Bolt says he'll defend Olympic sprint titles in Rio
AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Usain Bolt will aim for a three-peat of Olympic sprint titles in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, rather than trying out a new event.
After Bolt became the first man to successfully defend both sprint titles at the London Olympics, he was coy about his prospects of competing in Rio, and there was speculation he could switch to the long jump or 400 for a new challenge.
But during a promotional visit to New Zealand on Monday, the self-declared "living legend" said his plan for 2016 "is all about just going and defending my titles."
Bolt, 26, won the 100 and 200 and helped Jamaica win the 4x100-meter relays at Beijing and London.
Tiger hopes to one day captain U.S. Ryder Cup
BELEK, Turkey — Tiger Woods hopes to captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team someday. He still plans to play in a few more before that happens.
The 14-time major winner is coming off a disappointing performance at Medinah. He secured only half a point in his seventh Ryder Cup appearance as Europe retained the title Sept. 30.
"One day that would be fantastic and a huge honor to be a captain of a Ryder Cup team, but hopefully it doesn't happen in the near future," Woods said. "I still want to be playing on a lot more teams but certainly one day, when my golfing life is slowing down and when it's over, that would be a huge honor to be a part of a Ryder Cup from a captaincy side."
Woods arrived Monday for the $5.3 million Turkish Airways World Golf Finals, an eight-player event being promoted simply as "Tiger v Rory."
Woods tied Raymond Floyd for the U.S. record for most losses in foursomes (eight) after pairing with Steve Stricker on Friday. He also went down in the fourballs Friday and Saturday afternoon with Stricker.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Former U.S. Open champion and longtime television analyst Ken Venturi has been selected for the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Venturi, 81, was chosen through the Lifetime Achievement category.
Venturi overcame severe dehydration on the final day to win the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional, one of his 14 wins on the PGA Tour. He also was the only amateur with the 54-hole lead in the Masters, though he shot 80 in the last round to finish one shot behind in 1956. He made even greater contributions in the broadcast booth, where he became a respected voice for 35 years with CBS Sports.
He also was the winning captain at the Presidents Cup in 2000. Venturi will be inducted May 6 at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.
Georgia Tech fires defensive coordinator Groh
ATLANTA — Georgia Tech fired defensive coordinator Al Groh on Monday, hoping a change will save what has been a hugely disappointing season.
Coach Paul Johnson announced the move two days after the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost 47-31 to No. 16 Clemson, their third straight defeat — all of them while surrendering more than 40 points, the first time that's happened in school history. The stretch included an embarrassing 49-28 home loss to Middle Tennessee.
Johnson has never fired an assistant during the season, but felt he had to do something to show he was committed to turning things around. The Yellow Jackets are off this week, giving them extra time to adjust to the jarring change.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Authorities say a Chicago fan who came to Jacksonville for the Bears-Jaguars football game had his throat slashed inside a bar.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says 42-year-old William C. "Chris" Pettry died early Sunday inside Fionn MacCool's, an Irish-themed restaurant.
Twenty-seven-year-old Matthew Hinson is being held without bond on a murder charge. Jacksonville jail records didn't list an attorney for Hinson.
The Florida-Times Union reported on Monday that witnesses told detectives Hinson cut Pettry's throat after the victim had been talking with the suspect's wife. Detectives say Hinson then put the bloody knife in his pocket and calmly walked out of the restaurant.
Pettry lived in Lake Villa, Ill., about 50 miles from Chicago.
Compiled from wire reports