Golf: Vijay Singh sued the PGA Tour on Wednesday for exposing him to “public humiliation and ridicule” during a 12-week investigation into his use of deer antler spray that ended last week when the tour dropped its case against him.
The lawsuit was a surprise, and so was the timing – the day before The Players Championship, the flagship event on the PGA Tour held on its home course where Singh has honed his game for the last two decades.
“I am proud of my achievement, my work ethic and the way I live my life,” Singh said in a statement. “The PGA Tour not only treated me unfairly, but displayed a lack of professionalism that should concern every professional golfer and fan of the game.”
Winterhawks win 2-1 to take 3-1 series lead
WHL: Brendan Leipsic had a goal and an assist as the visiting Portland Winterhawks edged the Edmonton Oil Kings 2-1 to take a 3-1 lead in the WHL final.
Troy Rutkowski had the other goal for Portland. Mitch Moroz had the lone goal for Edmonton.
Game 5 is Friday in Portland.
• Smith has hat trick for USA: Craig Smith had a hat trick and teenager John Gibson was stellar in net to lead the United States over host Finland 4-1 at the ice hockey world championship at Helsinki.
Manchester United manager retires
Miscellany: Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is retiring at the end of the season, bringing an end to more than 26 trophy-filled years at the club.
Since taking charge at Old Trafford in 1986, Ferguson has established himself as the most successful manager in British soccer history. The Scotsman secured a 13th Premier League title two weeks ago.
• Vikings will use Gophers’ stadium: The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Vikings have reached agreement on the Vikings’ use of TCF Bank Stadium for two seasons while the NFL team’s new stadium is built on the site of the Metrodome.
• Barnes D-1 hoops chairman: Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes has been chosen as the NCAA Division I basketball committee chairman for 2014-15. Barnes is a former Eastern Washington University athletic director.
• Felony charges dropped: Former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill won’t face a felony charge in his January arrest for investigation of domestic violence. He could face possible misdemeanor charges.
• NASCAR penalties reduced: A three-member NASCAR appeals panel has dramatically reduced most of the penalties levied against Joe Gibbs Racing for an illegal part found in Matt Kenseth’s race-winning engine at Kansas.
The panel reduced the points deducted from Kenseth from 50 to 12, and reinstated his bonus points earned for the April 21 victory.
The panel also reduced crew chief Jason Ratcliff’s suspension from six races to one race, and eliminated the six-race suspension for owner Joe Gibbs. It let stand Ratcliff’s $200,000 fine.
• Degenkolb wins stage: John Degenkolb sprinted to victory on the fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia, following a crash near the finish, and Luca Paolini retained the overall leader’s pink jersey.