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Sports Shorts: Scott edges Woods for golf writers' top player award

2014-01-02T17:21:50Z 2014-01-02T21:01:06Z Sports Shorts: Scott edges Woods for golf writers' top player awardThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 02, 2014 5:21 pm  • 

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Masters champion Adam Scott narrowly beat out Tiger Woods as the male player of the year in voting by the Golf Writers Association of America.

The GWAA takes into account more than just a player’s performance on the PGA Tour. Scott won four times around the world, none bigger than his playoff victory at Augusta National to become the first Australian in a green jacket. He also won a FedEx Cup playoff event and twice in Australia, and he joined Jason Day to win the portion of the World Cup for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Out of 218 ballots, Scott won by five votes.

“It is an honor to be recognized as the most consistent male golfer of 2013 and it is appreciated to have the respect of the Golf Writers of America. Thank you,” Scott said from Kapalua, where the Hyundai Tournament of Champions will begin today.

Scott received 75 votes, or 34 percent of the vote, compared with 70 votes for Woods. Phil Mickelson received 17 percent, while Henrik Stenson got 16 percent.

Woods won five times on the PGA Tour, including The Players Championship and two World Golf Championships, though he went a fifth straight year without winning a major. Woods also won the PGA Tour money title and the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average.

The other GWAA awards were landslides.

Inbee Park, who had three straight majors among her six victories on the LPGA Tour, received 91 percent of the vote to win female player of the year.

Kenny Perry, who won two majors on the Champions Tour and captured the Schwab Cup, also had 91 percent of the vote for senior player of the year.

College Football

Troy DE Garner found dead

TROY, Ala. — Troy defensive end Jadarius Garner was found dead on a Mississippi highway Thursday morning, and the state highway patrol is investigating the cause of his death.

A highway patrol spokesman said that the 20-year-old Garner was found lying on U.S. Highway 61 in Bolivar County at 2:27 a.m. after two cars had run over him.

State troopers, sheriff’s deputies and rescue officials from Bolivar County were responding to what was believed to be a two-vehicle accident about 3 miles south of Oreilly, Miss. The drivers of the two cars were not injured.

“This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to Jadarius’ family in this time of grief,” Troy coach Larry Blakeney said.

Garner was named the Sun Belt Conference defensive player of the week on Sept. 9.

  • Texas A&M receiver
  • Mike Evans
  • declared for the NFL draft Thursday. Evans, a redshirt sophomore, was a consensus All-American and a Biletnikoff Award finalist this season.
  • The Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars were selected to coach the Senior Bowl, giving their staffs an up-close look at potential draft picks. The game is scheduled for Jan. 25 in Mobile.
Miscellaneous

Armstrong continues fight over $12 million in bonuses

AUSTIN, Texas — Lance Armstrong is still fighting a Texas company that wants to recoup about $12 million in bonuses he was paid for winning the Tour de France while secretly using performance-enhancing drugs.

Court documents filed in Dallas this week show that Armstrong has asked a judge to stop an arbitration panel from considering whether Dallas-based SCA Promotions should be able to recover its money.

The company tried proving Armstrong used steroids and other drugs and doping methods back in 2005, but ultimately agreed to pay him in a 2006 settlement.

In a motion filed Monday, Armstrong’s attorneys say there’s “no authority under Texas law” for arbitration. They’ve asked a judge for a hearing.

  • WNBA president
  • Laurel Richie
  • told The Associated Press on Thursday that Los Angeles Sparks chairman
  • Paula Madison
  • informed the league right before Christmas that her family-owned company would no longer be involved with the team. Richie said several groups have expressed interest in owning a WNBA team and the league is now exploring those options in regards to the Sparks.
  • Top-ranked
  • Serena Williams
  • won to set up a semifinal with
  • Maria Sharapova
  • at the Brisbane International, a key warm-up tournament for the Australian Open. Williams didn’t lose a point on serve in the first set en route to a 6-3, 6-3 win over ninth-seeded
  • Diminika Cibulkova
  • .

• Top-seeded Rafael Nadal was the only seed remaining at the Qatar Open after he beat seventh-seeded Ernests Gulbis 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals on Thursday in Doha.

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