Tiger Woods

and the Florida Highway Patrol met at an undisclosed location in Orlando on Dec. 1, the same day authorities closed their investigation of the golfer's SUV crash outside his mansion, according to ESPN's Web site, which cited a WESH-TV report yesterday.

Woods, who was cited for careless driving but not charged criminally, was issued a $164 citation when he met with the Highway Patrol, Sgt. Kim Montes told the Orlando TV station.

The Highway Patrol also wanted to see whether Woods suffered any injuries that would not have been consistent with his accident, Montes told the station. Two captains, a trooper, Woods, and Woods' attorney, Mark NeJame, were at the meeting, Montes said.

Woods was "polite," said "yes, sir," made "no other small talk, and signed the ticket," Montes said, according to the station.

Authorities sought to interview Woods and his wife, Elin Nordegren, on several occasions in the days after the accident but were rebuffed.

Woods' crash came two days after the National Enquirer published a story alleging that Woods had been seeing a New York nightclub hostess.

On Dec. 11, Woods said he was taking an indefinite leave from golf.

BOXING: Manny Pacquiao filed a lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather Jr., alleging that Mayweather and others defamed him by falsely accusing Pacquiao of using performance-enhancing drugs.

The suit, filed in federal court in Las Vegas, further complicates efforts to reach an agreement for a proposed March 13 fight between the boxers. The fight has been stalled by demands by the Mayweather camp that both fighters submit to random blood and urine tests leading up to the bout.

Pacquiao said in the suit that he had never tested positive for any performance-enhancing drugs, but that Mayweather, his father and uncle, Oscar De La Hoya, and Golden Boy Promotions Chief Richard Schaefer embarked on a campaign to make people think he used drugs.

Schaefer said his attorneys would respond to the suit, even as talks for the fight continued.

BASEBALL: Righthander Justin Duchscherer, 32, a two-time all-star, agreed to return to the Oakland Athletics on an incentive-laden one-year contract with a base salary of $1.75 million. . . . The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with second baseman Kelly Johnson on a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.

WINTER SPORTS: Charline Labonte made 38 saves for Canada in a 2-1 victory over the United States in a women's hockey exhibition game in St. Paul, Minn.

- Staff and wire reports