Sorenstam again tops men for honor

By wire services
Published December 14, 2005

Annika Sorenstam won the European Golf Writers' Trophy for the second time in three years, becoming the first woman to claim the award more than once.

The Swede edged Michael Campbell and Colin Montgomerie for the 55-year-old trophy. Voting totals were not revealed.

"I was overwhelmed to hear that the Golf Writers have honored me again," Sorenstam said. "It never occurred to me that I might win it twice."

Sorenstam, 35, won 11 of 21 tournaments this season, including two majors. She won 10 LPGA Tour events, earned the money title for the fifth straight year and claimed her eighth Player of the Year award.

The Golf Writers' Trophy is awarded to a European-born or European-based player or team.

SOCCER: Racism raises alarm

Clubs that fail to control racist behavior could be booted out of European and domestic competitions, and the chief executive of European governing body UEFA wants leagues to have anti-racism sanctions in place by next season. Despite anti-racism campaigns, slurs and chants targeted at black players mar games in several countries. In Italy on Sunday, Lazio forward Paolo Di Canio appeared to give a fascist salute to fans during a league game for the second time this year. Hungary's federation fined Ujpest FC $23,250 last week because its fans chanted anti-Semitic slurs during a league match.

MLS: The Wizards are still for sale but will remain in Kansas City at least through the next season. Owner Lamar Hunt, who has been trying to sell the team for more than a year, said his family will operate the team in 2006 despite interest from prospective buyers.

UNDER-20 WOMEN: Florida State freshman defender Sarah Wagenfuhr was among 30 invited to next month's U.S. Under-20 training camp in Carson, Calif. The team will train Jan. 2-10 before heading to Mexico for regional qualifying for the world championships.

TENNIS: Mistrial for promoter

A judge declared a mistrial in a lawsuit by promoters who contended Venus and Serena Williams reneged on a deal to play men in a proposed "Battle of the Sexes" event in 2001. Jeffrey A. Winicoff granted a request for a mistrial by John Romano, attorney for promoters Carol Clarke and Keith Rhodes, after almost three weeks of testimony.

HORSES: Group wants NYRA out

A group of racing and breeding industry interests said New York's state-run structure must give way to a new operation that could be driven by profit. The need for change gained "a new urgency" because of the potential insolvency of the New York Racing Association, a private group that has operated thoroughbred racing on a state franchise since 1955, Friends of New York Racing (FNYR) said in a 20-page report.

AUTOS: Stewart back to roots

Tony Stewart will drive a midget car again, and won't try to fool anybody. The two-time Nextel Cup champ will drive two U.S. Auto Club indoor races at Fort Wayne, Ind., where he won a 60-lap feature a year ago under an assumed name in an old junker he bought during a poker game the night before - fans and the track announcer knew his identity only when he took off his helmet in Victory Lane. The Dec. 29-30 event will be USAC's final races of the year. Stewart has won 52 USAC features and in 1995 swept all three series championships - Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown.

COLLEGES: Top women honored

Columbia cross-country runner Caroline Bierbaum and Maryland field hockey star Paula Infante were named the nation's top athletes in their sports. They will receive the Honda Award, given to the top women in 12 NCAA sports.