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Castroneves closing in on IndyCar lead

Mon., July 23, 2012

Auto racing: Helio Castroneves has tightened up the IndyCar Series points race by winning in Edmonton, Alberta.

Castroneves had to hold off Takuma Sato over the final 15 laps of Sunday’s race to pick up his second win of the season.

It pushed Castroneves up to second in the standings, and he trails leader Ryan Hunter-Reay by 23 points with four races remaining. Will Power finished third, but lost a spot to his Penske Racing teammate in the standings.

Still, Power cut his deficit in the standings from 35 points to 26 behind Hunter-Reay. Sato was second, Power third and Graham Rahal and Alex Tagliani rounded out the top five.

• Sadler holds off Stenhouse: Elliott Sadler held off a charge by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on a green-white-checker finish to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

Stenhouse appeared to have the stronger car and was chasing down Sadler in the closing laps of the race. But a late caution bunched up the field for NASCAR’s version of overtime, Sadler got a push from Justin Allgaier on the restart and pulled away.

Stenhouse finished second, followed by Allgaier, Kenny Wallace and Michael Annett.

Danica Patrick finished 14th.

• Alonso takes German GP: Fernando Alonso won the German Grand Prix in his Ferrari to extend his Formula One championship lead. Two-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull failed to win his home race in Hockenheim, Germany, but passed Jenson Button’s McLaren with one lap remaining in the 67-lap race to take second.

Roddick wins 32nd ATP World Tour title

Tennis: Andy Roddick beat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 to win the Atlanta Open and earn his 32nd ATP World Tour title.

Roddick will play for the U.S. team when the Olympics begin next week at Wimbledon.

Despite winning all but six of his first-serve points, Muller double-faulted 10 times and lost 21 of 36 points on his second serve. The left-handed Muller had 20 aces to Roddick’s 18.

• Cibulkova beats No. 1 seed Bartoli: Second-seeded Dominique Cibulkova used her powerful ground strokes to defeat No. 1 seed Marion Bartoli 6-1, 7-5 and win the Mercury Insurance Open title in Carlsbad, Calif.

Lions’ Berry arrested for second time

NFL: Detroit Lions cornerback Aaron Berry has been arrested in Pennsylvania for the second time this offseason.

Cpl. Kyle Gautsch of the Harrisburg Police Department says Berry was taken into custody early Saturday morning on three charges of simple assault. Gautsch said there “was a weapon allegedly brandished during the incident”

Berry, who is from Harrisburg, was also arrested in that area June 23 on suspicion of DUI, failure to stop and render aid from an accident and other counts.

His second arrest was the latest bit of bad publicity during a troubled offseason for the Lions. Running back Mikel Leshoure will miss the first two games this season without pay and will have to give up two more game checks for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested twice in two months.



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