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In brief: Witness claims Woods was drinking

Elin Nordegren reportedly told police Woods had been drinking.  (Associated Press)
Elin Nordegren reportedly told police Woods had been drinking. (Associated Press)

Tiger Woods was drinking before he wrecked his SUV two weeks ago, a witness told a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

That witness was the same person who pulled Woods from his damaged truck, a document released Monday states. Elin Nordegren Woods, Tiger Woods’ wife, told Windermere police that she dragged the injured golfer from his Cadillac Escalade about 2:25 a.m. Nov. 27 with the help of a golf club.

The document does not give the witness’ identity, and a spokeswoman for FHP said she could not immediately confirm who gave investigators that information.

That same person told troopers the champion golfer was prescribed Ambien and Vicodin, the document states.

The new information was included in a one-page, written request by FHP Trooper Joshua A. Evans to the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office. He asked for prosecutors’ help getting a subpoena for “medical blood results” in the case.

Clausen, Tate to forego senior season

Football: The next Notre Dame coach is going to have to try to turn around the program without two of the best players from a .500 team.

Quarterback Jimmy Clausen and his favorite receiver, Golden Tate, announced they will bypass their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft.

Clausen is widely expected to be taken in the first round. The only knocks on the 5-foot-11 Tate are a lack of size and experience at wideout.

•Heisman finalists announced: Tim Tebow (Florida) and Colt McCoy (Texas) are headed back to the Heisman Trophy presentation as finalists, along with running backs Mark Ingram (Alabama) and Toby Gerhart (Stanford) and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska).

The Heisman Trophy will be awarded Saturday in Manhattan.

•Suh nabs Nagurski: Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player.

•Stanford’s Luck could be out: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck had surgery on a finger on his right hand and could miss the Cardinal’s first bowl game in eight years.

Luck will miss two to three weeks of practice.

Billups, Nuggets spoil Iverson return

Basketball: Chauncey Billups and Denver ruined Allen Iverson’s Philadelphia homecoming.

Billups scored 31 points and Carmelo Anthony had 14 to help the Nuggets spoil Iverson’s return to Philadelphia with a 93-83 win over the 76ers.

Iverson received a standing ovation when he left in the fourth quarter. He scored 11 points on 4-for-11 shooting and had six assists in 37 minutes.

•Depleted Blazers fall to Knicks: Larry Hughes scored 21 points, David Lee had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Knicks beat the injury-depleted Portland Trail Blazers 93-84 in New York for their season-high third straight victory.

Brandon Roy scored 27 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.

Portland was missing Greg Oden, who had season-ending surgery Sunday after breaking his left kneecap, Rudy Fernandez (sciatic pain), Travis Outlaw (broken left foot) and Nicolas Batum (right shoulder surgery).

•Kansas maintains No. 1 ranking: Kansas, Texas and Villanova held the top three spots in the Associated Press men’s college poll for the second straight week. And for the third consecutive week at least three teams moved into the Top 25.

Wisconsin, which moved in at No. 20, and No. 23 Texas Tech, No. 24 Georgia Tech and No. 25 Mississippi moved into the rankings this week. They replaced Clemson, Louisville, Florida State and Portland.

Gonzaga dropped to No. 21 and Butler was No. 22. Gonzaga is No. 22 in the coaches poll.

Brodeur ties NHL shutout mark

NHL: Martin Brodeur tied Terry Sawchuk’s NHL record with his 103rd shutout, leading the New Jersey Devils to a 3-0 victory over the Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y.

Brodeur was rarely tested in making 22 saves to tie Sawchuk, who played from 1949-70. It was Brodeur’s second shutout of the season after he blanked Carolina on Oct. 17.

The NHL’s winningest goalie, Brodeur earned his league-leading 18th victory of the season.

•Ovechkin nets two in return: Alex Ovechkin scored two goals in his return from a two-game suspension and the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning for the 12th consecutive time, 3-0 in Tampa, Fla.

Ovechkin was suspended after a kneeing penalty during a Nov. 30 game with Carolina.

•Horcoff lifts Oilers: Shawn Horcoff scored once in regulation and again in the shootout, leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.

Dustin Penner also scored and Jeff Deslauriers made 33 saves for Edmonton.

Patrick reaches deal with NASCAR

Auto racing: A person familiar with the plan says Danica Patrick has reached a deal to enter NASCAR with JR Motorsports.

Patrick will announce a partial Nationwide Series schedule today in Phoenix.