Andre Ward of Oakland is close to targeting a date to return to boxing because his recovery from shoulder surgery is ahead of schedule, the super middleweight champion said Tuesday.
"Weekly I'm getting better in terms of range of motion and strength," he said. "I'm encouraged. I'm past the part of feeling down."
Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) tore his right shoulder joint in November while training for a Jan. 26 title defense against Kelly Pavlik. At first the fight was postponed until March as physicians recommended rest and physical therapy. But when the shoulder didn't respond, Ward underwent surgery Jan. 4.
He was expected to miss four to six months while recovering.
"I know that my shoulder is going to be a lot better," said Ward, 28.
Ward said his goal is to fight twice this year.
San Jose's AJ Allmendinger will be entered in his first Indianapolis 500 on May 26 if sponsorship is secured, Penske Racing officials said.
After losing his job driving for Penske Racing's Sprint Cup team last year because of a drug suspension, Allmendinger acquitted himself well Tuesday at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway in his return to open-wheel racing after a seven-year absence, team officials said.
"We're not really testing A.J. We're letting A.J. test the car and the program, and if we run a third car, it's going to be with him," Penske president Tim Cindric said.
The Stanford men's golf team is tied for seventh place at 1-over 285 after the opening round of the Prestige at PGA West on the Greg Norman Course in La Quinta. Monday's first round was halted by darkness, and play resumed Tuesday morning. Cameron Wilson led Stanford with a 4-under 67 after four birdies and no bogeys, tying for first. TCU leads the team competition at 278.
The A's have reached a one-year agreement to broadcast 69 home games in Spanish on radio station KIQI (1010 AM) and the team's in-state radio network during the 2013 season.
The Associated Press and wire services contributed to this report.