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SportsLog: Charl Schwartzel wins Alfred Dunhill Championship

GOLF

Schwartzel, by double digits, again

Charl Schwartzel was a runaway winner for the second straight week, coasting to a 12-shot victory Sunday at the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship at Malelane, South Africa. The 2011 Masters champion finished with a total score of 24-under 264 — the lowest at Leopard Creek Country Club. He won by 11 strokes in Thailand last weekend. Schwartzel was three shots off Tiger Woods’s record for the biggest victory margin. Woods won the US Open in 2000 by 15 shots . . . Sergio Garcia won the rain-shortened Johor Open in Malaysia, closing with an 11-under 61 for a three-stroke victory . The 32-year-old Spanish star finished at 18-under 198 . . . . . . Australasian Tour rookie Daniel Popovic completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Australian PGA Championship in Coolum, shooting a 3-under 69 for a four-stroke victory . . . Davis Love III and son Dru birdied the 18th hole to capture the Father-Son Challenge in Orlando, Fla. The pair finished with a 23-under 121 after shooting a 61.

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SOCCER

US Women’s league to debut in spring

The US Soccer Federation announced late Saturday night that the name of its new professional league will be the National Women’s Soccer League. The NWSL will start play next spring and replaces the Women’s Professional Soccer League, which folded in May after three seasons. The eight teams in the league are: Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit, Western New York Flash, and Seattle, which has yet to announce its name . . . Brazil’s Corinthians ended Europe’s five-year winning streak at the Club World Cup in Yokohama, Japan, beating Chelsea, 1-0, behind Paolo Guerrero’s goal in the 69th minute . . . In the Spanish League, Lionel Messi scored twice, reaching 90 goals for the calendar year, to lead host Barcelona over Atletico Madrid, 4-1 . . . AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino dedicated his goal in the team’s 4-1 Italian League win over visiting Pescara to the victims of the school shooting in Connecticut.

WINTER SPORTS

Ligety races to third giant slalom win

Ted Ligety cruised to his third giant slalom win of the season, in Alta Badia, Italy. Ligety sliced his way down the course in a two-run combined time of 2 minutes and 37.27 seconds. Defending overall World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher finished second, 2.04 seconds behind . . . In Courcheval, France, Tina Maze of Slovenia held off Austria’s Kathrin Zettel to win her fourth straight giant slalom race. Maze finished in 2:16.84, 0.22 ahead of Zettel . . . Samuel Schwarz of Germany beat Shani Davis of the United States to win the 1,000-meter World Cup speedskating race in Harbin, China. Schwarz finished in 1:09.69 — 0.18 ahead of Davis. Joji Kato of Japan won the 500. On the women’s side, Zhang Hong of China captured the 1,000 and Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea won the 500 . . . Veteran Albert Demchenko of Russia won the men’s singles race at a luge World Cup event in Sigulda, Latvia, with a combined time of 1:37.605 over two runs.

MISCELLANY

Spurs’ Ginobili (quad) could miss time

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili injured his left quadriceps in Saturday's game against the Celtics, and it's uncertain if he'll play in Monday's game against the Thunder. It's possible Ginobili will be held out for several games . . . Bucks center Joel Przybilla has been suspended one game without pay for throwing a basketball that hit a referee during Saturday night’s loss to the Clippers. He will serve his suspension Tuesday when the Bucks host the Pacers . . . Michigan football coach Brady Hoke suspended starting cornerback J.T. Floyd, punter Will Hagerup, and linebacker Brandin Hawthorne for and unspecified violation of team rules. The three players will not travel for the Outback Bowl against No. 11 South Carolina . . . The Spanish cycling federation said 2007 national mountain bike champion Inaki Lejarreta was killed when he was hit by a car while cycling. The 29-year-old was riding Sunday in the town of Iurreta in the northern Basque region. Lejarreta competed in cross-country cycling at the 2008 Olympics . . . Peabody’s Catarina Rocha, who finished second in the cross-country nationals last Saturday in San Diego, has committed to Providence. Rocha was named the Globe’s 2012 All-Scholastic athlete of the year in cross-country for the second consecutive year.

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