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Woods wrapping up a busy season

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Woods wrapping up a busy season

Tiger Woods hasn't been this busy on the golf course in seven years, a season that will wrap up in California with his annual World Challenge.

Still to be determined is whether he'll keep playing that many events.

On Wednesday, Woods announced the 18-man field for the World Challenge, to be played the week after Thanksgiving at Sherwood Country Club. Woods is the defending champion, outlasting Zach Johnson to end a two-year drought.

The field features 13 players from the Ryder Cup - all but Phil Mickelson from the United States, only Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter from Europe - along with Hunter Mahan, Nick Watney, Bo Van Pelt, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day. All of them are among the top 30 in the world.

For Woods, the World Challenge will be his 24th tournament of the year, which includes the Ryder Cup and the exhibition he played last week in Turkey. That's his busiest schedule since he played 25 times in 2005, not including the Skins Game and PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

``It was nice to be able to - other than one setback at Doral this year - to be healthy enough to where I have the opportunity to play as much as little as I want,'' Woods said in a conference call. ``It wasn't something I was forced to sit on the sidelines, forced to rehab and get myself back into a position where I can compete. I was able to compete and play as many tournaments as I wanted to. So that was a positive.

``We'll see going forward what that holds.''

Woods added four tournaments to his 2012 season that he had never played as a pro - Abu Dhabi on the European Tour, the Honda Classic, the Greenbrier Classic and the CIMB Classic next week in Malaysia, which is unofficial.

In his last full season - without coping with injury or chaos in his personal life - he played 20 times in 2009.

Woods appeared to downplay the notion that he would consider taking up membership on the European Tour. The European Tour is expected to start counting the Ryder Cup (and Presidents Cup) toward the minimum 13 tournaments required. Woods, in response to a question last week in Turkey, said he would look into it.

Luke Donald last year became the first player to win the money title on both tours in the same season, and Rory McIlroy is poised to win both titles this year. Woods would have won the European Tour money title multiple times except that he wasn't a member and didn't play the minimum events, which at the time was 11.

``They asked me the question whether or not I would entertain it, and I said, `Yeah, I entertained it early on in my career,' because at the time there was only 11 events ... and I played once or twice in Europe, and that put me at nine or 10. Now it's at 13 - 13 is a little bit more difficult to get to, but that's one of the reasons why I think they implemented the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup as events that count towards that number.

``I certainly can see the benefits and also see the negatives of playing that much golf,'' he said. ``But going forward, I don't know.''

The Abu Dhabi Championship announced earlier Wednesday that Woods and McIlroy will headline the field next January. It was held this year the same week as Torrey Pines, and Woods missed the San Diego event for the first time since 1997 when he was healthy. Next year, Torrey Pines is the week after Abu Dhabi.

Woods didn't rule out playing Torrey Pines, but said he won't map out a schedule until after the World Challenge.

``I'm going to sit down over my offseason and before the new year for sure and plan out everything and see how many events I'm going to play in and whether this year was a good amount, I can play more, I can play less, travel more, travel less and really get a good balance and really analyze what I need to do or what I want to do,'' he said.

The World Challenge is without a title sponsor for the first time since it began 13 years ago. The tournament said Northwestern Mutual, a longtime supporter of the Tiger Woods Foundation, has stepped in as the presenting sponsor, which should defray some of the operating costs.

The tournament is not official, although it began awarding world ranking points in 2010.

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Donaldson's 9th-inning single lifts Braves over Nats 4-3 despite Robles' heroics

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Donaldson's 9th-inning single lifts Braves over Nats 4-3 despite Robles' heroics

Donaldson's 9th-inning single lifts Braves over Nats 4-3

ATLANTA -- Josh Donaldson's bases-loaded single off Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning lifted the Atlanta Braves over the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Friday night after Luke Jackson allowed a tying, two-run homer to Victor Robles in the top half.

Ronald Acuna Jr., who had three hits, led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk off Rodney (0-3) and took second on Dansby Swanson's single. Freddie Freeman walked on four pitches, loading the bases.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez brought in left fielder Juan Soto as a fifth infielder, including three on the left side against the right-handed hitting Donaldson.

Donaldson hit a 2-0 pitch over Robles to center-field warning track, and the Braves boosted their NL East lead to 6 games over the second-place Nationals. Atlanta had lost its previous five home games against Washington.

Robles' homer went 446 feet to left, giving Jackson his seventh blown save in 24 chances.

Julio Teheran gave up one hit through five scoreless innings and retired 14 consecutive hitters before pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra singled with one out in the sixth. Anthony Rendon chased Teheran with a two-out RBI single.

Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin couldn't win on his 30th birthday while paired with catcher Yan Gomes, who turned 32. Corbin and Gomes became only the second pitcher-catcher tandem to start together on their birthdays since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Chicago Cubs pitcher Dave Hillman and catcher Jim Fanning did it against Pittsburgh on Sept. 14, 1957.

Corbin allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out Ozzie Albies with the bases loaded in the first and fanned Albies to end the fifth with two out.

Albies hit a two-out double in the fourth and scored on Austin Riley's double. Freeman was 2 for 20 in his career against Corbin before his RBI single in the fifth.

Acuna's RBI double against Tanner Rainey gave the Braves a 3-1 lead.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer, on the 10-day IL since July 10 with an injury originally announced as a mid-back strain, was given a cortisone shot on Tuesday to address inflammation in the bursa sac under his right shoulder blade. Scherzer still has some discomfort and must throw a bullpen session before cleared to pitch in a game. With Scherzer unavailable, RHP Austin Voth is expected to start in Sunday night's series finale.

Braves: RHP Patrick Weigel, who had Tommy John surgery in 2017, was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to make his major league debut Saturday. RHP Wes Parsons also was recalled from Gwinnett. RHPs Kyle Wright and Touki Toussaint were optioned to Gwinnett.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-6, 3.71) is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season against the Braves, his former team.

Braves: Rookie RHP Mike Soroka (10-1, 2.24) will try to win his sixth straight decision on Saturday night. The 21-year-old right-hander became the youngest pitcher in franchise history to be selected an All-Star.

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A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM after he served in the role on an interim basis since April 2. 

Let's take a look back at the moves which earned Sheppard the long-term GM job:

April 2: The Wizards fire GM Ernie Grunfeld. Tommy Sheppard takes over the role on an interim basis. 

June 20: The Wizards select Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura with the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Later in the evening, Washington acquires Jonathan Simmons and the draft rights to Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield from the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons was placed on waivers on July 7.

July 5: The Wizards acquire Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones, and a 2022 second-round draft pick as part of the deal which sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers. 

July 6: The Wizards trade Dwight Howard to the Grizzlies in exchange for C.J. Miles and acquire Davis Bertans from the Spurs in a three-team deal with Brooklyn and San Antonio, sending the draft rights of Aaron White to the Nets. 

July 7: The Wizards re-sign center Thomas Bryant on a three-year deal and trade guard Tomas Satoransky to the Bulls for a 2020 second-round pick.

July 9: The Wizards sign guard Ish Smith to a two-year deal.

July 10: The Wizards sign guard Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal. 

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