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How Tiger Squelched an Embarassing Story

Two years ago Tiger Woods reportedly had a romantic liaison in a church parking lot near his Florida home that, at the time, he thought no one knew about. What he didn't know, was that the parking lot he was parked in was under surveillance by the National Enquirer.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the National Enquirer episode began with an encounter in the late winter or early spring of 2007 in a church parking lot near Mr. Woods's home in Windermere, Fla., according to people with direct knowledge of the situation. A person working on behalf of the National Enquirer, based in Boca Raton, Fla., tailed Woods to the empty parking lot, these people said.

Hidden from view, the photographer snapped photographs of the married Mr. Woods meeting a woman in his car. After the encounter, the photographer followed Mr. Woods to a small airport, where the golfer got on a private jet and took off, those people said.


The photos were so poorly lit that it was nearly impossible to tell what the couple was doing in the parking lot, says one person who saw the pictures. This person said it was unlikely the story could have been published without more evidence. At any rate, the Enquirer notified Woods' representatives, and the woman in the photograph, that the publication had photographic evidence of the golfer having an affair and was ready to expose the encounter, according to people directly involved. It didn't disclose to Woods's representatives that the quality of the photographs was so poor, according to those people.

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The infamous cover story of Men's Fitness that Tiger Woods reportedly agreed to in order to keep compromising photos of a romantic liaison between him and waitress Mindy Lawton from being published in the National Enquirer.

Within hours,  Woods' representatives told the Enquirer that Tiger wouldn't comment on the alleged affair, people close to the matter said. But the reps made an offer: if the Enquirer dropped the story,. Woods would sit for an elaborate interview for sister publication Men's Fitness, according to people with direct knowledge of the arrangement.

After Woods's camp offered the interview to American Media, people familiar with the matter say the company began negotiating with Lavely & Singer, a 15-lawyer firm in Los Angeles that is known for its aggressive tactics in disputes surrounding the publication of controversial articles about celebrities. Neither Jay Lavely Jr., who represents.Woods, nor his partner, Martin Singer, responded to questions from the Journal.

After weeks of discussion, the two sides hammered out a contract detailing guidelines for the interview and the photo shoot, as well as the guarantee that the story of Mr. Woods's rendezvous in the church parking lot wouldn't be printed, according to a person who has seen the document.

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The Weekend in Sports

It was an interesting past week in the sports world with the Tiger Woods scandal hitting new levels each and every day. Not a day went by that we didn't hear about another woman who was allegedly sleeping with the Tiger. Who knows where this whole sordid mess is headed. Here is the latest information on a deal that Tiger reportedly made to keep a story about an affair from being published.

In addition, the lurid details about his sex life are now surfacing which has turned the intensely private Woods into a late night talk show punch line. And with the count of women coming forward now at six who knows when this story will leave the news and allow Tiger and his wife some time to work on repairing their relationship.

Then you had the Bears who were coming off of an embarrassing blowout loss to the Vikings. Well, on Sunday the beloved Bear finally put a game into the win column by beating the completely inept St. Louis Rams 17-9 at Soldier Field.

The Bulls finally won a game after they beat the Detroit Pistons at the United Center earlier in the week. However, they were drilled both Friday and Saturday by the Cavaliers and Raptors respectively with the latter winning by 30+ at the United Center.

The Blackhawks won 2 of 3 this week with an 11 round shootout deciding a tough win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday evening before the Hawks lost to Nashville on Friday night at the United Center. However, the Hawks bounced back quickly beating the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in OT on Saturday evening.

Baseball now grabs center stage with the Winter Meetings officially underway in Indianapolis. Both the Cubs and the White Sox are expected to be very active participants with the Cubs hoping to move Milton Bradley while the Sox are considering dealing closer Bobby Jenks.

So who makes our week in pictures? Check em' out because we have the stars of the week and the women who are reportedly chasing a Tiger.

Enjoy and get ready for our updates of the Winter Meetings which are in high gear through Thursday and where we have a ton of great sources. Also, please make sure you tune into Chicago Tribune Live at 5:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet and Sports Central on WGN Radio at 7 p.m. Have a great week! Kap

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What a Weekend in the Sports World

What a great weekend of intrigue if you are a sports fan, especially a sports fan in the Chicago area. With the Notre Dame job now officially open, the speculation is starting to intensify as to who will replace Charlie Weis.

Then you have our Chicago Bears, who were so completely dominated in every facet of yesterday's 36-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings that it is now painfully obvious that the entire front office of the team has to be cleaned out and overhauled. The same goes for the coaching staff, which has seen a Super Bowl team in 2006 slide into oblivion at astonishing speed.

Finally, the weekend's most bizarre story comes courtesy of Tiger Woods, who was involved in a one car accident as he was leaving his home in Florida. First reports indicated that his wife, Elin, had rescued him from the wreck by taking a golf club and smashing out the windows in Tiger's 2009 Cadillac Escalade. Then, we started to hear that perhaps his facial lacerations were not from the accident, but from the wrath of his wife after she reportedly found out about another woman in his life.

Here is the latest on the Woods story courtesy of the fine folks at TMZ.com. which just seems to keep getting stranger every day.  Tiger reportedly told a friend that he needs a "Kobe Special", which refers to the enormous ring that Kobe Bryant bought his wife Vanessa after his episode in Colorado a few years ago.

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This Tiger Woods Story Just Keeps Getting Crazier

Stories from Tiger Woods' car accident yesterday keep getting stranger and stranger. This morning the celebrity site TMZ reported  that Tiger's facial lacerations that he reportedly received in the accident were inflicted by his wife Elin after the two had a fight.

Deadspin.com, which is a great website to check out for all of the nuttiness that is the sports world, has been all over the story since the accident occurred. Their latest post indicates that Tiger is going to be in damage control mode with so much speculation about his relationship with Rachel Uchitel. More to come later today as this story just keeps getting more and more bizarre.

The Latest on Tiger Woods

PGA superstar Tiger Woods was injured in a 1 car crash this morning as he was leaving his home in Windemere, FL. The crash occurred at approximately 2:20 a.m. EST and involved Woods' 2009 Cadillac Escalade striking both a fire hydrant and a tree.

The latest report says that Woods was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he was treated for facial lacerations and later released. As to why he was initially listed in serious condition Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) spokesman Jorge Delahoz said patients' conditions are always classified as "serious" if they are transported to a hospital.

This comes on the heels of a report on Deadspin.com that was posted yesterday that says that the National Enquirer has been following Woods and claims he is having an affair with a 34 year old woman named Rachel Uchitel. Here is a link to her Facebook page. She can also be found here as well. In addition, here is a story that I just located on Uchitel who is well known in the social world among celebrities. 

Could that report that broke yesterday have played a role in the accident? Click here for what the tabloids are reporting this afternoon. The story is getting huge media attention including commentary by Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star and of Fox Sports.

There has been no comment from Tiger yet but you have to believe that something will be released because of the intense media scrutiny that is well underway.
 

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