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Woods has reconstructive knee surgery

Tiger Woods had reconstructive surgery on his left knee Tuesday in Utah to repair a torn ligament, and doctors said it was "highly unlikely" there would be any long-term effects.

It was the second time in 10 weeks Woods had surgery on his knee, this time on his anterior cruciate ligament.

"We were confident going into this surgery, and I am pleased with the results," Dr. Thomas D. Rosenberg said in a statement released by IMG, Woods' management company.

"There were no surprises during the procedure, and as we have said, with the proper rehabilitation and training, it is highly unlikely that Mr. Woods will have any long-term effects as it relates to his career."

The surgery came one week after Woods went 91 holes at Torrey Pines to win the U.S. Open in a playoff over Rocco Mediate, revealing later that he also had a double stress fracture in his left tibia.

The surgery, performed by Rosenberg and Dr. Vernon J. Cooley in Park City, was the fourth time Woods has had surgery on his left knee. He had a benign tumor removed in 1994, and he had benign cysts removed in 2002, along with fluid around the ACL.

• NBA -- Shaquille O'Neal will lose his special deputy's badge in Maricopa County because of language he used in a rap video that mocks former teammate Kobe Bryant.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the Phoenix Suns center's use of a racially derogatory word and other foul language left him no choice. Arpaio made Shaq a special deputy in 2006 and promoted him to colonel of his largely ceremonial posse later that year.

Shaq was seen in a video posted on the celebrity news and gossip Web site TMZ.com rapping that "Kobe couldn't do without me." O'Neal skewers the Lakers' star, with whom he won three straight NBA titles from 2000-2002 while with Los Angeles, for not being able to win a championship without him.

• LOCAL GOLF -- Len Herd aced the par-3 fifth hole at Pinetuck Golf Club recently, using a 7-iron. It was Herd's fifth hole in one.

Ernie Mims, David Poag and Glen Small witnessed the shot.

Also at Pinetuck, Doug Stokes, 77, pulled off the rare feat of shooting better than his age when he fired a 76. Stokes played with Jim Rainer and Jerry Childers.

• Rick Sibrans scored a hole in one at Waterford Golf Club on Tuesday, hitting gap wedge on the 110-yard, par-3 eighth hole. It was his sixth ace.

He played with Dennis Crocker, Lou Arco and Tom Carey.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Some South Carolina State football will be on television this fall.

The Bulldogs will have their game at Delaware State on Nov. 1 shown on ESPNU on tape delay. South Carolina State will play host to Howard the following Thursday, Nov. 6. That game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced a seven-year partnership with ESPN. Nine MEAC games will be shown among the ESPN networks.

• OLYMPICS -- Banned sprinter Justin Gatlin got support but no relief from a federal judge who rescinded his order allowing the defending 100-meter champion to compete in this weekend's Olympic track and field trials.

Judge Lacey Collier said that while he believed Gatlin "is being wronged," he lacked jurisdiction over the U.S. Olympic Committee to determine who is eligible for the trials.

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