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Tiger on top in Chevron

Tiger Woods is one round away from ending his worst year with a familiar finish.

Woods regained control with three straight birdies early in his round, then finished with a shot that covered the flag for one last birdie yesterday in a 4-under-par 68 in the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

That allowed him to keep his four-shot lead over U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, who also shot 68. No one else was within eight shots of the lead.

Woods, who has gone more than a year without winning - or even coming close to winning - was at 17-under 199.

Kerr making move

Cristie Kerr is making a move to become the first American in 16 years to win LPGA player of the year, trailing leader Amy Yang by three strokes entering the final round of the LPGA Tour Championship in Orlando.

Kerr shot 1-under 71 for the third straight round to put her in a tight pack at Grand Cypress Golf Club.

Kerr could become the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to claim the LPGA's most prestigious annual award. She needs nothing short of victory to unseat points leader Yani Tseng.

NHL

Flyers defeat Devils

Mike Richards scored a tiebreaking goal at 8:07 of the third period to lead the host Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-3 victory over the Devils. The Devils pulled to 4-3 when Patrik Elias scored on a power play with a two-man advantage with 44 seconds left.

NBA

League might buy Hornets

The NBA is looking into buying the New Orleans Hornets from George Shinn until a permanent new owner can be found, a person familiar with the discussions said. The league intends to find an owner who plans to keep the Hornets in New Orleans, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the NBA has not discussed the idea publicly.

SKIING

Streitberger wins; Miller DNF

Georg Streitberger of Austria captured a World Cup super-G race on a day when Bode Miller and three other top Americans skied off the course in Beaver Creek, Colo. Miller, who won silver in the super-G at the Vancouver Games, had trouble finding the right line near a turn midway through the run and veered straight off the course.

- AP

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