Monday's Sports In Brief
The Associated Press
Divorced. Single dad. Golf game still to be determined.
And so, after nine months of turmoil over his extramarital affairs, now begins the next chapter in the life and times of Tiger Woods.
In a hearing that lasted no more than 10 minutes in a Florida judge's chambers, Woods and his Swedish-born wife officially divorced.
"We are sad that our marriage is over and we wish each other the very best for the future," Woods and Elin Nordegren said in a joint statement released by their lawyers.
The divorce was granted shortly after 2 p.m. in Bay County Circuit Court in Panama City, Fla., about 375 miles from their Isleworth home outside Orlando, where Woods drove his SUV over a fire hydrant and into a tree on Thanksgiving night. That set off shocking revelations that sports' biggest star had been cheating on his wife through multiple affairs.
Woods' life and golf game have been in disarray ever since.
He and Nordegren were married Oct. 5, 2004, in Barbados and have a 3-year-old daughter, Sam, and an 18-month-old son, Charlie.
Terms of the divorce such as how much it will cost Woods were not disclosed. They said only that they will "share parenting" of their two children.
WASHINGTON (AP) A judge assigned to Roger Clemens' perjury case issued a gag order prohibiting public comments by the principles in the case that could affect the jury pool for a possible trial.
Clemens was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly lying to Congress. The six-count indictment accuses the seven-time Cy Young Award winner of obstructing a congressional inquiry with 15 different statements made under oath, including denials that he had ever used steroids or human growth hormone.
Clemens has denied any wrongdoing.
U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said in the gag order that interested participants will refrain from making public comments that could have a material effect on the case.
MIAMI (AP) The Florida Marlins made big profits with baseball's smallest player payroll in 2008-09, and team president David Samson says the income was needed to ensure being able to borrow money for a new ballpark.
Team financial statements acquired by Deadspin.com show the Marlins netted $49 million during the two seasons, with operating income of $37.8 million in 2008 and $11.1 million in 2009. Samson didn't dispute the figures during a conference call.
The Marlins had the lowest player payroll in the major leagues both seasons $22 million in 2008 and $37 million in 2009.
UNDATED (AP) Satch Davidson, the home plate umpire when Hank Aaron and Carlton Fisk hit two of baseball's most famous home runs, has died. He was 75.
Davidson's family said he died Saturday at his home in Houston. The family did not give a cause of death.
Davidson spent only three years in the minors before getting hired as a National League umpire in 1969. A bad back forced him to retire after the 1984 season.
His career was full of big games his first month in the majors, he worked no-hitters that Jim Maloney and Don Wilson pitched on back-to-back days at old Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Davidson was behind the plate for Wilson's gem and was on the field for five no-hitters overall, plus a pair of World Series, three NL championship series and the 1976 All-Star game.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Melanie Oudin disappointed the sparse crowd at the Pilot Pen, losing in the opening round of the tuneup tournament, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, to lucky loser Dominka Cibulkova.
Also, Russian Dinara Safina upset French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, and Nadia Petrova rallied after being down one set and 5-2 in the second to beat American Varvara Lepchenko 1-6, 7-5, 6-1.
In the men's draw, two-time Pilot Pen champion James Blake, who grew up in nearby Fairfield, beat Pere Riba of Spain 6-0, 6-1 in just 35 minutes. It was the fastest completed match on the ATP Tour this season.
MONTREAL (AP) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark won the rain-delayed Rogers Cup, beating Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2.
The Rogers Cup final was held a day late after a weekend of relentless rain.
NEW YORK (AP) Seeking to complete the career Grand Slam, Rafael Nadal will be the top-seeded man when the U.S. Open starts next week, while Roger Federer will come to Flushing Meadows seeded second.
The women's seedings have been delayed one day because of a rainout of Sunday's final at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. It appears, however, that Caroline Wozniacki will get the top seed because Serena Williams, the world's top-ranked player, has withdrawn while recovering from surgery to repair cuts on her right foot. Wozniacki won the Rogers Cup on Monday.
Also missing will be defending men's champion Juan Martin del Potro, who remains sidelined because of a lingering wrist injury.
McMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) The McMinnville High School Grizzlies opened fall football practice on Monday while two of their teammates remained hospitalized and doctors tried to determine why 24 players developed a condition that caused intense pain and dangerous swelling in their arms.
Authorities say 11 players were treated in the emergency room last week, 13 were admitted and three required surgery to relieve pressure caused by the swelling.
Physicians still don't know why so many players came down with the condition, called compartment syndrome, which is marked by high enzyme levels in the blood and can be caused by certain drugs or by strenuous exercise, dehydration or a combination of factors.