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Tiger returns in California

GOLF: Tiger Woods returns to competitive action this week and finds himself in yet another unfamiliar position.

A knee injury and revelations about his personal life contributed to him being deposed as world number one almost a year ago after 281 consecutive weeks at the top.

Since then, there has been a gradual decline due to ongoing fitness problems resulting in a reduced schedule.

Teeing up tomorrow in California at the Frys.com Open, his first event since missing the cut in August's US PGA, Woods has dropped out of the world's top 50 and is officially the 51st best golfer in the world.

It is the first time he has not been in that elite 50 since October 13 1996 - a run of 778 consecutive weeks.

Woods has been working hard on his game at his home in Florida since the US PGA Championship and reports in the United States suggest he shot a course-record 62 at Medalist -- where he now spends most of his time practising -- at the weekend.

The 14-time major winner returns to action with a new caddie in Joe LaCava.

Khan keen to invite Obama

Boxing: Amir Khan is determined to make Barack Obama a ringside spectator for his upcoming fight against Lamont Peterson in Washington DC in December.

Khan announced yesterday that he will defend his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles against Peterson at the Washington DC Convention Center on December 10.

Boxing will have to wait until next summer to see if a Floyd Mayweather fight happens, and the 24-year-old's bout against Peterson could be about to receive a boost in profile if Obama agrees to attend.

Khan visited the White House on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and met Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"I am going to get my manager to draft a letter up and send it to them (Clinton and Obama)," Khan said.

"They will be interested in this fight because it's been 20 years since they had a big fight in Washington.

"Maybe they would be interested in coming. It would be amazing if I could get them down. It would be massive."

BASEBALL: American League: Tampa Bay 3 Texas 4 (Texas win best-of-five series 3-1), Detroit 1 NY Yankees 10 (best-of-five series is tied at 2-2). National League: St Louis 2 Philadelphia 3 (Philadelphia lead best-of five series 2-1), Arizona 8 Milwaukee 1 (Milwaukee lead best-of-five series 2-1).