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BETHESDA---Tiger Woods says he
hopes his left elbow will be fully healed
when he gets to the British Open. But
he says it will be "good enough."
Woods spoke yesterday at the AT&T
National, where he had to withdraw as
the defending champion because of a
left elbow strain. Doctors have advised
him not to play at Congressional or
next week at The Greenbrier Classic.
The British Open is July 18-21 at
Woods says he is treating the elbow
with ice, ultrasound and anti-
inflammatory medicine. He first felt
soreness at The Players Championship,
which he won in May.
It flared up hitting the ball out of
deep rough in the US Open at Merion.
Woods hopes to be fully healthy for next major
headed Brazil into the Confedera-
tions Cup final with an 86th minute
header yesterday to give the host
nation a 2--1 victory over Uruguay
as anti-government protesters
clashed with police near the
With the semifinal heading into
extra time, Paulinho rose to meet
Neymar s corner and score the win-
Paulinho and Neymar also com-
bined to play a part in Brazil s opener
just before half time after Uruguay
striker Diego Forlan s penalty was
saved early in the game.
Neymar brought down Paulinho s
high ball and, after his initial shot
was saved by goalkeeper Fernando
Muslera, Fred pounced on the loose
ball to score.
Although Edinson Cavani seized
on sloppy defending to equalise for
Uruguay three minutes into the sec-
ond half, Brazil fought back to secure
victory in the 2014 World Cup
Outside the stadium, protesters
anger was directed at the government
and police. Inside, the animosity was
directed from the start at Uruguay
captain Diego Lugano, who enraged
Brazil by accusing Neymar of diving
on the eve of the match.
The crowd was even more
incensed when Lugano won a penal-
ty in the 13th minute, although there
was little to dispute David Luiz s
tugging of the defender s shirt.
Facing a wall of noise, Forlan
struck low and goalkeeper Julio Cesar
dived correctly to his left.
It was the fourth penalty out of
eight in the tournament so far to be
Forlan, though, was the most
potent attacking threat on the pitch
as Brazil struggled to impose itself
on the South American champions.
The swagger and verve the Brazil-
ians had rediscovered to open the
tournament with three group-stage
victories was missing in an edgy
start by the hosts.
Neymar, on whose shoulders the
nation s World Cup hopes are rest-
ing, was lacking the service to make
There was the occasional moment
of menace, with Hulk using his
strength to burst through the
defense, but Uruguay came closer
to taking the lead.
Forlan unleashed a curling strike
on the half-hour from outside the
penalty area which crept wide of the
Uruguay s resistance was even-
tually broken by a deep ball from
Paulinho that went high over the
defence and reached Neymar.
From a tight angle, Neymar
brought the ball down with his chest,
and Muslera did well to deny the
striker his fourth goal of the tour-
From the save, the loose ball trick-
led across the penalty area before
reaching Fred. And two defenders
proved to be an ineffective barrier,
even to a scuffed shot from Fred
which landed in the bottom corner
of the net.
The relief was clear: Fred jumped
over the advertising hoardings to
celebrate closer to the Brazil fans
who packed the stadium.
Brazil s elation disappeared three
minutes into the second half.
Slack defending gifted Uruguay
its way back as several chances to
clear the danger were wasted. A
clearance from Luiz lacked urgency,
then Thiago Silva s pass to Marcelo
was easily intercepted by Cavani,
who scored past Cesar.
However shoddy the work of
Brazil s defenders was, the quality
of the forward players was starting
to shine through as the game became
feisty, with five yellow cards award-
ed.Brazil pressed and probed for the
winner: Fred struck over from Ney-
mar s cross and the star forward had
an effort saved himself.
The game was heating up, and
Neymar exchanged taunts with
Uruguay s Alvaro Gonzalez before
sarcastically blowing him a kiss.
But Neymar helped to ensure
Brazil had the last say in the match,
as he floated a corner into the penalty
area that Paulinho rose above Martin
Caceres to meet and head into the
Brazil will meet Italy or Spain in
Sunday s final at the Maracana Sta-
dium in Rio de Janeiro. (AP)
Late Paulinho header
sends Brazil to final
Brazil's Paulinho, second left, celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the football Confederations Cup semifinal match between Brazil and Uruguay
at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, yesterday. Brazil won 2--1. AP PHOTO
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