Nicklaus still thinks Tiger will catch him in majors
Jack Nicklaus doubts his lead in Grand Slam titles will last, because he anticipates that Tiger Woods' slump will end.
Woods hasn't won a tournament since he became immersed in a sex scandal in November 2009, and he's stalled at 14 major titles, four shy of Nicklaus' record.
"I still think he'll break my record," Nicklaus said Wednesday before playing a round in the Honda Classic pro-am in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Woods isn't playing Honda. Last week, he was eliminated in the first round of the Match Play Championship, and he has failed to crack the top 20 in his three tournaments this year.
Goodell heads back to talks
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, two members of the owners' labor committee and two top lawyers for the league have returned to the site of talks with the players' union. Goodell, lead NFL labor negotiator Jeff Pash and outside counsel Bob Batterman walked into the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday in Washington, six hours after the league's contingent had departed to attend a meeting of the 32 team owners at a hotel 25 miles away in Chantilly, Va. New York Giants owner John Mara and Green Bay Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy entered the building a few minutes later. The NFL and union met for four hours earlier Wednesday. The collective bargaining agreement expires at midnight Thursday night.
Vick signs one-year deal: Michael Vick has signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Pro Bowl quarterback was designated as the team's franchise player Feb. 15. He signed the franchise tender Wednesday.
Under rules of the collective bargaining agreement that expires at midnight Thursday, a team must pay a franchise player the average of the top five salaries at his position. Vick would make an estimated $20 million under this tag.
Pats lineman retires: New England Patriots offensive lineman Stephen Neal, who wrestled in college but didn't play football, is retiring after a 10-year NFL career. A two-time NCAA wrestling champion at Cal State-Bakersfield, Neal won the Dan Hodge Award that is known as the Heisman Trophy of collegiate wrestling. He signed with the Patriots as a rookie free agent in 2001 and, after being released, then re-signed and injured, finally broke into the starting lineup for good in 2004 when the Patriots won the Super Bowl for the third time in four years.
Former coach dies: Former Alabama assistant football coach Larry "Dude" Hennessey has died at his home in Tuscaloosa. He was 81. Hennessey played for Paul "Bear" Bryant at Kentucky and was a defensive line coach under Bryant at Alabama from 1960-76. He worked in various capacities for Alabama's athletic department.Hennessey's recruits to Alabama included eventual head coaches Ray Perkins and Mike DuBose, along with defensive ends John Mitchell and John Croyle.
Roberts leads UK past Murray
Grant Roberts, a freshman from Tates Creek, beat Murray State's Jorge Caetano 6-2, 6-1 at first singles to lead Kentucky to a 6-1 victory at the Boone Tennis Center on the UK campus.
Djokovic skipping Davis Cup: Novak Djokovic will skip defending Davis Cup champion Serbia's first-round series against India.On his official Web site, the third-ranked Djokovic cited fatigue after winning the Australian Open and Dubai titles. The three-day series in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad begins this weekend.Djokovic said he wants to prepare for the upcoming tournaments in Indian Wells, Calif., and Miami, "where I haven't done well in the last years. So I really want to work hard and get some good results in the U.S.," he said. Serbia is still a favorite against India behind singles players Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic.
Phelps ready to test the waters
Michael Phelps plans to swim in five races at the Indianapolis Grand Prix this week, largely to gauge where he stands for the 2012 Olympics, especially relative to Ryan Lochte, the dominant swimmer in the world in 2010. Phelps, a 14-time Olympic gold medalist, is set to swim against Lochte in the 200-meter freestyle and 100 butterfly events Thursday at the Indiana University Natatorium. Phelps set a world record in the 100 butterfly at the U.S. national championships in 2009 in Indianapolis and has since bettered the mark. He also is expected to swim Friday in the 200 butterfly, another event in which he holds the world record. Phelps and Lochte are to compete twice more on Saturday: in the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle. Lochte holds the world record in the 200IM.
Formula One star Stewart in hospital
Three-time Formula One world champion Jackie Stewart is undergoing tests at a London hospital after becoming ill on a flight. The 71-year-old Scotsman passed out after complaining of chest pains during a British Airways flight from Geneva to London's Heathrow Airport. Stewart won the F1 drivers' championship in 1969, 1971 and 1973.
Middle Tenn. player killed in stabbing
Police say Middle Tennessee basketball player Tina Stewart has been stabbed to death in Murfreesboro at her apartment, and officers have two people in custody while searching for another.
Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle Evans said Wednesday night Stewart, 21, had multiple wounds when found at her apartment. Police had been called because of a disturbance, and Evans said officers took a man and a woman into custody before finding Stewart inside the apartment.
The junior guard from Memphis was taken to Middle Tennessee Medical Center and later was pronounced dead.
Ex-Rebel, NBA player charged: Former NBA player Justin Reed is one of two men charged with possession of more than 2.2 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Jackson, Miss.
Reed and Mario Jointer were charged Monday with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green said. They were released Tuesday on $10,000 bonds each.
Reed played at Mississippi and spent four years in the NBA. Jointer played at South Alabama and several years overseas.
The last word
The soccer player who kicked an injured owl off the field during a match has been suspended for two matches and fined $560 by Colombian soccer officials. On Wednesday officials sanctioned Luis Moreno, a defender for Colombian club Deportivo Pereira, who jogged over from his position and kicked the owl after the injured bird landed Sunday in a corner of the field. The owl died of shock 30 hours later despite treatment at a local veterinary clinic. The owl served as the unofficial mascot for Colombian club Atletico Junior, which defeated Pereira 2-1 in the match. Moreno apologized and said he was only trying to get the bird off the field and did not know it was a team mascot. Soccer officials said Moreno's actions could have incited a violent response from home fans. They said in a statement:
"This animal was a symbol for the fans from Barranquilla. Given that the aggressive act took place in their home stadium and in the clear view of all the fans, this act can be legitimately interpreted as provocative."