Tiger Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic due to lower back spasms, according to a spokesperson.
Bad back injury
Woods was 5-over for the day when he quit. According to Glenn Greenspan, his spokesman, the spasms started Sunday morning during warm-ups.
“Too early to tell,” Woods said in a statement, not sure whether he will play at Doral. “I’ll get every day to try to calm it down. Just don’t know yet. Wait until Thursday and see how it feels.”
Woods said the back injury was similar to what he felt last year at The Barclays, when he withdrew in the middle of the game.
Woods was to defend his title in the Cadillac Championship at Doral next week.
He already has played a limited schedule this year. Woods has now pulled out of the tournaments, which was the second time in two years that he walked off the course in the middle of the final round.
Documents coming from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the British intelligence arm GCHQ amassed data from webcam chats and stored images.
The leak, reported in The Guardian, says that for six months in 2008, the British agency managed to collect data from 1.8 million Yahoo users across the globe. Still images were said to have been stored at five minute intervals during chats.
Around 11% of the total images were explicit, according to the documents.
The report says that the image collection did not mind whether or not the user/s involved in the chat were potential intelligence targets.
The efforts were part of a program called “Optic Nerve.”
GCHQ declined to comment on the story in observance of their policy to remain silent on intelligence matters. It did release a statement, however, saying that everything was “in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework,” which authorizes the activity.
A Yahoo! spokesperson said that the incident is “completely unacceptable.”
“We are not aware nor would condone this reported activity,” the spokesperson told The Guardian.
Peer-to-peer site The Pirate Bay has joined forces with the Cybernorms research group in Lund University, Sweden to perform the latest sequence of the largest file-sharing survey in history that would check how file-sharers respond to increased censorship, online surveillance, and stringent laws.
The torrent site renamed itself to “The Research Bay” on February 25 for the collaboration. Along with the name-change comes a new logo that encourages visitors to participate in the survey to note the file-sharing habits and views of the site’s users about copyright laws.
This is the third iteration of a study that has been participated in by over 170,000 users of the website.
‘One of the most interesting phenomena’
Stefan Larsson, one of the researchers of the study, noted the importance of documenting values and norms of the site’s users, as it is one of the most iconic portals online.
“It is the biggest, most popular, and most resilient hub for free file-sharing, and collects invaluable information on values, norms, and conceptions of the file-sharing community. Also, it’s one of the most interesting phenomena of our times in itself, in the intersection of social, legal, and technological change,” said Larsson.
As the ice starts to melt and the birds resume their twittering, you realize that spring is already commencing. You might want to spend some time in other places while you wait for the changes at home to complete. Here are some top destinations:
This classic spring-break destination will surely give you a headstart for the coming season. There are many beach resorts lining the maritime borders and warm sunshine to welcome you. For an exotic experience, you may want to try feasting on gator meat.
Visit one of the most peaceful countries in Europe this spring if you want to take a peek at the famous northern lights.One of the most popular attractions in the country is its charming capital, Reykjavik City.
Another European treat deserves a spot on your list. Feel the crisp air as you make your way through the cobbled roads to visit the Netherlands’ ever famous tulip fields.
Traveling is going to be much more special this spring. Take advantage of the sun and the spring break parties all around.
In what’s considered a masterstroke by Indiana Pacers President, Larry Bird, the Pacers traded Danny Granger to the Philadelphia 76ers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen.
Great Move by the Pacers
The trade was the only point of interest in a trade deadline that featured so many names, but failed to deliver on a lot of its promise. Most noteworthy names mentioned in trade rumors stayed put, with teams mostly moving role players that don’t shift the momentum either way.
Turner bolsters the Pacers chances of unseating the Heat as his energy and production off the bench will make an already formidable back-up unit look more like the starting five on any other team. The 25-year old wingman was putting up impressive, but ultimately futile numbers with the 76ers as the franchise entered full-rebuilding mode.
The Ballad of Danny Granger
It’s an almost disheartening situation for Danny Granger. He was once the All-Star go-to scorer for the Pacers before the surge of Paul George and a string of injuries sidelined his status in many people’s eyes as an afterthought. Granger has remained classy during the incredibly sudden transition, and fans hope they can see him back at the level he once played.
The Brooklyn Nets are working to sign free agent center Jason Collins to a 10-day contract to bolster their ranks at frontcourt. Jason Collins gained international recognition for being the first openly gay NBA player.
The famous center, however, is more known for his sexuality than actual playing ability. The New Jersey Nets first drafted Collins in 2001 after he played for Stanford University. Since then he’s played for six different teams including the Atlanta Hawks, the Boston Celtics, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Memphis Grizzlies, before being ultimately cut by the Washington Wizards.
It’s been 10 months since Collins last played in an NBA game, and it will take a lot of convincing to be able to head back to the team he played for in his first six seasons.
The Nets have a distinct need for another body in the frontcourt, but are finding success with small-ball play in the wake of Brook Lopez’s injury. Only time will tell if the Nets will pull the trigger on Collins and hope that he’ll contribute down the stretch, just as the Heat hope the same for Greg Oden on their end.