Tiger Woods will fall out of the top 10 in the world ranking next week, ending an amazing streak of being top 10 in the world for 14 consecutive years.
Woods' last win was 18 months ago in Australia. He started this year at No. 2 and has been steadily dropping points. With more points coming off his two-year ledger, the highest he can be in the next ranking is No. 11.
The last time Woods was not in the top 10 was April 6, 1997, when he was at No. 13. He won the Masters the following week for the first of his 14 majors, and has stayed in the top 10 since.
Lee Westwood can lose his No. 1 ranking this week if Luke Donald or Martin Kaymer were to win. All three are competing in the World Match Play Championship in Spain.
COLLEGES: Forward Wally Judge (Washington, D.C.), a 2009 McDonald's High School All-America selection who played the past two seasons at Kansas State, has signed the required paperwork to transfer to Rutgers University. Judge will be able to participate in team functions with the Scarlet Knights in 2011-12, but will be unable to compete in games under NCAA transfer guidelines.
Penn State backup defensive tackle Brandon Ware said he is going to transfer for personal reasons, according to the Harrisburg Patriot-News. Ware, of Harrisburg, a 6-foot-3, 337 pounder, would have been a redshirt junior next season. He played in 11 games last season and had two tackles.
The Penn State men's basketball team will take on Boston College as part of the 2011 Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Nov. 30 in Chestnut Hill.
Eastern University announced the addition of women's golf as the school's 16th intercollegiate sport. AD Brad Fields said the newly formed program would begin competition with the 2011-12 season.
SOCCER: Diego Maradona said on Argentine TV he has accepted the offer to coach United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl because it offered "good money." The Argentine great stunned the football world by taking the job with the little-known Dubai outfit on Monday. The 50-year-old Maradona signed a two-year contract and will take over the club when the new season starts in September.
AUTO RACING: Rain washed out Wednesday's Indianapolis 500 practice, the fourth time in five days that rain shortened or eliminated a session. The teams are preparing for qualifying on Saturday and Sunday, when the order for the start of the May 29 race will be determined.
TENNIS: Top-seeded Marion Bartoli of France and No. 2 Andrea Petkovic of Germany reached the quarterfinals of the Strasbourg (France) International.
Mardy Fish and John Isner gave the United States a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan at the World Team Cup in Duesseldorf, Germany, by defeating Andrey Golubev and Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-6 (10) in doubles. The United States will play Argentina, which defeated Sweden 2-1, to decide the winner of the Red Group and the right to play in Saturday's final against the Blue Group winner.
- Staff and wire reports