Fred Funk rolled in a 25-foot putt on the 17th hole en route to winning the CVS Charity Classic yesterday with partner Chris DiMarco at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington.
Funk and DiMarco shot a combined 62 for a two-day total of 19-under 123 at the best-ball, medal-play tournament and won the $250,000 first prize.
The teams of Dana and Brett Quigley and Brad Faxon and Sergio Garcia tied for second at 17-under 125.
DiMarco bogeyed the par-3, 145-yard 17th, but Funk's birdie putt put the team 18 under. DiMarco clinched the victory with a 22-foot birdie putt on No. 18. . . .
Two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North won the Par-3 Shootout at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Mich, earning $350,000.
North, 55, didn't play competitive golf in 2004 after undergoing back surgery the year before.
Gary McCord, 57, finished second with $90,000, while Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson tied for third with $50,000 each.
* PRO FOOTBALL: The New England Patriots signed free agent kick returner Chad Morton, who was released by the Redskins earlier this month. The Patriots also signed free agent guard Bryan Anderson and two 2005 draft picks, linebacker Ryan Claridge and quarterback Matt Cassel.
* PRO HOCKEY: The Toronto Maple Leafs extended the contract of Coach Pat Quinn. The club didn't release details of the deal. . . .
Dallas Stars Coach Dave Tippett signed a two-year contract extension, and his three assistants, Rick Wilson, Mark Lamb and Andy Moog, agreed to one-year extensions.
* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Alabama Coach Mike Shula received a one-year contract extension but didn't get a raise to his $900,000 salary. Shula has led Alabama to 4-9 and 6-6 records.
* SOCCER: Lionel Messi led Argentina past Brazil, 2-1, and into the World Youth Championship final, where it will face Nigeria.
Nigeria beat Morocco, 3-0, on goals from Taye Taiwo, Olubayo Adefemi and Chinedu Ogbuke.
Messi scored in the seventh minute and was the architect of a 93rd-minute winner by Pablo Zabaleta.
* COURTS: A Honolulu businessman, charged with defrauding the NFL of more than $500,000, has been placed on five years probation. Sports and business promoter Manuel Sanchez also was fined $25,000 and ordered to perform 250 hours of community service.
The NFL sued the former CEO of Tickets Plus in 2003, alleging it was owed $474,000 in Pro Bowl tickets sold by the company and a $100,000 event sponsorship fee for the 2003 game.
* HIGH SCHOOLS: Less than two weeks after leaving Bishop Ireton for another school, basketball coach Chuck Driesell has decided to return to the Cardinals.
Driesell directed Bishop Ireton to a 13-14 record last season, his first at the Alexandria private school, but resigned earlier this month to take the head coaching job at Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg. The 42-year-old Driesell also will serve as director of communications and alumni relations at Bishop Ireton.
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