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FURYK STUMBLES, BUT FIELD FAILS TO CATCH HIM

GOLF

Jim Furyk won the Nedbank Challenge by two strokes Sunday despite shooting 2-over 74 in the final round.

The American finished at 12-under 276, making three birdies and five bogeys.

Henrik Stenson, the only one in the 12-man field to break 70, shot 69 to finish second, two strokes ahead of Padraig Harrington.

Elsewhere

LPGA QUALIFYING: South Koreans In-Kyung Kim and Hye Jung Choi shared the top spot (13-under 347) in the final qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, while 13 other players also earned full exemptions. Jennifer Gleason of Clearwater finished at 4-over 364 to gain non-exempt (conditional) status.

PGA QUALIFYING: George McNeill had a bogey-free day to lead by two strokes (18-under 342) after the fifth round in LaQuinta, Calif. The top 30 and ties at the end of today's round earn 2007 cards. Palm Harbor's Bob Heintz is tied for ninth (347), Brandon's Michael Bradley is tied for 12th (349) and Gulfport's Kyle McCarthy is 150th (383).

Father/son challenge: Bernhard and Stefan Langer birdied the final hole for 11-under 61 (24-under total) to win the Orlando event for the second consecutive time, edging Bob and Kevin Tway and Vijay and Qass Singh by a stroke.

WOODS COURSE: Tiger Woods said he will develop his first golf course - with 320 exclusive villas and a boutique hotel with 80 suites - in Dubai, an oil-rich city in the United Arab Emirates.

TENNIS

Nervous Safin delivers Davis Cup for Russia

Admitting he was downright scared, Marat Safin composed himself and won the Davis Cup title for Russia in Moscow.

The two-time Grand Slam champion had 16 aces in beating Jose Acasuso 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in the deciding match, giving Russia a 3-2 decision over Argentina for its second Davis Cup crown.

"There were some very difficult moments today," Safin said. "It was tough to control the match. Everything worked out."

David Nalbandian, who beat Safin on Friday, won the opening reverse singles match Sunday to make it 2-2, beating Nikolay Davydenko 6-2, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

COLLEGE SOCCER

UC-Santa Barbara men, UNC women take titles

Nick Perera had a goal and an assist and the unseeded UC-Santa Barbara (17-7-1) men's team beat UCLA 2-1 Sunday in St. Louis to win the program's first national title and second title in school history.

WOMEN: Freshman Casey Nogueira had a goal and an assist in Cary, N.C., to lead North Carolina past Notre Dame 2-1, winning the College Cup title for the 18th time. It was the fourth time the Tar Heels (27-0-1) have beaten the Irish (25-1-1) for the title.

ET CETERA

SKIING: Sweden's Andre Myhrer won a slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo., for his first World Cup victory. Canada's Michael Janyk was second and Germany's Felix Neureuther was third. American Bode Miller, who won a World Cup downhill for the first time in two years Friday, went off the course 37 seconds into his run.

VOLLEYBALL: Defending champion Brazil beat Poland 3-0 to win the men's world championships in Tokyo. Bulgaria took bronze, and the United States finished 10th.

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