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  1. 1. Chicago Tribune Holiday Giving The first $3.1 million of donations are matched 50 cents on the dollar by the McCormick Tribune Foundation. Chicago Tribune and McCormick Tribune Foundation pay all administrative costs. Chicago Tribune Holiday Giving is a campaign of Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Tribune Foundation Fund. Your gift is tax deductible as permitted by law. To make a donation by credit card, call 1-888-MTF-GIVE (1-888-683-4483) or visit www.chicagotribune.com/holidaygiving. Or mail this coupon and your donation to: Chicago Tribune Holiday Giving, P.O. Box 5120, Chicago, IL 60680-5120 All donations are acknowledged by mail. Best efforts will be made to publish donor names in the Chicago Tribune for gifts of $25 or more received prior to December15, 2006. ED Enclosed is a donation for $ Make checks payable to Chicago Tribune Holiday Giving (Please print clearly) Name Address City State/Zip Day Phone E-mail Donor names will be added weekly to listings on www.chicagotribune.com/holidaygiving Other Donor Acknowledgment Options: This gift is (please choose one) in honor of: in memory of: Please do not publish my name in the Holiday Giving Donor Acknowledgment Listings (in the newspaper or online). 1 2 3 4 5 6 6 CHICAGO TRIBUNE SECTION 4 ~ MONDAY DECEMBER 18, 2006SPORTS Tiger Woods wrapped up a remarkable season Sunday at the Tar- get World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif., seizing the lead from U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy in just three holes and coasting to a 6-under 66 for a four-shot victory in the last tourna- ment of the year. Woods began the year with a playoff victory in the Buick Invita- tional and ended it by beating an elite16-man field to win this tour- nament for the third time in its eight years. Woods finished at 16-under 272 with a birdie on the last hole. “It’s been a year of two halves,’’ said Woods, who lost his father Earl in May. “Obviously, on the golf course it’s been something else to have things coming together, especially winning two majors.’’ The Target World Challenge was his 11th trophy of the year. While it doesn’t count in the record books, it came with a $1.35 mil- lion prize, which Woods donated to his Tiger Woods Foundation. He won 53 percent of his PGA Tour events this year, eight of 15, including the final two majors. Since missing the cut at the U.S. Open, Woods hasn’t finished worse than second in stroke play, win- ning his final six PGA Tour events of the year. “To play four rounds against a quality field like this and come out on top, it always gives you a shot of confidence going into next year,’’ Woods said. Í South Korea’s Seon Hwa Lee, 20, held off ADT Championship winner Julieta Granada 2 and 1 in rainy conditions in Singapore to give Asia a 121 ⁄2-111 ⁄2 victory over Annika Sorenstam’s International team in the Lexus Cup. Ahead 7-5 after winning four of the six best- ball matches Saturday, Asia took 51 ⁄2 of 12 points Sunday in singles play. Last year the International team won the inaugural event16-8. PRESS BOX Tribune news services AP photo by Mark J. Terrill Tiger Woods admires his trophy Sunday after winning the Target World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif. GOLF Woods finishes year like he started—with a victory Georgia offensive coordinator Neil Callawaywas hired Sunday as head football coach at UAB, which went 3-9 this fall under Watson Brown. Callaway, only UAB’s third head coach, received a five-year contract. He will stay with Georgia through the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Í Outfielder J.D. Drew, who reached preliminary agreement on a five-year, $70 million contract with the Red Sox, is scheduled to have a second opinion Monday on a shoulder issue that came up in Drew’s first exam, a source told the Boston Globe. It’s unknown whether the issue could void Drew’s deal with the Red Sox, the Globe said. Í Substitute Adriano scored late in the second half and South American champion Internacional of Brazil upset Spanish power- house Barcelona 1-0 to win soccer’s Club World Cup in Yokohama, Japan. … Colombia