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A little winded, Lemieux pleased with return to ice

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Tiger Woods says he never rented a moving truck in Sacramento. He says never put $100 down on a used luxury car.

And the famous golfer says he never gave Sacramento resident Anthony Lemar Taylor, 29, permission to charge $17,000 dollars on his credit cards.

Woods, 24, was the opening witness in the identity theft trial against Taylor on Monday. Prosecutors charged Taylor with six counts of felony identity theft and perjury.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office spokesman James Lewis says Taylor used Woods’ real name – Eldrick T. Woods – and social security number to apply for credit cards.

Deputy District Attorney Nicolle Liem said Taylor obtained a fake drivers license in Woods’ name.

A Roseville storage locker rented in Woods’ name was found stuffed with televisions, videocassette recorders, furniture, and other items. Woods denies renting the locker or purchasing the items found inside.

Defense attorney James Greiner said it was impossible that store clerks would believe his client was one of the most recognizable athletes in the world.

”Does he just walk into Circuit City? What they’re saying is Anthony Taylor, my client, walks in and says, ‘Hey, I’m Eldrick Tiger Woods,”’ Greiner said.

During the trial, the golf superstar joked at several questions posed by Liem, including one about the used luxury car bought in his name.

”Sure it’s not a Buick?” he said, referring to one of his multimillion-dollar endorsement deals.

Woods said he usually pays cash for his purchases and rarely goes on shopping sprees.

”I hate shopping. I have never liked it. I don’t like picking out things. I’d rather go play (golf),” Woods said.

The trial is expected to last until the middle of next month.

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