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Press Box: Tiger declares he is ready for British Open

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Tiger Woods announced on his website that he is healthy and ready for next week's British Open.

Woods has an elbow strain that has bothered him since the U.S. Open, but declared himself good to go for the next major tournament, which begins Thursday.

"I started chipping and putting a little over a week ago and I'm full go for the British Open," Woods said. "I'm very confident that my left elbow strain won't be a problem and I will be able to hit all the shots I need to hit. That's why I took the time off, so it could heal, and I would feel comfortable playing again. I'm still taking anti-inflammatory medication for my elbow and getting treatment, but the big thing at Muirfield Golf Club will be to avoid the rough."

Woods shot 13 over par at last month's U.S. Open after aggravating the injury. The world's No. 1 ranked player originally sustained the elbow strain during the Players Championship in May, which he won.

The injury caused Woods to pull out of the AT&T National after the U.S. Open.

TENNIS

Maria Sharapova announced on her website Saturday that Jimmy Connors is her new coach.

Sharapova, ranked No. 2 in the world, made the announcement one day after revealing that she and her coach of three years, Thomas Hogstedt, mutually split.

"I am happy to announce that Jimmy Connors will be my new coach," she wrote on her website. "I have known Jimmy for many years and we briefly worked together in 2008 just before the Australian Open. I am really excited about our new partnership and looking forward to the upcoming tournaments."

Sharapova has won four Grand Slam titles but only one since 2008. She claimed the French Open last year. Most recently, she lost in the second round at Wimbledon to No. 131-ranked Michelle Larcher de Brito.

Connors, who won eight Grand Slam titles, previously coached Andy Roddick.

AUTO RACING

IndyCar officials placed driver Takuma Sato on probation for the next five races for violating a rule during the IZOD IndyCar Series event July 7 at Pocono Raceway.

Sato violated Rule 9.3.1.1, which states that "a driver must not engage in reckless, careless and/or overly aggressive actions or unsportsmanlike behavior toward other members." Sato's car made avoidable contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay's car while entering pit lane on Lap 61 of the 160-lap race.

The probation period lasts through IZOD IndyCar Series event Sept. 1 at Baltimore.

Sato can appeal the probation.
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