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Tiger Woods’s agent says doctors have cleared the golfer to return to practice without limitations, but that Woods plans to take it cautiously and they have not even discussed a return to competition. Mark Steinberg said Woods received a ‘‘good report’’ last week from doctors who performed fusion surgery on his lower back in April. Woods, whose last victory was four years ago at the Bridgestone Invitational for his record 18th World Golf Championships title, has not played since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic on Feb. 3 because of back spasms. Two months later, he had a fourth surgery on his back in 19 months. Woods, who was an assistant captain at the Presidents Cup two weeks ago, hasn’t played in a major the last two years.
The University of Louisville officially fired coach Rick Pitino, ending his 16-year tenure with the program, a run that included an NCAA title in 2013 but was tarnished by several embarrassing off-court incidents. The move comes almost three weeks after the school acknowleded its men’s basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe. The school’s athletic association, which oversees all sports programs and is composed of trustees, faculty, students, and administrators, voted unanimously to oust the longtime Cardinals coach after holding a board meeting Monday. Pitino’s attorney, Steve Pence, told the association that his client ‘‘could not have known’’ about activities alleged in the federal investigation. The 65-year-old Pitino, who was 416-143 with Louisville, including 25-9 last season, has $44 million remaining on his contract in salary and bonuses through the 2025-26 season, with an annual base salary of $5.1 million. The association had authorized university interim president Greg Postel to begin the process of firing Pitino for cause on Oct. 2 after Postel placed the coach on unpaid administrative leave Sept. 27.
In light of the bribery scandal that triggered a federal investigation into college basketball, the Associated Press polled 84 top universities with major programs as well as six top conferences about their response to the corruption that has overshadowed the sport as the season gets ready to begin. Of 64 schools responding, 28 said the probe prompted their own internal reviews, as did the Pac-12 conference. Another 36 schools and the Big East Conference said they were not specifically responding to the probe, though many ‘‘no’’ responses came with the caveat that the school’s athletic department is always reviewing its compliance. Among New England schools, UConn answered no, while Boston College, Harvard, and Providence didn’t respond, and neither did the Atlantic Coast Conference. Among the schools reviewing their programs are Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State, and Southern California, which all had assistant coaches arrested as part of the sting.
Boston University fell five spots, from two to seven, in the USCHO Division 1 men’s hockey poll. The slide comes after the Terriers (2-2-0) suffered a weekend sweep at the hands of Minnesota State at Agganis Arena. The No. 14 Mavericks (2-1-0) won 6-3 on Friday and 3-0 on Saturday. Joining BU in the top 20 are No. 2 Harvard, No. 10 Providence, No. 13 Boston College, No. 16 Northeastern, No. 17 New Hampshire, No. 18 Quinnipiac, and No. 19 UMass Lowell.
Pennsylvania judge John Foradora said he will announce Wednesday whether to grant former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky a new trial or throw out child sexual abuse convictions against him. Sandusky is arguing he did not receive adequate representation by his lawyers during the trial and that prosecutors failed to turn over information about victims’ changing stories . . . Mississippi and former football coach Houston Nutt say they’ve reached an agreement to resolve a suit filed against the school by Nutt, alleging a breach of his severance agreement.
The San Antonio Spurs have agreed with LaMarcus Aldridge on an extension to keep him under contract for three more years. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that Aldridge will exercise the $22 million player option for 2018-19 season and also get another two years and $50 million tacked on. Aldridge averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds last season. The Spurs open the season Wednesday against Minnesota . . . Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum will have surgery on his separated left shoulder Oct. 24 in Los Angeles and there is no announced timeline for his return. The 2014 No. 5 overall pick was injured in a preseason game against the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 6.
The Atlanta Hawks say point guard Dennis Schroder faces undisclosed discipline for his role in a Sept. 29 fight outside a late-night restaurant that led to his arrest on misdemeanor battery charges. Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said in a statement that preliminary findings show the team’s top returning scorer was involved in an "unacceptable" altercation.
Tab Ramos, coach of the United States Under-20 soccer team, told Metro that he is interested in taking over the reins of the men’s national team from Bruce Arena, who resigned after his squad fell to Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 10. The 2-1 loss eliminated the Americans from contention for next year’s World Cup in Russia, ending a run of seven straight berths . . . The US announced a men’s exhibition at Portugal on Nov. 14. A match in Europe a few days earlier in the FIFA fixture window also is possible.
Injuries will keep forward Tobin Heath and defender Taylor Smith out of the US women's national team’s friendly matches against South Korea on Thursday in New Orleans and Sunday in Cary, N.C. Both Heath (ankle) and Smith (shoulder) were hurt in Saturday’s NWSL title match. Neither will be replaced on the roster and coach Jill Ellis will dress 18 players for each game.
Tim Weah, son of 1995 world player of the year George Weah, scored three goals to lead the United States over Paraguay, 5-0, in New Delhi, and into the quarterfinals of the Under-17 World Cup. Andrew Carleton and Josh Sargent also scored for the Americans, who will play England or Japan on Saturday in Goa, India.
Ottawa star defenseman Erik Karlsson will make his season debut when the Senators host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, an added boost for a team that just completed a three-game road of Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton. Karlsson, Ottawa’s top scorer the past four seasons, missed the first five games after undergoing offseason surgery to fix fractured tendons in his left foot . . . According to reports, Minnesota Wild left winger Zach Parise, who is yet to play this season due to an undisclosed injury suffered a setback and left Monday’s practice early.
Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles is ready to get serious about her comeback, hiring Laurent Landi as her coach as she plans a return to competition. Biles and Landi will sketch out a blueprint for her training before creating any sort of timetable for when she could return to competition. Biles won four gold medals and five total during the 2016 Summer Olympics . . . Alize Cornet beat hometown tennis favorite Ekaterina Makarova, 6-3, 6-3, at the Kremlin Cup to set up a possible second-round match with Maria Sharapova in Moscow. Cornet will play Sharapova if the Russian beats Magdalena Rybarikova on Tuesday . . . Bulgarian boxer Kubrat Pulev pulled out of his world heavyweight title fight against IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua due to a shoulder injury. Joshua will now face Carlos Takam, who is rated No. 3 by the IBF, at the original venue of Cardiff, Wales, on Oct. 28.
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