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Auto Racing

Vettel wins F1 pole in India, drives for another double

GREATER NOIDA, India – Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel took pole position for the Indian Grand Prix on Saturday, edging out teammate Mark Webber by 0.04 seconds for Red Bull’s third consecutive front-row sweep.

McLaren pair Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button qualified third and fourth at Buddh International Circuit, ahead of the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. Alonso trails Vettel by six points in the drivers’ championship.

Vettel is primed for a fourth consecutive win as he chases a third consecutive F1 title, something previously achieved only by Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher. Vettel also completed the pole and race victory double in last year’s inaugural Indian GP.

College Basketball

Behind 6-8 Brittney Griner, Baylor women ranked No. 1

Brittney Griner and Baylor are picking up right where they finished last season – at No. 1.

The Lady Bears are ranked at the top of the women’s preseason basketball poll by The Associated Press for the second consecutive year. Baylor had the No. 1 spot for the entire season last year en route to its second national championship and a 40-0 record.

Baylor received all 40 first-place votes Saturday from a national media panel. The Lady Bears, who return all five starters including the 6-8 Griner, joined Texas (1985 and 1986) as the only Big 12 schools to start the season at No. 1 in consecutive years.

Connecticut, Duke, Stanford and Maryland round out the first five.

NHL

Day 42: The NHL is on ice, and 326 games are gone

Date: Saturday, Oct. 27.

Day: 42.

Last Negotiations: Thursday, Oct. 18, at NHLPA headquarters in Toronto.

Next Negotiations: None have been scheduled.

Games Lost: 326 (all games through Nov. 30).

Back on the Ice: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and other Chicago Blackhawks took the ice in Rosemont, Ill., on Friday night with other big-name NHL players in a charity hockey exhibition. Members of the Blackhawks’ 2010 Stanley Cup championship team took on a squad of other NHLers, including Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan, Carolina’s Jordan Staal and Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter. The Blackhawks lost 16-15 in a shootout, but Kane scored five goals.

What We Missed: A 10-game schedule was wiped out, including an Anaheim at Montreal matchup – the second game of the Ducks’ five-game, Eastern swing.

On This Day Last Year: The NHL awarded the June draft to Pittsburgh, marking the second time the annual event would take place in the Steel City (1997). Penguins officials used the announcement to lobby to host the All-Star game at their new arena. Columbus eventually was selected to host this year’s All-Star game, which is scheduled for Jan. 27.

Ski Racing

Maze wins season-opening World Cup giant slalom maze

SOELDEN, Austria – Tina Maze of Slovenia lived up to her ambition to become Lindsey Vonn’s main challenger for the women’s overall World Cup title by convincingly winning the season-opening giant slalom Saturday.

Maze already was runner-up to Vonn in the overall standings last year, but she failed to win a race and trailed the American by 578 points. The Slovenian skied a perfect first run and held on to her lead in the second to finish in an overall time of 2 minutes, 31.41 seconds for her 12th career victory and first since winning a slalom in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in March 2011.

Vonn was 2.37 seconds off Maze’s time before she went out in the second run after hooking a gate with her left arm and sliding off the course.

Julia Mancuso was 0.18 behind Maze’s first intermediate time when her run ended going into a left turn.

Associated Press