Originally created 03/01/01

Overtime



Lee Westwood must choose between playing the Masters Tournament or being in England for the birth of his first child, which probably means bye-bye Augusta.

Westwood's wife, Laurae, is expecting on April 7 - the day of the third round of the Masters. If the baby comes early, Europe's top player last season said he might consider trying to win his first major.

The 27-year-old Englishman has three big tournaments lined up just in case he goes to Augusta, and the first begins today with the $1.5 million Dubai Desert Classic. Westwood also plans to play in the United States at Bay Hill and the Players Championship.

BASEBALL:

Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra will miss at least two weeks with a right wrist injury.

The two-time defending AL batting champion has a split in a tendon in the wrist, which also is inflamed. It will be immobilized in a removable cast for 1-to-2 weeks and treated with medication.

Garciaparra said Wednesday he can't throw a ball or swing a bat. He had gone through his usual workout without a problem on Sunday but woke up the next morning with a swollen wrist.

Mark McGwire and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year extension worth about $30 million Wednesday.

The new deal runs through 2003, the season McGwire, 37, could be approaching Hank Aaron's home-run record of 755. McGwire missed most of the second half of last season with a knee injury and had surgery during the off-season, but has been healthy this spring.

AUTO RACING:

Attorneys for Dale Earnhardt's widow, Teresa, The Orlando Sentinel and Volusia County are discussing an agreement that would allow the public to view - but not copy - autopsy photos of the NASCAR driver.

The agreement would prevent the photos from reaching the Internet said Laurence H. Bartlett, an attorney representing Teresa Earnhardt.

Also, anyone wanting to make copies of the photos would have to ask Circuit Judge Joseph G. Will in a court hearing.

Teresa Earnhardt sued Volusia County on Feb. 22, seeking to stop the county from releasing its medical examiner's autopsy photos taken following Earnhardt's fatal wreck at the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18.

HOCKEY:

The Augusta Lynx's Jonas Soling, East Coast Hockey League All-Star Most Valuable Player, will be featured in a live chat on ECHL.com, today at 7 p.m. EST.

The Stockholm, Sweden native netted a hat trick and an assist during the All-Star game and leads the Lynx with 31 goals.

SOCCER:

Josh Wolff and Clint Mathis, both substitutes, combined on the first goal in the United States' 2-0 CONCACAF qualifying game victory over Mexico. Wolff then set up veteran Earnie Stewart for the clincher with three minutes remaining.

After losing forward Brian McBride and midfielder Claudio Reyna to injury in a mediocre first-half performance, the Americans were sparked by their replacements - Wolff, who turned 24 on Sunday, and Mathis, also 24.

It was the Americans' third straight win over Mexico, a first in the rivalry, and the first time since 1980 the U.S. team beat Mexico in a qualifier.