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McIlroy pga tour's player of year

To no one's surprise, Rory McIlroy was announced Wednesday as winner of the PGA Tour player of the year award, voted on by tour members, for the second time in three years. He joined Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Nick Price as the only multiple winners since the award began in 1990.

McIlroy and Jimmy Walker each had three tour wins, but in July and August, McIlroy went wire to wire to win the British Open, rallied from three shots behind on the final day to win the Bridgestone Invitational and won the PGA Championship.

American Chesson Hadley was voted rookie of the year.

Williams: I'd work for Tiger again: Caddie Steve Williams, who said last month he was leaving Adam Scott after 31/2 years to spend more time with his family, said he plans to retire but would consider offers of part-time work next year and would team up with his former boss Woods, if asked.


Police: Phelps had 0.14 blood-alcohol level

Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps registered 0.14 percent on a blood-alcohol test after he was stopped on a speeding violation, charging documents said. The limit at which a driver is considered impaired in Maryland is 0.08.

Phelps, 29, was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines on Interstate 95 in Baltimore, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 19.

Phelps' eyes were red and bloodshot, and "his speech was mush mouth," the charging documents said. An officer administered field sobriety tests, and when he asked Phelps to do a one-leg stand, Phelps "stated 'that's not happening.' " After Phelps was placed in custody, he appeared "disoriented, argumentative," the officer said.

Phelps said he had been at a Baltimore casino and his last drink had been two hours before.

Winter Games: Oslo became the latest city to drop its bid for the 2022 Games after the Norwegian government rejected financial backing for the project. That leaves Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, as the contenders.

Et cetera

Basketball: Canada advanced to the quarterfinals of the women's world championship for the first time in 20 years, beating the Czech Republic 91-71 in Istanbul, Turkey. In other quarterfinal qualifying games, China topped Belarus 72-67, Serbia edged Cuba 86-79 and France beat Brazil 61-48 to face the United States.

Soccer: Real Madrid trailed early against Bulgarian newcomer Ludogorets Razgrad but got goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for a 2-1 Champions League win at Sofia, Bulgaria. Liverpool lost 1-0 at Basel. Atletico Madrid, the runnerup last season, beat Juventus 1-0 in Madrid. … U.S. star Abby Wambach and other elite international players filed a lawsuit in Canada challenging plans to play the 2015 women's World Cup in that country on artificial turf.

Tennis: Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak at the China Open to 21 straight matches, beating Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 7-5 in Beijing. In women's play, Petra Kvitova beat Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-2 to set up a third-round match with Venus Williams. No. 6 seed Caroline Wozniacki lost to Samantha Stosur 6-4, 7-6 (11-9).

Times wires