Originally created 12/19/06

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Golf

Woods, Ochoa and Haas win awards

Tiger Woods, Lorena Ochoa and Jay Haas have been named 2006 Players of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America. All three will be honored at the GWAA's Annual Awards Dinner on April 4 in Augusta.

Woods has won the award a record eight times in the past 10 years. He won five consecutive awards before losing to Vijay Singh in 2004.

It is the first Player of the Year award for both Ochoa and Haas.

Woods collected 97 percent of the vote, while Ochoa pulled 87 percent and Haas pulled 86 percent.

Baseball

Swainsboro pitcher is signed by Macon

The Macon Music of the South Coast League have signed right-handed pitcher Ashley Hooks of Swainsboro, Ga. The six-team league, which includes the Aiken Foxhounds, starts its first season in May.

- Free agent Marcus Giles and the San Diego Padres were closing in on a deal that would allow the former Atlanta Braves second baseman to play with his older brother, Brian, on their hometown team.

- Minnesota Twins right-hander Brad Radke, who struggled with injuries to his throwing shoulder last season, is expected to announce his retirement at a news conference today.

- Veteran broadcasters Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren will remain on the Atlanta Braves radio network through 2009, the team and Clear Channel radio announced.

- The Mariners acquired three-time All-Star Jose Vidro from the Washington Nationals for oft-injured outfielder Chris Snelling and right-hander Emiliano Fruto, a move Seattle hopes will boost its anemic offense.

- Pitcher Jeremy Bonderman and the Detroit Tigers agreed to a $38 million, four-year contract.

- Cuban right-hander Yoslan Herrera agreed to a $1.92 million, three-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hockey

Fedorov sends old team home with loss

In Columbus, Ohio, Sergei Fedorov scored twice and added an assist against his former team as the Columbus Blue Jackets held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Monday night.

Rick Nash had a goal and assist, and Jason Chimera also scored for Columbus, which snapped a two-game losing streak on the heels of a season-best, five-game winning streak.

Robert Lang tallied twice and Jiri Hudler also scored for the Red Wings, who had won six of seven.

Auto racing

Busch Series will need new sponsor

Anheuser-Busch will end its title sponsorship of NASCAR's No. 2 series after the 2007 season.

The parent company for Busch beer cited its desire to reassess all of its NASCAR marketing as its reason for pulling out of the Busch Series. The company just celebrated its 25th season as title sponsor.

Track & field

Runner loses medal after gender exam

In New Delhi, India, an Indian runner who won a silver medal in the women's 800 meters at the Asian Games failed a gender test and was stripped of the medal.

Shanti Sounderajan, 25, took the gender test in Doha, Qatar, after placing second.

There are no compulsory gender tests during events sanctioned by track and field's international ruling body, but athletes can be asked to take a gender test. The medical evaluation panel usually includes a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist and internal medicine specialist.

An Indian athletics official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media said Sounderajan almost certainly never had sex-change surgery.

Instead, the runner appeared to have "abnormal chromosomes." The official also said the test revealed more Y chromosomes than allowed.