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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Detroit at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN; NBATV)
NBA: Indiana at Portland, 10 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Pittsburgh at NY Islanders, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: San Jose at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: UNH at Providence, 6:30 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Purdue at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Rutgers at Miami, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Temple at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Virginia Tech at Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Western Carolina at Marquette, 8:30 p.m. (FS2)
College basketball: Nebraska at Clemson, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: North Carolina at Indiana, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Ohio State at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Women’s college basketball: Butler at TCU, 1 p.m. (FSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
Tiger Woods finally is ready to return to golf. (John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)
— After more than a year away from golf, Tiger Woods is making his return to the game at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Thursday.
Woods spoke with reporters on Tuesday and opened up about his feelings heading into the tournament. He said he struggled with the future of his career and whether or not he would ever play again while recovering from back surgeries.
“Yeah, there was a lot of trepidation and times where I did think of that, because it was realistic,” Woods said. “Not being able to get out of bed, not being able to move, how can I expect to come out here and swing a golf club at 120 miles an hour and be ballistic when I can’t even get out of bed?”
Woods said recovering from this back injury was different than recovering from past knee problems.
“When I had my knee redone and it was completely blown, I knew it was nine months [of recovery], but I knew I could come back from it. It’s not nerve damage,” Woods said. “When you’re dealing with a spine, when you’re dealing with nerves, it’s a totally different deal. There’s a lot of guys who have had injuries like that and have come back and done well and have won golf tournaments, but each individual spinal injury is different and has its own little personality.”
Woods also spoke about his sudden withdrawal from the Safeway Classic in October, saying “a few things happened” surrounding that decision.
“One, the Ryder Cup [for which he served as a vice captain] helped a lot in the sense that I got a chance to be out there with the guys and see it and feel it and experience it,” Woods said. “Two, it hurt me by not being able to practice for a week. I knew that I could play Safeway with a few shots, and I’ve played with less and I’ve won golf tournaments hitting with less shots, but I had to have everything come together.”
Woods also said he didn’t know the course well enough and “didn’t feel right about it.”
Woods will tee off at noon on Thursday in the opening round of the World Challenge.
— The Bills announced Tuesday that the league has suspended offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson for the next 10 games for violating the NFL substance abuse policy.
Henderson also was suspended for four games at the beginning of this season for a similar violation.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday Henderson uses marijuana to cope with the pain that comes with Crohn’s disease. Henderson has also had two intestinal surgeries.
After Henderson’s first suspension, Henderson’s agent Brian Fettner said, “There is zero allowable medical exemption for this per the NFL; however, there clearly should be.”
Rapoport reports Henderson is not ruling out legal action to return to the field.
— Scottsdale Scorpions outfielder Tim Tebow said on Tuesday he is improving as a baseball player in the Mets organization but is not sure if he will be present at Mets spring training.
“I’m taking it day-by-day,” Tebow said when asked at an NYPD event if he anticipates being at spring training.
Tebow played in the Arizona Fall League and went 12-for-62 with 20 strikeouts and eight walks.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Everybody has their opinion. I respect anything that anybody has to say. I care a lot about the group and our guys. For my family’s sake, it was important for me to be there for them. Just with our transition and everything. So that’s that. Now I can put that behind me and get focused again on [Wednesday] night.” — Celtics center Al Horford, on missing Monday’s game to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Shane Victorino (35)