Associated Press Sportswatch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Update on the latest in sports:


Kanaan takes first Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Tony Kanaan (kuh-NAHN') has finally won the Indianapolis 500.

Kanaan drove past Ryan Hunter-Reay on a restart with three laps to go, then coasted across the finish line under yellow when defending race winner Dario Franchitti crashed far back in the field.

It was a hugely popular victory at the speedway, where Kanaan had endured so much heartache. Coming into the race, the Brazilian had led more laps than any other non-winner besides Michael Andretti and Rex Mays. He finished second in 2004 and twice finished third.

Now, Kanaan is an Indy 500 champion, coming through on a cool day of thrilling competition that smashed the record for most lead changes and most leaders.

Carlos Munoz, a 21-year-old rookie making his first IndyCar start, finished second and Ryan Hunter-Reay was third.


Annual marathon race is tonight

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- The longest race on the Sprint Cup circuit is tonight in Concord, N.C. It's the Coca-Cola 600 and Jimmie Johnson is looking for his fourth win in NASCAR's longest race. He's also won twice this season and leads the drivers' standings. Denny Hamlin starts from the pole after smashing the track record with a lap of 195.624 mph.


Rosberg first through the streets of Monte Carlo

MONTE CARLO (AP) -- Without doubt, Monaco is the best known Formula One race in the world.

The annual race through the streets of Monte Carlo took place this morning with pole-sitter Nico Rosberg finishing first. In a crash-filled race, points leader Sebastian Vettel, the three-time defending champion, was second.


Opening day

PARIS (AP) -- Tennis fans in Paris heard something today they had never heard before, Serena Williams speaking French. The women's top-seed won her opening match and said of her French, "I am a beginner."

She's no beginner on the court as she dispatched of her opponent, Anna Tatishvili, in straight sets.

Venus Williams lost in the tournament's first round for the first time since 2001, falling to 40th-ranked Urszula Radwanska (rahd-VAHN'-skuh) of Poland.

Roger Federer, the 2009 champion, remained unbeaten in first-round matches at major tournaments since 2003 by sweeping past a qualifier in straight sets.

Sam Querrey (KWEER'-ee), the highest-ranked American on the men's tour, equaled his best showing ever at the French Open by beating his first round opponent.

Also advancing from the first round was men's fourth-seed David Ferrer (feh-REHR').


Scherzer stays unbeaten...Strasburg notches W

UNDATED (AP) -- Max Scherzer pitched six solid innings to remain undefeated on the season, leading the Detroit Tigers to a win over the Minnesota Twins 6-1.

Scherzer allowed a run and three hits Sunday in improving to 7-0. Avisail Garcia broke the game open with a bases-loaded triple in the sixth, while Torii Hunter homered for the Tigers.

Elsewhere around the majors:

-- In a showdown of aces with disappointing records, Stephen Strasburg and Cole Hamels matched each other for six innings until the Washington Nationals scored five runs in the seventh inning of a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Strasburg (3-5) allowed five hits in eight innings, walked none and struck out a season-high nine, giving up a run in the eighth on his first big league balk.

-- Jacoby Ellsbury hit a game-ending, two-run double on Joe Smith's first pitch, capping a four-run, ninth- inning rally that lifted the Boston Red Sox over the Cleveland Indians 6-5.

-- Munenori Kawasaki hit a game-ending two-run double in a four-run ninth inning in the Toronto Blue Jays' 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

-- Alex Cobb took a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning and CC Sabathia's winless streak reached five starts in the Tampa Bay Rays' 8-3 win over the New York Yankees.

---- Dayan Viciedo and Alex Rios each threw out a runner at the plate, and the Chicago White Sox beat Alex Sanabia and the Miami Marlins 5-3.

---- Bartolo Colon (bar-TOH'-loh koh-LOHN') struck out a season-high nine in seven scoreless innings, and the Oakland Athletics completed a sweep of the Houston Astros, 6-2.

---- Alfonso Soriano hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth inning and Welington Castillo had a go-ahead double in the 10th, helping the Chicago Cubs rally from a four-run deficit in a 5-4 win over Cincinnati.

---- Pittsburgh built a four-run lead and held off Milwaukee 5-4. Wandy Rodriguez won his fourth consecutive start.


Pacers and Heat square off in third game

INDIANA (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers achieved what they wanted to in the first two games of the NBA's Eastern Conference final, they got a split in Miami.

The Pacers evened up the best of seven series Friday night with a 97-93 win. The third game of the series is being played tonight on the Pacers home floor.

Roy Hibbert led the way for the winners in Game 2 with a postseason career-high 29 points, along with 10 rebounds.

Miami's LeBron James blamed himself for the loss as he committed two turnovers in the game's final minute.


Kings try to finish of the Sharks

SAN JOSE (AP) -- The defending NHL champion Kings can close out their Western Conference semifinal with the Sharks tonight with a win in San Jose. The Kings took a 3-2 lead in the best of seven series Thursday night with a 3-0 win in L.A. If the Sharks win tonight the deciding seventh game will be played on the Kings' ice Tuesday night.


Boo wins in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Boo Weekly has won the PGA's Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, for his first tournament triumph since winning the RBC Heritage in 2008. Weekley finished 14 under par following his final-round 4-under 66. Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) finished second, one shot back of Weekley. Defending champion Zach Johnson finished third.


Final round on Paradise Island

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) -- Irene Cho is the clubhouse leader at 9-under in the final round of the rain-shortened Bahamas LPGA Classic. Ilhee Lee is still on the course, tied at 9-under through four. Anna Nordqvist and Paola Moreno are one shot back. Cristie Kerr and Lindsey Wright are among seven players within two shots of the lead.

Because of flooding on the Ocean Club earlier in the week, the tournament is three rounds of 12 holes. The goal is to get in 36 holes by today to make it official.


Idoki closes to win first major

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Kohki Idoki (ih-DOH'-kee) erased a five-stroke deficit against a fading Kenny Perry and charged to a two-stroke victory in the Senior PGA Championship. The 51-year-old Idoki closed with a 6-under 65 to finish at 11 under par.

It was the third bitter final-round major tournament failure for the 52-year-old Perry, who led by three strokes with six holes to play but settled for a second-place tie with Jay Haas.

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