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Alonso back in title race with win at home

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates his victory in front of home fans after winning the F-1 Spanish Grand Prix. (Associated Press)
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates his victory in front of home fans after winning the F-1 Spanish Grand Prix. (Associated Press)

Auto racing: Fernando Alonso won the Spanish Grand Prix in front of his home fans in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday to close the gap on championship leader Sebastian Vettel and get back in the Formula One title race.

Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen finished second for the third straight race, with Alonso’s Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa in third.

Staring from fifth place, Alonso won his second race this season, showing that Ferrari can challenge Red Bull for pure speed. Alonso was easily quicker than Vettel, with the three-time defending champion finishing fourth in front of teammate Mark Webber.

• Rookie Munoz zips to top of speed chart: A little more than 24 hours after passing his rookie test, Carlos Munoz shot straight to the top of the Indianapolis 500 speed chart.

The Colombian narrowly averted a collision with teammate Marco Andretti in the first turn and posted the fastest lap in two practice sessions by going 223.023 mph on a cold, windy day.

Andretti Autosport claimed four of the top six spots as defending series champ Ryan Hunter-Reay posted the second-fastest time at 222.825. Venezuela’s E.J. Viso was third at 222.523, Andretti fourth at 222.485 and James Hinchcliffe was sixth at 220.907.

Quarterfinals set for world championships

Hockey: The United States, Canada, Russia and Switzerland clinched quarterfinal berths at the hockey world championships in Helsinki.

The U.S. beat Germany 3-0. Bobby Butler and Paul Stastny scored within the first five minutes for the U.S.

Jeff Skinner scored the game-winner in the third period in Canada’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic.

Reigning champion Russia came back after two losses to beat Slovakia 3-1, and unbeaten Switzerland defeated Norway also by 3-1 to win its sixth game.

• Boogaard family sues NHL: The New York Times reported that Derek Boogaard’s family has filed a wrongful- death lawsuit against the NHL.

In the lawsuit, the family says the NHL is responsible for the brain damage that Boogaard suffered during six seasons as an enforcer in the league, and for his addiction to prescription painkillers.

Boogaard was found dead of an accidental overdose of pain medication and alcohol on May 13, 2011. He was 28.

Soccer: Rodney Wallace, Diego Valeri and Will Johnson each had goals as the Portland Timbers extended their unbeaten streak to nine matches with a 3-0 victory over Chivas USA in Portland.

The streak is an ongoing franchise-best for the Timbers, who joined Major League Soccer in 2011. Portland (4-1-6) suffered its lone loss on March 9, when the team fell 2-1 at home to Montreal.

The victory pulls Portland even for the MLS lead with Dallas FC, which also has not lost in nine matches.

Russian Belkov wins Giro’s ninth stage

Cycling: Maxim Belkov of Russia won the ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia with a superb solo performance, and Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead.

Belkov, who rides for Katusha, won in 4 hours, 31 minutes and 31 seconds, beating Carlos Betancur by 44 seconds following a long solo escape on the wet and hilly 170-kilometer (106-mile) ride.

Westra in front of Tour of California: Lieuwe Westra of the Netherlands easily outsprinted Spanaird Francisco Mancebo to claim the sweltering and hilly Stage 1 and assumed the overall race lead at the Amgen Tour of California in Escondido, Calif.

Westra completed the 102.6-mile Escondido road race in 4 hours, 31 minutes and 33 seconds as temperatures reached into the high 90s.

Westra received a 10-second bonus and leads Mancebo by 4 seconds in the eight-day race.

Chinese divers sweep USA Grand Prix

Miscellany: Chinese divers won all four events on the final day to sweep the 2013 FINA USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

U.S. Olympic medalist Troy Dumais took silver in the 3-meter springboard behind He Chao’s 53.25 points.

China’s Huo Liang and Jian Yang began the day by winning the synchronized men’s platform with 460.77 points, ahead of Germany’s Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein, and Colombia’s Juan Rios and Victor Ortega.

China’s Jie Lian and Huang Xiaohui finished Nos. 1-2 in the women’s platform.

Normandy Invasion passing on Preakness: The trainer of Normandy Invasion says his fourth-place finisher at the Kentucky Derby will miss the Preakness and get ready for a summer campaign that will include the Travers Stakes in August. Trainer Chad Brown said that after a talk with owner Rick Porter the decision was made to rest the colt rather than bring him back on two weeks’ rest.