Tiger Woods was “seriously injured” in a car accident near his home early Friday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Woods was taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition. Woods reportedly pulled out of his driveway around 2:25 AM. He proceeded to strick a fire hydrant, and then drove into a tree at his neighbor’s property. Highway patrol said the airbags in Woods’ car did not deploy, which means the car was traveling slower than 33 MPH. Tiger Woods’ agent told CNBC said Woods is “fine.” ESPN is reporting that Woods has been released from the hospital after being treated for “facial lacerations”.
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– The next issue of Inside Wrestling features The Rock and John Cena on the cover of the magazine with a headline reading: “Hot WrestleMania Rumor – John Cena vs. The Rock.” The sister publication of Pro Wrestling Illustrated claims that the “mega-bout is closed to being signed.”
The article’s synopsis reads: “The relationship between The Rock and John Cena is strange. Cena respects all The Rock has accomplished yet seems to resent it at the same time. That is why “The Champ” is pining for a match with The Rock at WWE’s showcase event. Word is, this mega-bout is close to being signed.”
– It would appear that Carlito has been added to WWE’s unofficial “bad list” alongside anything TNA and Chris Benoit as a sign reading “Where’s Carlito?” was immediately confiscated by company personnel after briefly appearing on camera during Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The Caribbean Superstar has not been seen in several weeks and his status with the company very much remains a mystery. His profile is currently active on the company website — for now.
– Regarding Bryan Danielson, the former ROH World Champion was told he would be bypassing developmental and heading straight to the main roster. He is expected to debut on ECW.
-– One of the reasons Kofi Kingston is being pushed hard at the moment is because they feel they need another African-American babyface star and the company has given up on several other wrestlers that were picked for the spot at one point or another.
-– The Burchills — Paul and Katie Lea — are expected to head to Raw soon as they are being advertised to appear on a few Raw brand live events.
– Phillies LHP Jamie Moyer (abdomen surgery) is expected to spend the next several days in a Philadelphia hospital for “evaluation.” Moyer reported increasing discomfort in his surgically-repaired groin/abdomen region earlier this week. He’s doing better now, but the crew at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital wants to ensure that everything is fine. Dr. Michael Coccotti said, “We’re in the midst of evaluating him. He’s very comfortable. He’s walking. He’s up. He’s doing his normal routine.” The 47-year-old is expected to be fine for the start of spring training.
– The Pirates have expressed interest in free agent OF Rick Ankiel. The connection was first reported back in September, before the regular season had concluded. Ankiel, 30, hit a lousy .231/.285/.387 in 2009 and struck out 99 times in 372 at-bats, but he’s a solid defender and should come cheap. The Cardinals are expected to let him walk without an offer.
– According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have made contact with the representatives for free agent 3B Hank Blalock. Blalock, 29, had a rough 2009 campaign, finishing with a .234/.277/.459 batting line. But he did hit 25 home runs and the Pirates don’t have a clear-cut starter at first base. If he does sign with Pittsburgh, it’ll most likely be on a short-term deal designed to revitalize his value.
– Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos indicated Thursday that free agent C Rod Barajas is unlikely to return to Toronto for the 2010 season. “My understanding is that there’s significant interest in him and it seems as though he’s got a very good opportunity to get a multi-year deal. So, it’s probably unlikely that we’ll be able to see him back here.” The Jays are thought to be interested in D’Backs C Chris Snyder, or they could promote C Kyle Phillips, who had a nice season at Triple-A.
– Bruins F Milan Lucic (sprained ankle) is out about one month. He just returned from missing a month with a broken finger.
– Canadiens D Andrei Markov (torn tendon in leg) is looking to return to the Montreal lineup in early January. This is a huge surprise, as early February was the best estimate early on, and it was thought that Markov could be gone for possibly the season. He skated for ten minutes on Thursday and said that he would definitely be playing in the Olympics.
– The Colts have extended the contracts of team president Bill Polian and son Chris, formerly the VP of football operations, “through the 2012 season and beyond.” After serving four years as VP of football operations, Chris Polian was promoted to GM in order to keep other teams from interviewing him. When Bill steps down, Chris will assume day-to-day operations of the franchise. President of the team since 1998, Bill has directed the Colts to the NFL’s best regular-season record over the past 10+ years (123-46). He’s expected to run the team through 2012.
– Lions rookie TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) is done for the season after an MRI revealed “significant damage.”