GOLF: Woods pulls out of charity event
VERONA, N.Y. (AP) — Tiger Woods pulled out of a charity event for good friend Notah Begay because of his ailing back.
The Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge announced that Gary Woodland will replace Woods in the field
Wednesday at TurningStone Resort.
Woods said he felt stiffness in his back last week at The Barclays from a soft bed in his hotel. He said he suffered a back spasm during a seven-hole stretch at the end of the final round, and he dropped to his knees after one shot.
McGrady retires from NBA
NEW YORK (AP) — Tracy McGrady said he is retiring from the NBA.
The seven-time All-Star announced his decision on ESPN and Twitter.
McGrady spent 16 seasons in the NBA playing for the Raptors, Magic, Rockets, Knicks, Pistons and Hawks.
He fiished his career last season by signing with the San Antonio Spurs late in the year.
After being drafted by Toronto out of high school in 1997, McGrady averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game in a career that was curtailed by injuries.
NCAA approves Howard to USC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California added a transfer from Maryland to its men’s basketball team under new coach Andy Enfield.
Point guard Pe’Shon Howard received a legislative relief waiver from the NCAA that allowed him to return home to be closer to his ailing grandmother.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder started 44 of 83 games in three seasons at Maryland. He averaged 3.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists last season while helping lead the Terrapins to the NIT semifinals.
As a senior, Howard will be eligible for the upcoming season.
Enfield said Howard’s grandmother helped raise him in Los Angeles. He attended Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Last week, center D.J. Haley joined the Trojans after graduating from VCU this summer. He will have one year of eligibility at USC.