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Press Box: Woods responds to Garcia's slur, Krzyzewski to stay with Team USA

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Tiger Woods responded Wednesday morning to Sergio Garcia's fried chicken remark made a night earlier, saying it was insensitive but that the golf rivals should move past their verbal sparring.

"The comment that was made wasn't silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate," Woods tweeted. "I'm confident that there is real regret that the remark was made. The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it's long past time to move on and talk about golf."

During a European Tour awards dinner on Tuesday night at the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England, Garcia responded to a question about inviting Woods to dinner at the U.S. Open in June. "We'll have him 'round every night," Garcia said. "We will serve fried chicken."

Garcia issued an apology later in the evening for the racially insensitive comment.

"I apologize for any offense that may have been caused by my comment on stage during the European Tour Players' Awards dinner," Garcia said in a statement. "I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner."

Garcia emphasized that he wasn't trying to be racist and that he had reached out to Woods' agent.

Garcia clearly doesn't get along with the world's No. 1 player.

"I mean, you can't like everybody," Garcia said. "I think that there's people that you connect with and there's people that you don't. You know, it's pretty much as simple as that. I think that he doesn't need me in his life, I don't need him in mine, and let's move on and keep doing what we're doing."

---Torrential rains forced the LPGA to reduce this week's inaugural Pure Silk Bahamas Classic to 54 holes beginning Friday.

Even that schedule sounds tenuous based on the excess rainfall in the forecast and dreary course conditions with measurable standing water on nearly half of the fairways on the Atlantis, Paradise Island course.

Nearly a foot of rain fell on the Ocean Club Golf Course in an eight-hour period on Tuesday.

In the wake of violent storms, significant amounts of standing water remain on at least seven holes with the ninth and 18th fairways completely flooded. Crews are working around the clock to abate water with additional efforts to clear debris and make the golf course playable ongoing.

First and second-round pairings will remain the same with a 36-hole cut made on Saturday night.

OLYMPICS

Mike Krzyzewski will stay on as coach of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team through the 2016 Games, according to multiple reports. Krzyzewski will announce his intentions at a news conference on Thursday at Duke, where he is head coach of the Blue Devils.

Under Krzyzewski's guidance, the U.S. Olympic team has won the past two gold medals and the 2010 World Basketball Championships. He had indicated that he would step away from international coaching after the 2012 Games in London, but USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo held out pressing Coach K for a decision until after the college season ended.

The next big tournament for the U.S. team is the Worl Cup of Basketball, formerly the World Basketball Championships, in 2014 in Spain. Winning that tournament would qualify the Americans for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Krzyzewski has led Team USA to a 62-1 record.

NBA

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker is scheduled for what the team is calling a precautionary MRI on his injured calf on Thursday, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Parker, 31, was hindered by the left calf strain in the final two games of the Western Conference semifinals series against the Golden State Warriors. He scored 15 points with 18 assists Tuesday in the Spurs' overtime victory over Memphis and is averaging 16 points in the past three playoff games but 21.6 points overall in 12 games this postseason.

Parker missed eight games with an ankle injury and played only 66 of 82 regular-season games.

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