The mystery over Tiger Woods’ car crash intensified Saturday when his agent called state troopers on their way to Woods’ house and asked them to wait another day before speaking to him.
It was the second straight day Woods was unavailable to talk. His wife told troopers on Friday afternoon, after the world’s No. 1 golfer had been treated and released from a hospital, that he was sleeping and asked that they return Saturday.
Woods is not required by law to speak to the Florida Highway Patrol because it is being investigated as a traffic accident, spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Montes said.
Woods was injured when his Cadillac SUV struck a fire hydrant and a tree just beyond his driveway at 2:25 a.m. Friday. Police said his lips were cut and blood was in his mouth when officers arrived. Police chief Daniel Saylor said Woods’ wife, Elin, smashed the back window with a golf club to help get him out.
Montes said troopers were en route to Woods’ $2.4 million mansion in the gated community of Isleworth when agent Mark Steinberg called dispatch and was put through to the troopers, telling them Woods and his wife were unavailable.
The 911 tapes of the crash could be released as early as today.
With so many questions lingering — where was he going at that hour? — and rumors circulating on the Internet, one marketing expert said silence was only stirring the pot.
“Every 10 seconds these days, people update their tweets,” said David Schwab, vice president of Octagon. “People are just adding speculation and controversy. You need something to settle the ship. If he’s not able to do it, find someone to do it for him.”
Pittsburgh — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss tonight’s game at Baltimore because of a concussion, an unforeseen development that forces the inexperienced Dennis Dixon to start one of the Super Bowl champions’ biggest games this season.
Dixon, the former Oregon standout, has spent most of the season as the No. 3 quarterback running the Steelers’ scout team during practice.
Louisville fires coach
Louisville, Ky. — Louisville fired football coach Steve Kragthorpe after finishing the year at 4-8, the school’s worst season in more than a decade.
Athletic director Tom Jurich met with Kragthorpe on Saturday morning, hours after the Cardinals finished the season with a 34-14 loss to Rutgers.
Kragthorpe went 15-21 in three seasons after replacing Bobby Petrino in January 2007. He had two years remaining on a contract that paid him about $1.1 annually. Jurich said Kragthorpe will receive a $2.2 million buyout.
Sixers consider Iverson
Philadelphia — Allen Iverson’s retirement could be a short one. A person with knowledge of the talks says the Philadelphia 76ers have been approached about signing their former franchise superstar, and team management has held internal discussions about bringing Iverson back.
Magic’s Barnes fined
New York — Orlando forward Matt Barnes has been fined $20,000 for throwing a basketball into the stands.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Olathe North wins 6A title
Topeka — James Franklin ran for three touchdowns as Olathe North beat Wichita Heights, 37-3, to win the Kansas Class 6A title Saturday.
Franklin opened the scoring Saturday with a 25-yard run in the first quarter. He added scoring runs of five and 68 yards as Olathe North was never threatened.