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Sports briefs: Aug. 24


Woods, Nordegren announce their marriage is over

Tiger Woods and his Swedish-born wife officially divorced Monday, nine months after his middle-of-the night car crash outside their home set off shocking revelations that the world's most famous athlete had been cheating on her through multiple affairs.

"We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future," Woods and Elin Nordegren said in a joint statement released by their lawyers.

The divorce was granted in Bay County Circuit Court in Panama City, Fla., about 375 miles away from their Isleworth home outside Orlando. The couple had married in October 2004 in Barbados and have a 3-year-old daughter, Sam, and a 19-month-old son, Charlie.

The marriage was described in court documents as "irretrievably broken" with no point in trying to reconcile. Terms of the divorce were not disclosed, except that they will "share parenting" of their two children.

Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, declined comment when asked whether the couple had a prenuptial agreement or terms of the settlement. "We're not commenting beyond what was in the release," he said.

The sordid sex scandal cost Woods three major corporate sponsors — Accenture, AT&T and Gatorade — worth millions of dollars, and he lost his image as the gold standard in sports endorsements. A month after the scandal became public, Woods spent two months in therapy at a Mississippi clinic with hopes of saving his marriage.

Shoal Creek to host Champions major

The Champions Tour is moving one of its majors to Birmingham's Shoal Creek, the club that sparked controversy at the 1990 PGA Championship for what was then an all-white membership.

The Regions Tradition will replace the Champions Tour's Jeld-Wen Tradition and the city's Regions Charity Classic. It will be held May 2-8 at Shoal Creek Country Club, the first of five majors.

The venue hosted the PGA Championship in 1984 and 1990, but the media spotlight on the club's all-white membership and remarks by founder Hall Thompson that his club wouldn't be pressured into accepting black members sparked a controversy.

Mike Thompson, Hall's son and the tournament's chairman, said the club has extended membership offers to 16 blacks in the community and five have joined. He said two others have said they hoped to eventually join the club, which has some 600 members.

Thomas, Belden off to good start

Jeff Wilson, 47, of Fairfield, Calif., blew away the field in the first round of qualifying at the U.S. Amateur Championship on Monday at Chambers Bay, Wash. Wilson, a three-time qualifying medalist in the event, finished eagle-eagle on the Home Course to shoot 10-under 62, six shots better than the next-best score. Half the field played on the par-72 Home Course, the other half on par-71 Chambers Bay Golf Course.

Justin Thomas, 17, the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up from Goshen, Ky., opened with a 1-under 71 and was tied for 15th. UK golfer Brian Belden, from Emmaus, Pa., shot an even-par 72. Mark Knecht, from Paducah, Ky., shot a 1-over 73. All three golfers played on the Home Course. Georgetown College's Christian Heavens shot 81 at Chambers Bay. The field will be cut to 64 golfers after Tuesday's final round of qualifying, and match play will start Wednesday.


Ex-convict Clarett asks for UFL tryout

Former Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett has gotten back into the classroom. Now he wants to get back onto the football field.

Clarett filed a motion with a judge asking to be allowed to travel to try out with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. A review of the motion was tentatively set for Monday afternoon and then later pushed back to Aug. 30. Clarett cannot leave the state until he receives clearance from the court.

On Monday, Clarett, who led the Buckeyes to the 2002 national championship, finished up 4½ months in a locked-down, dormitory-style facility that serves as a transition for those getting out of prison.

Clarett pleaded guilty in 2006 to aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon and served 3½ years in a Toledo prison.


Nadal No. 1, Federer No. 2 at U.S. Open

Seeking to complete the career Grand Slam, Rafael Nadal will be the top-seeded man when the U.S. Open starts next week, and Roger Federer will come to Flushing Meadows seeded second. The women's seedings were delayed one day because of a rainout of Sunday's final at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

It appears, however, that Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark will get the top seed because Serena Williams, the world's top-ranked player, has withdrawn while recovering from surgery to repair cuts on her right foot. Wozniacki won the rain-delayed Rogers Cup on Monday, beating Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2 in Montreal.

At No. 9, Andy Roddick is the highest seeded American man.

Youth baseball

South Lexington 14's fall 20-4

The South Lexington 14-year-old All-Stars allowed 24 hits in a 20-4 loss to Tri Valley, Calif., on Monday at the Babe Ruth World Series in Loudoun County, Va. Tri Valley's Josh Sprugasci tied a World Series record with four hits. Kylan Nelson went 3-for-3 for South Lexington.

College baseball

Wichita St. player killed in wreck

A Wichita State baseball player died in a traffic accident early Monday in Iowa. West Des Moines police said 21-year-old Mitch Caster was killed in an accident on Interstate 35. Police say he was driving south on the interstate when his car crossed the center line and hit a northbound semi-trailer truck head-on. The truck driver, from Buffalo, Mo., was not injured.

Auto Racing

Drag racer dies in crash

A drag racer died of injuries from a crash at Eddyville Raceway Park in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Track co-owner Scott Gardner said Tim Hay of Burleson, Texas, died during an Outlaw Fuel Altereds race on Saturday night. Gardner said the 49-year-old Hay lost control of his car, slammed into a safety wall and rolled over.


Plushenko stripped of eligibility

Evgeni Plushenko will need more than quadruple jumps to make it to the Sochi Olympics. The Olympic gold and silver medalist has lost his eligibility after failing to appeal a June decision by the International Skating Union, which punished Plushenko for skating in exhibitions without permission from the Russian federation. Plushenko did not appeal in the allotted 21 days, and the ISU said Monday its decision was final. The Russian is now ineligible for "any ISU activity," the international federation said, including the Olympics, world championships and Grand Prix series.

The last word

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady when asked about Hard Knocks, the HBO show giving an inside look at the Jets training camp.

"Honestly, I haven't turned it on. I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show."