Father-Son golf title to Williamses

By wire services
Published December 30, 2005

Dennis and Joe Williams collaborated on a 36-hole score of 144 (68-76) to win the second annual Father-Son Team Championship of Tampa Bay at Tarpon Woods Country Club in Palm Harbor. Dennis of Tarpon Springs and Joe of Palm Harbor were tied with Steve and Andrew Turker of Dunedin with two holes to play before Dennis, 59, sank a 15-foot putt for par on the 17th hole and a 6-footer for par on the final hole and the Turkers bogied both for 66-80. Mick and Tyson McClimans of Tampa also shot 146 (68-78) and placed second on a match of cards. Rick and Richie Hurley of Belleair captured net honors with 59-65.

JUNIORS: P.J. Kolosvary, a senior at Countryside High, entered today's final round of the Canadian Junior Golf Association's tournament at Innisbrook with a four-stroke lead after rounds of 66-72 on the par-70 Highlands North course. Palm Harbor's Dakoda Dowd, 12, led the girls field with 74-78.

- DAVE THEALL, Times correspondent

HONORS: Canada's best are named

Speed-skater Cindy Klassen and Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash were named Canada's female and male athletes of the year in voting by sports editors and broadcasters. Klassen, who set four world records in 2005 and won eight World Cup medals, totaled 264 points and 71 first-place ballots. Christine Sinclair, who led the University of Portland soccer team to an undefeated season and the NCAA championship, was next with 81 points and 14 first-place votes. Nash, the first Canadian to be named the NBA's most valuable player, received 366 points and 102 first-place votes for a landslide win over Pittsburgh Penguins phenom Sidney Crosby, who had 163 points and 14 first-place votes. Nash also won in 2002.

WINTER EVENTS: Rahlves skis into lead

Daron Rahlves won a downhill race at Bormio, Italy, to take the lead in the World Cup overall standings, passing American teammate Bode Miller and three others in the points race with 489. It was the 11th World Cup victory of his career. Miller remained second with 471 points after a ninth-place finish. ... At Lienz, Austria, American Kristina Koznick finally had a good second run and finished fourth behind Marlies Schild in a World Cup slalom.

FIGURE SKATING: Ice dancer Sergey Magerovskiy was sworn in as an American citizen in Detroit and will attempt to win a spot on the U.S. team for the Turin Olympics. He and partner Tiffany Stiegler will compete at the U.S. championships next month. Magerovskiy was born in Russia.

SKI JUMPING: Defending champion Janne Ahonen of Finland won the first leg of the annual Four Hills Tour at Oberstdorf, Germany, for his first victory of the season. He is seeking to equal Jens Weissflog's record of four overall wins in the tour, the most prestigious ski-jumping competition outside the Olympics or world championships.

SOCCER: U.S. captain faces surgery

U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna has a broken ankle and will be sidelined for at least six weeks. The midfielder, 32, expected to be a key player at next year's World Cup in Germany, is scheduled for surgery today in the Netherlands. Manchester City team officials said Reyna has been bothered by the injury for two months and a recent X-ray revealed the full extent.

STREAK ENDS: Frank Lampard's record run of 164 straight Premier League appearances ended Wednesday when the England midfielder was ruled out of Chelsea's game at Manchester City because of the flu.


HOCKEY: Minnesota Duluth and Cornell played to a 1-1 tie through overtime, then Cornell won a rare shootout to capture the championship of the Florida College Hockey Classic at Estero.

BOXING: Former world champion Jeff Fenech, 41, was charged with stealing three wrist watches worth $290 from a Gold Coast jewelry store, the Australian Associated Press reported.