will formally join the race to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Í Finland’s Kalle Palander defeated Bode Miller by a half-second to win a giant slalom in Alta Badia, Italy, for his13th World Cup victo- ry. Miller, who won a World Cup super-giant slalom Friday, moved up from seventh after the first run. IN BRIEF Gilbert Arenas set a franchise record with 60 points,16 of them in overtime, to lead the visiting Wizards to a 147-141 victory over Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Sunday night. In a Kobe-like performance, Arenas outscored the Lakers’ Bryant by 15 points. The Wizards’ guard went 17 of 32 from the floor, including 5 of 12 from three-point range. He made 21 of 27 free throws and had eight assists and eight re- bounds. He scored 14 points in a row, including a pair of three-point- ers, in one stretch of the five- minute overtime. Bryant, coming off a 53-point performance, had 45 points on 15-of-24 shooting but had just four points in overtime. Í 76ers team President Billy King told the Associated Press he would not rush to deal Allen Iverson, the disgruntled former MVP who has drawn heavy trade interest from around the league. NBA Arenas bags 60 in Wizards’ win Kimmo Timonen scored a pow- er-play goal with1minute 49 sec- onds left in overtime, giving the visiting Predators a 2-1 victory over the sagging Blues on Sun- day night. Lee Stempniak ended a 15- game goal drought with a first- period power-play goal for the Blues, who have lost 11 in a row. St. Louis is 0-4 under new coach Andy Murray. Timonen’s seventh goal, a slap shot from the high slot that beat Manny Legace, came with the Predators holding a 4-3 man advantage. The Blues have not won since beating Detroit on Nov. 24 and have been outscored 40-18 dur- ing the slump that cost coach Mike Kitchen his job. Í Patrik Elias and Sergei Brylin each scored two goals and Mar- tin Brodeur made 35 saves to lead the Devils to a 6-1 victory over the Rangers. Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise also scored for New Jersey. NHL Blues continue for St. Louis Lee Humphrey scored 15 points and Walter Hodge and Taurean Green had 11 apiece Sunday night, helping coach Bil- ly Donovan tie Norm Sloan as Florida’s career victory leader with a 72-57 win over Florida A&M at Tampa. Sloan won 235 games in15 sea- sons served over two stints. Do- novan is 235-100 in his 11th sea- son with the Gators. No. 5 Florida (9-2) played with- out leading scorer and reboun- der Al Horford, who sat out be- cause of a high ankle sprain. Í P.J. Couisnard was perfect from the field (8-for-8) and scored 21 points, leading No. 8 Wichita State (8-0) to a 102-46 rout of visiting Maryland-East- ern Shore, the third-most lop- sided victory in Shockers histo- ry. … Glen Davis had 22 points and 13 rebounds and No. 12 LSU (6-2) fought off a late rally by host Oregon State for a 60-53 vic- tory. … Jerome Dyson had 19 points and Jeff Adrien added 15 as No. 14 Connecticut (9-0) beat St. Mary’s 89-73 to stretch its home winning streak to 28 games. … Malik Hairston had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lift No. 22 Oregon (10-0) to an 84-55 victory over Idaho State. COLLEGE BASKETBALL Donovan ties Florida wins mark By Reid Hanley Tribune staff reporter SAN DIEGO — Dan Nichol- son is very competitive, even when it comes to Go-Karts in the Poinsettia Bowl Grand Prix at Miramar Speed Circuit. The Northern Illinois sopho- more quarterback could hardly wait to get into his cart to com- pete Sunday with the quarter- backs, kickers and punters in the team activity of the day. Af- ter a morning practice, the Huskies were ready to let off a little steam. “This is awesome,” said Ni- cholson, who is replacing in- jured senior Phil Horvath as the Huskies’ starter. “Coach [Joe] Novak and eve- rybody have done a pretty good job of getting us fun stuff to do, but we know why we’re out here. We’re here to win a football game. At the same time, doing stuff like this is a nice reward.” Nicholson, a Brother Rice graduate, had to put his com- petitive side on hold for much of the season as he backed up Horvath. He start- ed the three final games the pre- vious season when