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Tiger Woods’ former girlfriend wants to nullify a nondisclosure agreement she signed with golf’s biggest star in a legal dispute that involves allegations of an abrupt breakup after six years together. The court documents come a month before Woods returns to Augusta National to play in the Masters. Attorneys for Woods’ ex-girlfriend, Erica Herman, filed a complaint Monday in south Florida asking for clarity on what she can and cannot say. A separate complaint filed Oct. 26 accuses the trust established by Woods of violating a state tenant act. She alleges they had an 11-year oral tenancy agreement, and that five years remained when she was removed through what she described as “trickery.”

Former NBA star Shawn Kemp arrested on shooting charge

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Former NBA star Shawn Kemp was arrested and charged in connection with a drive-by shooting in Tacoma, Washington, and is scheduled to appear in court. Online jail records show Kemp was booked on a felony charge of drive-by shooting on Wednesday. Sheriff spokesman Sgt. Darren Moss said Kemp was scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon. Kemp was a six-time NBA all-star and played for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1989 to 1997. He also played for Cleveland, Portland and Orlando. Kemp owns two cannabis stores in Seattle.

Shohei Ohtani and Japan: It’s much more than just baseball

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese baseball player Shohei Ohtani is arguably the game’s best player anywhere. But in Japan, he’s more than just a baseball player. He’s an antidote for many in his native country. Japanese culture and politics seem more tenuous than a few decades ago. The economy is stagnant. The birthrate is among the world’s lowest. The rivalry with China is never from from people’s minds. In this environment, the return of Ohtani to play for Japan in the World Baseball Classic is playing huge. As one fan puts it, his achievements “have had a positive influence on all Japanese people.”

Jim Boeheim’s long career at Syracuse ends, Autry takes over

Jim Boeheim’s 47-year tenure as coach at Syracuse ended Wednesday, with the university saying Orange assistant Adrian Autry has been promoted into the job. The move came less than three hours after Syracuse lost to Wake Forest in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, after which Boeheim hinted at retirement but said it would ultimately be the university’s decision.

Morant to miss 4 more games, Colorado police say no charges

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant will be away from the team for at least four more games. The team made that announcement Wednesday. Police say Morant won’t face charges in Colorado related to the livestreamed video in which he appeared to be displaying a gun in a strip club. The Glendale Police Department says it looked into the video streamed on Morant’s Instagram channel while the two-time All-Star appearing to hold a firearm and found no proof that a crime was committed. Glendale is an enclave surrounded by the city of Denver. The video was streamed from a club early Saturday, hours after the Grizzlies played in Denver. Morant has said he will get help while he is away from the team, without elaborating what he means.

Raptors’ VanVleet heavily criticizes officiating after loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fred VanVleet tried to take a double breath before addressing reporters. But the Toronto Raptors guard was unable to suppress his frustration with referee Ben Taylor and his crew. VanVleet was extremely critical of Taylor after the Raptors’ 108-100 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night not only for being called for a technical foul, but for the disparity in fouls and free throws. VanVleet was called for his eighth technical of the season with 7:02 remaining in the third quarter. Paul George made the free throw to put the Clippers up 65-57.

Mavs’ Doncic confounded by thigh injury after early exit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic says he’s unsure how he injured his left thigh or how serious it might be. Doncic had to leave the Mavericks’ 113-106 loss in New Orleans during the third quarter because of pain that he says was affecting his ability to run and jump. He came into the game averaging a team-leading 33.3 points and left after scoring 15 points on 4-of-14 shooting. Doncic says he hopes an MRI that he could undergo as early as Thursday will show that the injury is not serious and that he can recover quickly with ice and physical therapy.

Suns’ Kevin Durant out after injuring ankle in pregame slip

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns star Kevin Durant slipped on the floor during pregame warmups and was ruled out Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder because of left ankle soreness.The game was supposed to be Durant’s home debut with his new team. He has played in three games since being traded to the Suns, but all were on the road.Phoenix traded for Durant and T.J. Warren in a blockbuster deal in February, sending Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, four first-round picks and other draft compensation to the Brooklyn Nets.

Texas Tech coach Adams resigns after insensitive comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Texas Tech coach Mark Adams, who had been suspended recently for racially insensitive comments made toward his players, resigned shortly after the Red Raiders were eliminated from the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday. Second-year assistant Corey Williams led the Red Raiders in their 78-62 loss to West Virginia. The incident involving Adams occurred in a meeting with a player, who wasn’t identified, Texas Tech said Sunday in announcing his suspension. The school said the coach “was encouraging the student-athlete to be more receptive to coaching and referenced Bible verses about workers, teachers, parents, and slaves serving their masters.”

Vinícius Júnior again target of racist insults in Spain

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league has filed another complaint to authorities following racial insults aimed at Real Madrid forward Vinícius Júnior. It was the seventh official complaint made by the league for insults against the Brazilian player. Vinícius is Black. The latest complaint came after someone called him a monkey during Madrid’s 0-0 draw at Real Betis on Sunday. The complaint was made to a court in Seville to try to identify the person and take the appropriate legal measures against the individual. Vinícius has been subjected to insults since he came to play in Spain five years ago. Some of the league’s complaints have already been shelved by Spanish prosecutors.