Dixon wins IndyCar race; Power takes points lead
Scott Dixon won the Indy Japan 300 from the pole Sunday in Motegi, Japan, and Will Power finished second to take the points lead from Dario Franchitti with two events left.
Team Penske’s Power moved into first place in the standings with 542 points, 11 ahead of Franchitti, who finished eighth after being penalized for hitting Ryan Briscoe’s car on the 26th lap.
Marco Andretti finished third, Alex Tagliani fourth and Oriol Servia fifth. Danica Patrick took 11th.
Dixon’s second IndyCar win this season kept him in contention for the title, 59 points behind Power in third going into races at Kentucky and Las Vegas.
Also: Matt Hagan defeated points leader Mike Neff in the Funny Car final at the NHRA Nationals in Concord, N.C., for his first victory of the season.
Antron Brown (Top Fuel), Kurt Johnson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won their categories in the first event of NHRA’s six-race playoffs.
Austin Barnes, a 16-year-old from Escondido, Calif., won the 75-lap Lucas Oil Modified Series feature Saturday night at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Las Vegan Dylan Kwasniewski took second.
Argentina, Spain reach Davis Cup championship
Novak Djokovic’s ailing back didn’t hold up, meaning Rafael Nadal won’t have to face his main rival in the Davis Cup final.
Djokovic tried to help Serbia stage a comeback in its semifinal against Argentina despite a lingering back problem, but retired when trailing 7-6 (5), 3-0 against Juan Martin del Potro. That sent Argentina into the final against Spain, which advanced after Nadal routed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-0, 6-2, 6-4 on clay in Cordoba, Spain.
Argentina ended up winning 3-2 in Belgrade, Serbia, after Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic took the final meaningless match when Juan Monaco retired after losing the first set 6-2. Spain completed a 4-1 win after Fernando Verdasco beat Richard Gasquet in the final match.
Also: Juan Carlos Navarro scored 27 points to lead Spain to its second straight European basketball championship with a 98-85 victory over France in Kaunas, Lithuania. Spain became the first repeat champion since Yugoslavia in 1997.
The UNLV men’s golf team was in second after the first day of the season-opening Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Rebels shot rounds of 4-under-par 284 and 11-under 277 for a 15-under 561, two strokes behind Colorado. Nicholas Maruri led UNLV at 6-under 138, one shot off the lead.
UNLV sophomore Tamas Batyi won the men’s singles title in the UNLV Invitational at the Fertitta Tennis Complex. Batyi went 3-0 in the three-day tournament against the top flight.
Julie Owens, Katherine Orellana and Jenn Wolfe scored, and goalkeeper Kylie Wassell posted her third shutout this season as the UNLV women’s soccer team defeated Hawaii 3-0 in the UNLV Nike Invitational at Peter Johann Memorial Field. The Rebels (3-6-1) snapped a three-game losing streak.
Tennessee sophomore receiver Justin Hunter tore his anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday’s 33-23 loss to Florida and will need season-ending surgery. Hunter entered the game leading the Southeastern Conference in receiving and ranked 10th nationally, with 17 catches for 314 yards and two touchdowns in three games.
Turallure came on from the outside to win the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile in Toronto, beating Courageous Cat by a neck to gain a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Turallure paid $14.90, $5.90 and $4.10. Courageous Cat returned $3.10 and $2.90, and Right One paid $4.90.