Originally created 09/29/03


Auto racing

Late crash helps Dominguez to win

In Miami, Mario Dominguez was the surprising winner of CART's Grand Prix of the Americas, benefiting from a late crash that knocked leaders Adrian Fernandez and Bruno Junqueira from contention.

This was the second career victory for Dominguez, who became the first driver to start outside the first two rows and win a CART race this season. The Mexican started the day in eighth place.

Entering Sunday, Dominguez had not led a single lap on a road or street course this season.

Roberto Moreno, Dominguez's Herdez teammate, earned his first top-three finish of the year, coming in second on the tight 1.15-mile temporary street circuit. Rookie Mika Salo held off American Jimmy Vasser for third.

  • In Indianapolis, Michael Schumacher is the U.S. Grand Prix champion again. Now he has to wait two weeks for a chance at a record sixth Formula One title.
  • Schumacher took the lead for good after his final pit stop with 25 laps remaining and pulled away to win the U.S. Grand Prix by 18.2 seconds over pole-sitter Kimi Raikkonen.

    The victory, Schumacher's second at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and record 70th of his career, raised his lead in the points series. He is ahead of Raikkonen 92-83, with sixth-place finisher Juan Pablo Montoya right behind at 82.

    Schumacher can clinch the F1 championship by finishing seventh or better in the season's final race Oct. 12 in Japan.

  • In Las Vegas, Brendan Gaughan picked up his fifth victory of the season by winning Saturday night's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Gaughan led 107 of 146 laps after starting from the pole. He edged last year's winner, David Starr, by just under a second - about 10 truck lengths - after a late caution erased a sizable lead.


    Record falls at Berlin Marathon

    In Berlin, Paul Tergat broke the marathon world re-cord by 43 seconds Sunday, his only mistake coming when he ran between the wrong pillars at the landmark Brandenburg Gate.

    That cost the Kenyan sever-al seconds late in the Berlin Marathon, but it didn't stop him from obliterating Khalid Khannouchi's record as he ran through the heart of the Ger-man capital.

    Tergat's time of 2 hours, 4 minutes, 55 seconds easily topped the mark of 2:05:38 set by Khannouchi on April 14, 2002. In that race, Tergat fin-ished 10 seconds behind the Moroccan-born American, then the second-fastest mar-athon time.

    "That upset me a little at the time," Tergat said. "I feel lucky that I could take away the record today. I focused my whole preparation on that."

    Among the women, Yasuko Hashimoto won in 2:26:32, the fourth straight for a Japanese. Kenya's Emily Kimuria was second in 2:28:18, 10 seconds ahead of Italy's Ornella Ferrara.


    Philippoussis takes Heineken Open title

    In Shanghai, China, Wim-bledon runner-up Mark Philippoussis capitalized on his big serve to beat top-seeded Jiri Novak 6-2, 6-1 for the Hei-neken Open title.

    The match took just 45 min-utes.

    "I was aggressive out there today," Philippoussis said. "I kept the pressure on him. I didn't allow him to play his game and that was part of my strategy today."

  • In Leipzig, Germany, Jus-tine Henin-Hardenne lost to Anastasia Myskina 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the Sparkassen Cup final, ending the Belgian's 22-match winning streak.
  • Henin-Hardenne, the U.S. Open and French Open champion, was beaten for the first time since the Wimbledon semifinals. Her winning streak was the longest on the tour since Venus Williams had 24 in 2001-02.


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