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Thoughts From the Sidelines

Not again! Tiger's aching back raises concern as PGA Championship approaches

By Sumner Spence | Aug 07, 2014

"Not again!" This is what Tiger Woods was probably thinking after he hurt himself in the last round of the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Ohio last week. He is taking a huge risk in trying to play this week at the PGA Championship. Even though it was a different situation and only involved back spasms, it still is a cause for concern. You know his surgeon would not be sanctioning him to play if it had anything to do with the original injury. Everyone will be watching his every move, even more than before, if that's possible. It's sad that that story took the luster away from a pretty great tournament for the front runners that weekend. Rory McIlroy won his second straight tournament with a great last round and bumped Sergio Garcia to a second place win just as he did in the British Open a few weeks ago. It would be very impressive if Rory could win back-to-back majors this week and bring the attention back to great rounds instead of injuries. Live coverage is on TNT and CBS.

In an out-of-the-blue story, the San Antonio Spurs are going to make sports history this year. They have hired the first female assistant coach in professional basketball! Becky Hammon is actually still playing in the WNBA for the San Antonio franchise. She is going to retire at the end of the season to take the job. This is cool, and I really hope it works out. It is crazy to me, especially in women's college basketball, that more women are not head coaches. The other story in basketball this past week was the gruesome injury to Indiana Pacers guard Paul George. The injury occurred in Las Vegas when the USA basketball team was scrimmaging. One owner stated that they do not like the thought of their superstar players in offseason games. Many other people believe that this injury could have occurred at any given point during the 2014-15 season. Doctors said that Paul George is doing better than expected but are dismissing the idea of his playing at any point next season. The footage that is out there to watch and the injury is just brutal. I for one don't care to see that over and over again!

And to close, we have to mention this crazy seesaw Phillies season. They are driving me crazy, but I just keep watching and hoping. It will be a welcomed distraction to follow the Philadelphia Eagles as they start their first preseason in a game against the Chicago Bears on Friday, Aug. 8. Hopefully they will have a better season than the Phillies are having. That really isn't a lot to ask.

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