fight never took place.
Williams said he was told Duran had no knowledge of the proposed fix. He refused to identify the men who asked him to throw the fight. Duran, through his Miami attorney, Tony Gonzalez, said he had no recollection of a proposed fight with Williams.
Paul Tergat of Kenya won his fourth St. Silvester road race in Sao Paulo, beating a field of about 12,000 in the 75th annual year-end event. Tergat, 30, equaled the four-victory record shared by only three other runners since the race was first held in 1925: Gaston Roelants of Belgium (1964, 1965, 1967 and 1968); Colombia's Victor Mora (1972, 1973, 1975 and 1981); and Ecuador's Rolando Vera (1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989).
The United States came back for a 1-1 tie against Canada in Pool A at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Stockholm. The tie gave Canada second place in the group, and it will face Switzerland in the quarterfinals starting today. The United States will face Sweden, which beat Kazakhstan, 13-1. In other Pool B action, Russia easily defeated Switzerland, 7-1, and will play Finland in the quarterfinals. The Czech Republic takes on Kazakhstan. . . .
Erin Magee scored three goals as the United States women's hockey team beat Sweden, 9-1, in the final preliminary-round game in the Christmas tournament in Lake Placid, N.Y. The United States, 4-0 in preliminary-round play, will face the winner of today's game between Russia and Sweden in the championship game Sunday.
The Washington Redskins and several local radio stations will host a playoff rally at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Union Station. Fans can participate in a best-banner contest in which the winner will receive $2,000, four tickets and expenses for each Redskins playoff game and a trip to the Super Bowl.