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■ Golf
Shorter PGA proposed

With Tiger Woods on one side of the course, Phil Mickelson on the other and Vijay Singh bringing up the rear of the practice round for the Ford Championship, some of the top players in the game took the opportunity on Wednesday to lobby for a shorter PGA Tour season. Eleven of the world's top 12 players have gathered at the Doral Golf Resort in Miami for this weekend's event, something Woods said would be more common if the US tour cut a few months off its schedule. "It would be more exciting for the fans, and I'm sure the sponsors and TV and everybody if we did play more often together," Woods said. "The only way you could do that is if we shortened the season."

■ Soccer

World Cup tickets on offer

Soccer's World Cup finals don't begin until June 9, 2006, but it's not too early to try to get tickets. And "try" is the operative term: The first phase of sales -- 812,000 tickets, according to FIFA -- will be through a drawing from applications received by March 31. At US$1.33 to the euro, prices begin at US$46.50 for the cheapest seats for 47 first-round matches (higher for the opening match, in Munich), and go to US$800 for the most expensive ticket for the final, July 9, 2006, in Berlin. The first drawing will be on April 15, but there will be four more sales periods, FIFA says, with the next from May 1 to Nov. 15. The only credit card accepted is MasterCard. You can apply for tickets by site or to follow one of the 32 national teams in the finals. To enter the drawing, go to www.fifaworldcup.com or request a form by mail: 2006 FIFA World Cup Ticketing Center, Re: 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, 60583 Frankfurt am Main. Tickets will go out about six weeks before the tournament with an embedded chip to deter forgeries, FIFA says.

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