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What Had Happened Was: 10/17/17

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  • Tiger Woods has been cleared to resume full golf activity, with no restrictions, six months removed from lower back surgery, his agent, Mark Steinberg announced Monday. “He can do as much as he needs to do,” Steinberg said. “Tiger is going to take this very, very slowly.” At age 41, Woods has not played a round of golf since withdrawing from a tournament in February before deciding to undergo fusion surgery on April 19. The procedure marked the fourth back surgery of his career, and Woods, who has not competed in any major championships in the past two years, remains four wins away from tying Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 career major victories.
  • The University of Louisville athletic board voted unanimously to fire Rick Pitino. Although lawyers argued that the Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach was unaware of activities alleged in an ongoing FBI investigation launched in September, Louisville’s Athletic Association terminated Pitino’s contract “with just cause.” The coach is under investigation by federal prosecutors for using money from Adidas to bribe recruits to attend Louisville. “We simply felt that this was in the best interest of the university,” said Greg Postel, the school’s interim president. Pitino is under contract through the 2025-26 season, with $44 million remaining in salary and bonuses. On Sept. 27, he was placed on unpaid administrative leave. According to Postel, no buyout or settlement has been discussed.
  • The New York Yankees pounded the Houston Astros, 8-1, in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) to trim their deficit in the best-of-seven set to 2-1. Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge blasted his first home run since the AL wild card game, while left-hander CC Sabathia tossed six innings, allowing just three hits and striking out five batters, with four walks. After overcoming a 2-o deficit to win the best-of-five AL Division Series over the Cleveland Indians, New York will seek to win three of a possible four remaining games to earn a trip to the World Series for the first time since 2009. The Yankees and Astros will square off in Game 4 on Tuesday.

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1. ‘RICH & CHEAP’ AKA THE NEW ‘BAD & BOUJEE’

2. KAP TO THE PACK!

3. WHAT A TACKLE!

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On this day in sports history

On Oct. 17, 1928, longtime major league infielder and coach James “Junior” Gilliam was born. After five years in the Negro Leagues, Gilliam made his major league debut in 1953 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, taking over at second base for Jackie Robinson, who was moved to play both third and the outfield. Gilliam was the 1953 National League Rookie of the Year and a two-time All-Star (1956, 1959), and he went on to win four World Series rings before becoming one of MLB’s first African-American coaches. In 1978, Gilliam died of cardiac arrest at the age of 49.

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Aaron Dodson is an associate editor at The Undefeated. Often mistaken for Aaron Dobson, formerly of the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals, he was one letter away from being an NFL wide receiver.