© St. Petersburg Times, published October 30, 2002
Woods: Augusta controversy won't hurt golf
Tiger Woods expects Augusta National to have a female member by the Masters because "it's the right thing to do," and he believes golf won't be hurt by the controversy.
"It's an organization's membership," Woods said Tuesday at the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta. "It's not the players' fault it's happening."
The PGA season ends Sunday, but Woods expects the debate over the all-male membership at Augusta National to gain steam, especially as the season starts again in January. But he doesn't think the issue will hurt a sport that had been free of image problems.
"It's not like a lot of these guys are committing felonies out here," Woods said. "I think it's such a strong sport right now, I don't see that happening as much as people might think."
COLLEGES: Fox Sports Net Florida will broadcast eight South Florida men's basketball games. Seven are at home, including C-USA games against Southern Miss (Jan. 14) and Houston (Feb. 15). FSN will broadcast four women's home games on tape delay, including a same-day delayed broadcast Feb. 16 vs. Southern Miss. The USF women were picked to finish 10th by C-USA coaches in the 14-team league. Cincinnati and TCU were tied for first. ... As expected, FSU women's coach Sue Semrau announced senior guard Shinikki Whiting, Miss Florida Basketball in 1999 out of Clearwater High, has left the team. Semrau said it was a mutual decision. Whiting, an elementary education major, will remain on scholarship. ... In men's golf, USF (887) finished sixth, 16 behind Florida Gulf Coast at the Rio Pinar Intercollegiate in Orlando. ... Tampa's Jolene Patton had 14 kills as host USF beat Florida State 3-2 in volleyball. ... An NCAA hockey committee changed a Nebraska victory over Colgate this month to a tie after overtime rules were not followed correctly.
BOXING: Promoter Bob Arum testified in a Fort Lauderdale circuit court that he believed rival Don King forged a contract with Julio Cesar Chavez and underpaid him before Arum signed the fighter for two 1998 matches. King is seeking at least $14-million in damages for losing 11/2 years of profits on Chavez.
EQUESTRIAN: Wellington show jumper Norman Dello Joio leads the 2003 World Cup qualifier standings after first and third finishes at two European shows.
AMERICA'S CUP: Series-leading Alinghi of Switzerland won a challenger race in Auckland, New Zealand. But New York's Stars & Stripes and Seattle's OneWorld, winner in 10 of 11 races, were impeded by a light breeze and could not finish before time ran out. Yachts are allowed 45 minutes for each leg.
TENNIS: Andre Agassi, Tampa's James Blake and top seed Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the third round of the Paris Masters.
SOCCER: U.S. World Cup players Landon Donovan and Clint Mathis were among 23 from MLS selected to the U.S. roster for the Nov. 17 game against El Salvador. ... D.C. United defender Eddie Pope had knee surgery and will be out six weeks. ... U.S. captain Claudio Reyna may have damaged knee ligaments while playing for English Premier League's Sunderland, manager Howard Wilkinson said.
OLYMPICS: The USOC ruled New York did not act improperly during the bidding process to host to the 2012 Games, the Daily News reported. ... World and Olympic swimming champ Ian Thorpe signed restraining orders against a man and a woman who have stalked him near his home and training pool in Sydney, Australia.
WINTER SPORTS: Former world biathlon skiing champion Vadim Sashurin of Belarus tested positive for a banned substance. ... French snow boarders Mathieu Bozzetto and Isabelle Blanc won World Cup parallel giant slaloms in Soelden, Austria.