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A win for Tiger, loss for ABC

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Published March 2, 2004

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Tiger Woods' first victory of the year didn't help television ratings for the final round of the Match Play Championship on ABC.

Preliminary ratings for Sunday's 36-hole telecast of the World Golf Championship event at La Costa Resort fell 15 percent from last year to 5 percent of viewers in the top 55 U.S. markets, according to Nielsen Media Research Inc. Woods beat Davis Love 3 and 2.

"Tiger has not been on a roll," said Jack Myers, chief executive of Myers Reports Inc., a New York-based media research company. "If this is the start of a new winning period for Tiger, we can expect better ratings later in the year."

COLLEGES: Recruiting Congress

Two House Democrats pressed for congressional inquiries into allegations of sexual misconduct and recruiting tactics in the Colorado football program and in college sports nationwide. Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said in a letter to committee chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., "The concept of women as a reward for male athletes is a rampant attitude throughout both college and pro football." Likewise, Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette said she is working with leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to mount a probe.

FOOTBALL DEATH: Northwestern State offensive lineman Christopher Waddell, 18, died Monday after collapsing during an offseason workout on the Natchitoches, La., campus. Certified athletic trainers were on the field and attended to the player but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

SWIMMING RECORD: Ian Crocker of Texas set a world mark of 23.30 seconds in the 50-meter butterfly at the Big 12 Conference time trials, pending verification by FINA, the sport's international federation. Matthew Welsh of Australia set the record of 23.43 in July 2003.

BASEBALL: Florida (11-3) improved to 10-1 at home with a 6-3 victory and three-game sweep of Northwestern (2-6-1). ... Sergio Perez improved to 4-0 and Justin Boza got his sixth save as Tampa (15-4) beat visiting Dowling (1-3) 3-2. Alex Castellvi drove in two runs.

TENNIS: ATP to act on doping

The ATP is forming a panel to educate players about nutritional supplements and their risks. "On the one hand, it is clear that dietary and nutritional supplements pose real risks of testing positive under anti-doping rules," ATP chief executive Mark Miles said. "On the other hand, elite athletes have special dietary and nutritional needs, and often are advised to take vitamins, minerals and supplements to prevent heat exhaustion, cramping and other ailments."

U.S. OPEN: MassMutual Life Insurance Co. extended its sponsorship through 2009.


SOCCER: Canada defeated host Costa Rica 2-1 in women's Olympic qualifying at San Jose. Costa Rica faces the United States, winner of the other group, Wednesday and Canada meets Mexico. The winners go to Athens.

FIGURE SKATING: Natalia Shestakova and Pavel Lebedev of Russia won the pairs short program at the world junior championships in the Hague, Netherlands.

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