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Nov. 30, 2009 at 5:15 PM
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Woods won't appear at own charity event

WINDERMERE, Fla., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods said Monday injuries in a one-vehicle accident last week are extensive enough to keep him out of golf tournaments the rest of the year.

Woods, in a statement on his Web site, said he wouldn't play in this week's Chevron World Challenge, a charity event in California that Woods is hosting.

"I am extremely disappointed that I will not be at my tournament this week," Woods's statement said. "I am certain it will be outstanding event and I'm very sorry that I can't be there."

The announcement added Woods wouldn't "participate in any other tournaments in 2009 and will return to action next year."

Woods was injured outside his Florida home about 2:30 a.m. Friday when he apparently drove his sports utility vehicle into a fire hydrant and tree. He was taken to a hospital and reportedly had lacerations around his mouth.

In a statement Sunday, Woods said, "I have some cuts, bruising and right now I'm pretty sore."

He also said, "This situation is my fault." He cited as "irresponsible" the "many false, unfounded and malicious rumors" about the accident, apparently referring to TMZ.com's claim Woods's facial injuries were caused by his wife and not the accident.

He is yet to speak to authorities about the accident.

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Rivalry losses mean football poll changes

MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A series of tough rivalry contests brought several changes to the USA Today Coaches' football poll but not at the top where Florida remains No. 1.

Florida completed its regular season 12-0 and goes against No. 3 Alabama (12-0) in the Southeast Conference championship game Saturday. Florida took 53 first-place votes in the poll while Alabama and No. 2 Texas (12-0) each were No. 1 on three ballots.

Texas Christian (12-0) is fourth while fellow unbeatens Cincinnati (11-0) and Boise State (12-0) are fifth and sixth, respectively.

Teams that suffered losses to traditional rivals fell hard. Georgia Tech (10-2), went from seventh to 12th; Pittsburgh (9-2), dropped from ninth to 15; Oklahoma State (9-3), formerly 12th is now 21st; and Utah (9-3), which is 25th after a No. 19 ranking last week. Clemson, North Carolina and Mississippi, also rivalry losers, dropped off the rankings.

Ohio State (10-2) is the new No. 7 followed by Oregon (9-2), ninth-rated Penn State (10-2) and No. 10 Iowa (10-2).

Virginia Tech (9-3) is up three spots to 11th. After Georgia Tech are No. 13 Brigham Young (10-2), Louisiana State (9-3) and Pittsburgh.

Oregon State (8-3) takes the No. 16 place ahead of 17th-rated Miami (Fla.) (9-3), No. 18 Houston (10-2), 19th-ranked Southern California (8-3) and No. 20 Nebraska (9-3).

After Oklahoma State, California (8-3), West Virginia (8-3), Stanford (8-4) and Utah, in order, complete the Top 25.

California, West Virginia and Stanford weren't ranked a week ago.

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S. Williams fined for U.S. Open outburst

LONDON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Serena Williams' rant at a U.S. Open tennis official has resulted in a $175,000 fine and two years probation, the International Tennis Federation announced.

ITF officials Monday said the fine would be reduced to $82,500 if Williams commits no additional offenses before 2011 but another offense in the next two years would bar her from the following U.S. Open.

Even the $82,500 fine would be an ITF record for a Grand Slam event, far surpassing the $48,000 fine levied against Jeff Tarango at Wimbledon in 1995.

Williams, who ended the WTA season with a world No. 1 ranking, confronted a line judge who called Williams for a foot fault in the U.S. Open semifinals against Kim Clijsters.

Williams trailed 4-6, 5-6 and the foot fault call made the score 15-40, putting Clijsters one point from the finals. Williams gestured at the line judge. Court-side microphones picked up Williams saying she would -- if she could -- shove a tennis ball down the judge's throat. There were several expletives from the player.

The official reported the incident to the chair umpire, who, since Williams had been warned previously for destroying a racket, docked her one point, which ended the match.

After the match, Williams said: "I didn't threaten (the line judge). I don't remember anymore, to be honest. I was in the moment. And, you know, everyone's fighting for every point. It was a really crucial point."

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Patrick signs onto Andretti IndyCar team

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. auto racing driver Danica Patrick said Monday she will return to the IndyCar Series as a member of Michael Andretti's racing team.

The Indianapolis Star said Patrick, 27, and the retired Formula One driver appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday to confirm Patrick signed a multiyear agreement with Andretti's team.

The agreement was officially signed in August, but could not be announced to the public until Patrick's deal with Motorola expired. Specific details of the new deal were not released.

As a member of Andretti Autosport, Patrick will drive the No. 7 car that is sponsored by GoDaddy.com.

Patrick signed on with Andretti Green Racing in 2007 and enjoyed a series victory the following year in Japan, the Star reported. During the last season, the female driver finished fifth in the overall standings.

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