Tiger sinks 48 foot putt for eagle

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Tiger sinks 48 foot putt for eagle

After finishing the second round of the AT&T National on Friday, Tiger Woods looked as though he had barely broken a sweat, despite temperatures that neared triple digits.
The reason, Woods said, is simple: He keeps himself in top physical shape thanks to a rigorous training program.
Absolutely, Woods said, asked if his superior fitness gives him an advantage in blistering conditions. I think its one of the reasons I had success at Southern Hills (in Georgia). I felt physically fit.
I didnt have a problem with the heat, he added. Ive played some of my good tournaments over the years in Malaysia and other places where its hot."
If thats the case, his competition had better watch out. The weekend at Congressional Country Club is expected to be just as sweltering and Woods' game is heating up.
He fired a three-under-par 68 to vault into contention at the tournament he hosts and, in 2009, won.
Although he hit only seven fairways and 11 greens in regulation, Woods used his craftiness and scintillating short game to save par on Nos. 14 and 15 after wayward tee shots.
Today I got more out of my round, Woods said. On a golf course like this, youre not going to hit em perfect all day. Its just too difficult. I had to make some saves and I did.
He also made an eagle, two birdies and just one bogey.
The eagle arguably the tournament's best shot through two rounds came on No. 16, a 579-yard par-5.
After a 240-yard approach shot left him 48 feet from the hole, Woods calmly sank the putt.
Indeed, Tiger was feeling it on the greens.
That was actually a tricky putt because it was a double breaking putt up that hill, he said. Its hard left and then just wants to feed back to the right. I was waiting for it to feed back because it was hanging, hanging, hanging. Then it just fell right in.
But Woods also knows he left a few strokes on the course, a point underscored by his effort on No. 6, a 555-yard par-5.
His drive sailed over the gallery and settled along the tree line. He recovered nicely, though, leaving himself a makeable birdie putt. But the nine foot attempt rolled just past the hole.
All in all, Woods was pleased with his round.
Im only three back, he said confidently, Im right there.
And if it comes down to who is able to best handle the heat, Woods figures to have the edge.
"Certainly fitness, running all those miles and lifting all those weights, it comes into play when you get days like this, and consecutive days like this," he said.

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Redskins bring former starting center back to active roster

Redskins bring former starting center back to active roster

The Redskins officially brought Kory Lichtensteiger back to the active roster, and while the move is now for depth, it could have other ramifications down the road. 

The move is on the NFL's transaction report for Saturday. To make room for Lichtensteiger, the team released defensive lineman A.J. Francis. 

Dealing with injuries up and down the line of scrimmage, Lichtensteiger's return could give the offensive front more flexibility. When Lichtensteiger got injured Week 3 and sent to the injured reserve, third-year pro Spencer Long stepped in and performed well at center. Last week in Arizona, Long sustained a concussion.

That injury opened the door for John Sullivan, who will start this week in Philadelphia with Long ruled out. Sullivan was brought in as a backup to Long once Lichtensteiger was put on IR. With Long now in the NFL concussion protocol, the Redskins need another center should Sullivan get hurt. Alas, Lichtensteiger's return from the IR. 

Left guard Shawn Lauvao also sustained an injured groin, and that's where things could get interesting. Long is capable of playing guard, as is Lichtensteiger in a pinch. Should Lauvao's injury persist, Lichtensteiger might be able to help there.

Against the Eagles, the plan certainly appears to be second-year man Arie Kouandjio starting in place of Lauvao. Kouandjio made one earlier start this season - Week 4 against Cleveland - and the results were mixed.

If Kouandjio stumbles and Lauvao needs more time, Lichtensteiger's return to the roster gives Jay Gruden and Bill Callahan more flexibility, especially when Long returns from injury.

In fact, once the team has Long, Lichtensteiger and Sullivan healthy, there could be a bit of a logjam roster-wise on the offensive line, but considering all the injuries, bumps and bruises that are part of O-line life by the last four games of the season, the Redskins staff likely won't mind figuring that out. 

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At Army-Navy game, Trump offers interesting commentary

At Army-Navy game, Trump offers interesting commentary

Despite the Army-Navy game opening the second half with a surprising 14-0 lead in favor of the Black Knights, the game took a quick break from being the center of attention when legendary broadcaster Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson interviewed President-elect Donald Trump.

The sportscasters provided commentary during the third-quarter interview while talking about the service academies, the game and football in general.

While alternating between answering questions and helping call the game, Trump said it’s humbling that he will soon be the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

In response to Lundquist’s question about why he decided to attend the game, Trump responded:

"I don’t know if it’s necessarily the best football, but it’s very good. But boy, do they have spirit, more than anybody."

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