Three players at the Masters have a chance to replace Tiger Woods as No. 1 in the world.

Masters champion Adam Scott, who squandered a great shot at being No. 1 when he lost a three-shot lead at Bay Hill, would need to finish in a two-way tie for third this week at Augusta National.

Henrik Stenson (No. 3) would need at least a two-way tie for second at the Masters to become the first Swedish player at No. 1 in the world.

Jason Day (No. 4) would have to win the Masters to have any shot at being No. 1.

Woods is not playing the Masters for the first time in his career because of back surgery that will keep him out of golf until the summer.

Storms closed Augusta National after only two hours Monday. The tournament starts Thursday.

Soccer

U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati is dismissing the idea that any sort of player mutiny led to the firing of women's coach Tom Sermanni.

The USSF fired Sermanni on Sunday, hours after an exhibition victory over China. The surprising move came just 16 months after Sermanni was put in charge.

"Our dialogue with the players is pretty much ongoing, both on the men's side and the women's side. Sometimes that is at a higher decibel than other times," Gulati said. "This isn't a group of players coming to seek us out."

  • Infrastructure experts say that Brazil has run out of time to meet its promise to fully expand and renovate airports that will serve hundreds of thousands of fans pouring into the country for the World Cup that starts in just two months.

    Colleges

    An Ohio legislative panel changed a budget bill to make clear that college athletes are not employees under state law, in the wake of a recent ruling from a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board that Northwestern University football players could unionize.

  • Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules, three months after he and two friends were arrested on suspicion of felony drug distribution when police found a pound of marijuana in their car.

    NFL

    The Carolina Panthers signed free agent wide receiver Jason Avant to a one-year contract. They did not release financial terms. Avant spent his first eight seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.

  • The New Orleans Saints have retained restricted free agent safety Rafael Bush by matching an offer from the Atlanta Falcons. Bush had signed the offer last week.

  • Jake Locker is ahead of schedule in his rehab from surgery on his right foot, and the Tennessee quarterback expects to be taking part in the Titans' on-field work in May.

    Miscellany

    Striking construction workers and security personnel clashed at Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park, the main cluster of venues under construction for the 2016 Summer Games. Rio Mais, the consortium building the Olympic venues, confirmed that random gunshots were fired as workers and security confronted each other. There were no reports of injuries.