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auto racing

Raikkonen drives around crashes at Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Kimi Raikkonen won a crash-filled Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday for his first victory since returning to Formula One this year, a result which throws open the drivers’ championship with two races remaining.

Raikkonen, the 2007 champion who returned to F1 after rally driving for a year, overtook Red Bull’s Mark Webber at the start to move into second.

He took the lead on the 20th lap when McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton retired because of a fuel pressure problem, and then avoided the half-dozen crashes and collisions that twice brought out the safety car.

Raikkonen held off Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who finished second. Two-time defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel clawed back from last to finish third, his lead over Alonso cut to 10 points.

McLaren’s Jenson Button finished fourth, followed by Williams driver Pastor Maldonado.

Vettel tops the drivers’ championship with 255 points, followed by Alonso (245) and Raikkonen (198).

Red Bull leads the constructors’ championship with 422 points. Ferrari (340) is second and McLaren (318) third.

tennis

Czech Republic repeats as Fed Cup champion

PRAGUE – The Czech Republic won its second consecutive Fed Cup on Sunday when Lucie Safarova routed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-1, prompting a burst of on-court dancing by the Czech players.

Safarova won the second reverse singles for an unassailable 3-1 lead in the final of the best-of-five series. Jankovic, a former No. 1 player, was slowed by a back injury and was in tears afterward.

The winning point came on Safarova’s forehand on her second match point on the hard court at O2 Arena. As the Czech players danced, the ecstatic, sell-out crowd celebrated with the wave.

The Czechs are the third country in a row to defend the Fed Cup title.

Russia won the top prize in women’s team tennis in 2007-08 and Italy 2009-10.

The Czechs took a 2-0 lead after the opening singles Saturday, but Ana Ivanovic made it 2-1 Sunday by beating Petra Kvitova 6-3, 7-5. It was the first loss for Kvitova after 11 consecutive Fed Cup singles wins.

Ferrer wins seventh title of season at Paris Masters

PARIS – David Ferrer ended the amazing run of Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-3 at the Paris Masters on Sunday, clinching his first Masters title and winning a tour-leading seventh trophy of the season.

The 69th-ranked Janowicz eliminated five top-20 ranked players, including No. 3 Andy Murray, to reach the final.

Ferrer’s seven titles is one more than Roger Federer, who did not defend his title in Paris.

“I was very nervous because it was my chance to win a first Masters title, but somehow I knew it was my turn,” Ferrer said.

“To me this is a dream to win here. If I won, it’s because I have a great team.”

The fourth-seeded Spaniard lost his three previous Masters finals – twice to Rafael Nadal and once to Murray.

college football

Alabama, Oregon remain 1-2 in Associated Press poll

NEW YORK – After being tested for the first time this season Alabama and Oregon held their spots at the top of The Associated Press college football poll.

A thrilling Saturday produced great finishes but no upsets and few changes among the highest ranked teams.

Alabama, which scored late to beat LSU 21-17, is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive week.

Oregon beat Southern California 62-51 and is No. 2 for the seventh consecutive week.

Kansas State remains at No. 3 after beating Oklahoma State 44-30, and Notre Dame stays at No. 4 after rallying to beat Pittsburgh 29-26 in triple overtime.

Associated Press