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>Tiger to meet the press at Masters

Tiger Woods will speak before he plays in the Masters.

Woods is scheduled to hold his first news conference in nearly five months at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 5, according to a tentative interview schedule that Augusta National released Wednesday.

It will be his first press conference in nearly five months, and his first time facing a room full of reporters since he crashed his SUV into a tree on Nov. 27, setting off shocking revelations of rampant infidelity.

The Masters only recently began conducting a press conference on Monday of tournament week, usually a player with only moderate news interest because most of the media isn't there yet.

Woods is the only player scheduled for an interview that day.

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>Meyer rips reporter

With a stern look and some finger pointing, Florida football coach Urban Meyer had harsh words for a reporter following spring practice Wednesday.

Meyer, speaking for the first time in a week, confronted an Orlando Sentinel reporter and defended receiver Deonte Thompson.

It was unclear why Meyer took issue with the Sentinel's story.

Reporter Jeremy Fowler quoted Thompson as referring to John Brantley as "a real quarterback," in comparison to Tim Tebow.

The exchange was caught on video, captured by a photographer and witnessed by a dozen or more people -- including several fans leaving spring practice.

"You'll be out of practice -- you understand that? -- if you do that again," Meyer told the reporter. "I told you five years ago: Don't mess with our players."

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>NFL alumni get neurological care plan

The NFL and the NFL Alumni Association have established a neurological care program for retired players.

Designed to address quality of life issues, the plan makes available to the former players neurological specialists at five medical centers. NFL Alumni Association Executive Director George Martin says the doctors will evaluate and treat possible neurological conditions.

The participating medical centers are Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta; Mount Sinai in New York; Doctors of USC in Los Angeles; University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine; and Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

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>Nets earn rare win

Brook Lopez had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and New Jersey Nets moved a step closer to avoiding a dubious date with NBA history by beating the Sacramento Kings, 93-79, to snap an eight-game losing streak and a franchise-record, 14-game skid at home.

Devin Harris added 24 points and nine assists for the Nets (8-63), who need to win once in their last 11 games to avoid breaking the league mark for fewest wins in a season (9-73), set by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1972-73.

Nets interim coach Kiki Vandeweghe guided the team despite learning of the death of his mother, former Miss America Colleen Kay Hutchins, earlier in the day.

From News and wire service reports.

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