Prep football: Manatee to honor 1983 state champions
BRADENTON -- Manatee will honor its 1983 state championship Friday night at Hawkins Stadium. The team's players, cheerleaders and families will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the school's cafeteria and will proceed to the field to welcome this year's Hurricanes, who meet Fort Lauderdale University School at 7:30 p.m.
Those interested in participating can sign up atmanateefootball.com.
The 1983 Canes won the first of the program's five state championships and remains the lone Manatee team to finish an undefeated campaign with a state title.
College football: Bowden heading back to FSU campus
TALLAHASSEE -- Bobby Bowden said he believes the Florida State football program is in such a good place that he is returning to campus two years before he planned to be back.
The NCAA's all-time wins leader was leery of hanging around the program and wanted coach Jimbo Fisher to have time to establish his own identity and foundation.
Bowden now feels that time has come.
The third-ranked Seminoles (6-0, 4-0 ACC) are the reigning conference champs, debuted at No. 2 in the BCS standings Sunday and have a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Jameis Winston. Bowden is no longer worried about being a distraction to the team he led to 31 bowl games, 12 ACC championships and two national titles.
"Jimbo's got control real good, now, and has established himself," Bowden said. "It's probably time for me to get back."
The former Seminoles coach will attend a game Saturday at Florida State for the first time since retiring after the 2009 season. Bowden, who said he plan was to stay away for five years, will plant the flaming spear at midfield as part of the pregame ceremonies before the Seminoles take on N.C. State.
Golf: Chamblee apologizes to Woods over cheating charge
Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee is apologizing to Tiger Woods after insinuating the world's No. 1 player cheated during his five-win season.
Chamblee saved Woods for last in his report card of 14 players in a column posted last week on Golf.com. He told of getting caught cheating on a math test in the fourth grade, and how the teacher crossed a line through his "100" and gave him an "F."
Chamblee went on to write Woods "was a little cavalier with the rules."
Chamblee apologized in a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday night. He wrote: "My intention was to note Tiger's rules infractions this year, but comparing that to cheating in grade school went too far."
Motorsports: Kenseth crashes during Texas test
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Matt Kenseth said a tire problem caused him to crash during testing at Texas Motor Speedway.
Kenseth is second in the race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title, trailing Jimmie Johnson by four points with four races left in the season. Kenseth was the points leader before finishing 20th at Talladega last weekend.
ELSEWHERE -- Richard Petty Motorsports has fired Todd Parrott for violating NASCAR's substance-abuse policy. Parrott was crew chief for the No. 43 car driven by Aric Almirola for the last year. NASCAR suspended him indefinitely last week for failing a random drug test.
Tennis: Serena beats Kerber in WTA Championships
ISTANBUL -- Top-ranked Serena Williams breezed past Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-1 to open her bid for a fourth WTA Championships title.
Williams, the defending champion, had no trouble against Kerber, who also lost to the American 6-4, 6-1 in the round-robin at this event last year. Kerber was the only player to beat Williams last year -- in Cincinnati -- after the American's first-round ouster at the French Open.
ELSEWHERE -- Nicolas Almagro beat Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-3 to make a successful start to his bid for a third title at the Valencia Open in Valencia, Spain.
-- Herald staff, wire reports