Sports News-August 7, 2014

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Commissioner Bud Selig says he expects baseball owners to vote next week from a list of three candidates for his successor.  Owners meet in Baltimore next week. Selig is retiring in January.  Selig confirmed several reports that the three finalists are Rob Manfred, MLB's chief operating officer; Tim Brosnan, MLB's executive vice president for business and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.  Selig says the list is accurate.  A candidate has to be approved by 23 of the 30 teams to be elected.

Bad back and all, Tiger Woods has arrived in Louisville for the PGA Championship.  The four-time champ played a nine-hole practice round and pronounced his back ready to go for Thursday's opening round.  The winner of 14 majors is paired with Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington.  He says the back injury that caused him to withdraw Sunday at the Bridgestone Invitational was not related to the pain that required surgery on March 31.  Woods says his trainer was able to fix the problem, and once he felt he had full range of motion, he was ready to tackle the final major of the year.  Defending PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner is suffering from an injury as well.  The 37-year old has a sore neck, caused by a degenerative arthritic condition.  He had an epidural early last week, and then tied for 66th in the Bridgestone Invitational.  The month of July in 2016 will be pretty busy for the world's best  golfers as the PGA of America has announced that the PGA Championship will shift to late July instead of its usual early August start as golf prepares to return to the Summer Olympics.  The 2016 tournament will be held July 28-31 in Springfield, New Jersey.  The British Open is set for July 14-17 at Royal Troon, leaving only 11 days between the final two majors of the year.

The 8-year-old who received national attention for his touchdown run in the 2013 Nebraska spring football game has had a recurrence of brain cancer. Jack Hoffman, from Atkinson, had been in remission since October.  His father, Andy, said doctors found a "spot of concern" in Jack's brain in April, and follow-up tests in Boston on Wednesday showed the tumor had grown.  Andy Hoffman wrote on Jack's CaringBridge page that the tumor would be treated with chemotherapy.  Jack's touchdown won an ESPY Award for best sports moment of 2013.  Players mobbed him and lifted him on their shoulders in triumph after his 69-yard run.  The video of the play has been replayed on national TV and viewed more than 8 million times on YouTube.

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