Updated: Monday, 25 Feb 2013, 8:48 AM EST
Published : Monday, 25 Feb 2013, 8:48 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.
Patrick made history up front at the Daytona 500 Sunday, only to see Johnson make a late push ahead of her and reclaim his spot at the top of his sport.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a late move to finish second, but didn't challenge his Hendrick Motorsports teammate for the victory. Mark Martin was third.
It was the second Daytona 500 victory for Johnson, a five-time NASCAR champion who first won "The Great American Race" in 2006.
The first woman to win the pole, Patrick also became the first woman to lead the race. She ran inside the top 10 almost the entire race, kept pace with the field and never panicked on the track in finishing eighth.
There were several multicar crashes, but no one was hurt and none of them approached the magnitude of the wreck that injured more than 30 fans in the grandstand at the end of the Nationwide Series race on the same track on Saturday.
Daytona International Speedway workers were up until 2 a.m. repairing a section of fence — 54 feet wide and 22 feet high — that was shredded when Kyle Larson's car went airborne on the final lap of the second-tier race and crashed through the barrier that separates cars from fans. Large pieces of debris, including a tire, flew into the upper and lower section of the stands.
Halifax Health spokesman Byron Cogdell said seven people with crash-related injuries remained hospitalized in Daytona Beach in stable condition. The six people brought to a different Halifax hospital in Port Orange with crash-related injuries had all been discharged, Cogdell said.
A spokeswoman at Florida Memorial Medical Center would not release information on the patients brought to that hospital.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Kuchar finally put Hunter Mahan in a hole and then answered every challenge Sunday to win the Match Play Championship.
Mahan had gone 169 holes over 11 matches without trailing in this wild tournament until Kuchar won the fourth hole of the championship match with a par, and Mahan never caught up. Kuchar took advantage of a series of miscues to build a 4-up lead at the turn, and then held off a noble challenge by the defending champion.
CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) — South Korea's Inbee Park took advantage of 17-year-old Thai star's Ariya Jutanugarn's closing triple bogey to win the LPGA Thailand by a stroke.
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — The PGA Tour has notified golf's governing bodies that it sees no reason to ban anchored putting strokes.
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said Sunday there has not been enough evidence to show a competitive advantage gained by using a long putter or belly putter that is anchored against the body. Three of the last five major champions used a belly putter.
The U.S. Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club announced the proposed rule Nov. 28. They offered a 90-day comment period.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche made history just by stepping into the UFC cage. When Rousey recorded another savage victory with her signature move, she demonstrated why she could be a trailblazer in women's sports for years to come.
Rousey won the UFC's first women's bout Saturday night, beating Carmouche on an armbar with 11 seconds left in the first round of their bantamweight title fight at UFC 157.
Rousey (7-0) defended her belt with her seemingly inevitable move, forcing Carmouche to tap out after bending back her arm. Rousey raised both arms in victory while flat on the canvas after the longest fight of the mixed martial artist's ascendant career.
DALLAS (AP) — Mavericks owner Mark Cuban doesn't expect to hear from the league over his suggestion the Los Angeles Lakers could reduce their salary cap tax by dumping Kobe Bryant through the amnesty clause.
Cuban said before Dallas' game against the Lakers on Sunday he made it clear during a radio interview Friday that he was speaking hypothetically, and he was just trying to use an example to explain new restrictions in the labor agreement.
The Lakers called the remark inappropriate but didn't plan to pursue a complaint.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Love said his surgically repaired right hand is better and he hopes to play 15 to 20 games this season.
The Timberwolves' star says he will meet with a doctor in the first 10 days of March. He has yet to begin basketball-related activities but says his hand feels much better than when he broke it the first time during preseason.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson is going to be out up to 10 weeks with a broken right forearm.
The slugger was hit by a pitch from Toronto's J.A. Happ in the bottom of the first inning Sunday. The Yankees initially called it bruise but X-rays revealed the break.
The blow is a major one for the Yankees, who are already without Alex Rodriguez until at least the All-Star break.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees captain Derek Jeter is about two weeks away from playing in a game for the first time since breaking his ankle last fall.
New York general manager Brian Cashman said on Sunday that the shortstop should be ready to play in spring training games around March 10
LAW AND ORDER
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The murder case involving Olympic star Oscar Pistorius took another unexpected turn Sunday with the news that his older brother, Carl, is facing charges for the death of a woman in a traffic accident.
Carl Pistorius faces a charge of unlawful, negligent killing for a 2008 road death, "in which a woman motorcyclist sadly lost her life," Kenneth Oldwage, the Pistorius family lawyer said on Sunday. The accident happened in Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg. The charge of "culpable homicide" was dropped and then reinstated and will be challenged in court, the lawyer told The Associated Press.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Manti Te'o wants everyone to know he's over the embarrassment of an online hoax, and he's ready to focus on football.
The Heisman Trophy runner-up acknowledges he could have done things to avoid a public spectacle. But he says if he was still embarrassed by it, he wouldn't have taken questions Saturday at the NFL's annual scouting combine.
Instead, nearly two dozen television cameras and a room full of reporters were capturing every word out of Te'o's mouth as he again tried to explain how he was duped into believing a girlfriend that never existed died last fall.
It was the largest group of reporters Te'o has faced since the story broke last month
VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (AP) — Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins gave the United States its first gold medal in cross-country skiing at the Nordic world championships Sunday with a victory in the women's team sprint.
The American duo finished 7.8 seconds ahead of defending champions Charlotte Kalla and Ida Ingemarsdotter of Sweden, which also finished second in the men's event.
"It feels incredible," Randall said. "This is something we've looked forward to for a long time. It's my seventh world championship and I've had to spend a lot of time watching award ceremonies. So we're pretty excited to do it."
INAWASHIRO, Japan (AP) — Bradley Wilson of the United States and Miki Ito of Japan won World Cup dual moguls events on Sunday.
In the men's final, Wilson beat Alex Bilodeau of Canada for his first dual moguls victory of the season. Joseph Discoe, also of the United States, was third.
Ito also captured her first victory of the season by finishing ahead of Americans Mikaela Matthews and Hannah Kearney, who moved into first place overall.
NEW YORK — ESPN is set to retain the television rights to the Big East after matching a contract offer that the conference had from another network.
Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement Saturday the conference presidents still must approve the deal, but that "the ESPN and the Big East will continue, for years to come, their long-term relationship, which began in 1980."
MILAN (AP) — Mario Balotelli of AC Milan was subjected to racial taunts by fans of his former club Sunday, but he kept his composure and held a finger to his mouth to signal for quiet.
Inter supporters waved inflated bananas and whistled at Balotelli, who is a native of Ghana. He was facing Inter for the first time since transferring from Manchester City to Milan last month.
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