Woods considering addingFall Series to his schedule
Tiger Woods says he is thinking about adding another PGA Tour event to his schedule.
Woods failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs that start this week in New Jersey for the top 125 players in the standings, meaning he is ineligible for tour events until October. He said on his Web site Monday that he might add a tournament in the Fall Series.
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"Right now, I'm looking at my options," Woods said.
The Fall Series begins in Las Vegas on Sept. 29. It is followed by the Frys.com Open in San Martin, Calif., before moving to the East Coast for the McGladrey Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga., and concluding with the tournament at Disney on Oct. 20-23.
Woods won Las Vegas for his first PGA Tour victory in 1996. He also won Disney that year.
He also said he wants to be part of the Presidents Cup team in Australia the week before Thanksgiving, although Woods will to have to rely on being one of two captain's picks.
"I've had some conversations with U.S. captain Fred Couples, and we'll see how it goes," Woods said. "Of course, I want to be on the team. It's always fun to play for your country, and we did pretty well two years ago in San Francisco. I'm just going to keep practicing and try to get better."
Woods is to play Aug. 31 in upstate New York, a one-day exhibition to support the charity of longtime friend Notah Begay.
U.S. abandons bid for 2020 Games
Locked in a dispute over millions of dollars, the U.S. Olympic Committee pulled the plug Monday on a bid for the 2020 Summer Games before the International Olympic Committee could say no to the Americans, as it has the last two times. The two sides have been at odds over a revenue-sharing agreement for years.
Chicago, New York and Dallas were among the cities interested in the 2020 games, but any bid was contingent upon a new deal with the IOC.
Recently, negotiations had picked up in an effort to meet a Sept. 1 deadline for countries to submit a city's name for consideration. But with so much money and a long-term commitment at stake, the USOC decided not to rush.
"I think it's one of the smartest things they could do right now," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, one of the country's most important, and successful, Olympic sports. "It's very important they get this revenue-sharing deal done the right way."
Fiesta Bowl moves up to Jan. 2 slot
The 2012 Fiesta Bowl has been moved up three days to Jan. 2 and will be played right after the Rose Bowl.
The Fiesta Bowl was originally scheduled for Jan. 5 and bowl officials wanted to bump it up to boost television ratings and out-of-state visitors to the game.
The BCS had originally decided against scheduling any games the night of Jan. 2 in case the NFL lockout pushed back the season. With the lockout resolved and the NFL schedule staying the same, the BCS gave bowls the option of moving up to Jan. 2.
Sports in the courts
Police search Zach Randolph's home
A man who went to the West Linn, Oregon, home of Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph to sell marijuana said he was beaten with a pool cue in a dispute over the price of pot.
Police identified the victim as 26-year-old James Beasley of Portland. Beasley told sheriff's deputies at least three men assaulted him but Randolph was not among them. No arrests have been made, and authorities said none were expected on Monday.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Sgt. James Rhodes said Randolph was in his home outside Portland when the beating occurred early Saturday. The victim was treated for head and face injuries and released from a hospital later that afternoon, when he called police.
Officers served a search warrant early Sunday. They spoke with 10 people in the home at the time and recovered pool cues and blood evidence. They did not find drugs in the home.
Substance-abuse violation sidelines Sieg
NASCAR has suspended Trucks Series driver Shane Sieg for violating the substance abuse policy.
He's the second driver from NASCAR's top three national series to be suspended since the random drug testing policy was adopted in 2009. Kentuckian Jeremy Mayfield was the first driver suspended after he failed a random test in May 2009. He's currently suing NASCAR over the suspension.
Sieg has run in 12 of the 15 Trucks Series races this year. His season-best finish was 12th at Darlington in May.
He last raced at Pocono on Aug. 7, finishing 14th.
■ Crew chief Jerry Baxter has apologized to Steve Wallace for pulling his hair after the Nationwide Series race Saturday in Montreal. Baxter reached into Wallace's car and pulled his hair as Wallace drove down pit road. Baxter was upset because contact between Wallace and Patrick Carpentier ended Carpentier's race.
High school football
Coaching legend begins 60th season
John McKissick starts his 60th season at Summerville (S.C.) High with the same motivation he had when he took the job in 1952 — win the next one.
That philosophy made the 84-year-old McKissick the nation's leader in football victories at all levels, pro, college and high school.
The Green Wave open the year Friday night at Conway. McKissick's record is 586-138-3. He has won 10 South Carolina state championships and has continued to produce stars, the most recent being former Georgia receiver A.J. Green, currently in his first year with the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.
Why not retire? The longtime coach says he's seen too many friends lose their purpose and die soon after retiring. McKissick says the team keeps him feeling young.
The last word
Umpire Toby Hoy, 40, says pressure in the Little League World Series isn't just on the players:
"I've never done a game in front of 40,000 people. Maybe 13,000 tops. I've never been on television much before. I don't know how to explain it. There's a heightened sense of concentration. You don't want to make a mistake that costs a 12-year-old the win of a lifetime. But you can't think like that."