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Woods out with elbow strain

Tiger Woods said Wednesday that soreness in his left elbow would keep him from defending his title next week in the AT&T National at Congressional, and that he would not compete again until the British Open next month at Muirfield.

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Woods out with elbow strain

Tiger Woods said Wednesday that soreness in his left elbow would keep him from defending his title next week in the AT&T National at Congressional, and that he would not compete again until the British Open next month at Muirfield.

This is the sixth straight year that injury has kept him from either playing a tournament or finishing one.

The culprit this time is a strain in his left elbow. The problem first became apparent during the opening round of the U.S. Open last week at Merion, when he was flexing his left wrist or dangling his arm behind his back after shots out of the thick, punishing rough.

His injury is a blow to the AT&T National, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. This will be the third time since it began in 2007 that Woods has missed the tournament because of injury.


Man was homicide victim; SI: Hernandez not suspect

A man found dead in an industrial park about a mile from New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez’s home had been killed, a prosecutor said.

The state medical examiner identified the man as 27-year-old Odin Lloyd and ruled he was a homicide victim. Lloyd’s family said he was a semipro football player with a connection to Hernandez, whose home was searched by police.

Sports Illustrated, citing an unidentified source, reported that Hernandez was not believed to be a suspect. The magazine said police had spoken with Hernandez.

The San Francisco 49ers signed defensive end Justin Smith to a two-year contract extension to keep one of their most important defensive players off the free-agent market next offseason.

Former New York Giants punter and radio analyst Dave Jennings died at his home in Upper Saddle River, N.J., on Wednesday. He was 61.

The most prolific punter in Giants history, Jennings had battled Parkinson’s disease, a chronic degenerative neurological disorder, since 1996.


Timbers, Galaxy scoreless

Robbie Keane hit the right post and Landon Donovan had three opportunities inside the Portland box as the host Los Angeles Galaxy (6-6-3) settled for a 0-0 draw with the Timbers (6-1-9).

In Vancouver, B.C., Camilo scored two goals and assisted on the other as the Whitecaps beat Chivas USA 3-1. Jordan Harvey scored the winner for the Whitecaps (6-5-4). Tristan Bowen scored for Chivas (3-9-2).

Mike Magee scored on a penalty kick, Austin Berry headed in the tiebreaker in the opening minutes of the second half, and the host Chicago Fire (4-7-3) beat the Colorado Rapids 2-1. Jamie Castrillon scored on a 22-yard blast in the 17th minute to put Colorado (5-6-5) ahead.

In Montreal, Felipe Martins and Marco Di Vaio scored in the first half as the Eastern Conference-leading Impact (9-3-2) beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0. Houston (6-5-4) is on an 0-3-2 skid.

Brazil beats Mexico

Neymar scored one goal and set up another for Jo to lift Brazil to a 2-0 win over Mexico in Fortaleza and all but secure a spot in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup for the host nation.

In Recife, Italy rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Japan 4-3 and earn a spot in the semifinals.


Serena apologizes

Serena Williams said she’s reaching out to the family of the victim in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case after the tennis star was quoted in a Rolling Stone article saying “she shouldn’t have put herself in that position.”

“I am deeply sorry for what was written,” Williams said in a statement released through her agent. “What was written — what I supposedly said — is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.”

Nadal seeded fifth

The seedings for Wimbledon were announced, and there were no surprises: The top five seeds mirrored the top five players in the ATP rankings: Novak Djokovic was named the top seed, followed by Andy Murray, Roger Federer and David Ferrer. Rafael Nadal was seeded fifth, meaning he could face any of the other four as early as the quarterfinals.

The women’s seeds also mirrored the rankings, adjusting for withdrawals by Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova.


Lynx defeat Mercury

Maya Moore had 26 points, 16 rebounds and five assists to lead Minnesota to an 80-69 victory over the host Phoenix Mercury for the Lynx’s third straight win. Seimone Augustus added 17 points and Janel McCarville had 10, including four during a decisive 13-2 run to open the fourth quarter, for Minnesota (5-1).

Diana Taurasi scored 28 points for the Mercury. Rookie sensation Britney Griner had 10 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes as Phoenix (3-4) saw its three-game winning streak end.


• The U.S. Naval Academy charged three football players with sexually assaulting a female midshipman at an off-campus house in Annapolis more than a year ago. The academy did not name the players, only one of whom is still on the team and has been suspended.

• The funeral service in Cornelius, N.C., for NASCAR driver Jason Leffler drew Sprint Cup stars Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw, Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., and Brad Keselowski among the more than 800 people who filled Grace Covenant Church.

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