April 29th, 2010
12:37 PM ET

Sports Update: Tiger plays, Dwight Howard is fined

Dwight Howard was fined $35,000 for criticizing NBA officials

Tiger Woods (yes, him again) returns to the golf course today, his first competitive round since his fourth-place finish at The Masters earlier this month. Golf.com will have all the action, including Woods's post-round comments, from The Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. Along with Woods, Masters champion Phil Mickelson and rising star Anthony Kim are entered in the field. The tournament is one of the sports highlights (all times Eastern) on a day that includes a pair of NBA Game 6 playoff games. 

Mavericks at Spurs (8 p.m., TNT) - The basketball battle of Texas turns to San Antonio, with the Spurs up 3-2 in the series. The Mavs have been the NBA's best road team this season and they'll have to draw on that success tonight in order to force a Game 7 Saturday in Dallas. Keep in mind: Only eight teams in NBA history have rallied from a 3-1 deficit. 

Red Wings at Sharks (9 p.m., Versus) - The Sharks, the top team in the Western Conference this season, have never won a Stanley Cup while the Red Wings have defined such success over the past 10 years. Tonight, the two teams meet in the opening game of a Western Conference second round series. The Sharks lost to the Red Wings in this round in 2007. 

Suns at Trail Blazers (10:30 p.m., TNT) The Suns can wrap up the series tonight following an emphatic 107-88 Game 5 victory in Phoenix. It won't be easy, though. Trail Blazers star Brandon Roy says he'll start tonight. He averaged 21.5 points during the regular season but has suffered from a torn meniscus in his right knee since the end of the regular season. 

BY THE NUMBERS 

$35,000 - Magic center Dwight Howard was slapped with a $35,000 fine for criticizing NBA officials on his blog. The Magic star was not happy about the officiating in Orlando's series sweep over Charlotte. 

143 - Average number of RBIs over the past four years for Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard. He has 17 RBI this season. 

35 - Number of college football bowl games  expected to be played in 2011.

April 12th, 2010
01:22 PM ET

CNN poll shows Tiger's favorable rating drops

Fewer than four in 10 Americans have a favorable view of Tiger Woods, down a few percentage points from the previous month, according to a new national poll released Monday.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates that 39 percent of the public views Woods in a positive light, down four points from March, when 43 percent had a favorable view of him.

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April 9th, 2010
05:59 PM ET

Tiger continues Masters charge

Tiger Woods continued his remarkable golfing comeback with a two-under-par round of 70 at the Masters on Friday that left him in touch with the leaders near the halfway stage.

The day before, in his first competitive start in five months following the scandal over his admitted marital infidelities, the American had shot 68 - his best opening round at the first major tournament of the season.

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April 8th, 2010
07:56 PM ET

Woods finishes first round two off the lead

Tiger Woods is two strokes behind leader Fred Couples following his first round at the Masters. He shot a 68, which included two eagles.

Follow the leaderboard, Golf.com's blog coverage and a gallery of Woods' practice round with Couples on Monday.


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April 8th, 2010
02:22 PM ET

Web Pulse: Tiger Woods ad, iPhone OS 4, Kate Gosselin


Tiger Woods' Nike ad - Tiger Woods' name has flooded the Web ever since he crashed his car into a tree and revelations of cheating came about. Today, everyone's still talking Tiger, but this time it's about a new ad put out by Nike that uses Woods' deceased father's voice with the message that the golfer has learned his lesson.

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April 8th, 2010
01:42 PM ET

And he's back - Tiger tees off at the Masters

Tiger Woods has teed off for the first time since a scandal involving cheating on his wife sidelined him from golf.

The Masters, at the Augusta National Golf Club, is Woods' first event since news of the scandal broke.

You can follow Tiger and all of the other golfers stroke-by-stroke at Golf.com's live blog.

April 8th, 2010
09:27 AM ET

On the Radar: Miners' search, Tiger Woods, travel fees

A miner puts up a memorial for the 25 people who died in the West Virginia mine blast.

Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Thursday:

West Virginia mine search - Four rescue teams prepared to delve back into a West Virginia coal mine after authorities determined that the air quality was good enough to search for four missing miners. CNN's reporters on the ground will be bringing the latest information on the search as well as reaction from the community that's mourning those who died while trying to keep hope alive for those missing.

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April 5th, 2010
05:05 PM ET

Tiger Woods: 'I'm a much better person' following rehab

[Updated 5:04 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated 2:44 p.m.] Tiger Woods indicated that he hopes to woo back sponsors who have left him in droves.

"Do I understand why they dropped me?  Of course," he said.  "I've made a lot of mistakes in my life."  He added, "Hopefully, I can prove to the other
companies going forward that I am a worthy investment, that I can help their company, help their company grow and represent them well.  I felt like I was
representing companies well in the past, but then again I wasn't doing it the right way because of what I was engaged in."

Asked whether he had taken Ambien before the car crash last November that ultimately led to the world learning about his infidelity, Woods did not
answer.  He simply said that the police had investigated the case and fined him $166.  "It's a closed case," he said. Rumors that Woods had used the sleeping aid extensively arose after the crash.

[Updated at 2:25 p.m.] The six weeks he spent in rehab for sex addition changed Tiger Woods, he said Monday in his first news conference since
the scandal broke.

"I was in there for 45 days, and it was to take a hard look at myself - and I did," he told reporters at the Augusta National golf course.  "And I've come out better - certainly a much better person for it than I was going in."

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April 5th, 2010
12:12 PM ET

Media spotlight shines on Tiger at return to Masters

[Posted 10:00 a.m.] Tiger Woods returns to the sport Monday at the Masters, ending a self-imposed exile stemming from a car accident in November outside his home and his subsequent admission of extramarital affairs.

