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Zenyatta gets one last win

This time, Zenyatta has beaten Blame.

Zenyatta won Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards on Monday night, besting the only horse ever to beat her on the track.

The award caps a remarkable career for the popular Zenyatta, one of the sport's greatest mares. She was 19-0 before losing her final race to Blame in the Breeders' Cup Classic last November.

Zenyatta was runner-up for Horse of the Year in 2008 and 2009. She's now a broodmare at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky.

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NASCAR changing points?

A person familiar with NASCAR's proposed changes for this season says the sanctioning body is considering scrapping the points system it has used since 1975.

The overhauling of the system is one of a handful of changes NASCAR is considering implementing before next month's season-opening Daytona 500. Series officials have been detailing their ideas in individual meetings with teams, the person who attended one of the briefings told The Associated Press.

The sanctioning body wants to go to a scoring system that would award 43 points to the race winner, and one point less for each ensuing position down to 1 point for the 43rd-place finisher.

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Call him Captain Love

Davis Love III didn't have much success against Jose Maria Olazabal as a player in the Ryder Cup. Now he gets to see how he fares against the Spaniard as a captain.

Two officials involved with the selection process confirm Love will be the next U.S. captain. The official announcement will not be until Thursday at Medinah, where the 2012 matches will be played.

Reports out of Europe indicate Olazabal of Spain will be introduced as captain Tuesday at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

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Briefly

*Joey Votto signed a three-year, $38-million deal on Monday that allows the Cincinnati Reds to avoid going to arbitration with the National League MVP.

*Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga was among the 50 players who advanced from the Champions Field elimination round into the Elite Field at the PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas, Nev. Johnson, who was sixth after Sunday's first seven-game block, qualified 29th with 2,944 total (210.3 average). Tim Mack of Indianapolis was the top qualifier with 3,178 (227 average).

From News and wire service reports.

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