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IN BRIEFIN BRIEFS

December 10, 2009

GOLF: The PGA Tour said that Waste Management will replace FBR as the title sponsor of the Phoenix Open starting next year. Terms of the six-year deal were not disclosed. ... A storm knocked down a cypress tree on the par-3 sixth hole on the North Course at Torrey Pines that was one of the city's most photographed trees. Its trunk was snapped near its base as winds reached 58 mph during the storm. ... The Nationwide Tour will play its first tournament in South America. The Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open will be played in Colombia March 4-7. ... Maria Hjorth shot a 6-under 66 for the first-round lead in the Dubai Ladies Masters. Michelle Wie was three strokes behind in fifth.

OLYMPICS: The International Olympic Committee reallocated two individual medals stripped from Marion Jones for doping, but in an unprecedented move withheld her 100-meter prize from Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou. The decision means the gold in sprinting's marquee event will remain without an owner - believed to be a first in the 113-year history of the modern Olympics. ... U.S. Olympic bobsled hopeful Todd Hays (hamstring) is back on the World Cup circuit and will race this weekend. ... World Cup slalom champion Jean-Baptiste Grange (knee) will miss next year's Vancouver Olympics. ... U.S. luger Julia Clukey (neck) will race in Sunday's event in Norway because staying off the ice could hurt her shot of making the Olympic team.

SOCCER: Buoyed by the success of Toronto FC, Major League Soccer is considering expanding its presence in Canada by placing a team in Montreal. MLS commissioner Don Garber met with Montreal officials. ... Former U.S. coach Bora Milutinovic has another World Cup job: He'll help his native country of Serbia prepare for the 2010 tournament by scouting other teams.

ALSO: The Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. won't be at Cowboys Stadium because Mayweather's promoter didn't want the fight there. ... U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters beat Venus Williams 6-1, 7-5 in an exhibition match in Belgium. ... Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty will meet with organizers of the Giro d'Italia to request the start of the 2012 cycling race be held in the U.S. capital. ... Former Tour de France champion Oscar Pereiro has agreed to a one-year deal to ride for Astana in 2010. ... Cassidy Schaub rolled consecutive 300 games and set a PBA 16-game scoring record in the Wichita Open, averaging 257.25. ... Racing at Hawthorne Park was called off Wednesday and for Thursday due to severe winter storm advisories calling for several inches of snow and winds gusting over 50 mph.

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