Tiger Woods to return to competition next week

DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Published:

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Tiger Woods preps for return next week

Tiger Woods says he is rusty but ready to return to competition.

Woods announced Friday on his Facebook page that he will play next week at Congressional in the Quicken Loans National. This is the first year for a new title sponsor at the PGA Tour event that donates the charity money to the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Woods last played on March 9 at Doral, where he played with pain in his lower back and closed with a 78 to tie for 25th. He had back surgery on March 31, causing him to miss the Masters for the first time. He also missed the U.S. Open.

He says he is just starting to hit full shots and wants to play his way into competitive shape.

Langley leads at Travelers Champ.

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Scott Langley took the second-round lead in the Travelers Championship on Friday, following his opening 64 with a 65 to reach 11-under 129.

Winless in two seasons on the PGA Tour, the 25-year-old Langley had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey in the second round at TPC River Highlands.

Michael Putnam, Harris English and K.J. Choi were a stroke back. Putnam shot 63, the best round of the day. English had a 64, and Choi shot 65.

Patrick Rodgers, the former Stanford star making his pro debut, was 5-under after a 69. Cameron Wilson, Rodgers' college teammate who also was making his pro debut, missed the cut with rounds of 73 and 75.

Defending champion Ken Duke was 3-under after a 72.

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Biffle still working on new extension with Roush Racing

SONOMA, Calif. -- Greg Biffle says he's still working on a new contract to stay at Roush Fenway Racing despite reports he's already signed an extension.

Biffle said Friday he's talked to other teams in the garage, but he was presently negotiating with Roush, the only team he's driven for since his 1998 rookie season in the Truck Series. He won the Truck Series championship in 2000 and added a Nationwide Series title in 2002.

Biffle has maintained all year his priority is not to leave the organization. Roush president Steve Newmark tweeted Friday the team hopes to have some news soon to announce on Biffle's No. 16 team "but nothing to report yet."

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Kansas' Embiid has surgery on foot

Top prospect Joel Embiid had two screws placed in his right foot during surgery Friday to repair a stress fracture that could cause him to fall in next week's NBA Draft.

Dr. Richard Ferkel says in a statement that the surgery on the navicular bone went well and he is confident Embiid will be able to return to the court after "appropriate healing." Ferkel did not put a timetable on the recovery, but it is expected to be a long process.

Embiid was widely considered one of the top three prospects in the draft and a serious candidate to be chosen No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers. But the injury could turn some teams away from the versatile big man from Kansas.

Kansas to remove track from inside football stadium

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The University of Kansas has announced plans to remove the track from Memorial Stadium, the first step in what the school hopes to be an eventual renovation of the football facility.

Earlier this year, the school unveiled the Rock Chalk Park track facility during the Kansas Relays. The new facility allowed the school to begin removal of the old track inside the stadium.

Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger said an anonymous donor provided the funding for the construction, which will begin Tuesday and take about six weeks.

The track will be replaced by new artificial turf that will be safer and more aesthetically-pleasing.

Memorial Stadium, which opened in 1921, is among the oldest college stadiums still in use.

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