- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - GOLF

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods described his recovery from back surgery as a “very slow process” that offered him no timetable on when he can return for a summer filled with big championships.

Woods already missed the Masters, choosing to have microdiscectomy surgery March 31 to relieve pain from a pinched nerve.

In a wide-ranging blog on his website Monday, Woods said he is still sore from the incision and his only contact with golf clubs is a few putts and chips that do not require him to rotate his back.

Though he is uncertain when he can even start hitting half-shots, Woods made it sound as though he would not be ready for the U.S. Open on June 12-15 at Pinehurst No. 2, the major championship course where he has the most experience.

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SWIMMING

Michael Phelps will take another step in his comeback at a Grand Prix meet in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 16.

His coach, Bob Bowman, told The Associated Press on Monday night that Phelps has entered the 100-meter butterfly and 200 freestyle at the Charlotte Grand Prix, though Bowman is not sure Phelps will compete in both.

The events are on the same day, keeping in line with the plan to build up Phelps‘ endurance, but cut back on the sort of grueling, multi-day programs he once swam.

Phelps returned to competition at a meet in Arizona less than two weeks ago, his first since retiring after the 2012 London Games as the most decorated athlete in Olympic history.

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PRO BASKETBALL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award.

Carter-Williams was only the third player since 1950-51 to lead all rookies in scoring (16.7), rebounding (6.3) and assists (6.2), joining Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76).

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