Woods is practicing this morning at Augusta National Golf Club, and is set to participate in a news conference - his second since the scandal broke - at 2 p.m. ET. (We'll carry the press conference on CNN Live and our partners at Golf.com will have a live blog)

The golfer - even since his early childhood - has thrived in the spotlight and it may shine brighter today than it has before with millions of spectators turning on nearly any channel to catch him - not even on the course but at a news conference. SI.com's Richard Deitsch (also a partner blogger for us on this blog) says the news conference will turn the Masters into one unlike any other.

And our partners at Time.com wonder if Tiger, let alone any athlete, can be mentally prepared for what will happen at the Masters this year given all the attention. The tournament, they said, will effectively be a test of his toughness in the face of all of the drama. For other golfers, the spotlight on Tiger could be a good or bad thing. Golf.com's Peter Kostis says while all eyes will be on Tiger at the start of the Masters, the real drama surrounds some of the players over 40 and under 30.

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April 5th, 2010
07:28 AM ET

On the Radar: Tiger Woods, earthquake, Conrad Murray

Tiger Woods tees off during his first practice round Monday in Augusta, Georgia.

Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Monday:

Tiger Woods' return - Golfing phenom Tiger Woods plans to return to the Masters on Monday, his first major tournament since he wrecked his car under unusual circumstances in November. Woods admitted to having extramarital affairs. Now he's back on the golf course. He was scheduled to practice Monday morning and give a news conference at 2 p.m. ET.

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March 25th, 2010
09:28 AM ET

On the Radar: Don't ask, don't tell; health care

Protesters in Washington rally for a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Tuesday:

Don't ask, don't tell - Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday announced changes that would ease the Defense Department's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which prohibits gays from serving openly in the military.

Health care debate - The health care debate pushes forward today with several key events, stories and angles.

1. What it means to you - Our team of political and medical reporters is taking your questions about the health care bill and will try to give some clarity about what the bill means to you, when it will impact you and other questions surrounding the bill. Check our continuously developing health care FAQ page for the latest answers to your questions

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March 21st, 2010
08:09 PM ET

Tiger Woods grants post-scandal interviews

Tiger Woods said Sunday that he is focused on "living a life of amends" after "living the life of a lie" in one of his first interviews since a November car crash outside his home unleashed a media frenzy amid rumors of extramarital affairs.

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March 18th, 2010
12:44 PM ET

Alleged Tiger Woods' mistress publishes 'sexting' messages

A former porn actress who says she had a three-year intimate relationship with Tiger Woods posted text messages online Thursday that she says the golfer sent her last year.

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March 16th, 2010
05:59 PM ET

Is the Masters the right venue for Tiger's return?

Tiger Woods announced this morning that he’d make his return to golf at the Masters in April. Woods has been away from the tour since he crashed his vehicle into a fire hydrant and then a tree near his home late last year.

Joe Posnanski, writing for Golf.com, says Woods’ planned return at the Masters “was the only logical choice.”

“Tiger Woods will play the Masters. Well, of course he will. The story had to end up at the Masters. There were people who thought that he might play Arnold Palmer's tournament at Bay Hill next week or he might wait until later in the year to enter a tournament,” he writes. 

Mike Walker of Golf.com disagrees, arguing Tiger’s return is “too much, too soon.”

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March 16th, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Update: Tiger Woods will return to golf at Masters

[Updated 2:12 p.m.] PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem reacted to Tiger Woods' announcement that he will return to golf at the Masters.

"We were pleased to learn that Tiger Woods will be playing the Masters in a few weeks. He has invested a lot of time taking steps, both in his personal and professional life, in order to prepare for his return. We all wish him and his family the best as he rejoins the tour."

[Posted 11:28 a.m.] Tiger Woods announced he will make his much-anticipated return to golf at the Masters in April.

"The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect," Woods said in a statement, now on his Web site. "After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta."

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March 16th, 2010
01:23 PM ET

Web Pulse: Tiger Woods, IE9, QR codes and Facebook

Here’s a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Tuesday:

Tiger Woods and the Masters - Let the speculation end. Tiger Woods has put all of the rumors and rampant speculation to rest with his announcement today that he'll be returning to golf at the Masters in April. Lots of chatter surrounding the announcement - both on the kind of role model Tiger was, whether he still should be one as well as the strategy behind choosing the Masters as his return event because of its controlled nature.

Internet Explorer 9 – At Microsoft's Mix conference they announced a platform preview of Internet Explorer 9 - which they tout as a prototype for how they plan to interact with the Web currently, but also be able to adapt to quickly changing Web technologies. Most of the buzz is from the tech community on Twitter, a majority of who appear to be downloading a "Test Drive" version Microsoft has made available on its site.

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March 15th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

Update: Tiger returning to golf, but no date set yet

[Updated 3:57] Listen to PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem discuss Tiger Woods' return to the tour and the impact of his absence.

[Updated 2:48 p.m.] PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said Tiger Woods is preparing to return to golf, but he does not know the specific date or event when that would happen.

"We have the general information that Tiger is preparing to play," Finchem said.

The PGA chief noted that speculation was focusing on Woods returning at the end of March and said if that was the case "then we will know soon."

"He'll give us reasonable notice because we know we've got some preparation to do," he said. "But I don't have the specific date when he's going to come back."

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March 11th, 2010
09:31 PM ET

Woods to return to golf ... sometime

After a day of rampant speculation from sources who were sure they knew what they were talking about, Tiger Woods' agent told CNN Thursday that the troubled golfer had not decided when he would return to the links.

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