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Duke assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski was hired as head coach at Marquette on Tuesday.

Wojciechowski becomes the 13th Mike Krzyzewski assistant to be named a head coach. He interviewed with Marquette on Monday to replace Buzz Williams, who left for Virginia Tech.

The 37-year-old joined Krzyzewski's bench in 1999 after playing at Duke from 1994 to 1998. A scrappy point guard for the Blue Devils, he was named national defensive player of the year as a senior. He was named associate head coach in 2008 and would follow Chris Collins from the Duke bench to the Midwest. Collins, who also played at Duke and then became an assistant coach, was hired at Northwestern in 2013.

---Tennessee announced Tuesday that it is working on adjusting the contract of coach Cuonzo Martin after he led the Vols into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament this year.

Martin had spoken with Marquette about his head coaching vacancy but withdrew from consideration, saying it is his intention to remain in Knoxville.

Martin has a 63-41 record, including two NIT berths and the 2014 NCAA Tournament appearance, in three seasons at Tennessee. The Vols lost to Michigan 73-71 in a regional semifinal on Friday night.

GOLF

Tiger Woods will not play in the 2014 Masters next week after surgery to alleviate a pinched nerve in his back Monday that will sideline the world's No. 1 golfer until "sometime this summer."

"Sad to say I'm missing the Masters. Thanks to the fans for so many kind wishes," Woods announced Tuesday on his website, Tigerwoods.com.

Woods, 38, underwent a microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve that has been hurting him for several months. The Masters is the only major tournament that Woods has not missed in his career. He won four of his 14 major championships at Augusta National. His first came in 1997 and he last won it in 2005.

---Norway's Suzann Pettersen withdrew from the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Tuesday citing an "aggravated disc" in her back.

Pettersen is second in the Rolex Rankings, and will continue to undergo treatment. No timetable has been set for her return to competition.

The first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco begins Thursday.

CFB

College football players on the verge of initiating landmark changes in the sport deserve a voice in determining their own fate, Alabama coach Nick Saban said.

"I've always been an advocate of players being compensated the best that we can to help them. Whatever the NCAA rule is and whatever they decide to do, I've always been an advocate of the player and the quality of life that a player has," Saban said, via the Associated Press. "Having a voice in what happens, I think, is something that the players probably ought to have."

Stanford coach David Shaw and several other college coaches -- including at Penn State, Vanderbilt, Duke and Oregon -- opened dialogue with school officials, attorneys and players regarding the ruling last week that determined Northwestern college football and basketball players should be classified as employees and can thereby unionize.

NHL

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Adam Erne to an entry-level contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Erne will report to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League for the remainder of the season on an amateur tryout contract. Erne, 18, played in 48 games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season, with 21 goals and 62 points along with 65 penalty minutes.
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