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Garcia takes 3-shot lead at Tour Championship

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Sergio Garcia enjoyed an amazing turnaround yesterday against Anthony Kim at the PGA Tour Championship, and it had nothing to do with the Ryder Cup. Garcia shot a 3-under-par 67 to go from a three-shot deficit on the front nine to a three-shot lead through 54 holes in Atlanta, leaving him poised to become only the third player to capture The Players Championship and the Tour Championship in the same year. Garcia was at 8-under 202 and will play in the final pairing today with Phil Mickelson (69). Six days after Kim hammered Garcia in the leadoff singles match at the Ryder Cup, the 23-year-old American looked as if he would get the best of Garcia again with six straight one-putt greens. But Kim hit only four fairways, and his wildness caught up with him. Kim shot a 72 and was three shots behind.

Navistar LPGA Classic:: Winless since May, top-ranked Lorena Ochoa shot a 3-under 69 for a share of the third-round lead in Prattville, Ala. Ochoa, making her first start since tying for sixth in the Safeway Classic on Aug. 24, matched Louise Friberg (65) at 13-under 203.

Curlin wins in N.Y. to top $10 million mark

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Curlin became the first horse in North America to top $10 million in career earnings, winning the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at sloppy Belmont Park in New York. The $450,000 winner's purse pushed Curlin's bankroll to $10,246,800. Cigar's previous mark of $9,999,815 had stood for 12 years. Curlin beat Wanderin Boy by three-quarters of a length with Merchant Marine third. The winning time was 2 minutes, 1.93 seconds for the 11/4 miles. Curlin paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10. Wanderin Boy returned $4.20 and $3.70. Merchant Marine paid $5.70 to show.

Giants' Lowry to have elbow surgery

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San Francisco Giants left-hander Noah Lowry will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday on the back of his elbow to remove bone spurs. Lowry, 27, has spent the entire season rehabilitating from a March 7 operation to repair a rare nerve problem in his forearm called exertional compartment syndrome. The Giants will still head into the offseason with Lowry in their plans to be part of the rotation come 2009 barring further setbacks. He led the Giants with 14 wins last season.

Cubs:: Chicago set its rotation for the National League Division Series. Ryan Dempster will start the first game, followed by Carlos Zambrano, Rich Harden and Ted Lilly.

Mariners:: Outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has matched Lou Gehrig's record with his eighth season of at least 200 hits and 100 runs. Suzuki scored his 100th run of the season in the third inning of Friday's win over the Athletics.

Report: Padgett commits orally to Maryland

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James Padgett, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward from Brooklyn, N.Y., has committed orally to play basketball at Maryland, according to the Terrapin Times. He chose the Terps over a number of schools, including West Virginia and Tennessee. Padgett plays at Abraham Lincoln High School, the same school that produced guards Stephon Marbury and Sebastian Telfair. DON MARKUS

Pro basketball:: Gilbert Arenas said he declined to talk Friday at the Wizards' media day because he didn't want to take attention from Washington's healthy players. Yesterday, he tried to mask his frustration at being back on the shelf after a third left knee operation in 11/2 years by working with the team's young players as they opened their training camp at Virginia Commonwealth University. Arenas was fined $15,000 by the NBA for declining to make himself available Friday.

Cycling:: Lance Armstrong might not be able to start his comeback in January in Australia because of the doping rules that apply to riders coming out of retirement. Elite riders need to be in the sport's anti-doping program for six months before they can race, cycling's governing body said. The UCI will discuss with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency whether the seven-time Tour de France winner has met that requirement. The UCI said it will decide next week whether Armstrong can race in the Tour Down Under set for Jan. 20 -25.

Tennis:: No. 2 Andy Roddick will take on unheralded Dudi Sela in the China Open final and second seed Jelena Jankovic plays Svetlana Kuznetsova in the women's title match in Beijing. Roddick defeated Bjorn Phau, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-1, and Sela routed No. 7 Rainer Schuettler, 6-3, 6-3, in the other semifinal. On the women's side, Jankovic was able to get by No. 5 Vera Zvonareva, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, in their semifinal, while Kuznetsova beat China's Zheng Jie, 7-6 (3), 7-5. ... Top seed Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the final of the ATP Thailand Open in Bangkok. Djokovic beat Thomas Berdych, 7-5, 6-1, while the second-seeded Tsonga ousted Gael Monfils, 6-0, 6-3.

Auto racing:: Ferrari's Felipe Massa edged Lewis Hamilton of McLaren in qualifying, taking the pole position for today's Singapore Grand Prix.

Varsity:: The Bull Run Invitational at Hereford was postponed because of rain. The cross county race, one of the most anticipated of the season, has been rescheduled for Oct. 11. Hereford co-coaches Russ Drylie and Jason Bowman said that about 30 of the 120 schools scheduled to run yesterday won't be able to return Oct. 11, but it was the only day to reschedule the event. SAT tests are planned for Saturday, and various county championships begin on and around Oct. 18.

College soccer:: The men's match between 17th-ranked Loyola and host UMBC was postponed because of rain and unplayable field conditions. A makeup date hasn't been announced. Officials stopped play with 30:05 remaining in the first half and the score tied at 0.

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