12PM ET: Tiger's Strategic Return, LT Visits Vikings, Remembering Merlin Olsen

Tiger Woods

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A Strategic Return

Tiger Woods may be on the golf course sooner than we think. Woods has been exchanging text messages with friend and fellow golfer Mark O'Meara, who says he wouldn't be surprised to see Woods return to action during the Tavistock Cup March 22. In addition, two sources have told the New York Post that Ari Fleischer, the former presidential advisor to George W. Bush and the man who was hired to coach Mark McGwire through his steroid admission and aftermath, has been meeting with Tiger Woods. Tiger is said to be plotting a strategy for his return to golf perhaps at Arnold Palmer's tournament at Bay Hill in Orlando two weeks from Friday.

LaDainian Tomlinson

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Dinner, And A Contract?

LaDainian Tomlinson met with Vikings head coach Brad Childress Wednesday night at a Minneapolis steakhouse, and is visiting the team's complex today. LT was officially released by the Chargers last week and would join Adrian Peterson in Minnesota's backfield - after the loss of Chester Taylor to the Bears in free agency. Following Thursday's meeting with the Vikings, Tomlinson is scheduled to visit the New York Jets on Friday, a source close to the situation told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Merlin Olsen

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He Will Be Missed

Hall of Fame defensive lineman Merlin Olsen has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. Olsen, a member of the Los Angeles Rams' "Fearsome Foursome", and then a famed broadcaster and actor, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009. He had been undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy. He was 69.