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Ernie Els won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and $600,000 on Wednesday by making three consecutive birdies on the back nine for a 2-under-par 69 and a 1-shot victory over David Toms at Port Royal in Southampton, Bermuda.

Els was an alternate, filling in for Masters champion Phil Mickelson. It was his second victory in the 36-hole tournament for the four major champions, his other win coming in 1997.

Toms, a former PGA champion, replaced British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen. U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and PGA champion Martin Kaymer finished 8 shots out of the lead.

COLLEGES: Temple senior Andrew Mason, an Abington Friends graduate, and freshman Steve Burak were named the Atlantic Ten Conference men’s golf performer and rookie of the week. Mason and Burak led the Owls to a second-place finish among 18 schools in the Lincoln Mercury Intercollegiate in Bedminster, N.J.

BASEBALL: Lefthander Ted Lilly signed a three-year, $33 million deal Tuesday to return to the Dodgers. Lilly was 7-4 with a 3.52 ERA in 12 starts for Los Angeles.

Atlanta Braves righthander Jair Jurrjens had arthroscopic surgery on torn cartilage in his right knee and is expected to be ready for spring training.

Dana Brown, a special assistant to Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, interviewed with the New York Mets about their GM position.

NBA: The San Antonio Spurs picked up the fourth-year option on George Hill’s contract, keeping the guard signed through the 2011-2012 season.

AUTO RACING: Kasey Kahne was released from Richard Petty Motorsports, and Aric Almirola will drive the No. 9 Ford this weekend. Kahne earlier this season signed with Hendrick Motorsports for 2012.

SOCCER: FIFA provisionally suspended two executive committee members and four lower-ranked officials in a World Cup vote-selling scandal.

Amos Adamu of Nigeria and Reynald Temarii of Tahiti are barred from all soccer-related duty until the probe ends.

GYMNASTICS: Aliya Mustafina led Russia to the team title in the world championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands, ahead of the United States and China.

Despite three Russian falls on the uneven bars, the 16-year-old Mustafina led her team to an overall score of 175.397. The U.S. team finished with 175.196 points, and China had 174.781.

TRACK AND FIELD: Former USA Track and Field CEO Doug Logan filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit against the governing body, seeking an undisclosed payment after being fired last month following a 26-month tenure.

Logan has claimed he was fired without cause and is owed the balance of his contract – about $1.7 million. USATF has said it has reasons for the firing.

– Staff and wire reports

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