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Sports Briefs: Woods to return to golf next month in Bahamas

FILE PHOTO - Aug 13, 2015; Sheboygan, WI, USA; Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during the first round of the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

NEW YORK - Tiger Woods announced on Monday that he will make his return at the Nov. 30—Dec. 3 Hero World Challenge at Albany in the Bahamas after nine months away from competitive golf.

"I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge," tournament host and 14-time major champion Woods said in a statement.

"Albany is the perfect setting and it will be great to join this outstanding field..."

The 41-year-old American has only played six competitive rounds in the past two years while trying to recover from multiple back surgeries.


Nationals name Cubs bench coach Martinez as manager

The Washington Nationals hired Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez to become their next manager, the team announced Monday.

The 53-year-old Martinez agreed to terms on a three-year contract with an option for a fourth year, making him the seventh manager in Nationals history since they moved from Montreal before the 2005 season.

Martinez was considered the front-runner to replace Dusty Baker, who was fired last week after two seasons. This is the first major league managerial assignment of Martinez's career.

"We are delighted to bring Dave aboard and excited about what he will bring to our clubhouse and our dugout," Theodore N. Lerner, managing principal owner of the Nationals, said in a statement. "We have been very clear about our goals as an organization and we feel confident we've found the right man to help us reach them."

Martinez joins the Nationals for what will be his 30th season in professional baseball. A 16-year major league outfielder, Martinez has been a coach for the last 10 seasons, serving as Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon's bench coach and right-hand man in Chicago (2015-17) as well as with the Tampa Bay Rays (2008-14).

(The Sports Xchange)

NFL suspends Bears LB Freeman 10 games

The NFL on Monday suspended Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman 10 games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.

This is the second time the league has suspended Freeman. He missed four games in 2016 for the same violation.

Freeman, in his sixth season from Mary Hardin-Baylor, will begin serving his suspension immediately and will not be paid. He currently is on injured reserve after suffering a torn pectoral and concussion.

He will miss eight games this season and two games in 2018.

Freeman responded on Twitter, saying, "I hate to say I'm sorry again but I am sorry. ... I don't know my future but a big thanks to the Bears and the NFL, if I would have used their programs and services earlier than I did I wouldn't be in this situation."

Freeman signed a three-year deal with Chicago during the 2016 offseason.

(The Sports Xchange)

Kapler named new Phillies manager

The Philadelphia Phillies hired former outfielder and current Los Angeles Dodgers executive Gabe Kapler as the team's 54th manager, the team announced Monday.

Kapler will assume his duties in Philadelphia at the conclusion of the World Series. Game 6 is Tuesday night, with the Houston Astros holding a 3-2 series lead. If a Game 7 is needed, it will be played Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

"I'm equal parts honored, humbled and excited by the opportunity with the Phillies, an elite franchise in a city rich with history, tradition, sports excellence and with amazingly passionate fans," Kapler said in a statement released by the team. "I believe there is no better place to build a winning environment, and I take that task very seriously."

Kapler played 12 seasons with Detroit, Boston, Milwaukee, Tampa Bay and Colorado. He retired after the 2010 season.

(The Sports Xchange)

Bears' Miller has emergency vascular surgery

Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller will remain in the hospital following Sunday night's emergency vascular surgery on his leg after he suffered a dislocated left knee in the game against the New Orleans Saints.

The 33-year-old Miller is at University Medical Center in New Orleans after doctors performed "urgent vascular surgery" to stabilize his devastating injury, which was diagnosed as a torn popliteal artery in his left leg, the Bears announced Monday.

"During our game at the New Orleans Saints yesterday, TE Zach Miller sustained a serious injury to his left knee and immediate evaluation from our medical team on site rushed him to nearby University Medical Center New Orleans (UMC) for urgent vascular surgery to repair a torn popliteal artery," the Bears said in a statement. "Successful surgery was performed immediately on Sunday by the UMC vascular surgeons to stabilize his injury.

"Zach remains at UMC, along with Bears medical personnel, where he will stay under further evaluation. We are thinking of Zach and his family and support from our entire organization goes out to them."

(The Sports Xchange)