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Auto Racing

Through all the wreckage, Stewart wins Nationwide

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tony Stewart won a chaotic Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway that ended with a frightening last-lap crash.

Regan Smith was leading coming to the checkered flag when he was turned sideways into the wall. Cars began wrecking all over the track, and rookie Kyle Larson’s car went sailing into the fence that separates the track from the grandstands.

Stewart slid through the wreckage to the win.

When Larson’s car came to a stop, it was missing its entire front end. There was a gaping hole in the fence, and a burning piece of car inside the fencing.

At least 33 fans were injured when large chunks of debris, including a tire, sailed into the grandstands.


And then there were four: Day, Kuchar, Mahan, Poulter

MARANA, Ariz. – The stars are gone from the Match Play Championship. Still remaining are Ian Poulter and Hunter Mahan, the best in match play over the last couple of years.

Poulter beat Steve Stricker to raise his record in match play to 19-3-2 over the last four years.

Mahan outlasted U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson in 18 holes, leaving him two matches away from joining Tiger Woods as the only repeat winners of this World Golf Championship.

Matt Kuchar had no trouble against Robert Garrigus. He will play in today’s semifinal against Jason Day, who beat Graeme McDowell.

World Cup Ski Racing

Italy’s Innerhofer leads a trio of Austrians in the downhill

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Christof Innerhofer of Italy won his third World Cup downhill of the season Saturday, on a course where he has a history of good results.

Innerhofer topped three Austrians to earn his sixth career victory, covering the 1.6-mile Kandahar course in 1 minute, 37.83 seconds to beat Georg Streitberger by 0.12 seconds.

Klaus Kroell, the defending World Cup downhill champion, was 0.16 seconds back in third.

Ski veteran Ruiz Castillo, 31, shocks the women’s field

MERIBEL, France – Carolina Ruiz Castillo stunned the field by earning her first career World Cup victory at age 31 on Saturday, winning a downhill race 13 years after her only previous podium finish.

The Spanish skier never had placed higher than seventh in a downhill but beat Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany by 0.20 seconds and Frenchwoman Marie Marchand-Arvier by 0.21.

Ruiz Castillo only had eight previous top-10 finishes on the World Cup, and the only top-three finish on the podium was second place in a giant slalom in 2000 at the Italian resort of Sestriere.


James wins the sprint title; Gate, Machacova omniums

MINSK, Belarus – Rebecca James of Britain edged Kristina Vogel of Germany by a wheel to win the final sprint event Saturday at the track cycling world championships.

Wai Sze Lee of Hong Kong won the bronze.

Aaron Gate of New Zealand clocked the fastest time in the time trial race to win the men’s omnium, while Jarmila Machacova of the Czech Republic won the women’s points race.


Kvitova wins a title in Dubai; Erakovic wins her WTA first

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won her first title in six months when she beat Sara Errani 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in the Dubai Championships final Saturday.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Unseeded Marina Erakovic of New Zealand defeated 3-seed Sabine Lisicki 6-1 in the first set before the German retired from the U.S. National Indoor Championships women’s final Saturday. It was Erakovic’s first WTA title.

Associated Press