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Ballesteros stable after brain tumor surgery


Seve Ballesteros was in stable condition yesterday in Madrid, Spain, after the golf great, 51, had surgery on a brain tumor a day earlier. La Paz hospital said there were no complications from the surgery. Spanish state news agency Efe reported the operation lasted 12 hours. The hospital said a sizable part of the Spaniard's tumor was removed. It was not immediately known whether it was malignant, and it would be several days before the results were announced. The hospital said Ballesteros was in the intensive-care unit. It said there would be no further statements about him until he is moved from the unit, most likely next week. Ballesteros, winner of three British Opens and two Masters, briefly lost consciousness and was admitted Oct. 6 to the hospital, where the tumor was discovered.

PGA Grand Slam of Golf: : Jim Furyk won in Tucker's Town, Bermuda, birdieing the final hole to force a playoff with Padraig Harrington and winning with an 8-foot eagle putt on the first extra hole. "I'm obviously very happy with the outcome," said Furyk, who played in place of the injured Tiger Woods in the four-man event for major champions. Furyk, winless on the PGA Tour since the 2007 Canadian Open, shot his second straight 2-under-par 68 to match Harrington at 4-under 136 on the Mid Ocean Club course. Harrington, the British Open and PGA champion, also shot consecutive 68s. Retief Goosen shot a 71 to finish at 1-over, and Masters champion Trevor Immelman had a 69 to end up last at 5-over. Furyk earned $600,000.

Report: Nats interested in Randolph as coach


The Washington Nationals are interested in adding former New York Mets manager Willie Randolph to their coaching staff, Newsday reported. Washington, which fired five of its coaches after going 59-102 this season, would like Randolph to serve as a bench coach or third base coach under Manny Acta, who served as Randolph's third base coach with the Mets in 2005 and 2006. The Mets fired Randolph this season.

More Nationals: : Washington sent outfielder Ryan Langerhans and right-hander Levale Speigner outright to Triple-A Syracuse after they cleared waivers. The team also announced that left-hander Charlie Manning was claimed off waivers by St. Louis.

Yankees: : As the team begins a round of meetings this week to discuss its future, the front office knows that veteran left-hander Andy Pettitte, 36, intends to pitch in 2009 for the Yankees. reported that Pettitte's agent, Randy Hendricks, has informed the team of this recently.

Red Sox:: Boston's season isn't quite up in flames, but a small fire at a landmark near Fenway Park can't be a good omen. The fire blackened some panels on the red, white and blue Citgo sign over Fenway's Green Monster in left field. The fire department said the blaze was likely caused by an electrical short circuit. Damage was estimated at $5,000.

White Sox: : Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., who turns 39 next month, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday in Cincinnati, according to Griffey's agent, Brian Goldberg. Recovery time is generally four to eight weeks.

Trinidad and Tobago tops U.S. in World Cup qualifier

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Nineteen years later, Russell Latapy, 40, and Dwight Yorke, 36, exacted some revenge against the United States. Veterans of Trinidad and Tobago's crushing defeat to the Americans in 1989, the pair scored second-half goals in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, to give the Soca Warriors a 2-1 win over the U.S. in a World Cup qualifier. Yorke, a forward, beat American goalkeeper Brad Guzan with a penalty kick in the 79th minute for the eventual game-winner. Latapy and Yorke started for the Soca Warriors in a 1-0 loss to the U.S. in Port-of-Spain on Nov. 19, 1989. T&T; needed only a tie to qualify for the 1990 World Cup.

NHL: : Family, friends, teammates and thousands of fans paid their last respects in Moscow to Alexei Cherepanov, the rising hockey star, 19, who died after suffering heart problems during a game Monday outside the city. Cherepanov was a first-round draft pick for the Rangers. ... Thomas Vanek scored twice as the visiting Sabres handed the Rangers their first loss of the season, 3-1. New York was trying for its first 6-0 record. ... Fabian Brunnstrom scored three goals in his debut to match the NHL record as the host Stars beat the Predators, 6-4.

NBA:: Suns guard Steve Nash left his team's 102-100 preseason victory over the host Hawks after spraining his right ankle late in the first half. He might miss tomorrow's preseason game against the Nuggets in Syracuse, N.Y., as a precaution, according to a Suns spokeswoman. ... The Bobcats retained forwards Adam Morrison and Jared Dudley, exercising the options in their contracts for the 2009-10 season. ... The Pacers and guard Eddie Jones' agent agreed to free Jones from coming to Indiana in exchange for room under the NBA's salary cap. Jones, 36, was acquired from the Mavericks last week.

Tennis: : Roger Federer returned from a five-week layoff to beat Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 7-6 (6), in the second round of the Madrid Masters. "Happy to be back on tour," said Federer, playing his first ATP event since winning the U.S. Open last month.

College football: : Clemson president Jim Barker sent an e-mail to the school's faculty ensuring them the money to buy out coach Tommy Bowden's contract won't come from state money or student fees, according to the Greenville (S.C.) News. ... Notre Dame tight end Will Yeatman, 20, has been suspended for rest of the season but remains enrolled after being arrested on a charge of underage drinking. The two-sport athlete plans to play lacrosse for the Irish in the spring, his mother, Bonnie, said.

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