Messed up pit stops and a broken gearbox couldn't keep Buddy Lazier from taking control of the Indy Racing League championship series Sunday with a hard-earned victory in the Belterra Resort Indy 300 in Sparta, Ky.
"There was some racing luck involved today," said Lazier, whose Hemelgarn Racing Dallara-Oldsmobile coasted to a stop moments after taking the checkered flag at the new Kentucky Speedway.
"I swear this has never happened," Lazier, 32, said. "I crossed the finish line and I literally broke the gearbox. It was my fault. I really abused it getting through traffic, downshifting and upshifting."
Lazier took the lead for good 31 laps from the end of the 200-lap event, moving to the top when rookie sensation Sarah Fisher made her final pit stop.
He then kept pole-winner Scott Goodyear at bay to the end while negotiating heavy traffic at times on the 1.5-mile oval.
Magnus Norman beat Thomas Enqvist in the finals of the Hamlet Cup in Commack, N.Y., on Sunday, his first victory over his fellow Swede in five career meetings. The top-seeded Norman won the final five games to win the match 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 and defend his title in the U.S. Open tuneup. The third-seeded Enqvist, who was bothered by leg cramps in the third set, committed 13 double-faults, the last of which ended the match. Norman won for the fourth time this year, tying him with Lleyton Hewitt, Gustavo Kuerten and Alex Corretja for the lead on the ATP Tour. Norman led the tour last year with five.
Keith Sieracki was chosen over Matt Lindland for the U.S. Olympic wrestling team Sunday in the latest move in a long dispute involving arbitration and court rulings.
Lindland called the U.S. Olympic Committee's decision "absurd" and his lawyer said he'd ask a court Monday for a reversal.
Lindland lost to Sieracki in the 167'-pound class at the Greco-Roman wrestling trials in June and in a final arbitrator's decision last week.
Henry "Bunny" Austin, who teamed with Fred Perry to win four Davis Cup finals in a row in a golden era of British tennis, has died in Coulston, England. He was 94.
Austin died peacefully on Saturday at a nursing home south of London, according to Michael Smith, a family friend. His last public appearance was at the Parade of Champions at Wimbledon last month, when he came out in a wheelchair and was given one of the biggest ovations by the crowd.
World road cycling champion Oscar Freire emerged from a sprint finish Sunday to win the second stage of the Tour of Spain, in Cordova. The Spaniard, riding for the Mapei team, beat Dutchman Jan Koerts of the Farm Frites squad and Italy's Marco Zanoti of Liquigas in heavy heat in this southern Spanish city. All three were officially timed in 4 hours, 10 minutes, 23 seconds for the 100-mile course that began in Malaga. The overall lead still belongs to Swiss rider Alex Zulle, who won the opening time trial on Saturday. He has a two-second lead over Abraham Olano of ONCE-Deutsche Bank.
Enrique Montiel and Patricia Jardon of Mexico beat an international field of 14,000 to win the 18th annual Mexico City marathon Sunday.
Montiel finished in 2 hours, 16 minutes and 8 seconds, while Jardon was clocked in 2:41:50 through the city's main streets.
Eliud Kerning of Kenya, last year's men's champion, finished second in 2:16:30, while Carlos Bautista of Mexico was third in 2:17:58.
Rize won the $350,000 Philip H. Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park on Sunday, pulling away down the stretch for a nine-length victory. The 4-year-old son of Theatrical, ridden by Jose C. Ferrer, ran 1 1-8 miles in 1:48 2-5, and paid $22.80, $6 and $3.20 for his fourth victory in 10 starts this year. Rize earned $210,000 to increase his lifetime earnings to $336,670, with all but $21,600 coming this year. Sir Bear, the 7-year-old son of Sir Leon, finished second to surpass the $2 million mark in career earnings with $2,050,660. Sir Bear returned $2.80 and $2.20, and Talk's Cheap paid $3 to show.
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