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Keselowski on Cruise Control

March 25, 2019

Brad Keselowski routed the field at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway to give Team Penske its third Cup victory through the first six races of the NASCAR season.

Keselowski led 446 of the 500 laps around the shortest track on the NASCAR schedule, but was challenged a handful of times by Chase Elliott -- the only driver to pass Keselowski on the track Sunday.

Although Elliott led 49 laps, a late caution sent the field to pit road and Keselowski beat Elliott back to the track. Elliott could never get close enough to challenge Keselowski for the win again.

Rookie Colton Herta became the youngest winner in IndyCar history when he captured the inaugural IndyCar Classic in Austin, Texas after a late-race crash near the entry to pit row helped him steal past the leaders to the checkered flag. He is 18.

Team Penske’s Will Power, who started from pole position and dominated through 45 laps, was caught out by the crash still needing a tire change when pit row was closed.

GENERAL

Indians’ Ramirez hurt

Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez bruised his left knee when he fouled a ball off himself Sunday and his status for opening day is uncertain. X-rays on the two-time All-Star were negative. The Indians will keep Hanley Ramirez on the opening day roster as a designated hitter and part time first baseman.

Jin Young Ko rallied to win the Founders Cup for her third LPGA Tour victory, closing with a 7-under 65 for a one-stroke victory over four players.

The 23-year-old South Korean player birdied Nos. 14-16 and parred the final two to finish at 22-under 266 at Desert Ridge. She won when third-round leader Yu Liu missed a 15-foot par putt on the par-4 18th....

Anticipating approval by the California Horse Racing Board, Santa Anita plans to reopen for live racing on Friday for the first time since it was shut down following the deaths of 22 horses...

Elisha Barno of Kenya passed countryman John Korir with 150 meters to go to win the Los Angeles Marathon for the closest finish in the race’s 34-year history. Ethiopia’s Askale Merachi won the women’s race and set a race record...

Avery Johnson is out as Alabama’s men’s basketball coach after making the NCAA Tournament only once in four seasons...

Brandon Adams, a rising senior who was expected to be a key member of Georgia Tech’s defensive line under new coach Geoff Collins, died at the age of 21, the school announced. Adams had been going through offseason workouts and was preparing for the start of spring practice when he died on campus Saturday.

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