*Gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn has withdrawn from the Sochi Olympics, saying that the knee she re-injured in November will require surgery.
“I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi,” the alpine skier wrote in a post on her Facebook page. “I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level.”
*(Via Fox Sports) – The paranoia enveloping Team Tiger when it comes to the media doesn’t need any reinforcement.
But it got some Thursday when the Golf Writers Association of America controversially handed its highest honor, Player of the Year, to Adam Scott. The decision was immediately perceived as a snub of Tiger Woods, who, after all, had five PGA Tour wins in 2013.
*Tiger Woods‘ half brother, Earl Dennison Woods Jr., was arrested Thursday on a charge of “allegedly making a false bomb threat” at his job — a government building in Arizona.
One hundred people were evacuated from the Arizona Department of Economic Security in Phoenix before Woods admitted to supervisors that he called in the threat as a joke, authorities said.
Phoenix police responded at about 8:30 a.m. to the DES building at 1824 E. McKinley St. after a caller — later identified as Woods — said that he had a bomb and was going to blow up the building, said Sgt. Trent Crump, a Phoenix Police spokesman.
The building was evacuated and searched, but no device was found.
During the search, Woods admitted to management that he called in the threat and he had done so as a joke, Crump said, adding that Woods repeated his admissions to authorities during an interview.
Woods was booked into a Maricopa County jail on suspicion of use of an electronic communication device to terrify, intimidate, threaten or harass, which is a misdemeanor.
*Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee is now apologizing to Tiger Woods for insinuating that he cheated his way through his five wins this season, which was capped by Tiger’s two stroke penalty at the recent BMW Championship. (Video below.)
Chamblee says he insinuated that Tiger cheated and gave the world’s No. 1 player an “F” for his five-win season in a column he wrote for Golf.com because “ethics matter more than athletics.”
Chamblee saved Woods for last in his report card of 14 players in the column posted last week. He told of being caught cheating on a math test in the fourth grade, and how the teacher crossed a line through his “100″ and gave him an “F.”
Chamblee followed that anecdote by writing: “I remember when we only talked about Tiger’s golf. I miss those days. He won five times and contended in majors and won the Vardon Trophy and … how shall we say this … was a little cavalier with the rules.” He then gave Woods a “100″ with a line through it, followed by the “F.”
The column sparked strong responses against Chamblee, but the writer refused to back down. Among his comments:
“I don’t feel I’m the one that needs to justify the ‘F.’ The BMW video does it for me, followed by Tiger’s silence — until confronted — and then by his denials in the face of incontestable evidence to the contrary of his petitions.
“To say nothing of the fact that he was disrespecting his position in golf, the traditions of golf and his fellow competitors, in my opinion.”
“I suspected there would be the usual assortment of divisive banter about me giving Tiger an ‘F,’ but as it turns out, it was a slow week in golf, so with not much to do, my column got more attention than it should have.”
“I’m paid to have and give an opinion, and I work hard to form those opinions based upon facts, not agenda,” he said. “I don’t always get it right but I’m always trying to get it right. And I know the people I work for know that.”
After standing by those comments on Tuesday morning, Chamblee decided to reverse course and apologize to Woods via Twitter for insinuating that he cheated.
Here are those tweets:
*Tiger Woods has won the 2013 PGA Tour Player of the Year Award, capping a season that saw him win five of the 16 tournaments he played this season and finish in the top 10 in three others.
His wins included the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Farmers Insurance Open, Players Championship, Cadillac Championship and Bridgestone Invitational.
Speaking on a conference call after being named Player of the Year, Woods said he was thrilled with the honor.
“Fantastic year all around, also incredible feeling to be voted on by your peers … very humbling.”
He also noted that his most significant win of the season was at the Players Championship.
“To win against that quality of a field is a great feeling.”
This is the 11th time Woods has won the award but the first since 2009 when he won six times in 17 starts.
Eleven is by far the most PGA Tour Player of the Year Awards won by a single golfer. Second most is two by both Fred Couples and Nick Price. The award has been given out since 1990.