Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Mickelson Ready to Return; U.S.-Mexico Game Ends in Tie

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Mickelson Ready to Return; U.S.-Mexico Game Ends in Tie

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Phil Mickelson, the four-time major winner who withdrew from last week's Texas Open after pulling a muscle in his right side, waited as long as possible to end the guessing about whether he would play this week ahead of the Masters.

Mickelson finally announced his intentions to indeed play at this week's Houston Open on Wednesday afternoon through a post on his website. The decision came after two days of "light practice" at Augusta National, where Mickelson said his side "felt sore as opposed to hurting."

"I feel that to give myself the best chance at the Masters I have to play in Houston," Mickelson said. "If I thought I would injure myself further I would have withdrawn from the tournament, but the last few days have been good." (AP)

Mizzou-Illinois rescheduled * Wednesday's Missouri-Illinois baseball game at Busch Stadium was postponed because of rain and rescheduled for April 23. The game will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets purchased for Wednesday's games will be honored for the April 23 game. Tickets cost $15 for general admission seating. (Dave Matter)

Brazil not ready for World Cup * FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has again raised concerns over Brazil's World Cup preparations, saying "we are not ready" and that the stadium for the opening game is one of two venues that worry him most.

Just two months before the showpiece tournament starts, Valcke told The Associated Press that the stadiums in Sao Paulo, where the opening game will be played June 12, and Porto Alegre in the south were "where we have more work to do than in the other 10." (AP)

Clowney says he's No. 1 * Jadeveon Clowney believes he's the NFL's No. 1 draft pick and says he took a big step toward that goal during South Carolina's pro day workouts.

The 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive end did position drills in front of dozens of NFL personnel, including Houston head coach Bill O'Brien and Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley. …

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