It ended with a birdie, a standing ovation and a seventh-place finish for

Annika Sorenstam

, leaving the Hall of Fame golfer with no regrets after the final stroke of her career.

The Swedish star shot a 1-under 71 yesterday at the Dubai Ladies Masters in the United Arab Emirates, finishing 6 shots behind winner Anja Monke after an eight-foot birdie at No. 18 drew a standing ovation from the packed gallery.

Sorenstam, 38, is retiring to focus on family and business interests.

Kenny Perry and Scott Hoch held off J.B. Holmes and Boo Weekley to win the Merrill Lynch Shootout on the Tiburon Golf Club course in Naples, Fla., 4-up.

The 54-hole event paid $2.9 million. The 48-year-old Perry, who won the tournament in 2005 with John Huston, split $730,000 with Hoch. The 53-year-old Hoch became the oldest to win the event in its 20 years. Raymond Floyd was 51 when he won it with Steve Elkington in 1993.

Elsewhere: Richard Sterne made par on the difficult 18th hole for a 3-under 69 that gave him a 1-shot victory over Johan Edfors and Robert Rock at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek in Malelane, South Africa. . . . South Africa's Tim Clark won the Australian Open at Royal Sydney, scrambling for par from a greenside bunker to beat Australia's Mathew Goggin on the first hole of a playoff in Sydney.

Colleges

Adam DiMichele

received the Owl Award as Temple's most valuable player at the annual football banquet.

The senior quarterback earned the award for the second straight season.

Senior wide receiver Bruce Francis earned offensive-most-valuable-player honors, and senior tackle Terrance Knighton was named the most valuable defensive player, also for the second time.

Graham Zusi's second-half goal gave second-seeded Maryland (23-3-0) a 1-0 victory over 13th-seeded North Carolina (15-8-1) in the NCAA College Cup soccer championship in Frisco, Texas.

Winter sports

Lindsey Vonn

moved back to the top of the World Cup standings with a slalom performance on the Cerdanya Catalunya course in La Molina, Spain, that showed she has the all-around talent to become the first American woman to win back-to-back overall titles.

Elsewhere: Fumihisa Yumoto of Japan won his first World Cup ski-jump meet of the season, jumping 126 meters on his first attempt in Pragelato, Italy.

Noteworthy

Kendall Holt

retained his WBO junior-welterweight title with a split decision over

Demetrius Hopkins

on Saturday night in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.

With the victory, Holt (25-2, 13 knockouts), from Paterson, N.J., set the stage for a unification fight against WBC champion Timothy Bradley.

Hopkins (28-1-1, 11 KOs), the nephew of former middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins of Philadelphia, took his first loss.

A 29-year-old Austin, Texas, woman running in the Dallas White Rock Marathon collapsed and died, officials said.

The cause of death for Erin Lahr remains under investigation, according a spokeswoman for the Dallas County medical examiner's office who refused to give her name.

The 26.2-mile certified course is mostly flat with some rolling hills. Temperatures climbed to the mid-70s.