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JACKSON, Miss. — That sure looks like Tiger Woods.

The face. The rounded shoulders. The eyes staring out from under a cap.

Celebrity Web site says the next issue of the National Enquirer will feature photos of the world's No. 1 golfer at Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The site posted eight photos that purport to show Woods — wearing white shorts and a dark hooded sweatshirt — at the Pine Grove facility where the Gentle Path sexual addiction program is conducted.

Calls to the National Enquirer were not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon. Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, declined to comment on the photo or whether Woods was at the clinic.

If the photos are authentic, they would be the first of Woods since he appeared at halftime of the Stanford-Cal football game Nov. 21 when he was inducted into Stanford's sports Hall of Fame. Six days later, Woods crashed his SUV into a tree outside his home in Florida, setting off a stunning downfall over allegations of rampant extramarital affairs.

Woods eventually confessed to infidelity, and he said he would take an indefinite break from golf while he tries to save his marriage.

He hasn't been seen in public since the Nov. 27 accident.

And since then, reporters have tried to find one of the most famous athletes in the world, reporting that he has been spotted everywhere from Arizona to Africa, from New York to the Bahamas. No one has been able to come up with a photo, which industry officials have estimated would be worth $100,000 or more.


NEW YORK — Joel Pineiro agreed Wednesday to a $16 million, two-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Pineiro's deal is subject to a physical, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not yet final.

Los Angeles hopes Pineiro will help fill a hole created by the departure of John Lackey, who left the AL West champions for an $82.5 million, five-year deal with the Boston Red Sox. Pineiro also had been sought by the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, who earlier in the week lost out on Bengie Molina when the free-agent catcher decided to stay with San Francisco.

A 31-year-old right-hander, Pineiro was 15-12 with a 3.49 ERA last season for the St. Louis Cardinals, his best season since going 16-11 for Seattle in 2003. He has an 87-79 record with a 4.39 ERA in 10 major league season that also included a stint with the Red Sox.

He joins a rotation that includes holdovers Jered Weaver (16-8), Joe Saunders (16-7), Scott Kazmir (10-9) and Ervin Santana (8-8).

Since losing to the Yankees in the AL championship series, the Angels have lost Lackey, All-Star third baseman Chone Figgins, designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero and reliever Darren Oliver to free agency. They replaced Guerrero at DH with Hideki Matsui and added Fernando Rodney to the bullpen.

SEATTLE — Brandon League and the Seattle Mariners settled on a one-year contract Wednesday night for $1,087,500, avoiding an arbitration hearing.

The right-handed reliever was acquired from Toronto last month with minor league outfielder Johermyn Chavez for pitcher Brandon Morrow. League appeared in 67 games for the Blue Jays last season, going 3-6 with a 4.58 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 74 2-3 innings. He made $640,000.

League is 7-10 with a 4.09 ERA in 168 major league games over six seasons with Toronto.

He asked the Mariners for $1,325,000 when players and teams exchanged figures Tuesday, while Seattle countered at $900,000. The sides settled $25,000 below the midpoint.

The deal came one day before Seattle is expected to complete a $78 million, five-year contract for ace Felix Hernandez, who also filed for arbitration.

The team expects Hernandez to complete a physical Thursday that will finalize the contract.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a minor league contract with a 16-year-old member of the Czech Republic's junior national team.

The Rays announced Wednesday that left-handed pitcher Stepan Havlicek agreed to a deal last week in Blansko, Czech Republic. The club says he is Tampa Bay's first player from the Czech Republic.

The 6-foot-1, 160-pound Havlicek is a longtime member of the Czech Cadets and junior national teams. In August, he struck outely will attend a portion of extended spring training and play at Major League Baseball's Australia Academy this summer.

LOS ANGELES — Outfielder Andre Ethier and closer Jonathan Broxton have finalized two-year contracts with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ethier's deal is worth $15.25 million and Broxton's $11 million.

Ethier batted .272 with 31 homers and 106 RBIs last season, helping the Dodgers reach the NL championship series for the second straight year. Broxton was 7-2 with 36 saves in 42 chances, a 2.61 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 76 innings

Los Angeles avoided arbitration with all its eligible players. Ethier gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $5.5 million this year and $9.25 million in 2011, while Broxton receives $4 million this season and $7 million in 2011. The salary in the second season could escalate to $7.5 million.

Pro Football

RENTON, Wash. — John Schneider was a college kid returning from a camping trip on Memorial Day weekend in 1992 when he decided to finally call the Green Bay office of Ron Wolf.

Schneider had already sent a series of letters to the Packers GM looking for an internship, after a shoulder injury cut short his playing career at Division III St. Thomas, Minn.

See, Schneider knew Wolf had interned with Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders decades earlier to jump start his NFL career.

"I basically stalked Ron Wolf," Schneider said, chuckling Wednesday moments after Green Bay's director of football operations signed a four-year contract and was introduced as the new general manager of the Seattle Seahawks.

The precocious kid who grew up in De Pere, Wis., a self-described rural "cheesehead" cherishing his football card collection thought he was leaving a voice mail on that quiet, offseason holiday weekend 18 years ago.

But Wolf, then in his second year remaking the Packers, was in the office watching film. After getting over the shock of talking to Wolf, Schneider got the GM to grant him an interview.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills have parted ways with vice president of player personnel John Guy in the team's latest front-office shake-up.

Guy's departure was announced by the team in a two-sentence release issued late Wednesday night. Guy had completed his ninth year with the Bills, and had been responsible for scouting NFL free agents.

The move was not unexpected. Guy's contract was up this spring, and he was criticized for the Bills spotty record with free-agent signings. Buffalo finished with a 6-10 record this past season to miss the playoffs for a 10th straight year.

Guy was let go a little over two weeks after Buddy Nix took over as general manager and a day after Chan Gailey was hired as coach.

The Bills did interview Guy for the GM's job before awarding it to Nix.


NEW YORK — Shani Davis made peace with Stephen Colbert after calling him a "jerk," then edged the faux pundit by a mere 13 minutes for the final spot on the U.S. Olympic speedskating team.

In a taped segment for Wednesday night's "The Colbert Report," the two faced off in a 500-meter race at the Olympic oval in Salt Lake City, where the American team is training for next month's Vancouver Games.

Colbert phoned up Davis "to apologize for whatever I said that upset you," then shouted "go" while the gold medalist was still driving to the rink.

With Colbert stumbling all over the ice, Davis leisurely parked his car, signed autographs, sipped from a water fountain and put on his uniform. Then he sped around the oval in a time of 35.24 seconds. Colbert's time — 13 minutes, 43.89 seconds.

The two shook hands after the "race." As a consolation prize, Colbert was named assistant sports psychologist for the team that his show stepped in to sponsor after the main supporter, a Dutch bank, went bankrupt. His fans, the "Colbert Nation," have donated some $300,000 to make up for the funding shortfall.

Davis called Colbert a "jerk" during a World Cup meet in Canada last month, apparently miffed at the TV personality's mock feud with the Olympic host nation. The reclusive star hasn't elaborated since then.

— The Associated Press

Apparently, all is forgiven. In the buildup to the race dubbed "Fire On Ice" ("but not actual fire," Colbert pointed out), the host voiced over a report showing the eery parallels in their lives.

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