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Sept. 26, 2011 at 5:15 PM
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Woods hires LaCava as caddie

ATLANTA, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods said he hired Joe LaCava, who recently carried the bag of Dustin Johnson and previously worked for Fred Couples, as his caddie.

Woods issued a statement on his Web site late Sunday, saying his first event with LaCava would be the Frys.com Open on Oct. 6-9.

"This was an important decision, and I wanted to think about it carefully," Woods said. "Also, out of deference for the FedExCup Playoffs, I decided to wait until they were concluding to have substantive talks. We then spoke to Joe and came to an agreement."

LaCava was actually working Sunday when Johnson finished tied for 23rd at the Tour Championship. He was also on the bag when Johnson won The Barclays.

Woods said he spoke with both Johnson and Couples, who worked with LaCava until this summer when Couples was forced to cut back on his schedule.

Woods fired longtime caddie Steve Williams, who had carried Woods' bags for nearly 13 years, this summer. Williams has gone to work for Adam Scott.

Reid: No hand fracture for Vick

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick suffered a contusion to his right hand and not a broken bone, Eagles Coach Andy Reid said Monday.

Vick was injured during a 29-16 loss Sunday to the New York Giants.

Doctors initially said the quarterback had a fractured right -- non-throwing -- hand, but subsequent examinations determined there was no fracture.

"We had a few different shots taken of his hand yesterday during the game," Reid said Monday. "The early clips showed that there was no break. The ones that came back when he was on the field showed that there was a potential fracture there. Today he had a scan and it showed there was no break."

The original X-rays appeared to show a fracture because a blood vessel was sitting above the bone, he said.

Reid said swelling in the injured hand has to ease before Vick's status for Sunday's game against San Francisco will be determined.

Vick played against the Giants a week after suffering a concussion in a contest at Atlanta. He was later cleared for full practice and to start against New York.

Irsay says Manning situation uncertain

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning, sidelined with a lingering neck problem, has an "outside chance" of playing in 2011, the Colts' owner said Monday.

Jim Irsay, at a meeting of companies involved in bringing this season's Super Bowl to Indianapolis, was quoted as saying the star quarterback might be able to practice by December but the team wasn't looking for him to return to the lineup until the 2012 season.

Irsay later clarified his comments in a Twitter post: "I didn't say Peyton out 4season FOR SURE, keeping him on ActiveRoster n taking it month by month/Outside chance of return n December possib.

Manning underwent neck surgery in May and another procedure in early September, his third in 19 months.

Until this year Manning had never missed a game since the Colts made him the top choice in the 1998 draft.

The Colts, without him, are 0-3 this season.

Win by Haas has him in golf's Top 20

ATLANTA, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Bill Haas, who won the Tour Championship and the FedExCup, moves to 20th in the latest men's world golf rankings.

Haas' playoff win over Hunter Mahan gave him the title in what is virtually the final PGA event of the season. Haas was 45th at the start of the tournament.

With just a few events left on the 2011 schedule it appears that Luke Donald has locked up the No. 1 ranking for 2011. Donald tied for third at the Tour Championship, finishing a stroke out of the Haas-Mahan playoff, and has a rankings points average of 10.712.

That is well ahead of No. 2 Lee Westwood, who ended 2010 as No. 1, at 7.897 and third-ranked Rory McIlroy's 6.848. Neither Westwood nor McIlroy played in the Tour Championship.

Neither did Martin Kaymer, who slips from fourth to sixth in the rankings. Steve Stricker (6,661) moves up one place to fourth and Dustin Johnson (6,573) takes over fifth. Kaymer's average is 6.542.

Phil Mickelson (5.685) and Adam Scott (5.641) had Top 10 finishes at the Tour Championship and are each up one place to eighth and ninth, respectively. That forces Matt Kuchar (5.594) from eighth to 10th.

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