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• The 41-year-old’s last appearance on course was in February
• ‘We’re taking one step at a time. It’s a process and I’m in no hurry’
Tiger Woods admitted on Wednesday that he may never play competitive golf again owing to his well-publicised back problems. The 14-times major champion was back in the public eye for the first time since pleading guilty to a reckless driving charge last month, as a USa vice-captain to Steve Stricker at the Presidents Cup. “I don’t know what my future holds,” Woods said. “We’re taking one step at a time, it’s a process and I’m in no hurry. My timetable is basically what my surgeon says. I’m hitting 60-yard shots, very straight right now.”
The 41-year-old last played in early February at the Dubai Desert Classic, where he shot a first-round 77 before having to withdraw owing to back spasms. Woods subsequently underwent back surgery in April, the fourth such procedure he has undergone since 2014.
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- Undefeated pound-for-pound king announces his retirement at 33
- Ward says ‘my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport’
- Olympic champion had not lost as a pro or amateur since he was 13
Andre Ward, the unified light heavyweight champion widely recognized as the world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, announced his retirement from the sport on Thursday.
The Olympic champion attributed a physical toll and waning desire to his decision to walk away at the relatively young age of 33.
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- Bronx boxer captured world middleweight championship in 1949
- ‘He had eyes that danced, all the way to the very end’
Jake LaMotta, the Bronx boxer who captured the world middleweight championship in 1949 and whose life was later the subject of the 1980 film Raging Bull, died on Tuesday because of complications from pneumonia. He was 95.
LaMotta’s wife, Denise Baker, said the longtime professional boxer died on Tuesday at Palm Garden of Aventura nursing home in Florida.
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The sport took a step forward with Saturday’s gripping fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Álvarez – and two steps back with more dubious judging
George Foreman once said boxing is the sport to which all other sports aspire, and for 47 electrifying minutes on Saturday night that maxim rang as true as the middleweights Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Álvarez, two of the finest pure fighters of their generation, met in a contest of extreme physical and psychological intensity, holding a sold-out arena and a worldwide audience of millions in their thrall. It was that rarest of unicorns: a main event that managed to exceed the years of hype that preceded it. The sport could have scarcely dreamt of a better advertisement. Until, that is, the decision.
Whenever boxing asks the broader public to lean forward and pay attention, it seems a self-defeating blow is never too far ahead, reminding everyone why they abandoned the sport in the first place.
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It’s not hyperbolic to say the game in the States is alive because of African American players like the Williams sisters and Sloane Stephens
There’s been no shortage of anxiety over the future of American tennis over the last decade.
Andy Roddick’s abrupt retirement during the 2012 US Open left the United States without an active men’s grand slam champion for the first time in 129 years, since the inception of what then was called the US National Championships. And while Venus and Serena Williams have combined for 30 major singles championship, 121 WTA titles and 173 finals appearances – and counting – the hand-wringing over their successor on the women’s side persisted.
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