Horvath was hurt. The two battled closely in pre- season practice, but Novak gave the starting spot to Horvath, a senior. However, when the Na- perville Central graduate in- jured his knee in the 11th game, Nicholson took over. He helped the Huskies to victories in their last two games and a spot against TCU in Tuesday night’s Poinsettia Bowl. “[Horvath’s] a competitor and, I’ll be honest, he tensed up and didn’t like it,” said Novak of the decision to promote Nichol- son. “But he dealt with it the right way. I couldn’t have asked for more from him.” Nicholson, who is 4-1 as a starter, took over for Horvath at halftime of the upset of Central Michigan. He completed 11 of 18 passes for 116 yards and a touch- down in a 31-10 NIU victory. He then completed 24 of 37 passes for 261 yards and two touch- downs in the season-ending 27-0 victory over Eastern Michigan. His team believes in him. “Our confidence in him is tre- mendous because of the success that he had last year and how well he’s done this year,” All- America tailback Garrett Wolfe said. “He throws the ball very well. Surprisingly enough, he con- trols the game almost as good as Phil does.” Being on the sidelines wasn’t much fun, but Nicholson was able to observe the game. He thinks he has improved since his freshman year. “I think you learn more get- ting reps, but I definitely learned a lot during the season,” he said. “Obviously, I was disap- pointed when I learned I wasn’t going to start, but there wasn’t anything I could do but work hard and prepare myself if I ever got an opportunity. “I definitely think I’m a better quarterback this year. I have a better understanding of the game and the offense now.” On Tuesday, the Northern of- fense will face the No. 4-ranked defense in the country. The Horned Frogs also have the No. 4 defense against the run and will try to stop Wolfe, the coun- try’s leading rusher. Nicholson will have to perform well if the underdog Huskies are to win. “They have an excellent de- fense,” Nicholson said. “Hope- fully we’ll have a good game against them. But we anticipate being prepared.” Nicholson didn’t fare too well in his Go-Kart heat, which Hor- vath won. But that was OK with Nicholson. He came to San Die- go to play football. rhanley@tribune.com Poinsettia Bowl | Northern Illinois vs. TCU 7 p.m. Tuesday, ESPN2 He’s got offense on track Former 2nd-stringer Nicholson doing 1st-rate job for NIU straight victory over a Horizon League foe. The Blue Demons are 5-0 against in-state opposi- tion and face Loyola on Wednes- day in San Juan, Puerto Rico. But DePaul had a series of shaky moments in the non-con- ference game with the Flames, who were propelled by senior guard Krystal Hugelier. The ex- York standout hit 6 of 8 three- pointers and had a game-high 24 points. “We’re still trying to figure ourselves out,” Blue Demons coach Doug Bruno said. “We’re still very much a work in pro- gress. And more than that, we lost Erin Carney, and she’s the cement. To lose her (just before a game with a stress fracture), now we have people playing in different spots.” Carney, a junior forward who was averaging seven points per game, could be out up to 10 games. DePaul led through much of the opening half, but UIC stayed close as Hugelier hit five three- pointers. The Flames trailed 34- 33 after LaShonda Grant’s layup with 1:03 left. But the Blue De- mons replied with seven unan- swered points to boost their halftime edge to 41-33. The Demons led by as many as By Jack McCarthy Special to the Tribune DePaul’s women continued their unbeaten run through in- state opponents, using a late surge to outdistance Illinois- Chicago on Sunday. Junior guard Allie Quigley scored 12 of her team-high 23 points in the final 8 minutes 57 seconds as the 17th-ranked Blue Demons beat the Flames 74-65 at the UIC Pavilion for their ninth straight win. “Good teams take advantage of lapses,” said Flames coach Li- sa Ryckbosch, whose team fell to 5-6. “And the lapses that we had were very costly. That’s why they’re the 17th-best team in the country.” DePaul (9-1) improved to 33-6 against UIC and claimed its 25th 10 early in the second half, but another Flames surge sliced the margin to 