Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Sports Briefs from around the world of sports.


Norman wins: With one big birdie putt and one routine par, Greg Norman managed to recapture a bit of his old magic in the Skins Game. He played well, entertained fans and earned a cool $1 million.

Perhaps more importantly, he beat Tiger Woods.

Norman's birdie putt on the 17th hole put him in position to be the big winner in the annual Thanksgiving weekend event, and he followed it with a two-putt par on the 18th hole to win his first $800,000.

Two extra holes later, he pocketed another $200,000, and sent Woods, Colin Montgomerie and Jesper Parnevik home empty-handed.

Norman, 46, last won a tournament in 1998. It was both the biggest single-hole payout and the biggest overall win in the 19-year history of the Skins Game.

Australian Open: Stuart Appleby won the Australian Open by three strokes, shooting a 6-under-par 65 to match the course record.

He finished the four rounds in 13-under 271 for his first victory in his home country since 1998. Appleby, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, was runner-up in the 1998 Australian Open.

Scott Laycock, who shared the lead after three rounds, shot a 68 and finished in second place at 274.

Ernie Els closed with a 67 and finished five strokes behind Appleby at 276.

Asian Open: Sweden's Jarmo Sandelin won his first title in two years, shooting a 4-under-par 68 to capture the $1.5 million BMW Asian Open by one stroke.

Sandelin had a four-round total of 10-under 278. Sharing second were Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal (67) and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee (67).

Sandelin earned $242,200 for winning Asia's richest tournament, which was sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian PGA-run Davidoff Tour.

Sweden's Carl Pettersson (72) and England's Barry Lane (69) were at 281.


Dolphin injured: Left guard Mark Dixon broke his right leg, further depleting the Miami Dolphins' offensive line. Dixon, who started 25 of Miami's last 26 games, was hurt against the Buffalo Bills.

Roaf injured: New Orleans coach Jim Haslett could be dealt a blow if left tackle Willie Roaf is sidelined for the rest of the season.

Roaf, a starter in the last seven Pro Bowls, is scheduled Monday to get a second opinion on his right knee from orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.


Freestyle Championships: U.S. wrestlers Brandon Eggum and Stephanie Murata finished with silver medals on the final day of the freestyle world championships.

Eggum lost to Khadjimurad Magomedov in the 187-pound class. The Russian won the gold medal with a 3-0 overtime decision.

In the women's competition, Hitomi Sakamoto of Japan captured the gold in the 112-pound division by beating Murata 3-1.

Russia led the standings with six medals, including four gold. Canada and Bulgaria were next with two golds and one silver. The United States finished with three silvers and one bronze.


High jumper tests positive: Javier Sotomayor, who retired this year as the only high jumper to clear 8 feet, tested positive for steroids after a meet in Spain last summer, the national news agency EFE reported.

A test taken after last July's International Meeting of the Island of Tenerife showed Sotomayor had the banned steroid nandrolone in his system, EFE said.


Horse euthanized: Spook Express, second in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf last month, was euthanized after falling near the finish line in The Matriarch at Hollywood Park.

The 7-year-old mare was trained by Thomas Skiffington.

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