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Power wins in Sonoma after late Dixon penalty
SONOMA, Calif. – Will Power won at Sonoma Raceway for the third time in four years yesterday, earning his first victory of the IndyCar season when he took advantage of a late penalty to Scott Dixon for injuring three members of Power’s pit crew.
Dixon led until he received a drive-through penalty with 15 laps to go for clipping a tire in the left hand of Power’s tire holder while Dixon drove out of his pit directly behind Power’s spot.
The tire holder went flying into another crew member, and a third member was injured by an air gun.
Dixon thinks Power’s crew got in his way on purpose.
Dixon finished 15th and lost ground on overall IndyCar leader Helio Castroneves, who finished seventh.
Justin Wilson was second, and pole winner Dario Franchitti was third.
Vettel wins Belgian GP to extend overall lead
SPA, Belgium – Sebastian Vettel overtook Lewis Hamilton on the first lap and comfortably held his lead to win the Belgian Grand Prix yesterday and extend his overall championship lead.
It was Vettel’s fifth win of the season, second from three GPs, and 31st of his outstanding career.
Fernando Alonso drove brilliantly from ninth on the grid to take second place ahead of Hamilton and move back into second overall in the title race.
Any speculation that Hamilton could emerge as the biggest threat to Vettel’s bid for a fourth straight title was put to rest in the first minute, when Vettel made a slick passing move inside Hamilton’s left. The German was never troubled after that.
Vettel started from second on the grid after Hamilton secured his fourth straight pole position.
Kiwis advance to America’s Cup match vs. Oracle
SAN FRANCISCO – Two sailing powerhouses that have spent the summer trading verbal jabs are finally set to meet in the ultimate grudge match – the America’s Cup.
Emirates Team New Zealand zipped through a thick fog and past Italy’s Luna Rossa again yesterday, capturing the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series, 7-1, and advancing to the premier event against defending champion and bitter rival Oracle Team USA.
The best-of-17 America’s Cup starts Sept. 7.
The Kiwis crushed the conditions and the competition in the challenger finals. The closest margin was 1:28, and the lone Luna Rossa win came when Team New Zealand dropped out because the electronics system that controls the hydraulics of its catamaran failed.
The Kiwis won the final race by 3:20, the largest margin of the series.
Free agent QB Leinart signs with Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Free-agent quarterback Matt Leinart signed with the Buffalo Bills yesterday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Leinart will fill an immediate need at Buffalo’s injury-depleted quarterback position. Kevin Kolb left the Bills’ preseason game Saturday against Washington because of concussion-like symptoms and first-round pick EJ Manuel is out for the rest of the preseason with a left knee injury.
Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy at Southern California, was drafted by Arizona in the first round in 2006. After four seasons with the Cardinals, he spent 2011 with Houston and last year with Oakland.
Bengals release TE Quinn, waive five others
CINCINNATI – The Bengals released tight end Richard Quinn and waived five other players yesterday, leaving them with 81 on the roster.
Quinn was on the roster for 15 games last season but was inactive each week. He was Denver’s second-round pick in 2009 and played in 29 games, including four starts, in two seasons.
The Bengals also waived defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga of Hawaii, a first-year player, and four rookies: receiver Jheranie Boyd of North Carolina, cornerback Terrence Brown of Stanford, linebacker Jordan Campbell of New Mexico Highlands and kicker Quinn Sharp of Oklahoma State.
The Bengals have to reach the 75-player roster limit by tomorrow.
MRI confirms sprained MCL for Colts’ Castonzo
INDIANAPOLIS – Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo was diagnosed with a mild sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
Coach Chuck Pagano said yesterday that an MRI confirmed the original diagnosis following Saturday night’s 27-6 victory over Cleveland. Pagano told reporters on a conference call that Castonzo would not play in Indy’s preseason finale at Cincinnati on Thursday.
Backup receiver Nathan Palmer also sustained a sprained MCL late in Saturday night’s game. Pagano said he is expected to miss four to six weeks because of the injury.
The Colts also placed backup linebacker Lawrence Sidbury on injured reserve with an undisclosed shoulder injury. Pagano said he could not provide medical details of the injury but said Sidbury would likely need surgery.
Jaguars cut veteran long snapper Cain
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars released veteran long snapper Jeremy Cain, who played in every game the last four seasons.
