each had 11 kills, and Penn State defeated Brigham Young, 25-21, 26-24, 25-14, Saturday night in Oklahoma City to win its second consecutive NCAA women's volleyball championship.
Micha Hancock had 36 assists and five digs for the Nittany Lions. The senior from nearby Edmond, Okla., won in front of family and friends in her final college match. Her expert setting helped the Nittany Lions neutralize the nation's No. 1 blocking team.
Penn State (36-3) won its sixth title in eight years and No. 7 overall to break a tie with Stanford for the most overall titles.
Jennifer Hamson had 14 kills and Alexa Gray added nine for BYU, which had won 12 straight matches. The Cougars (30-5) were trying to become the first unseeded team to win a national championship.
SOCCER Real Madrid outclassed San Lorenzo of Argentina, 2-0, in the Club World Cup final in Marrakech, Morocco, capping its status as the best club in world football.
The cup added to Madrid's 2014 trophy haul of Champions League, Copa del Rey, and European Super Cup, and it will carry a 22-game winning streak into 2015.
Sergio Ramos made the breakthrough, leaping up and heading in Toni Kroos' sweetly struck corner after 37 minutes. Ramos also got Madrid off the mark in its 4-0 victory over CONCACAF champion Cruz Azul in the semifinals.
Loosely marked, Gareth Bale doubled Madrid's lead early in the second half. The South American goalkeeper, Sebastian Torrico, should have done better with Bale's left-footed shot, which bobbled under his body.
GOLF Rory McIlroy has been chosen as the European Tour player of the year, capping a season in which he won two majors, the Ryder Cup, and topped the money lists in Europe and the United States.
McIlroy, the world No. 1 player, won his maiden British Open title by 2 strokes over Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia at Royal Liverpool in July, and less than a month later earned a second U.S. PGA Championship at Valhalla, finishing a shot clear of Phil Mickelson.
Temple junior Brandon Matthews extended his lead at the Dixie Amateur, carding an even-par 72 on the second day of play in Coral Springs, Fla., and now holds a 6-shot lead in his flight and 1-shot lead overall.
Giovanni Tadiotto, a 16-year old native of Belgium, is alone in second place after shooting even par for the second consecutive day.
SKIING American skier Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup downhill race on the same course where she reinjured her troublesome right knee one year ago, clinching a 61st career victory to continue her strong comeback following two operations.
In Val D'isere, France, Vonn had a clean run on the Oreiller-Killy course to finish 0.19 seconds ahead of early pace-setter Elisabeth Goergl of Germany and Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, who tied for second.
- Staff and wire reports