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Sports briefs: Nov. 16


Ochoa Invitational victory first on LPGA Tour for Wie

Michelle Wie raised both arms in the air, then put a hand over her mouth. No need to say a thing — this celebration was a decade in the making. Immediately after tapping in Sunday to win her first LPGA Tour title, Wie pulled the ball from the 18th hole, looked up to the sky, let out a big sigh of relief, bounced up and down and pumped her right fist. After all the near misses, after all the expectations, her long wait was over.

"It's definitely off by my back," Wie said. "I think that hopefully life will be a lot better, but I still have a lot of work to do."

Wie, 20, fulfilled her promise with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Paula Creamer in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico. Wie finished off the victory in style, hitting a greenside bunker shot within a foot on the final hole to set up a birdie.

Wie earned $220,000 to push her season winnings just over $900,000. The win came in her 65th LPGA Tour event — she had finished second six times.

Woods has a title on every continent

Tiger Woods gave the record crowds at the Australian Masters everything they could have wanted with his victory Sunday, except a definitive answer when he would return.

"I promise it won't be as long," Woods said to a warm ovation.

Woods took the lead for good with a 7-iron to within four feet for birdie on the fifth hole, and he hardly missed a shot the rest of the way for a 4-under 68 and a two-shot win over Australia's Greg Chalmers. He won for the seventh time this year, and the 82nd time worldwide in his career. Woods now has a trophy from every continent where golf is played. Australia, the 13th country where he has won an individual event, had been the missing link. It had been 11 years since Woods last competed in Australia, at the 1998 Presidents Cup. More than 100,000 fans who passed through the gates of Kingston Heath gave him rock-star treatment.

Ames wins season-ending Disney event

Stephen Ames won his second title in three years at the season-ending Children's Miracle Network Classic on Sunday, edging George McNeill and Justin Leonard in a playoff to become the oldest winner in the tournament's history. The 45-year-old Ames was calm and cool on greens that were too slick for most of the field on a sun-baked day at Disney World. The Canadian finished with an 8-under 64 for the clubhouse lead, watching as McNeill (67) and Leonard (67) failed to pass him. Sunday was the last day for players to secure a tour card for next year. Only those who finished the year in the top 125 on the money list are guaranteed full status. Jimmy Walker took the 125th spot. Former Kentucky golfer Steve Flesch finished 124th in the standings.

College Sports

Transy men's soccer team pulls shocker

Transylvania advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championships on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over third-ranked Ohio Wesleyan in the regional finals. Transy scored in the 71st minute when a corner kick went off a Bishops defender and into the goal. Former Woodford County goalkeeper Trey Kramer had five saves in the shutout. The Pioneers (16-3-1) are on a 13-match winning streak while the host Bishops, ranked No. 3 in the country by the NSCAA and d3soccer.com, fell to 18-2-2. Transy moves into sectional play on Nov. 20 or 21 at a site to be announced.

■ Both Lindsey Wilson's men's and women's soccer teams earned the top seed in the NAIA National Championships. The men and women begin play on their home fields Saturday.

Rumely helps UK volleyball beat Auburn

Senior setter Sarah Rumely became UK's all-time record holder in assists to help the Wildcats fend off Auburn for a 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-11, 25-12) road victory. Rumely posted 40 assists to increase her career total to 5,438 and overtake Laura Linder on the school's all-time chart. UK (26-2, 16-1). The Cats lead LSU by one game for the best record in the SEC with two games remaining.


Pacquaio pounds Cotto for seventh title

Manny Pacquiao put on yet another dominating performance late Saturday night in Las Vegas, knocking down Miguel Cotto twice and turning his face into a bloody mess before finally stopping him at 55 seconds of the 12th round. The Filipino star used his blazing speed and power from both hands to win his seventh title in seven weight classes and cement his stature as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Cotto took such a beating that his face was a river of red from the fury of Pacquiao's punches, but he refused to quit even as his corner tried to throw in the towel after the 11th round. Cotto's wife and child, who were at ringside, left after the ninth round, unable to watch the beating any longer. They later accompanied him to a local hospital for a post-fight examination.

"I didn't know from where the punches were coming," Cotto said.


Djokovic wins Paris Masters

Third-seeded Novak Djokovic scrambled to a 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (3) victory over local favorite Gael Monfils on Sunday to win the Paris Masters for the first time. The victory gave Djokovic back-to-back ATP Tour titles after his win over top-ranked Roger Federer in the Swiss Indoors final last Sunday. The third-ranked Djokovic also beat No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal in the semifinals in Paris and will be a strong favorite when he's tries to defend his title at the eight-man ATP World Tour Finals from Nov. 22-29 in London.

■ Suspended Belgian tennis players Yanina Wickmayer and Xavier Malisse filed appeals with European authorities challenging the legality of the whereabouts rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency. The athletes are already appealing their one-year bans before the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.


Sixers' Speights will miss 6-8 weeks

Philadelphia 76ers forward and former Florida Gator Marreese Speights will miss six to eight weeks with a left knee injury. Speights was injured in the fourth quarter of a 94-88 loss at Chicago on Saturday night. An MRI on Sunday revealed he has a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Speights averaged 13 points and 6.4 rebounds in the first 10 games.

Get Stormy held off a furious late charge from Street Move to win the $112,100, Grade III Commonwealth Turf by a nose at Churchill Downs on Sunday. Get Stormy was coming off a win in the Grade III Bryan Station at Keeneland last month.

Kim Yu-na won her second straight Skate America title despite losing the free skate Sunday in Lake Placid, N.Y., to American Rachael Flatt. Kim made two major mistakes, including a fall on the triple flip — the one element on which she has struggled at times. That left enough of an opening for Flatt, the U.S. runner-up last January, to take the free program 116.11 points to 111.70.

■ FIFA handed Argentina Coach Diego Maradona a two-month ban from all soccer activities on Sunday for his expletive-filled rants after his team qualified for the 2010 World Cup. Maradona will miss Argentina's exhibition against the Czech Republic scheduled for Dec. 16, but he avoided sanctions that would have kept him from coaching at next year's World Cup in South Africa.

The last word

Former Baltimore Ravens coach and current NFL broadcaster Brian Billick on his pop-culture fate:

"I coached for 30 years and got a Super Bowl ring, and most people, when they see me now, go, 'Hey, you're that Coors Light guy.'"