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Sports briefs: Injury once had Tiger doubting return to golf
First Published May 19 2014 06:52 pm • Last Updated May 19 2014 11:11 pm

GOLF • Tiger Woods says his back injury was so debilitating that it caused him to doubt whether he would play golf again.

Woods said Monday that the surgery he had March 31 erased those doubts, although he still has no timetable on a return.

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Woods said that before the surgery, he had trouble just getting out of bed. "I was certainly doubtful at that point. What’s it going to feel like? Am I going to be pain-free? Am I going to be able to actually do this again, where I’m able to get out of bed, play with my kids and play golf?"

Speaking at the media day for the Quicken Loans National in Bethesda, Md., Woods says he’s now excited about playing again, although he’s still restricted to chipping and putting.

California Chrome can now breathe easy

HORSE RACING • California Chrome will now be allowed to wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes on June 7. Belmont Park stewards cleared the horse Monday to use the strip that opens his nasal passages, just as he did in winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. New York tracks have a rule prohibiting any equipment not specifically approved by stewards, and nasal strips were not on the list.

Kurt Busch crash may bring Double trouble

AUTO RACING • Kurt Busch just made his attempt at completing The Double a lot tougher after crashing during practice Monday at Indianapolis. Busch spun coming out of the second turn and slammed hard into the outside wall. Andretti Autosport said Monday the car would not be repaired by the Indy 500 and Busch will drive teammate Marco Andretti’s backup car. Busch is the fourth driver to try to race both the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, 1,100 total miles, on the same day. Both will be held Sunday.

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