Golf's big 3: Tiger, Ochoa and Haas

HOUSTON -- Tiger Woods, Lorena Ochoa and Jay Haas were voted players of the year on their respective tours by the Golf Writers Association of America on Wednesday, the second year in a row they won the awards.

Woods, who has won the award a record nine times in the last 11 years, had seven victories on the PGA Tour, captured his 13th career major at the PGA Championship and easily won the inaugural FedEx Cup by winning the final two playoff events. He received 205 votes -- the other five went to Phil Mickelson.

Ochoa won by the same margin over Suzann Pettersen. The 26-year-old from Mexico rose to No. 1 in the world, won her first major in the Women's British Open at St. Andrews and finished her LPGA Tour season with eight wins and more than $4 million. (No female had ever won more than $3 million in a year.)

Haas received 152 votes to 56 for runner-up Loren Roberts. Haas won four times.

College Football

In his sixth season with the Kansas, Mark Mangino is The Associated Press Coach of the Year. Long-woeful Kansas won a school-record 11 games this season, had two All-Americans and earned a spot in the Bowl Championship Series for the first time. On Jan. 3 in Miami, the Jayhawks will play Virginia Tech in their first major bowl since 1969. ... Former coach Tom Osborne will stay on as Nebraska's athletic director for the next 2½ years.


Fitch Ratings said it was affirming the "A" rating it assigned to the Major League Baseball Trust, which it said consists of a $978 million variable funding note and a $389 million term note. That followed last week's release of the report by George Mitchell regarding the widespread use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in pro baseball.


American cyclist Floyd Landis cannot compete in France until 2009 even if he has his two-year doping ban lifted by the sport's highest court. The French Anti-Doping Agency said it had imposed its own ban against Landis, preventing him from riding in France until Jan. 31, 2009 -- ruling him out of next year's Tour de France.


The IAAF, which must decide whether a double-amputee sprinter is eligible to compete against able-bodied athletes at the Beijing Olympics, has received a scientific report assessing whether his prosthetic limbs give him an unfair advantage.

The International Association of Athletics Federations said it has sent the biomechanical analysis to representatives of South African runner Oscar Pistorius. The IAAF, which commissioned the report in July, said it would not comment on it before Jan. 10.

Pistorius -- who runs on curved, carbon-fiber prosthetic blades attached below the knees -- wants to race the 400 meters in Beijing.