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Woods enters Bay Hill

Tiger Woods says he will play the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week at Bay Hill.

Woods is a six-time winner at Bay Hill, including one stretch of four straight victories. He last won in 2009 with a dramatic birdie on the final hole, but did not defend his title last year while coping with the crisis in his personal life.

His commitment to play was not surprising, although until last year, Woods typically waited until the Friday before a tournament to announce he would play.


Williams has been 'depressed'

Serena Williams told USA Today that she's "at the end of (her) rope" after several physical setbacks that have kept her off the court since July.

"It's just been a tough year," the 29-year-old said at her Bel Air, Calif., home in an interview published in Wednesday's USA Today.

Shortly after her fourth Wimbledon title, Williams cut her foot on some broken glass at a restaurant -- resulting in a pair of surgeries.

"I definitely have not been happy," she told the paper. "Especially when I had that second surgery (on my foot), I was definitely depressed. I cried all the time."

She has not set a timetable for her return to tennis but said it could come as early as this summer.


Vonn takes World Cup lead

Lindsey Vonn took the lead from Maria Riesch in their duel for the overall World Cup title on Wednesday, finishing fourth behind winner Julia Mancuso in the final downhill of the season.

Vonn earned 50 race points for her lowest downhill finish this season, while Riesch failed to score after placing 17th. Riesch's cautious run left her a surprising 3.19 seconds behind Mancuso.

Vonn took a 27-point lead over her friend and rival with three races left this week. Vonn is looking for her fourth straight overall title after already earning the downhill discipline title.

Mancuso delivered an assured, aggressive run to clock 1 minute, 27.50 seconds. She earned her first World Cup win since March 2007, finishing 0.81 seconds clear of Lara Gut of Switzerland.


Herd opens today

The Buffalo Bisons' 13-game spring training schedule in Florida opens today when the Herd meets the New Orleans Zephyrs at the Florida Marlins' complex in Jupiter.

All games start at 1 p.m. and the opponents will be either New Orleans, Memphis (St. Louis) or Syracuse (Washington). Memphis shares the Jupiter complex with the Marlins while the Nationals' complex is in Viera, near the Kennedy Space Center. Seven games are at the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie.

Compiled from wire service reports.

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