Tiger Woods

played his first round of golf yesterday since knee surgery 2 days after the Masters, getting a thumbs-up from his swing coach after 17-plus holes at Torrey Pines riding in a cart.

Eight days before the start of the U.S. Open, Woods played in solitude on the South Course with swing coach Hank Haney, stopping only when he saw a small group of people with cameras waiting around the 18th green.

"It went well," Haney said in a telephone interview. "He hit the ball really well. It was definitely a positive day."

The San Diego Union-Tribune, which first reported on its Web site that Woods had played, said the round lasted 3 hours, 15 minutes amid tight security. No spectators or media were allowed on the course.

It was the first time Woods has played at Torrey Pines since he won the Buick Invitational in January by eight shots before thousands of fans. Haney said it was eerie to play a city-owned golf course with no one around.

"We were the only ones out there," Haney said.


* Chicago was one of four cities selected as bid finalists for the 2016 Summer Olympics, along with Tokyo; Madrid, Spain, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Pro Basketball

* Utah Jazz forward Kyle Korver plans had surgery to remove a bone spur on his left foot. Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor said he expects Korver to be OK by training camp.

* Michael Jordan's lawyers have asked a judge to permanently bar a western Pennsylvania woman from having contact with him. Jordan's lawyers asked a Meadville, Pa., judge to order a permanent no-contact order against Lisa Miceli. The Meadville woman claims Jordan fathered her 4-year-old son.


* A judge in Columbia, S.C., said a simple-assault charge against South Carolina sophomore basketball player Devan Downey has been dropped. A student sought a simple-assault charge against Downey last month after an argument on campus.

* Pittsburgh sophomore receiver Maurice Williams will sit out the season after being declared academically ineligible.

Philly File

* Philadelphia's Yusaf Mack (25-2-2, 15 knockouts) won a 10-round unanimous decision over New York's Don Judah (22-3-3, 10 KOs) to claim the vacant North American Boxing Federation light-heavyweight title at Aviator Field in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sport Stops

* The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are urging prosecutors to bring animal cruelty charges against Eight Belles' trainer, Larry Jones. Eight Belles was euthanized moments after the Kentucky Derby on May 3 after breaking both of her front ankles. PETA said Jones' admission that he gave Eight Belles an anti-inflammatory 2 days before the Derby jeopardized her safety. *