Tiger Woods

was voted the PGA Tour player of the year by the players yesterday, the 10th time in his 13 years on tour that he has won the award.

The PGA Tour does not disclose vote totals.

Woods started and finished the season the same way - with questions about when he would return. He was coming off knee surgery at the beginning of the year, and last week announced an indefinite leave to work on his marriage after admitting to infidelity.

In between, he won six PGA Tour events, captured the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus, won the money title for the ninth time in his career with more than $10.5 million, and had the lowest scoring average for the ninth time.

Marc Leishman of Australia was voted PGA Tour rookie of the year, becoming the first since Charles Howell III in 2001 to win the award without having won a tournament.

OLYMPICS: Megan Sweeney of Suffield, Conn., was one of the 10 USA Luge athletes introduced as nominees to the U.S. Olympic team after she had to beat two teammates - her younger sister Emily among them - to make the team.

Two-time Olympian Erin Hamlin and Julia Clukey joined Sweeney on the U.S. women's roster. For the American men, Tony Benshoof, Chris Mazdzer and Bengt Walden will head to the Vancouver Games, and in doubles, the U.S. teams will be Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin along with Christian Niccum and Dan Joye.

Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup super-combined race for her 25th career victory, taking advantage of her speed skills in the French Alps in Val D'Isere.

Bode Miller fought off a sore ankle to finish fifth in a World Cup super-G in Val Gardena, Italy, while defending overall World Cup winner Aksel Lund Svindal posted his first victory since returning from a lower-leg injury.

COLLEGES: Ursinus football senior defensive lineman Mark Worrilow has been selected to the roster of Team Stars & Stripes, a group of Division III All-Stars. The team will play the Tec Monterrey All Stars in the 2009 Tazon de Estrellas today on the Tec de Monterrey Campus Estado de Mexico.

SOCCER: The Philadelphia Independence women's professional soccer team will host its inaugural match April 11 at West Chester University's John A. Farrell Stadium against fellow expansion team, the Atlanta Beat.

The Independence travels to Boston to play the Breakers on April 18 in a nationally televised Fox Soccer Channel broadcast.

U.S. forward Landon Donovan will join Everton on a short-term loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy from January until mid-March, the start of the MLS season.

BOXING: Kelly Pavlik (35-1, 31 knockouts) makes a defense of his WBC and WBO middleweight titles tonight against Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs) in Pavlick's hometown of Youngstown, Ohio.

SWIMMING: Michael Phelps won the 100-meter butterfly and helped the U.S. medley relay team break the world record, one of five the Americans set, in taking a commanding lead at the Duel in the Pool in Manchester, England.

SOFTBALL: The National Pro Fastpitch league has taken ownership of the Philadelphia Force. It is trying to keep the team in the region.

Staff and wire reports