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Sports briefs: Nov. 23

Golf

Westwood wins at Dubai to claim European title

Lee Westwood became Europe's No. 1 golfer on Sunday after winning the Dubai World Championship by six strokes. Westwood shot a course-record 8-under 64 in the final round at the Earth Course to finish at 23-under 265.

He earned $1.25 million with the 31st victory of his career to overtake Rory McIlroy on the season-long money list and win the European Tour's first Race to Dubai since it changed from the European Order of Merit. The 36-year-old Westwood's $1.5 million bonus for finishing atop the money list took his total European Tour earnings to $6,376,984. McIlroy was next with $5,432,358.

"This is definitely the biggest moment of my career today," he said. "Rory is only 20 — I can't even remember what it was like to be 20 — and he will have many more chances ahead of him to win the money list. ... But this is my moment."

Mark Brooks won the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational for a record third time, birdieing three of the last four holes Sunday for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke victory over Rickie Fowler and D.A. Points.

Kristy McPherson finished off a 5-under 67 in fading sunlight Sunday to take a one-stroke lead in the LPGA Tour Championship at Richmond, Texas, before the second round was suspended because of darkness. McPherson was 8 under, one shot ahead of Jiyai Shin — the South Korean star who had two holes to play. Lorena Ochoa, dueling with Shin for the player of the year title, was two strokes back in a tie for third with one hole to play.

College Basketball

Bird, Magic, Grant inducted into hall

Thirty years after their NCAA battle reshaped college basketball, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson were inducted into the National Collegiate Hall of Fame Sunday night in Kansas City, Mo.

Bird and Magic, Magic and Bird — forever linked.

"We always had a mutual respect for each," Bird said. "You always thought you had to have an edge, at least I did, but we always had that respect for each other. It's kind of fitting that we go into college basketball's hall of fame together."

Bird and Johnson were given automatic entry into the collegiate hall for being members of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. Johnson was joined in the college hall by his coach, Jud Heathcote.

Former Oklahoma star Wayman Tisdale got in, too, as did Travis Grant, college basketball's career scoring leader. Longtime coach Gene Bartow, Walter Byers, the first executive director of the NCAA, and USA Basketball executive director Bill Wall also got the nod.

Once a kid living below the poverty line in the segregated South, Grant honed his jump shot with a tennis ball and a cutout bucket tacked to the house. He later became known as "The Machine" after hitting the first 10 shots of his career at Kentucky State and scoring 4,045 points, still the all-time all-division NCAA record.

Now, Grant finally gets the recognition he deserved.

"This is an honor I will always cherish," Grant said. "I'm proud to take my spot among the greatest players in college basketball history."

Horse racing

Gomez escapes serious injury in spill

Garrett Gomez was taken off the Hollywood Park track on a stretcher but avoided serious injury after a spill in the ninth race Saturday. Gomez, the nation's top jockey the past two years, was riding Bonnie Brown Eyes in a race for 2-year-old fillies when the horse broke her right front leg and fell while leading near the finish line. Gomez fell to the ground and rolled under the rail to avoid being trampled by the rest of the nine-horse field. X-rays on his shoulder and elbow were negative but he did not ride any races on Sunday's card. Bonnie Brown Eyes broke her neck when she hit the ground and died instantly, according to Bloodhorse and the Daily Racing Form.

■ Jockey Joe Talamo won five races Sunday at Hollywood Park, including a victory on Bickersons in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Talamo and Bickersons briefly ceded the lead on the backstretch but otherwise led throughout the 7-furlong race, beating Miss Heather Lee by 2½ lengths in 1:22.49.

Bearpath wins Churchill's feature race

Bearpath raced past Ravensworth at the sixteenth pole and drew away for a half-length victory in Sunday's $50,199 feature race at Churchill Downs. Trained by Ian Wilkes and ridden by Freddie Lenclud, Bearpath ran 1½ miles on a firm turf course in 2:31.95. The 3-year-old son of Dynaformer won for the third time in 13 career starts and improved his earnings to $87,130.

NBA

Garnett's jumper gives Celtics win in OT

Paul Pierce carried the Celtics all game while the rest of the Big Three struggled. But when it came time to win the game, Pierce swung it to a wide-open Kevin Garnett, whose jumper beat the overtime buzzer and the Knicks, 107-105 on Sunday.

"I knew they were going to sort of follow Paul and he's going to draw a lot of attention," Garnett said, "and I just had to make the shot."

Garnett hadn't made many, going 4-for-15 in what he said was an average to below-average performance. Yet Pierce suggested the final play to Coach Doc Rivers and it worked perfectly.

Pierce scored a season-high 33 points, and had all of Boston's points in overtime until the final play. Two Knicks followed him, leaving Garnett alone at the top of the key for his 19-footer.

"I am expecting Pierce to try and make a move and pull up," said David Lee, one of the defenders who followed Pierce. "Good play by them and it's just unfortunate to lose a game like this."

Nazr Mohammed scored 18 points and the Charlotte Bobcats beat the visiting Indiana Pacers 104-88 to snap a seven-game losing streak. The 32-year-old former University of Kentucky center was buried on Charlotte's bench last season, but started his second straight game at center with Tyson Chandler (back spasms) sidelined. Mohammed showed a soft touch, hitting eight of 10 shots while grabbing five rebounds.

Track and field

Bolt, Richards named athletes of year

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and 400-meter runner Sanya Richards of the United States won their second IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards on Sunday. Bolt retained the honor by winning the 100- and 200-meter finals in record times at the World Championships in Berlin, matching his 100-200 double from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He won a third gold in the 400-meter relay.

Etc.

Federer rallies in opener at ATP Finals

Roger Federer overcame an erratic forehand and Fernando Verdasco on Sunday, rallying to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the round-robin stage of the ATP World Tour Finals at London. In the early Group A match, Andy Murray overcame a second-set slump to beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

The last word

A halftime change of footwear helped Vince Carter find his shooting stroke on Sunday. Carter scored 24 points and the Orlando Magic won their fifth straight game, 104-96 over the Toronto Raptors. Carter finished 9-for-24 from the field after going 2-for-11 in the first half. Said Carter:

"The first half was a rough one. ... My shoes in the first half were all blue. I changed back to the black ones."

So, what will Carter do with the blue shoes?

"Those are done," he said, laughing. "I gave them away."

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