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Tiger Woods reportedly declined an offer from NBC Sports to be a part of the coverage for the U.S. Open later this month because he didn’t want to take away attention from the event. 

Announcer Dan Hicks told reporters at a news conference held by NBC Sports on Wednesday that the network reached out to Woods to gauge his interest in being a part of this year’s coverage, but the three-time U.

S. Open champ declined. 


"We were all thinking how good that would be, who better, if he couldn’t be there to play it, to voice it and have him a part of the show, but we were rebuffed," Hicks said, according to "He didn’t want to do it, and I totally understand his situation."

"There is a lot going on in his world right now and there’s also a part of Tiger that doesn’t want to become this, I don’t want to, for lack of a better word, a sideshow at an event where we should be concentrating on what’s happening," he added.


Woods has not appeared at a golf event since being involved in a serious car wreck in February. He suffered open fractures affecting his tibia and fibula, injuries to his foot and ankle, and trauma to the muscle and soft tissue of the leg.  A crash report later revealed Woods was also "knocked unconscious, laceration to the lower front jaw, bruised right and left rib cage, fractured right tibia and fibula, possible right ankle injury."

Woods spoke out about the car crash for the first time last month in an interview with Golf Digest. 


"I understand more of the rehab processes because of my past injuries, but this was more painful than anything I have ever experienced," he said. "My physical therapy has been keeping me busy. I do my routines every day and am focused on my No. 1 goal right now: walking on my own. Taking it one step at a time."

Woods has not given a timeline regarding his return to golf, but he was recently pictured on social media using crutches.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

Paulina Dedaj is a Sports Reporter for Fox News and FOX Business. Follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.

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Mom posts heartbreaking tribute to ‘sweet angel’ boy, 3, who fell out of window and was mauled to death by dogs

THE MOTHER of the toddler who died after falling from a rear window and then was mauled to death by the family’s dogs - posted a tender tribute online. 

“The worst thing that a parent can go through is having to give their sweet Angel back to Heaven,” the note posted on social media read next to an illustration of a haloed cherub. 

4Tribute to 3-year-old son by grieving New Jersey mother who lost him on Wednesday after he fell out of a window and suffered dog bite injuriesCredit: Facebook 4Mother of the late 3-year-old boy posted a tribute to him after she was witnessed by neighbors trying to pull the dogs off her childCredit: Facebook

New Jersey cops learned about the unimaginable incident when they responded to the Elizabeth home on Wednesday at around 5:30pm to find the tot had suffered serious injuries. 

He was pronounced dead after being transferred to Trinitas Regional Medical Center. 

The city is now moving to euthanize the two dogs who belonged to the family and were kept in a fenced-in enclosure. 

“The dogs are currently quarantined, and the city is moving towards euthanizing them,” Elizabeth spokeswoman Kelly Martins said, according to

4The boy fell about 10 feet down before two dogs attacked himCredit: Google 4It is unclear if the boy died as a result of the fall or if it was the injuries suffered by the dog bitesCredit: Facebook

Neighbors living near the South 5th Street home suspect the devastated family's dogs were pit bulls, but there hasn’t been an official confirmation by authorities of their breed.

Also unknown is if the boy died as a result from the 10-foot drop out of the window or when the dogs inflicted the biting attack. 

One neighbor described seeing the woman panicking as she tried to pull the canines off of her son. 

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"I didn't sleep all night," neighbor Maria Rocha told told WABC. "My heart is broken. I didn't sleep all night."

"I cannot believe this happened to a little 3-year-old," she added. "He's a baby. Could be mine, could be somebody else.

"He's a baby, and killed by dogs?"

"I just hope that he didn't suffer, you know what I mean?" she said. "I hope he didn't suffer, that it was quick."


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