- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015


NEW YORK (AP) - With his game ailing, Tiger Woods announced he underwent a second microdiscectomy surgery on his back.

Woods made the announcement on his website - www.tigerwoods.com - and reported the microsurgical procedure - intended to relieve pain from a pinched nerve - was performed late Wednesday in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich. Woods pulled out of three events he planned to play this year and isn’t expected to return to the tour until January at the earliest.

Dr. Rich, who performed the initial operation in March 2014, called it “a complete success.” Woods was discharged Thursday.

The 14-time major champion hasn’t won one of golf’s four biggest events since the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods also has won more than 100 events worldwide, but none since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - A long day for Jason Day ended even better than it began, thanks to an eagle putt at the 18th that extended his lead to five shots in the BMW Championship.

He shot an 8-under 63 to set a 36-hole tournament record at 18 under. Day’s closest pursuers were rookie Daniel Berger and Brendon Todd. Todd finished off his round of 63 by holing out an 81-yard wedge shot at No. 18. Berger had a front-nine 30 in a 64.

Day returned to the course early Friday to finish his rain-delayed first round. With a chance to make history - he needed to hole a 44-yard wedge shot for eagle and a PGA Tour record-tying 59 - Day made par instead, narrowly missing a birdie putt and carding a 61.

Day has won three times - including his first major, the PGA Championship - and is an aggregate 97 under in tournament play since a narrow miss at the British Open in late July.

ST. LEON-ROT, Germany (AP) - Carlota Ciganda ended a long first day in the Solheim Cup with the best shot - giving Europe another big boost in an already strong opening session.

The Spanish player holed out for eagle from 135 yards with a 9-iron on the par-4 17th hole to pull her and English partner Melissa Reid even with Americans Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson in the fourball match. Play was suspended because of darkness after the shot, with Europe leading the event 4-2.

In the other suspended match at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club, German pair Sandra Gal and Caroline Masson were 1 up through 15 holes against Gerina Piller and Brittany Lang.

England’s Charley Hull won two matches, teaming with fellow English player Melissa Reid to beat Michelle Wie and Brittany Lincicome 2 and 1 in the morning foursomes, and joining France’s Gwladys Nocera for a 3-and-2 victory over Alison Lee and Angela Stanford in fourball.


NEW YORK (AP) - Researchers studying a degenerative disease in former athletes say 11 of 12 brains of deceased former NFL players tested over the past year showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, continuing a trend they’ve been tracking.

A story posted on PBS.org reported that a total of 87 of the 91 brains of former NFL players examined in recent years by researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University have had CTE.

According to PBS, many players whose brains were donated for research suspected they had CTE, which therefore skews the population of brains being examined.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - It’s all in front of Johnny Manziel: The chance to silence the critics and prove he belongs in the NFL. On Sunday, Manziel can re-start his career. His shot at redemption.

Manziel will start Cleveland’s home opener against Tennessee - and fellow Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota - because Josh McCown remains out with a concussion sustained when he was hit while trying to dive into the end zone on the opening drive last week in New York.

This will be Manziel’s third NFL start, and he’s counting on it going a lot better than the two last year when Johnny Football was an ill-prepared, overwhelmed rookie who didn’t look the part of a pro quarterback.


MILWAUKEE (AP) - Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson will remain in a hospital for at least a second night after being hit in the head by a line drive.

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said Nelson would stay Friday night for observation. Counsell said there are no indications at this point that Nelson sustained a concussion.

Nelson was struck in the back of the head Thursday night by a liner hit by Tommy Pham of the St. Louis Cardinals. Nelson was face down on the mound for about a minute before walking off the field.

A CT scan showed a contusion.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was greeted with loud cheers in his first public appearance with the Stanley Cup champions since he became the subject of a sexual assault investigation.

Kane reported for the start of training camp at Notre Dame, and the All-Star forward got a warm reception when he joined “Team B” for the first of two scrimmages. There was another loud roar from the crowd of about 4,000 at Compton Family Ice Arena when he was recognized over the public address system for the secondary assist on the first goal.

Kane is accused of assaulting a woman in her 20s in August at his offseason home outside Buffalo, New York, a person familiar with the investigation has told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because police have not revealed details of the case. No charges have been filed, and Kane said Thursday he has done nothing wrong.

MONTREAL (AP) - Max Pacioretty was voted captain of the Montreal Canadiens by his teammates, becoming only the third American to take the role with the storied franchise.

The 26-year-old former University of Michigan player joins Brian Gionta (2010-14) and Chris Chelios (co-captain with Guy Carbonneau in 1989-90) as the only U.S. captains.

Pacioretty is the 29th captain in franchise history. P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher will serve as alternate captains.

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Islanders signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky to a one-year contract.

The 38-year-old Zidlicky had seven goals and 27 assists in an NHL-high 84 regulart-season games last season for New Jersey and Detroit. He was scoreless in six playoff games with the Red Wings.

Zidlicky has 85 goals and 316 assists in 783 regular-season games in 11 seasons with Nashville, Minnesota, New Jersey and Detroit. He has a goal and 13 assists in 44 playoff games.

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