Jack Nicklaus made a 10-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff as Nicklaus and son Gary beat Raymond and Robert Floyd in the Father-Son Challenge yesterday in Naples, Fla.

The victory was Jack Nicklaus's first since the 1996 Tradition on the Senior PGA Tour. The Nicklauses won $150,000 in the $860,000 tournament at TwinEagles Golf & Country Club. The Floyds won $100,000.

On the third playoff hole, the par-4 No. 18, the Floyds had an 18-foot birdie putt, but both missed, with Raymond's sliding past the edge of the cup. Jack Nicklaus, putting first, then drained a downhill 10-footer for the win. Nicklaus, 59, raised both hands, then embraced his 30-year-old son.

"Special to win, especially special to win with your son," the elder Nicklaus said.

Jack and son Jack II designed the Talon Course. Gary Nicklaus, who qualified for his 2000 PGA Tour card last month, replaced his brother, who is recovering from a broken heel, in the field. . . .

Laura Davies made a birdie putt on the third playoff hole, and she and John Daly fought back from a five-shot deficit to defeat Se Ri Pak and Paul Azinger and win the $2 million JCPenney Classic in Palm Harbour, Fla.

Davies made the winning putt on the par-3 17th hole after the two teams parred the par-4 18th and 16th holes, the first two playoff holes. The winning pair collected $440,000. Davies and Daly trailed Pak and Azinger by five strokes entering the final round. . . . After seven tries for the title, South African Ernie Els won the Million Dollar Golf Challenge in his home country. He shot a 66 to win by five strokes in Sun City, finishing with a tournament-record 25-under-par 263. Colin Montgomerie of Scotland had a 65 and was runner-up at 268. He was followed by Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland, who shot a 65 after a 64 Saturday and finished at 271.

Women's Hockey

Canada Stops U.S. in Shootout

Canada beat the United States in a shootout to win its second straight Three Nations Cup tournament in Montreal.

Angela James and Jayna Hefford beat goaltender Sarah Teuting in the shootout after regulation time and a 10-minute overtime period ended 2-2. No American was able to beat Canadian goalie Kim St-Pierre.


Leeds in Lead; Gadhafi Hires Maradona

Leeds moved to the top of England's Premier League, while three clubs--AS Roma, Lazio and Juventus--share the lead in Italy's top league.

Leeds won 1-0 at Derby on a penalty kick four minutes into second-half injury time and now has 37 points. Manchester United is next at 36, followed by Arsenal (35), Sunderland (34) and Liverpool (30).

In yesterday's other game, Liverpool routed last-place Sheffield Wednesday, 4-1. . . .

The son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi reportedly wants Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona to help him become Africa's top soccer player.

According to the Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Saaidi Gadhafi said Maradona, former Argentine national coach Carlos Salvador Bilardo and banned Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson will arrive in Libya on Dec. 15. Johnson recently was hired to become Al-Saaidi's personal trainer. Bilardo is expected to train Libya's national soccer team.



A quote in a story about the George Washington-Seton Hall game that appeared in yesterday's editions was mistakenly attributed to SirValiant Brown instead of teammate Chris Monroe.