Tiger chooses to play

Baltimore Sun - - SCOREBOARD -

U.S. cap­tain Tiger Woods used one of his four wild-card se­lec­tions on him­self Thurs­day and will be­come the first play­ing cap­tain in the Pres­i­dents Cup since Hale Ir­win in the in­au­gu­ral edi­tion 25 years ago.

The de­ci­sion was hardly a sur­prise.

Woods is the Masters cham­pion and two weeks ago tied the PGA Tour record with his 82nd ca­reer vic­tory at the Zozo Cham­pi­onship in Ja­pan. He’s No. 6 in the world rank­ing.

He also took Tony Finau, U.S. Open cham­pion Gary Wood­land and Patrick Reed.

The Pres­i­dents Cup is Dec. 12-15 at Royal Mel­bourne. Ernie Els filled out his In­ter­na­tional team Wed­nes­day and has six new­com­ers.

Tom Lewis of Eng­land and Matthias Sch­wab of Aus­tria each shot an open­ing-round 7-un­der 65 to share a one-shot lead at the Turk­ish Air­lines Open in An­talya, Turkey. ... Jeff Mag­gert shot an open­ing-round 8-un­der 63 to take a one-stroke lead over Bern­hard Langer at the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons’ Charles Sch­wab Cup Cham­pi­onship in Phoenix.

Base­ball: Astros pres­i­dent Reid Ryan, the son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, will shift to a lesser role in the or­ga­ni­za­tion and owner Jim Crane’s son, Jared, is join­ing the ex­ec­u­tive team, moves an­nounced 11 days af­ter Jim Crane apol­o­gized to a Sports Il­lus­trated re­porter and re­tracted a state­ment by the club ac­cus­ing her of try­ing to “fab­ri­cate a story.” Crane main­tained the moves weren’t re­lated to the in­ci­dent with SI or the fir­ing of an as­sis­tant GM Bran­don Taub­man for di­rect­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ments at fe­male re­porters dur­ing a club­house cel­e­bra­tion af­ter the team beat the Yan­kees to win the AL pen­nant on Oct. 19.

Col­leges: South­ern Cal­i­for­nia hired Mike Bohn as its new AD. The 58-year-old Bohn has spent the last five years as the ADat the Uni­ver­sity of Cincin­nati. He also has been the AD at Colorado, San Diego State and Idaho dur­ing a 35-year ca­reer in ad­min­is­tra­tion that be­gan at the Air Force Academy. Bohn is USC’s first ADs­ince 1993 who wasn’t a former USC foot­ball player with no prior ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in ath­letic ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Soc­cer: Carli Lloyd scored twice, Chris­ten Press added a goal and the U.S. held off Swe­den 3-2 in a friendly in Colum­bus, Ohio, giv­ing Vlatko An­donovski a vic­tory in his first match as coach. The U.S. is 19-1-3 in 2019 and has a 22-match un­beaten streak. An­donovski on Oct. 28 be­came the ninth U.S. coach af­ter the re­tire­ment of Jill El­lis, whose 106 vic­to­ries made her the win­ningest coach in U.S. women’s soc­cer his­tory and the first in­ter­na­tional coach to win two Women’s World Cup ti­tles. ... Three days be­fore the Seat­tle Sounders and Toronto FC faces off in the MLS Cup cham­pi­onship match, the head of the play­ers union an­nounced that play­ers are pre­pared to strike if they can’t ne­go­ti­ate an ac­cept­able col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment with the league. The cur­rent CBA ex­pires Jan. 31.

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