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Toronto Tops Calgary in Grey Cup

TORONTO — Chad Kackert produced 195 all-purpose yards on 28 touches and Ricky Ray passed for two touchdowns as the Toronto Argonauts beat the Calgary Stampeders 35-22 Sunday in the 100th Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League's title game.

Kackert was named the game's MVP after gaining 133 yards rushing and 62 receiving. Defensive end Ricky Foley was named the game's most outstanding Canadian.

The Argonauts, who went 9-9 in the regular season, built a 24-6 lead playing in front of a loud home crowd of 53,208 at Rogers Centre. Toronto earned its 16th Grey Cup title and first since 2004.

Rene Paredes kicked four field goals for Calgary.

GOLF

McIlroy caps 12 with Dubai win

Rory McIlroy made five straight birdies down the stretch to overtake Justin Rose by two strokes and win the Dubai World Championship in the United Arab Emirates, ending a year in which the 23-year-old Northern Irishman won the PGA Championship, and the European and PGA tour money titles.

The top-ranked McIlroy recovered from early putting woes to shoot 6-under 66 for 23-under 265 total. Rose, who was tied for seventh after three rounds, surged into contention after shooting a course-record 62 that included an eagle and eight birdies.

"I just wanted to finish the season the way I thought I deserved to finish the season," McIlroy said after holing a birdie on 18. "You know, I played so well throughout the year, and I didn't want to just let it tail off sort of timidly. I wanted to come here and finish in style."

Soccer

Chelsea fans want interim out

Rafa Benitez was greeted with jeers from Chelsea fans, and the Blues posted a 0-0 draw against Manchester City in his first game as interim manager for the Premier League team.

"My experience in England is that when the fans are singing I don't understand what they say," said Benitez, who managed Liverpool from 2004-10 and is the interim successor to the fired Roberto Di Matteo this season.

Chelsea fans booed during introductions and chanted, "We don't want you here!" while "Rafa Out" banners appeared in the stadium.

Obituary: Dave Sexton, who led Chelsea to FA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup victories in the 1970s, died Saturday. He was 82. No cause of death was given, but a club historian said Mr. Sexton had been suffering from dementia.

Et cetera

Baseball: The Dodgers are close to completing a local TV deal with Fox that could be worth between $6 billion and $7 billion over 25 years, deadline.com reported. It would be the largest local broadcast deal in American sports history.

FIGURE SKATING: Lindsay Davis and Mark Ladwig, who train at Manatee County's Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, finished sixth among seven pairs at the NHK Trophy event in Sendai, Japan. Russian skaters Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov won to secure a place at next month's Grand Prix final.

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