■ GolfMallon takes ADT trophy
After knocking at the door most of the season, Meg Mallon blew it down at Annika Sorenstan's expense. Sorenstam bogeyed the final hole on Sunday at the LPGA Tour's season-ending ADT Championship, allowing Mallon to walk away with her first title of the year. Playing just in front of Sorenstam, Mallon birdied six of the last 11 holes on one of the LPGA Tour's most trying layouts to tie for the lead at seven-under. Sorenstam then missed a 10-foot par putt at the 18th. "You win some and you lose some," said the Swedish superstar, who finished the season with a tour-best six titles. It was the first win in over a year for Mallon, who had posted nine top-10 finishes without a victory this season before capturing her 15th career title.
Vietnam opens its doors
With the kickoff to the Southeast Asian Games just a week away, Vietnam said yesterday it is ready to welcome visitors from the region to the country's first major sporting event. The communist country expects 10,000 foreign visitors, including athletes and officials, during the 22nd games that run from Dec. 5-13. Most of the sporting events will be held in the capital of Hanoi and southern Ho Chi Minh City, where workers have been sprucing up the streets. A total of 32 different sports will take place in 11 cities and provinces. "Throughout the sports events at the SEA Games, Southeast Asian countries will closely unite, share cultural values and customs and strengthen mutual understanding with an aim to build a unified region," said Sports Minister Nguyen Danh Thai, head of the SEA Games Organizing Committee. "With that spirit, the organizing committee of the host country has been doing all its best to secure a successful SEA Games."