53-50 after a pair of Hugelier free throws. That’s when Quigley went to work. She hit a three-pointer and followed with two more bas- kets and four free throws as the lead ballooned to 72-56 with 2:15 to play. DePaul had four players in double figures and three with double-doubles. Junior forward Caprice Smith collected 16 points and 11 rebounds, and guard Jenna Rubino had 11 points and 15 rebounds. Quigley pulled down 12 boards, and guard Missy Mitidiero added 12 points. Grant added 14 points for the Flames, who play host to North- ern Illinois on Wednesday. WOMEN DePAUL 74, UIC 65 Blue Demons appear in right state of mind DEP FG FT PT UIC FG FT PT C.Smith 7-13 2-2 16 Holmes 4-14 1-2 9 Cattell 1-3 1-2 3 Grbbcker 0-6 1-4 1 A.Quigley 7-18 7-8 23 Grant 4-13 5-7 14 Mitidiero 4-13 0-1 12 Miller 1-5 2-2 4 Rubino 5-13 0-1 11 Hugelier 7-11 4-4 24 S.Quigley 0-2 0-0 0 Johnson 1-4 1-4 3 Threatt 4-6 1-2 9 True 2-6 0-0 4 Medley 0-1 0-0 0 Parker 2-3 0-2 4 Hluska 1-3 0-0 2 Hutchns 0-1 0-0 0 TOTALS 28-69 11-16 TOTALS 22-66 14-23 Halftime: DePaul 41-33. 3-pointers: DePaul 7-20 (Miti- diero 4-9, A.Quigley 2-4, Rubino 1-4, C.Smith 0-1, S.Qui- gley 0-2), Ill.-Chicago 7-20 (Hugelier 6-8, Grant 1-7, Holmes 0-1, Miller 0-1, Parker 0-1, True 0-2). Rebounds: DePaul 60 (Rubino 15), Ill.-Chicago 34 (Holmes 7). As- sists: DePaul 17 (A.Quigley 7), Ill.-Chicago 17 (Grant 6). Total fouls: DePaul 19, Ill.-Chicago 15. A: 600. By Mike Pankow Tribune staff reporter When Northern Illinois plays Texas Christian in the Poinsettia Bowl on Tuesday night in San Diego, two very interested observers will be checking out their alma ma- ters. San Diego Chargers run- ning back LaDainian Tomlin- son, a TCU alumnus, will be in the house along with under- study Michael Turner, who set numerous records at NIU. Turner and Tomlinson have a friendly wager going. “We’ve been talking about the game ever since the an- nouncement was made,” Turner said. “The loser has to wear the other guy’s jersey from his college days.” Turner held the Huskies’ re- cord for rushing yards until last month, when senior Gar- rett Wolfe passed him with a 203-yard performance in a 31- 10 victory over Central Michi- gan. After Wolfe rushed for164 yards in a 27-0 victory over Eastern Michigan on Nov. 24, he stands at 5,136 yards to Turner’s 4,941. “Garrett’s an impact play- er,” said Turner, who spent two years with Wolfe in De- Kalb. “We still talk every now and then. I’m happy for him, because it’s a great accom- plishment. Records are made to be broken.” For Turner to get the better of Tomlinson, he’ll be pulling for Wolfe to counteract the Horned Frogs’ No. 4 rushing defense. Turner was a standout at North Chicago, helping the Warhawks to their first state playoff berth in almost a dec- ade during his senior season in 1999. He received just one scholar- ship offer—from Huskies coach Joe Novak—and made the most of it, excelling enough to be selected by the Chargers in the fifth round of the 2004 draft. “Coach Novak’s program is moving on up in the right di- rection,” Turner said. Turner is San Diego’s sec- ond-leading rusher behind Tomlinson and is the Char- gers’ primary kickoff return- er. Turner’s most memorable carry came last season when he lived up to his nickname “the Burner” by breaking free on a game-clinching 83-yard touchdown sprint that gave San Diego a 26-17 victory at In- dianapolis and ended the Colts’ undefeated run at 13 games. As a youth he admired Neal Anderson and Walter Payton. He bubbled over at the pros- pect of a Bears-Chargers Su- per Bowl. “It would be a great game,” Turner said. “I grew up watch- ing every Bears game.” mpankow@tribune.com Getty Images photo by Donald Mirelle LaDainian Tomlinson (left) and his backup, Michael Turner, will be at the Poinsettia Bowl. NIU, TCU alums charged up Turner, Tomlinson have friendly bet on Poinsettia Bowl Photo for the Tribune by Peter Thompson (left); AP photo by Sharon M. Steinman (right) Michael Turner was nicknamed “the Burner” at NIU, and La- Dainian Tomlinson had an equally stellar career at TCU. ‘Coach Novak’s [NIU] program is moving on up in the right direction.’ —Chargers running back and Northern Illinois alum Michael Turner Nicholson