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November 30, 2009

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Virginia fired coach Al Groh after nine seasons at his alma mater, less than 24 hours after the Cavaliers ended a 3-9 season - their worst since 1982 - with their eighth loss to Virginia Tech under Groh. Groh, 65, had two years left on his contract and will receive a $4.33 million buyout. ... Florida State coach Bobby Bowden plans to meet with university president T.K. Wetherell later in the week to discuss his future at the school. Bowden said he wants to coach another year, but he's not sure whether he'll get the chance. ... Stacy Adams stepped down as Valparaiso's coach, a week after the Crusaders finished 1-10.

TENNIS:Nikolay Davydenko won the first big tournament of his career, running down just about every ball to beat U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-4 in the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Davydenko, who has reached four Grand Slam semifinals but never has made a final, beat all three of this year's Grand Slam champions at the season-ending tournament, also downing Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

AUTO RACING: Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher said he has fully healed from his neck injury and indicated he has not ruled out a return next season. ... Felipe Massa beat Schumacher in a charity karting race in Brazil in Massa's return to competition after a life-threatening accident.

GOLF: Italy's Francesco and Edoardo Molinari closed with a 4-under 68 in alternate shot to become the first brother combination to win the World Cup of Golf. Sweden's Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson, the winners last year, tied for second with Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, who led after the first three rounds in Shenzhen, China.

SKIING: Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic won a World Cup slalom in Aspen, Colo., while two-time overall champion Lindsey Vonn skied off course in the first run. ... Canada's Manuel Osborne-Paradis won the season-opening super-giant slalom in Lake Louise, Alberta. ... American TJ Lanning is done for the season after suffering a fractured vertebra in his neck and a dislocated left knee in a crash during the opening downhill.

ALSO: Damon Duval kicked a 33-yard field goal with no time left - after getting a second chance because of a Saskatchewan penalty for having 13 men on the field - to give the Montreal Alouettes a 28-27 victory in the Grey Cup in Calgary, Alberta. ... Vodka became the latest female to win a big horse race, holding off Oken Bruce Lee by a nose in the $5.9 million Japan Cup in Tokyo.

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