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Hockey

ISLANDERS FIRE GORING: Holding the worst record in the NHL and coming off a 6-0 loss to a last-place team, the New York Islanders fired former Utah Grizzlies coach Butch Goring.

He was replaced by assistant and former teammate Lorne Hening, who coached the Islanders during the lockout season of 1994-95.

Golf

DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC: Tiger Woods has lost before, but he's never blown a pro tournament this way.

Tied for the lead with Thomas Bjorn, Woods found trouble off the tee of the final hole of the Dubai Desert Classic, then splashed his third shot in front of the green to take a double-bogey 7 and remain winless this season.

GENUITY CHAMPIONSHIP: Joe Durant closed with a 7-under 65 in fierce winds and a few showers to win the Genuity Championship and earn an improbable trip to the Masters.

Coming off a record-setting victory in the California desert, Durant made up a four-stroke deficit and surged ahead ofDraper resident Mike Weir with a brilliant approach from a fairway bunker that allowed him to cruise to a two-stroke victory.

TOSHIBA SENIORS: At Newport Beach, Calif. Jose Maria Canizares had to work time and a half to get his first Senior PGA victory.

Canizares, after missing several potential winning putts earlier in the playoff, sank a 24-foot birdie on the ninth hole of sudden death to beat Gil Morgan in the Toshiba Senior PGA Classic on Sunday.

AUSTRALIAN LADIES MASTERS: Karrie Webb scored an eight-shot victory to claim her fourth consecutive ANZ Australian Ladies Masters title.

Webb, who started the final round with a five-shot lead, fired a 3-under-par 69 and was never threatened. She finished with a 17-under total of 271 at Royal Pines. Australian Rachel Teske, who also shot 69, was second at 9 under.

Tennis

SYBASE OPEN: Greg Rusedski used his booming serve to upset Australian Open champ Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4 in the $400,000 Sybase Open final.

Eighth-seeded Rusedski, who earned his 10th career title, had not won a final since October 1999 in Vienna.