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Tiger suffering from 'inflamed' neck

Tiger Woods said tests Wednesday showed an inflamed neck joint that causes pain and makes it hard to turn his head, an injury that will require little more than medicine, massages and rest. Woods had an MRI that revealed inflammation in a facet joint of his neck. He said on his website that when facet joints are inflamed, it causes pain in the area along with headaches and difficulty rotating the head.


Crowley a Tewaaraton finalist

Stony Brook junior midfielder Kevin Crowley was named one of five finalists for the men's Tewaaraton Award, presented annually to the player of the year in college lacrosse. Crowley, from New Westminster, British Columbia, has 46 goals and 25 assists this season and leads the nation in points per game (4.73). The men's and women's Tewaaraton winners will be announced June 3 in Washington, D.C.

Hofstra slams Towson

Jess Hirschbuhl hit a walk-off grand slam in the seventh inning as top-seeded Hofstra topped Towson, 7-3, in a CAA softball tournament opening round game. Hofstra advances to the winners' bracket, where it will face third-seeded James Madison Thursday . . . Dave Darcy had a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the first to pace Briarcliffe in a 6-1 win over Penn State-Beaver in a USCAA baseball tournament game. Briarcliffe (23-11) advances to the USCAA national championship game today. Briarcliffe needs to win just one game to win the national title.


Serena upset in Madrid

Top-ranked Serena Williams was upset at the Madrid Masters, falling, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to Nadia Petrova of Russia in the third round. Williams made 41 errors, and the 16th-seeded Petrova had 10 aces. Williams had looked out of form in a marathon match against Vera Dushevina on Tuesday, which lasted 3 hours, 26 minutes. - AP

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