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Contains items on Tigers Woods, Daryl Bush, Joe C. & Charlie O, Charlie Garner, Nwankwo Kanu

March 28, 1997

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ The hottest young golfer won’t be paired with a hot rock group after all.

Tiger Woods was supposed to play in a Columbia charity golf outing sponsored by Grammy-winning artists Hootie and The Blowfish on April 14, the Monday after the Masters.

Woods’ agent, however, now says the young star won’t be there, band manager Rusty Harmon said Friday.

``The band fully understands what he’s going through and we look forward to his participation in the future,″ Harmon said.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ It’s already been a rough spring football practice at Florida State.

The latest victim is senior middle linebacker Daryl Bush, who will miss the rest of spring practice with a sprained right knee. He missed the 1993 season with an injury to the same knee.

Bush is expected to recover in time for fall practice.

One of Bush’s potential backups, Kwaesi Palmer, suffered a potential career-ending injury on the first day of spring practice, March 17, when he tore ligaments and did nerve and cartilage damage to his left knee.

Bush was the fourth Seminole knocked out of spring practice.

In addition to Palmer, offensive lineman Larry Smith and defensive tackle Corey Simon also suffered injuries to their left knees.

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DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) _ Joe Carter and Charlie O’Brien began their baseball careers together at Wichita State. Now, as they near the ends of their playing days, they are back together again, playing for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Carter, 37, is making a Hall of Fame push. He’s 43 shy of 400 career homers and needs 220 more RBIs to reach 1,500. He’ll get his 2,000th hit sometime this season.

O’Brien, 35, has done much with the bat during his nine-year major league career, but he has reminded people how important defense is in the catching position.

He caught Cy Young Award winners in the past three seasons: Greg Maddux twice with the Braves in 1994 and 1995, and Pat Hentgen with Toronto last season.

``Who’d have ever thought it when I was at Wichita State?″ O’Brien said. ``I’ve just kind of hung around and played a long time. And now being with Joe again, it’s always good to play with someone like that.″

Carter urged the Blue Jays to sign O’Brien for several seasons and was relieved when they finally did last year.

``I’d almost forgotten what kind of person he was,″ Carter said. ``He’s still as crazy as ever, but crazy in a good way.″

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Philadelphia Eagles running back Charlie Garner is suing the Philadelphia Daily News for falsely reporting that he tested positive for marijuana use last year.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court seeks unspecified damages for defamation and lost earnings.

After the article appeared, the NFL issued a statement denying that Garner had tested positive for any illegal substances. The Daily News printed a correction and apologized.

``They regret that they published information believed to be reliable at the time that turned out to be in error,″ said Katherine Hatton, general counsel for Philadelphia Newspapers Inc., which publishes the Daily News and Philadelphia Inquirer.

A second-round draft pick in 1994, Garner has played three seasons with the Eagles.

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MILAN, Italy (AP) _ Nigerian soccer star Nwankwo Kanu says he has completed his rehabilitation from heart surgery and hopes to rejoin his Italian club, FC Internazionale.

``I feel great, I will play soccer again,″ Kanu told the weekly sports publication Guerin Sportivo.

Kanu, who led Nigeria to the Olympic title in Atlanta, had a deformed aortic heart valve repaired at the Cleveland Clinic last November.

Doctors initially ruled out his possible return to soccer.

His progress created some optimism that could change, however his Italian doctor said, ``His return to professional soccer is just a distant possibility at the present stage.″

Kanu’s heart ailment was discovered by Inter’s doctors last year after the Italian club signed him from Ajax Amsterdam for $2 million.