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Juan Pablo Montoya won the Indianapolis for the second time in his career on
Sunday when he passed Will Power, his Team Penske teammate, in the closing
laps and then beat Power to the finish line by just 0.1 seconds. Montoya, the
driver of the No. 2 Chevrolet for Penske, overcame adversity in this
prestigious 500-mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he had fallen
all the way back to 30th in the 33-car field due to rear wing damage he
sustained on his car when he had made contact with Simona de Silvestro during
a caution in the opening laps. The fender on his left rear had been torn as
well. Power and Scott Dixon, the pole sitter, had swapped the lead several
times following the last restart with 15 laps remaining. Montoya charged to
the front, overtaking Power with just four laps to go. Montoya, who started on
the outside of row 5, led just nine of 200 laps. When he won the Indy 500 for
the first time in 2000, driving for Chip Ganassi Racing then, he ran in front
for a total of 167 laps. It was the first time he had competed in this race.
He became the 19th driver to win the Indy 500 multiple times.
A long day of racing concludes tonight with the Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600 in
Charlotte. Jimmie Johnson won for the fourth time last year and can tie
Darrell Waltrip's record of five wins in the series' longest race of the year
with another trip to Victory Lane tonight. He will start 13th tonight, while
Matt Kenseth has the pole position after a top qualifying speed of 194.252
miles per hour on Thursday night.
Auto racing's longest day started early in the streets of Monte Carlo with the
Monaco Grand Prix on the Formula 1 circuit. Nico Rosberg won the prestigious
race for the third year in a row, becoming just the fourth driver in F1
history to accomplish the feat. He took advantage of a mistake by Mercedes
teammate Lewis Hamilton, the two-time F1 champ and pole sitter who led for the
first 63 laps but made a second pit stop after an accident on the track and
wound up third. Rosberg and runner-up Sebastian Vettel remained on the track
while Hamilton made the extra stop.
The first day of play at the French Open has concluded in Paris and winners on
the men's side included Swiss stars Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka. Federer,
the 2009 champion and this year's second seed, powered past Alejandro Falla,
6-3, 6-3, 6-4, while the eighth-seeded Wawrinka had little trouble in a 6-3,
6-2, 6-3 decision over Marsel Ilhan. Simona Halep and 2008 champ Ana Ivanovic
were among the women's winners. Halep, the third seed and last year's runner-
up to Maria Sharapova, earned a 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Evgeniya Rodina of
Russia, while the seventh-seeded Ivanovic rallied from a set down to beat
Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova.
Game 3 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals is on tap for tonight in
Cleveland, as the Cavaliers try to continue their dominance of the Atlanta
Hawks. Cleveland won the first two games of the series in Atlanta, playing
Game 2 on Friday without guard Kyrie Irving because of a lingering left knee
injury. The Hawks will try to recover without sharpshooter Kyle Korver, who
will miss the remainder of the postseason with a severe high right ankle
sprain he suffered in Game 2.
The NHL's conference finals have been anything but one-sided. Game 5 of the
Eastern Conference finals is scheduled for tonight, as the New York Rangers
return home after gaining a split of two games in Tampa to even the series
against the Lightning at two apiece. The Rangers, after allowing six goals in
consecutive losses, buckled down defensively on Friday in a 5-1 win.
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