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GOLF

Woods unsure about Masters

Tiger Woods says it is “a little too soon” to know whether his ailing back will be well enough for him to enter the Masters. Speaking at a news conference on Monday to announce that Quicken Loans is the new title sponsor of his golf tournament, Woods said he’s been trying to get ready for the Masters from April 10 to 13 at Augusta National. It is the only major tournament he has never missed. Woods is off to the worst start of his 18 years on tour, and last week he withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of persistent back pain. Asked whether he will play the Masters, Woods replied: “For Augusta, it’s actually still a little too soon, to be honest with you. That’s kind of the frustrating thing about this.” He first showed signs of back pain at Bethpage Black at The Barclays in 2012, which he attributed to a soft bed at his hotel. He felt twinges during the final round of the PGA Championship last year, and when his back bothered him in the final round of The Barclays two weeks later, he said it was unrelated.

FOOTBALL

Native American fund started

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder says it is time for his team to start supporting Native Americans. Often criticized for defending a team name that many consider to be offensive, Snyder is announcing the formation of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. In a letter to Redskins fans, Snyder on Monday said that the foundation will “provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities” for Native Americans. The announcement gave no financial details. Snyder again gave no indication that he plans to change the team’s name. He said he believes “even more firmly” that the name “captures the best of who we are and who we can be, by staying true to our history and honoring the deep and enduring values our name represents.”

BASKETBALL

I’m not dead yet: Ross

Former NBA basketball player Quinton Ross had to ease the fears of friends and family members after he was wrongly reported dead. Ross said that on Monday, he woke to a cellphone loaded with messages from people concerned about his well-being. He went online and found the New York Post had run a story identifying him as a man found dead and buried on a beach. The newspaper later corrected the story. The 32-year-old Ross says he called loved ones and posted on Facebook to “let everybody know I was OK.” He said: “I mean, it was a tough day, man. Mostly for my family and friends.” Ross played seven NBA seasons with five teams.

FOOTBALL

NFL, union to talk bullying

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL will meet on April 8 with the players union to discuss improving the workplace environment. In the wake of the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, league representatives have met with about 40 players in the past three months, as well as with the Dolphins and outside organizations, Goodell said on Monday at the NFL owners meetings. The league is trying to get “as much input as possible. It’s more about people understanding the importance of a proper workplace.” Goodell adds that the focus is on medical evaluations of the players involved, including tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the Dolphins in the middle of last season, saying he was harassed by guard Richie Incognito. Martin was traded to the 49ers earlier this month.

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