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Tiger struggles while niece Cheyenne cruises

Tiger Woods faltered in his opening round at the Memorial yesterday, rallying at the end. His niece Cheyenne had considerably greater success, tying a course record with a 9-under-par 63 in the opening round of an LPGA event in Canada.

Woods, playing his first event since the Players Championship, shot a 1-over-par 73 in Jack Nicklaus' event in Dublin, Ohio. After finishing the back nine (his front nine) in 40 strokes with a double bogey on his ninth hole, Woods made three birdies on his back nine. "Physically, I feel good. Mentally, I feel beat up," Woods said. "To turn that round around like I did today . . . that was hard."

Bo Van Pelt and Hideki Matsuyama lead after shooting 64s. Phil Mickelson shot 72.

Cheyenne Woods birdied eight holes -- including five of the last nine -- and had an eagle and one bogey in the Manulife LPGA Classic in Cambridge, Ontario. She is tied for the lead with Cristie Kerr and P.K. Kongkraphan.

NHLLeague closer to coaches' challenge system

The NHL is a step closer to a coaches' challenge system. The joint NHL/NHL Players' Association competition committee said that it recommended coaches' challenges for goals involving goalie interference and offside plays. If approved by the NHLPA executive committee and board of governors, goalie interference challenges would be handled by referees at ice level and offside plays by the situation room in Toronto.

The competition committee reached no consensus on overtime changes for next season and will continue discussions. General managers voted in March to consider three-on-three overtime either for a full five minutes or the format used by the American Hockey League -- three minutes of four-on-four and then four minutes of three-on-three.


Griner's wife expecting a baby

Tulsa forward Glory Johnson-Griner will miss the WNBA season after announcing on Instagram that she is pregnant. Johnson-Griner, who married Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner last month following a highly publicized domestic violence incident between the two, posted a photo on the social networking site showing a bun coming out of a cake shaped like an oven. It carried the caption, "(hash)WelcomeToTheJohnsonGrinerFamily." -- AP

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