The Jaguars went with undrafted rookie long snapper Carson Tinker, a move that will save the club more than $500,000 against the salary cap.
Jacksonville also placed rookie cornerback Jeremy Harris, a seventh-round draft pick, on injured reserve with a back injury.
The Jags waived guard Mark Asper, punter Ken Parrish, cornerback Lionel Smith, linebacker Maalik Bomar, linebacker Jeremiah Green, defensive end J.D. Griggs, defensive end Paul Hazel, long snapper Luke Ingram, receiver Jamal Miles, safety Ray Polk and offensive tackle Roderick Tomlin.
The moves get the team to the NFL-mandated roster limit of 75.
Scott opens FedEx Cup playoffs with a win
JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Masters champion Adam Scott won The Barclays yesterday after everyone around him did their best to lose it.
Scott played bogey-free and closed with a 5-under 66. He finished an hour before the final group, and watched from the locker room at Liberty National.
Kevin Chappell had a two-shot lead through 10 holes and went 7 over the rest of the way. Justin Rose three-putted the 18th. Tiger Woods dropped to his knees after a back spasm on the 13th hole when he hooked his approach into the water, leading to a bogey. Woods birdied the 16th and 17th to get within one, and his 25-foot birdie off the 18th green stopped just short.
Gary Woodland had three straight birdie attempts inside 10 feet and missed them all.
Teen star Ko wins again in Canada
EDMONTON, Alberta – Teen star Lydia Ko ran away with the Canadian Women’s Open – again.
The 16-year-old New Zealand amateur successfully defend her title yesterday, closing with a 6-under 64 at Royal Mayfair for a five-stroke victory and her fourth win in professional events.
Last year at Vancouver Golf Club in British Columbia, the South Korean-born Ko became the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history at 15 years, 4 months. She also was the fifth amateur winner in tour history and the first since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine’s Invitational.
Ko had a 15-under 265 total after opening with rounds of 65, 69 and 67.
Roche wins Vuelta’s second stage; Nibali leads
PONTEVEDRA, Spain – Nicolas Roche of Ireland won the second stage of the Spanish Vuelta yesterday, while Vicenzo Nibali took the red overall leader’s jersey as the Italian aims for his second grand tour of the year.
SaxoBank-Tinkoff rider Roche broke away with three others on the final climb and used a furious finish to claim the 110-mile ride, which started in Pontevedra and finished at the Alto Do Monte Da Groba summit.
Daniel Moreno of Katusha was two seconds behind Roche, followed by AG2R La Mondiale rider Domenico Pozzovivo in third at six seconds back.
The first of 13 mountain stages didn’t seriously differentiate the race favorites – 2009 winner Alejandro Valverde, Joaquim Rodriguez, and Ivan Basso all ended 12 seconds off the pace.
Armstrong and U.K. paper agree to settlement
LONDON – British newspaper The Sunday Times reached a settlement with Lance Armstrong after suing the disgraced cyclist to recover damages from a libel settlement.
The paper paid Armstrong 300,000 pounds (now about $470,000) in 2006 to settle a case after printing claims that he took performance-enhancing drugs.
But confirmation that Armstrong led a massive doping program on his teams came last year from a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report, prompting a confession by the American, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
The Sunday Times announced it was suing Armstrong for around $1.6 million to reclaim the 2006 settlement payment plus interest and legal costs.
In Sunday’s editions, the paper said it and the article’s authors had reached a “mutually acceptable final resolution” with Armstrong, but said the terms are confidential.
Van Garderen wins USA Pro Challenge
DENVER – American Tejay van Garderen won the USA Pro Challenge yesterday, finishing in the main pack in the final stage to complete a sweep of the two biggest races in the United States.
Van Garderen, the 25-year-old BMC rider from Bozeman, Mont., led the race for the final four days, finishing 1 minute, 30 seconds ahead of Swiss Mathias Frank. The Tour of California winner in May, van Garderen was fifth last year in the Tour de France, then slipped to 45th this year.
American Tom Danielson of Garmin-Sharp was third overall, 1:42 behind van Garderen.
Slovakia’s Peter Sagan won the final leg for his fourth stage victory of the week, completing the eight-lap, 72.4-mile circuit race in 2:27:15. Canada’s Ryan Anderson of Optum-Kelly Benefit was second, a bike-length behind.