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■ Tennis
Molik makes Aussie Open

It's been a tough road back from illness for Alicia Molik. Formerly the sixth-ranked player in the world, the Australian was struck down by a debilitating inner ear illness last year that saw her ranking slide out of the top 100. Yetserday, Molik, now No. 165, won the Australian Open wild card tournament that advances her to the main draw of next year's first Grand Slam beginning on Jan. 15 in Melbourne. Molik, who reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open last year, beat Jessica Moore 6-4, 6-4.

■ Soccer

Wenger in hot water

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was charged with improper conduct on Monday for criticizing match officials during his team's draw with Portsmouth. The Football Association said the Frenchman was cited "in relation to his words and behavior" toward the officials at halftime of Sunday's game. Wenger was unhappy about the awarding of a free kick to Portsmouth, which led to Noe Pamarot's opening goal in first-half injury time. He complained to the fourth official and was ejected from the touchline by referee Steve Bennett, forcing him to watch the second half from the stands. The game ended 2-2. Wenger has until Jan. 5 to respond, the FA said.

■ Golf

Woods wins again

Tiger Woods was voted player of the year for a record eighth time by the Golf Writers Association of America, which selected Lorena Ochoa the best female player. He finished the season with six consecutive US tour victories. He won 97 percent of the vote. Woods has won the award every year except 1998 and 2004 since his first full season as a pro. Ochoa, the 24-year-old from Mexico, won six times on the US LPGA Tour and swept its major honors by leading the money list with over US$2.5 million, winning the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average and winning its points-based player of the year.

■ Soccer

Fulham sink 'Boro

Brian McBride and Heidar Helguson scored first-half goals as Fulham beat struggling Middlesbrough 2-1 in the English Premier League on Monday. Helguson converted a penalty kick in the 12th minute after George Boateng brought down Moritz Volz. McBride doubled the lead in the 35th with a shot that deflected off Middlesbrough defender Chris Riggott. Middlesbrough pulled within a goal in the 74th minute when Mark Viduka capitalized on a poor goal kick from Fulham goalkeeper Antti Niemi. Fulham improved to 23 points and 11th place, while Middlesbrough remained in 17th, putting pressure on manager Gareth Southgate.

■ Football
Owens fined US$35,000

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens has been fined US$35,000 for spitting at Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall, the NFL said on Monday. The incident occurred in the first quarter of the 38-28 victory over the Falcons on Saturday. Hall knocked Owens out of bounds on a pass play and the Cowboys receiver responded by spitting in his opponent's face. "I got frustrated and I apologize," Owens told the NFL Network. "It was a situation where he kept bugging me and getting in my face."

■ Football

Bruised McPherson sues

Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Adrian McPherson is suing the Tennessee Titans because the NFL team's mascot hit him with a golf cart before the second half of an August exhibition game. McPherson filed his civil lawsuit on Friday in Davidson County Circuit Court and also also seeking US$5 million in compensatory damages for the Titans' negligence and US$15 million in punitive damages. A team spokesman said on Monday afternoon the Titans were aware of the lawsuit but had no further comment.

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