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Tiger will not play in Lancome tournament

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 15, 2001


PARIS -- Tiger Woods pulled out of next week's Lancome Trophy golf tournament because of Tuesday's terrorist attacks in the United States.

Woods was scheduled to fly to France Monday for the tournament at the Saint-Nom-La-Breteche course starting Thursday, the final event before the Sept. 28-30 Ryder Cup in England.

"I don't believe this is an appropriate time to play competitive golf," Woods said on his Web site tigerwoods.com. "I feel strongly that this is a time to pause, reflect and remember the victims of Tuesday's horrific attack."

Woods, winner of six major championships, also said the risks of traveling overseas are too great.

MORE GOLF: U.S. organizers want the Ryder Cup at the Belfry in central England to go ahead, even though some expressed doubts about playing so soon after Tuesday's attacks.

"It is our desire for the Ryder Cup matches to go forward," said Jim Awtrey, chief executive of the PGA of America. "We continue to have discussions with U.S. captain Curtis Strange and a number of players."

The safety of the players and their families is of utmost importance, Awtrey said. Woods was among several on the U.S. team who said they were uncertain about playing. David Duval said he was concerned about traveling to Europe. Ryder Cup officials said they are reviewing security plans for the event.

Also, the PGA Tour will donate $2-million to relief funds for victims, an amount that could grow if fans choose to donate the price of this week's tickets instead of getting a refund. The donation would "grow by an additional several million dollars, which would be a big step" in relief efforts, tour spokesman Bob Combs said.

BASEBALL: Coolers, backpacks and large bags will be prohibited at major-league parks when games resume Monday, part of the sport's stepped-up security.

The new measures include a ban on parking within 100 feet of any stadium, inspection of items fans bring into ballparks and an increase in uniformed law enforcement at all games.

"I think fans will be very comfortable with these provisions," said Kevin Hallinan, senior vice president of security. "Security and safety is our highest priority."

NBA: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban contributed $1-million on behalf of the city of Dallas to a fund to help relatives of those police and firefighters killed in the rescue effort at the World Trade Center.

NFL: Richard Lynch, the 31-year-old son of Dick Lynch, the New York Giants radio analyst, is one of the thousands missing in the wake of the World Trade Center attacks. "What I keep thinking about is what Jesus said, "Forgive them for they know not what they do,' " said Lynch, fighting through tears. "That phrase keeps going around in my head. It's the closest way for me to get any solace."

NHL: Pittsburgh will donate all money from remaining ticket sales for its two home preseason games to disaster relief funds.

NIKE DONATIONS: Nike has collected almost $50,000 from employees worldwide for the rescue operation in New York. The amount will be matched by the Nike Foundation and donated to the Red Cross. Nike also will donate 11,400 pairs of socks to firefighters in New York. Nike said emergency officials told the company that clean socks would help at the rescue site, where firefighters are working around the clock.

OLYMPICS: The 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City may have a more militarized look, with armed soldiers possibly helping patrol streets as Air Force jets guard the skies. "The military is going to have to be involved in the planning," Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, said.

Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah, said the House Armed Services Committee is moving to repeal legislation limiting the use of military personnel in Olympic operations.

Salt Lake Organizing Committee chief Mitt Romney said it was too early to predict how the look of security might change.

In other news, a minute of silence in memory of those who died in the terrorist attacks will be held before the lighting of the Olympic cauldron today in Australia, marking the first anniversary of the Sydney Olympics.

HANDS ACROSS THE WATER: Sports events around Europe and Africa this weekend will honor victims of Tuesday's attacks, paying their respects with minutes of silence, black armbands and a toning down of celebrations.

One minute's silence and black armbands will be observed on most soccer fields, including the leagues of England, France, Germany and Italy.

The Olympic Committee in Italy also said all sports events should start 15 minutes late out of respect for the thousands feared dead in the United States.

The closing ceremony of the Mediterranean Games in Tunis, Tunisia, will be scaled down to show "compassion for the families" of victims in the attacks. A lavish dance and music show was being cut from today's ceremony at the Olympic stadium, organizers said.

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