Originally created 06/05/06


Auto Racing

Dixon gets wet, wild in Watkins Glen win

In Watkins Glen, N.Y., Scott Dixon won a slippery battle of attrition that took out Marco Andretti and several others, holding off Vitor Meira and Ryan Briscoe in a one-lap shootout Sunday to capture the IRL Indy Grand Prix for the second year in a row.

The ugly, ever-changing weather - showers came and went all day and temperatures were in the mid-50s - made the fifth race of the 14-race IRL season a guessing game right from the start over the 11-turn, 3.4-mile road course.

- In West Allis, Wis., Sebastien Bourdais ended his run of hard luck at the Milwaukee Mile, winning for the fourth time this year with an overpowering victory that left him unbeaten in the 2006 Champ Car World Series.

The Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 was shortened to 197 laps because of a 1-hour, 45-minute time limit.

Bourdais struggled to a ninth-place finish at this site as a rookie, crashed in testing and again early in the 2004 race and wound up sixth last year after being penalized for speeding on pit road.

College Softball

Northwestern makes championship game

In Oklahoma City, Tammy Williams and Garland Cooper hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning as Northwestern knocked top-seeded UCLA out of the Women's College World Series with a 3-1 win Sunday.

In a best-of-three championship series beginning today, Northwestern will face either second-seeded Arizona (51-11) or eighth-seeded Tennessee (61-11), which beat Arizona 1-0 earlier in the day to force a deciding game later Sunday.

Katherine Card homered and Monica Abbott threw a two-hitter for the Volunteers to force the winner-take-all game in their side of the bracket.


Ronaldo's blisters aren't big problem

In Geneva, Switzerland, Ronaldo likely will miss some of Brazil's training sessions this week because of blisters on his feet.

He will be ready for Brazil's World Cup opener against Croatia on June 13 in Berlin, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said Sunday.

Ronaldo was substituted at halftime in Brazil's easy 4-0 win over New Zealand in the team's last warmup match before heading to Germany to try to win a sixth world title.

Horse Racing

Trainer, jockey duo win Stallion Stakes

In New York, trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Garrett Gomez teamed to take both divisions of the New York Stallion Stakes at Belmont Park.

Odd-on favorites One Way Flight took the $75,000 Spectacular Bid division for colts and geldings, and No Reason won the $73,500 Cupecoy's Joy division.

- In Louisville, Ky., Pyrana stormed to the front at the top of the stretch, then held off Dynamist to win the $58,000 allowance for fillies and mares 3 years old and up at Churchill Downs.


Comaneci, Conner announce baby boy

In Oklahoma City, Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner are the parents of a baby boy, and the early scouting report is in.

"He already has definition in his deltoids and his biceps," said Conner, who won two gold medals at the 1984 Olympics.

Dylan Paul was born Saturday, the first child for the gold-medal winning gymnasts.


Ethiopian, Kenyan capture marathon

In San Diego, Ambesse Tolossa, of Ethiopia, won the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon on Sunday, while Alice Chelangat, of Kenya, took the women's race.

Tolossa broke away from 37-year-old Simon Bor, of Kenya, with four miles to go and covered the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 8 seconds.

Chelangat was alone from the 18.6-mile mark and outdistanced Hellen Kimutai to win in 2:28:21.


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