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Tiger Woods winces in pain after hitting from the rough during the U.S. Open.

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Tiger Woods winces in pain after hitting from the rough during the U.S. Open.

Woods sidelined with strained left elbow

TIGER WOODS' sore left elbow will keep him out of competition until the British Open.

Woods said Wednesday on his website doctors found a strain in his left elbow and advised that he take a few weeks off for rest and treatment. That means he will miss the AT&T National next week at Congressional, where he is the defending champion. The tournament benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.

"I was examined after I returned home from the U.S. Open and the doctors determined I have a left elbow strain," Woods said. "I have been advised to take a few weeks off, rest and undergo treatment. I'll be ready to go for the British Open and I'm looking forward to playing at Muirfield."

Woods began flexing his left wrist after hacking several shots out of the thick rough at Merion during the first round of the U.S. Open. He said he was "fine" when the first round was halted by darkness, offered few other details the next morning and only after he finished the second round did he reveal scant details of the injury.

He said it first occurred at The Players Championship, which he won May 12 for his fourth victory this year. But he did not say in which round it occurred, or even the type of shot that caused the injury.

Woods wound up at 13-over 293 at Merion, his worst score ever for a U.S. Open and matching his highest total in any major. The British Open is July 18-21 at Muirfield.

 

Raptors retain Casey

TORONTO -- Dwane Casey will remain as the Toronto Raptors head coach, holding onto his job amid a major front-office overhaul.

There had been some question regarding Casey's future in Toronto following the hiring of new GM Masai Ujiri. But Ujiri said Wednesday Casey will be back with the Raptors for the upcoming season.

"I'm excited about moving forward and growing this team with coach Casey," Ujiri said in a release.

Casey is in the final year of a contract extension signed following the 2011-12 campaign.

The Raptors went 34-48 this season and missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive year.

A Raptors front-office shakeup followed under new Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke. Longtime general manager Bryan Colangelo was relieved of his GM duties on May 21 and replaced with Ujiri 10 days later.

Executive vice-president Ed Stefanski and scout Alvin Williams, one of the most popular players to ever suit up for Toronto, were also fired.

The Raptors began the 2012-13 season with high hopes after trading for Kyle Lowry and Landry Fields and adding Lithuanian rookie centre Jonas Valanciunas.

But they went 4-19 to open the season and spent the rest of it digging themselves out of that hole.

 

Satisfied, come what may

MIAMI -- LeBron James says he expects to be satisfied with whatever outcome awaits the Miami Heat tonight in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The league's reigning MVP and four-time winner of the award had a 32-point, 10-rebound, 11-assist effort in Game 6, when the Heat found a way to overcome a five-point deficit in the final half-minute of regulation and eventually beat the San Antonio Spurs in overtime.

So it comes down to this: One game, winner takes the NBA title, and it's on Miami's home floor.

James says winning his first championship was the hardest thing he's ever done. And now, he's insisting trying to defend that title was much more difficult.

James says he's "going to leave everything on the floor" and "whatever happens happens."

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 20, 2013 D6

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