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Sergio tries to make peace, leaves note for Tiger

ARDMORE, Pa. -- Unable to arrange a private meeting, Sergio Garcia left Tiger Woods a note in his locker Tuesday at the U.S. Open with hopes of moving on from his racially charged comment and getting back to playing golf.

"I did leave him a note -- a handwritten note," Garcia said. "And hopefully, he can take a look at it. It's a big week and I understand that it's difficult to meet up and stuff. So hopefully, I'll be able to do it. If not, at least he has read the note and he's happy with that."

The note presumably was an apology -- Garcia said it would be up to Woods to share the contents.

It was the latest -- and perhaps final -- chapter in a messy feud that ended badly for the Spaniard when he jokingly said at awards dinner in England that he would invite Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open. "We will serve fried chicken," Garcia said.

He apologized to Woods and everyone he offended in a news conference the next day and said he left a message for Woods through his agent.

Garcia approached him on the practice range Monday at Merion for a handshake, and little more.

"We didn't discuss anything," Woods said. "Just came up and said, 'Hi,' and that was it."

Asked if Garcia apologized, Woods said, "No. It's already done. We've already gone through it all. It's time for the U.S. Open, and we tee it up in two days."

That handshake might be their only meeting this week.

Garcia said the range on Monday was not the right time to apologize to Woods, but that the world's No. 1 player was gone when Garcia was done practicing, and the opening day of U.S. Open practice was delayed three times by rain.

They are on opposite sides of the draw -- Garcia plays Thursday morning and Friday afternoon, Woods tees off Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Unless they are near each other on the leaderboard on the weekend, they might not see each other again.

And there is some question whether Woods will even see the note.

Woods rarely goes into the locker room at the majors, except for the Masters. Through the years, his locker has been filled with requests for him to autograph various items, and outside vendors try to leave messages for him.

 

Pacman pleads not guilty

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge after police say he tried to hurt a woman.

Tuesday's not guilty plea came a day after Jones was arrested and then released on his own recognizance.

A police complaint says the 29-year-old Jones is accused of striking the Cincinnati woman last week. The police report lists the injury as apparently minor.

A message left with Jones' agent was not immediately returned Tuesday.

It's not the first time Jones has been in trouble. He pleaded guilty in January 2012 to a misdemeanour charge of disorderly conduct. He had been accused of shouting profanities and trying to pull away as police arrested him at a Cincinnati bar months earlier.

 

Tebow works out with Pats

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tim Tebow is back on the field with an NFL team -- the New England Patriots.

The Patriots announced the signing of the former Jets quarterback on Tuesday, six weeks after he was cut by New York and just in time for the start of the three-day Patriots minicamp that runs through Thursday.

Tebow practised with veteran New England starter Tom Brady and backup Ryan Mallett. The newest Patriot wore No. 5, not his familiar 15 -- which belongs to Mallett -- on his shorts and helmet. The QBs wore red jerseys without numbers.

Two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that Tebow was signed for two years with no guaranteed money. One person says he will make the veteran's minimum salary, $630,000 in 2013, with incentives.

 

Colts sign Bradshaw

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent Ahmad Bradshaw on Tuesday, adding a veteran running back to their crowded backfield.

The 27-year-old Bradshaw spent seven seasons with the New York Giants, but left the team in February -- one of a handful of high-salaried players released as part of roster purge intended to clear up salary cap room and bring in younger talent. He ran for 1,015 yards on 221 carries (4.6 yards per carry) and scored six touchdowns last season but missed four games with injuries.

As the Colts opened their mandatory mini-camp, Bradshaw figures to battle with second-year running back Vick Ballard, who led the team in rushing as a rookie, for a prime role in the backfield and with Donald Brown, now in his fifth year.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 12, 2013 D6

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