Woods un­der­goes mi­nor surgery on knee

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A sea­son that be­gan with Tiger Woods cel­e­brat­ing a fifth Masters ti­tle ended with a fifth surgery on his left knee.

This one wasn’t se­ri­ous.

Woods said Tues­day on Twit­ter he had arthro­scopic surgery last week to re­pair what he de­scribed as mi­nor car­ti­lage dam­age.

In a state­ment Woods re­leased on so­cial me­dia, Dr. Vern Coo­ley said he looked at the rest of the knee and found no ad­di­tional prob­lems.

“I’m walk­ing now and hope to re­sume prac­tice in the next few weeks,” Woods said, adding that he looked for­ward to trav­el­ing to Ja­pan in Oc­to­ber for a planned Skins Game ex­hi­bi­tion and the ZoZo Cham­pi­onship on Oct. 24-27.

Woods has a light sched­ule the rest of the year — Ja­pan in late Oc­to­ber, his Hero World Chal­lenge in the Ba­hamas the first week of De­cem­ber and then the Pres­i­dents Cup in Aus­tralia. He’s the U.S. cap­tain and could play as a cap­tain’s pick. He won’t have to make that de­ci­sion un­til a week af­ter the Ja­pan event.

Woods has dealt pri­mar­ily with back is­sues the last six years. He had the first of four back surg­eries in the spring of 2014, and the last one in 2017 to fuse his lower spine.

Col­lege basketball: The Moun­tain West will be the first league to have ac­cess to real-time an­a­lyt­ics dur­ing games af­ter the NCAA granted the con­fer­ence a waiver to em­ploy that tech­nol­ogy for next sea­son. It ap­plies only to con­fer­ence games. Elec­tronic trans­mis­sion of in­for­ma­tion dur­ing games is pro­hib­ited by NCAA rules. ShotTracke­r will use tablets to send coaches in­for­ma­tion such as lineup ef­fi­cien­cies, shot trends and in­di­vid­ual data via sen­sors placed on play­ers and game balls . ... Jim Haney, 70, long­time ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Basketball Coaches, will re­tire next year.

Col­lege foot­ball: For­mer LSU DB Kelvin Joseph trans­ferred to Ken­tucky. Joseph, a sopho­more who played in 11 games last sea­son but was sus­pended for LSU’s bowl game for a vi­o­la­tion of team rules, must sit out this sea­son. He will have three years of el­i­gi­bil­ity left.

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