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McMurray wins again in Indianapolis

July 26, 2010

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— Juan Pablo Montoya once again had victory within reach at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Then questionable strategy cost him first the lead and ultimately the race.

The benefactor of Sunday’s gaffe was Jamie McMurray, Montoya’s teammate at Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, who earned a spot in the history books with his surprise victory.

McMurray joined Jimmie Johnson (2006) and Dale Jarrett (1996) as the only drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and The Brickyard 400 in the same season by capitalizing on Montoya’s collapse.

“I am just shocked that I won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year,” said McMurray, who was looking for a job for 2010 at this time last season and was only hired to drive the No. 1 Chevrolet for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing right before the November season finale.

“It’s been an unbelievable year.”

The victory also gave team owner Chip Ganassi a unique trifecta: He’s the only car owner to win the Daytona 500, The Brickyard and the Indianapolis 500 in the same season.

Auto racing

Dixon wins after penalty

Edmonton, Alberta — New Zealand driver Scott Dixon won a bizarre Honda Edmonton Indy on Sunday after rival Helio Castroneves crossed the finish line first, but was penalized for blocking his own teammate, Will Power of Australia.

An enraged Castroneves, who was pushed down to 10th, stormed from his Dallara Honda car after the race to yell at IndyCar officials at the flag stand. He then grabbed the IndyCar security chief by the collar and shook him before others moved in to restrain him and lead him away.

Golf

Langer wins Senior British Open

Carnoustie, Scotland — Bernhard Langer won his first senior major title on Sunday, holding off a final-round challenge from Corey Pavin for a one-stroke win in the Senior British Open.

The German shot a 1-over 72 at Carnoustie to finish at 5-under 279. Pavin ended with a 1-under 70.

“I have always wanted to win the British Open,” Langer said. “I didn’t. Now this is the next best thing.”

Tom Watson finished with 74 for a 6-over 290. The 60-year-old American said he would return next year to play in both the British Open and Senior British Open.

“Sometime I can see in the future when my level of play might not be good enough to come over here and play,” Watson said. “That’s when you have to make a decision but I am not quite there yet.”

Pettersson wins Canadian Open

Toronto — Carl Pettersson rallied to win the Canadian Open for his fourth PGA Tour victory, closing with a 3-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Dean Wilson.

Shin birdies No. 18 for victory

Evian-Les-Bains, France — Jiyai Shin of South Korea birdied the 18th hole to win the Evian Masters, shooting a 5-under 67 to finish at 14 under and one stroke ahead of Morgan Pressel, Na Yeon Choi and Alexis Thompson.

MLB

Angels boost rotation with Haren

Phoenix — Dan Haren was traded to the Los Angeles Angels by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday for left-hander Joe Saunders and three other players.

The last-place Diamondbacks also get right-hander Rafael Rodriguez, minor-league pitcher Patrick Corbin and a player to be named.

Giants’ Velez headed home

Phoenix — San Francisco Giants outfielder Eugenio Velez has a concussion, but is expected to travel home with the team after being struck in the head by a foul ball in the dugout Saturday night.

Tigers’ Ordonez, Guillen on DL

Detroit — The Detroit Tigers have placed outfielder Magglio Ordonez and second baseman Carlos Guillen on the 15-day disabled list.

Ordonez fractured his right ankle in Saturday night’s 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Guillen strained his right calf in the fifth inning.

College basketball

Huggins remains hospitalized

Morgantown, W.Va. — A spokesman for West Virginia’s basketball team says coach Bob Huggins is going to be in the hospital longer than expected.

Bryant Messerly says Huggins was still hospitalized Sunday and is expected to be released in the next “couple days.” He says he does not know if Huggins has experienced complications.

Huggins had been expected to be released Saturday. He broke four broken ribs in a fall in his Las Vegas hotel room Friday.

NFL

Cowboys’ Bryant won’t carry pads

San Antonio — Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Dez Bryant said he is in training camp to catch passes, not carry somebody else’s shoulder pads after practice.

When receiver Roy Williams handed his pads to Bryant on Sunday after the team’s first camp session in pads, the rookie who was the Cowboy’s first-round draft pick last April didn’t carry them. Veteran players traditionally hand their pads to a rookie after practice.

“I feel like I was drafted to play football, not carry another player’s pads,” Bryant said. “If I was a free agent, it would still be the same thing.”

Ravens draft pick Kindle injured

Owings Mills, Md. — Baltimore Ravens top draft pick Sergio Kindle hurt his head in a fall in Texas, a mishap that will prevent him from reporting to camp on Monday.

The injury occurred Thursday night while Kindle was at a house in Austin, Texas. According to the Ravens, it is believed the linebacker fell down two flights of stairs.

Softball

Canada ends U.S. win streak

Oklahoma City — Jennifer Yee hit a two-run home run, and Melanie Matthews doubled in two more runs as Canada snapped the United States’ 22-game winning streak at the World Cup of Softball with a 5-2 victory Sunday in a game that had more than three hours of rain delays.

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