Tiger Woods, who surrendered his record 264-week streak as the world's top-ranked golfer to Vijay Singh in September, rose a place to No. 2 in the rankings after finishing second Sunday in the Tour Championship. Woods, who had one victory but nine top-five finishes this year, jumped ahead of Ernie Els 12.21 points to 12.01.
Singh leads at 13.80, with Sunday's winner, Retief Goosen, fourth with 8.08 points. He is followed by Phil Mickelson (7.48), Mike Weir (6.25), Padraig Harrington (6.19), Davis Love (6.11), Sergio Garcia (5.88) and Stewart Cink (5.22).
Woods' season didn't end with the Tour Championship. He leaves for South Korea this week for a one-day Skins competition that includes Se Ri Pak. He is playing the Dunlop Phoenix next week in Japan. Then he plays the Skins Game (including Annika Sorenstam) and his own Target World Challenge.
RETIREMENT PLANS: Jim Awtrey, the PGA of America's chief executive the past 17 years, said he'll retire in early 2006.
Churchill Downs banned about a dozen jockeys from the rest of its fall meet after they threatened to boycott upcoming races in a dispute over health insurance. Downs president Steve Sexton said the protest threatened to cause a "disruptive" situation in the jockeys' dressing room as well as uncertainty over the availability of riders for races. Those banned include national victory leader Rafael Bejarano. Among those who decided to keep racing was Pat Day, the track's all-time leading rider. The dispute involves medical coverage for jockeys injured in races. Tracks typically pay for insurance that covers the first $100,000 in expenses, which the protesting jockeys said is grossly insufficient.
BIG MONEY: Unbridled Elaine, winner of the 2001 Breeders' Cup Distaff, brought $4.4-million on the first day of Keeneland's annual November Breeding Stock Sale. Three other young fillies or mares brought more than $3.5-million each. John Ferguson, bidding for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, acquired two of the four - Unbridled Elaine, in foal to Forestry, and Stellar Jayne for $3.6-million.
2 convicted of fixes
A federal jury in Las Vegas convicted a promoter and his fighter of conspiring to fix 11 nationwide bouts over a five-year period to enhance the career of heavyweight Richie "The Bull" Melito Jr., said U.S. attorney Daniel G. Bogden. Robert Mitchell, 42, of Irmo, S.C., and boxer Thomas Williams, 35, of Landover, Md., were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit sports bribery and one count of sports bribery and attempted sports bribery. During the trial that began Oct. 19, seven boxers admitted to throwing fights with Melito for money.
ELSEWHERE: Mahyar Monshipour (26-2-2) retained his WBA super-bantamweight title by stopping Yoddamrong Sithyodthong in the sixth round in Paris. ... Two-time welterweight champion Jimmy McLarnin, a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame, died Friday at an assisted living home in Richmond, Wash. He was 96.
DUI arrest for Phelps
Six-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps was arrested last week and charged with drunken driving. Maryland state police said a trooper stopped the 19-year-old after seeing him go through a stop sign. Phelps also was charged with violation of a license restriction and failure to obey a stop sign. The legal drinking age in Maryland is 21. "I want to say that last week I made a mistake. I know that getting in a car with anything to drink is wrong, dangerous and is unacceptable," Phelps told the Associated Press. He was introduced at the Baltimore Ravens' home game Sunday night.