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November 23, 2009

GOLF: Lee Westwood of England became Europe's No. 1 golfer after winning the Dubai World Championship by six strokes. Westwood shot a course-record 8-under 64 in the final round to finish at 23-under 265. ... Kristy McPherson finished off a 5-under 67 in fading sunlight to take a one-stroke lead in the LPGA Tour Championship in 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. ... Mark Brooks won the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational for a record third time, shooting a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Rickie Fowler and D.A. Points.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Mississippi, California and North Carolina, teams that started the season with lofty expectations before stumbling, have surged back into the AP Top 25 poll. The top nine teams remained unchanged, led by No. 1 Florida.

BOXING: Chicago-based bantamweight Francisco Rodriguez, 25, died Sunday, two days after his bout against Teon Kennedy in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Daily News reported. The Mexican-born Rodriguez collapsed after being stopped in the 10th round and was taken to the hospital for emergency brain surgery.

MOTORSPORTS: Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher met with Mercedes bosses amid speculation the driver may come out of retirement to join the new F1 team. ... Argentine driver Jose Maria Lopez says he is poised to sign with the USF1 Formula One team for its inaugural 2010 season, pending completion of a sponsorship package.

ALSO: Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and 400-meter runner Sanya Richards of the U.S. won their second IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards. ... Top-ranked Roger Federer overcame an erratic forehand and Fernando Verdasco, rallying to beat his Spanish opponent 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the round-robin stage of the ATP World Tour Finals. ... Jermain Defoe scored five goals, including a seven-minute hat trick, to match a Premier League record in powering Tottenham to a 9-1 rout of Wigan.

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