Annika Sorenstam

shot a 3-over 75 yesterday, hurting her chances of ending a stellar career by winning the Dubai Ladies Masters in the United Arab Emirates for a third straight time.

She held a 1-shot lead at Emirates Golf Club going into the third round but had four bogeys and one birdie to fall 4 shots behind leader

Anja Monke

of Germany.

Pop Warner Football

The Frankford Chargers won the Pop Warner midget division national championship with a 37-6 win over the Oak Ridge Colts of Greensboro, N.C. The contest was played at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The game will be shown Dec. 25 on ESPN.

The Chargers play and practice at the Gambrel Recreation Center in Philadelphia.


Undefeated Penn State overcame an early deficit and swept California, 25-21, 25-21, 25-17, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA women's volleyball tournament in State College, Pa.

The defending national champions improved to 36-0, extending their winning streak in sets to 109 and their winning streak in matches to 62, both NCAA records.

Penn State advances to the national semifinals Thursday in Omaha, Neb., against either Washington or Nebraska.

An all-Atlantic Coast Conference final will decide the champion for the first time in the 50-year history of the NCAA men's soccer tournament. Second-seeded Maryland (22-3-0) will meet 13th-seeded North Carolina (15-7-1) for the College Cup today in Frisco, Texas.


Wladimir Klitschko

defended his IBF heavyweight crown by stopping

Hasim Rahman

in the seventh round for a technical knockout at SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany.

Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs), who has not lost in more than four years, hit the shorter Rahman (45-7-2) at will throughout, and after Klitschko landed a left-right-left combination against the cornered American, the referee stepped in to end the contest. Rahman didn't appear upset.

"Hasim Rahman really got punished," Klitschko said. "I was expecting his corner to stop the fight earlier."


Phoenix Coyotes forward

Brian McGrattan

agreed to enter the substance abuse program administered by the NHL and union. No specifics on his case were given.

All eight American Hockey League games tonight can be viewed as a free preview of the AHL Live subscription Internet site at Registration at the site begins 6 a.m. today for the games.

Figure skating

Mao Asada

of Japan showed off her triple-axel skills, and

Jeremy Abbott

of the United States hit every jump, earning victories at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating finals in Goyang, South Korea.