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Long putts lift Singh to Deutsche Bank title


Vijay Singh made three long birdie putts yesterday and closed with an 8-under-par 63 at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., for his second straight victory to build a huge lead in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Singh, who won The Barclays last week in a three-man playoff, was one shot behind Mike Weir going to the back nine of the TPC Boston when he started making just about everything from everywhere. He made consecutive putts of 35 feet and 60 feet to build a three-shot lead, then rolled in another putt from 35 feet on the 17th. That gave him his third victory in five weeks and turned the FedEx Cup into a snoozer. Singh has such a large lead that he could clinch the $10 million prize without even playing the season-ending Tour Championship. Weir fell to 1-9 when he has had at least a share of the 54-hole lead. Singh finished at 22-under 262 to break the tournament record by two shots in the six years of this event. The $1.26 million for winning put him atop the PGA Tour money list over Tiger Woods, who has not played since June.

Beijing: Measures lead to cleanest air in decade


A massive effort to clear up the skies over Beijing for the Olympics paid off with China's capital seeing its cleanest air in a decade, the city's environmental authority said. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said the improvement in air pollution was mainly the result of special temporary measures that shut factories and banned 2 million cars from the roads for the Olympic Games. The environmental bureau said in a notice on its Web site that the density of major pollutants was cut by 45 percent in August. It said there were 14 days with the best air quality, or level 1, and one day rated at the worst quality, or level 3. Beijing typically has air that is two to three times dirtier than in most Western countries.

UCLA beats No. 18 Tenn. in overtime, 27-24


Quarterback Kevin Craft sparked UCLA's offense to life in the second half, and Kai Forbath kicked a 42-yard field goal in overtime to lift the host Bruins to a 27-24 victory over No. 18 Tennessee, making coach Rick Neuheisel's debut a winning one. The Bruins, who took the lead with 27 seconds left in regulation, were forced into overtime when the Volunteers' Daniel Lincoln kicked a 47-yard field goal as time expired. But in the overtime, Forbath made his kick and then Lincoln missed from 34 yards. Craft, who threw four interceptions and totaled 66 yards in the opening half of his first game for UCLA, went 18-for-25 for 193 yards and one touchdowns in the second half without an interception.

MORE NATION: Ryan Mathews ran for 163 yards and three touchdowns, Seyi Ajirotutu set up two scores with long receptions and Fresno State made its first trip to the East Coast a successful one with a 24-7 victory over Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE: Coach Tom O'Brien said neither starting quarterback Russell Wilson nor tight end Anthony Hill is expected to play in the Wolfpack's home opener against William & Mary on Saturday. Wilson was carted off the field with a concussion during last week's loss at South Carolina, and Hill - the team's leading receiver in 2006, who missed 2007 with a knee injury - is likely out with a chest injury.

OHIO STATE: Tailback and Heisman Trophy candidate Chris Wells did not practice with the No. 2 Buckeyes, and a school spokeswoman offered no update on his diagnosis or how long he will be out with an injured right foot. Wells, who injured the foot in Saturday's victory over Youngstown State, continued to wear a protective boot.

ET CETERA: Virginia linebacker Aaron Clark will have season-ending surgery for a sprained knee. Clark suffered in the injury in the third quarter of his first college start, in the Cavaliers' loss to Southern California on Saturday. ... Mississippi State linebacker Jamar Chaney underwent surgery Sunday for a broken leg and is out for the season. Chaney suffered the fracture Saturday in the loss at Louisiana Tech. ... Oklahoma defensive end John Williams, a former starter who received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, might not return to play his final season for the No. 4 Sooners. "John's just mentally having a hard time staying with it," coach Bob Stoops said. ... Missouri's Jeremy Maclin, an All-America wide receiver, is listed as probable for Saturday's game against Southeast Missouri State despite being carted off the field during Saturday's win over Illinois with a sprained left ankle.

UAE group agrees to buy Manchester City


Manchester City has agreed to a takeover by a United Arab Emirates business group, ending former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's brief ownership of the Premier League club. The Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment will look at the club's accounts and contracts before completion of a deal believed to be worth $360 million.

AUTO RACING: Five-time champion Tony Schumacher set NHRA Top Fuel records for consecutive wins (six) and in a season (11) and tied Joe Amato for most wins all time in Top Fuel (52) with a final-round victory over Doug Kalitta at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

ROWING: A British environmentalist arrived in Honolulu, completing the initial leg of her journey as she tries to become the first woman to row alone across the Pacific Ocean. Roz Savage, 40, had spent 99 days on the ocean since she departed San Francisco on May 25 on the 2,900-mile leg to Hawaii.

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