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Tiger Woods to plead guilty to a lesser charge

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Tiger Woods is expected to enter a diversion program for intoxicated drivers.

Associated Press 

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Tiger Woods, 41, is scheduled to plead guilty at a court hearing to reckless driving, a less severe charge than driving under the influence, as part of a Palm Beach County, Fla., diversion program that graduated almost 2,500 first-time offenders since it began four years ago. In the diversion program, Woods will spend a year on probation and pay a $250 fine and court costs. He also must attend DUI school, perform 20 hours of community service and attend a workshop where victims of impaired drivers detail how their lives were damaged. Woods was arrested about 15 miles from his home at about 2 a.m. May 29 when officers found the superstar golfer unconscious in his Mercedes-Benz, which was parked awkwardly on the roadside and had damage to the driver’s side. Woods, who completed a drug program in July, had been self-medicating after his fourth back surgery and had the active ingredient for marijuana, two painkillers — Vicodin and Dilaudid — the sleep drug Ambien and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system but no alcohol, according to a toxicology report released in August . . . The USGA announced Pebble Beach, which has twice hosted the US Women’s Amateur, will host its first US Women’s Open in 2023.

Basketball

Hawks G Bembry out

Atlanta Hawks guard/forward DeAndre’ Bembry is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after having surgery to repair his fractured right wrist. Bembry suffered the injury in the season-opening win at Dallas last Wednesday . . . Denver Nuggets forward Juancho Hernangomez, 22, will be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time because of mononucleosis. Hernangomez didn’t travel with the Nuggets to kick off a four-game road trip in Charlotte and sat out a 109-104 loss to Washington on Monday due to his illness . . . The league fined Utah Jazz swingman Joe Ingles $15,000 for hitting Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams in the groin while Adams was guarding Rudy Gobert in the third quarter of Utah’s 96-87 victory over the Thunder . . . Michigan approved $16 million in tax incentives for the Detroit Pistons to build a practice facility and headquarters in downtown Detroit.

Hockey

G Niemi gets reprieve

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The Florida Panthers claimed Antti Niemi off waivers to shore up their goaltending position, with starter Roberto Luongo sidelined because of an injury to his right hand. Niemi was claimed a day after being waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He allowed 16 goals in losing three games for the Penguins. Niemi is now on his third team in four months and fourth since winning the 2010 Stanley Cup with Chicago . . . Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise will miss at least two more months after surgery on his lower back and is expected to return in 8-10 weeks. The microdisectomy procedure was designed to repair a herniated disk. Parise, 33, is in the sixth season of a 13-year, $98 million contract and has not played for the Wild yet this season . . . Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured left thumb. Burakovsky was injured in the third period Saturday against Florida.

Tennis

Federer defeats Tiafoe

Top-seeded Roger Federer eased past American teenager Frances Tiafoe, 6-1, 6-3, in the first round of the Swiss Indoors at Basel, Switzerland. Federer never faced a break point in the 61-minute match and won every point when his first service landed safely. Federer improved to 3-0 against the 19-year-old Tiafoe, of Maryland, whom he beat in five sets in the US Open first round two months ago . . . Venus Williams needed three match points and more than three hours to defeat Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5 at the WTA Finals on Tuesday in Sinagpore.

Miscellany

US men tab Sarachan

Dave Sarachan, the top assistant to Bruce Arena, will be the interim coach for the US men’s national soccer team when the Americans play an exhibition at European champion Portugal on Nov. 14. Arena quit Oct. 13, three days after the Americans lost 2-1 at 99th-ranked Trinidad and Tobago and failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia . . . George Mason signed men’s basketball coach Dave Paulsen to a one-year contract extension that runs through the 2021-22 season . . . Four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey denied he administered banned drugs to his dogs in this year’s race and said he has withdrawn from the 2018 race in protest.