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Gaughan picks up first Nationwide victory

Tiptoeing at high speed around a rain-slicked track under the pressure of a two-lap overtime, Brendan Gaughan handed away the lead to Chase Elliott. Then he snatched it right back a few corners later. He’d still have two more drivers to hold off on the final lap – including a last-ditch charge from Alex Tagliani, the man who appeared to have the race all but won with a little more than a lap left in regulation.

Formula One champion Schumacher out of coma

BERLIN – Nearly six months after sustaining serious head injuries in a skiing accident, seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher left a French hospital on Monday and was transferred to neighboring Switzerland to continue his recovery. Schumacher “is not in a coma anymore,” his manager, Sabine Kehm, said in a brief statement announcing that the German driver had left the Grenoble University Hospital, where he had been treated since his accident Dec. 29.

As Keselowski yields, Dale Jr. takes advantage

Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned Brad Keselowski’s trash into Victory Lane treasure, pulling away down the stretch Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, for his second win of the season and a secured spot in the Chase field. He paired his first career win at Pocono with his Daytona 500 championship for his first multi-win season since 2004.

Rosberg leads from start to finish

MONACO – Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix from the pole position on Sunday to take the overall championship lead from his teammate Lewis Hamilton, who came second to give Mercedes a fifth straight 1-2 finish. The German driver clinched his second victory of the season and fifth of his career, making a strong start and holding off Hamilton to repeat his maiden GP win from the pole here in Monaco last year.

Hamilton, Rosberg go 1-2 fourth straight time

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg sped away to their fourth straight one-two finish at the Spanish Grand Prix in Montmelo, Spain, on Sunday in a dominant performance that does not bode well for the rest of the Formula One field. Hamilton took off from pole position and stayed ahead of Rosberg for a fourth consecutive victory to move ahead of his teammate in the overall standings.

Pagenaud wins inaugural Indy Grand Prix

INDIANAPOLIS – Simon Pagenaud won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday by stretching his fuel to the finish on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Frenchman was one of several drivers to gamble on fuel strategy, and made it stick for the final 29 laps Saturday to earn his third career IndyCar victory. He took the lead when Oriol Servia had to stop with four laps remaining, and Pagenaud managed to make it to the finish despite having to keep one eye on his mirrors.

Hamilton winner in Bahrain F1 race

Lewis Hamilton edged Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg after an intense race-long duel to take the victory by just one second at Forumla One’s Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir on Sunday. The two Mercedes were predictably in a different league than their rivals and recorded their second one-two finish in eight days after Hamilton’s victory last weekend in Malaysia.

Busch holds off Johnson at Martinsville

Kurt Busch passed Martinsville master Jimmie Johnson for the lead with 10 laps to go Sunday and held off the eight-time winner to win at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for the first time since October 2002. Johnson, with eight wins in 25 career starts on the 0.526-mile oval, led 11 times for 296 laps. He seemed on his way to another victory when he took the lead from Busch with 17 laps remaining. But Busch stayed close, ducked underneath Johnson seven laps later and Johnson never made a good run at the lead again.

F1 opens with controversy

Formula One’s season-opening race ended in rancor and controversy Sunday as initial second-place finisher Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull was disqualified for a breach of fuel regulations, five hours after Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg took the checkered flag at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Ricciardo’s exclusion from the results tarnished what had been a day of celebration for local fans, who were jubilant that the Red Bull driver had apparently become the first Australian to finish on the podium at his home race.

Fans honor injured Schumacher on his 45th birthday

GRENOBLE, France – Michael Schumacher’s fans converged Friday on a hospital in the French Alps to honor the Formula One great on his 45th birthday, just days after he was critically injured in a skiing accident. Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma since Sunday, when he struck his head on a rock while on a family vacation. Busloads of fans from Italy, where he anchored the Ferrari racing team, and Paris headed to the hospital in Grenoble where he is being treated.

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher fighting for life after ski accident

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher is “fighting for his life” and is being kept in an artificial coma after suffering brain injuries as a result of a skiing accident in the French Alps, doctors in the city of Grenoble, France said Monday. Schumacher, who won a record seven F1 world titles and retired from the sport for a second time in 2012, fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste with his son at the Meribel resort Sunday. The 44-year-old German was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Moutiers before being transferred to a clinic in Grenoble. “He had some lesions in his brain when he came in” and “we had to operate on him urgently to release some pressure,” one of the doctors treating him in Grenoble told reporters. Schumacher was wearing a helmet at the time, but nevertheless suffered injuries to the right side of his brain and is critical. – Associated Press

Schumacher critically injured while skiing

PARIS – Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery following a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday, doctors said. The Grenoble University Hospital Center said the retired racing driver arrived at the clinic in a coma and underwent immediate surgery for a serious head trauma.

Vettel matches records with Brazilian GP win

SAO PAULO – Sebastian Vettel won Formula One’s season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, matching Michael Schumacher’s record of 13 victories in a year and equaling the nine consecutive wins of Alberto Ascari. Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber was second in his final F1 race. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was third.

Auto notes: Dillon wraps up Nationwide points title

Austin Dillon won the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, holding off Sam Hornish Jr. in a wild season finale Saturday at Homestead, Fla.. Brad Keselowski won the race after moving up 10 spots in the final laps.

Injuries force Franchitti out of racing

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti said Thursday that doctors have told him he can no longer race because of injuries sustained in an IndyCar crash last month. Franchitti fractured his spine, broke his right ankle and suffered a concussion in the Oct. 6 crash at Houston. The crash occurred on the last lap when his car made contact with another car and went sailing into a fence.

Vettel wins Abu Dhabi GP for 7th straight victory

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – World champion Sebastian Vettel won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in dominant fashion Sunday to clinch a seventh straight victory and 11th of the season. Although the German had already clinched his fourth consecutive world title at the Indian GP last weekend, he pledged there would be no let up.

In brief: Bruins hand Sharks first regulation loss

NHL: David Krejci tipped in a shot with eight-tenths of a second left in the third period to lift the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over visiting San Jose on Thursday night, sending the Sharks to their first regulation loss of the season. Jarome Iginla scored his first goal with the Bruins and goaltender Tuukka Rask was outstanding, making 38 saves.

Harvick wins, makes big Chase move

Kevin Harvick didn’t simply have his hands full with the rest of the Sprint Cup field Sunday. He also was trying to tame a squirrely surface at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. He handled both better than anybody else.

NASCAR slow to embrace Air Titan dryer

The forecast calls for rain in Louden, N.H., potentially soaking fans for NASCAR’s second straight Chase race, and adding the threat of a Monday finish. Without lights at the 1.058-mile track, the rush could be for jet fuel dryers to wring out the asphalt and make it safe for drivers to complete at least half of today’s race before the sun goes down.

Power gets Sonoma win when Dixon penalized

Scott Dixon pulled in for his final pit stop with victory nearly in his grasp. When he left a few seconds later, two members of Will Power’s crew were sprawled on the asphalt, a tire bouncing wildly in his wake. Although everybody involved had a strong opinion about what happened, Power knows one thing for certain: He’s leaving wine country with yet another trophy.