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autos

nationwide's keselowski loses 50 points

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR docked Brad Keselowski 50 points in the Nationwide series because his car failed inspection after a victory Sunday at Talladega, Ala.

His lead in the standings fell from 60 points to 10.

The penalties imposed Wednesday were 25 points each for an unapproved left-front spring and an unapproved right-front shock when Keselowski's Dodge was inspected. His win stands.

Crew chief Paul Wolfe was fined $20,000 for the infractions, and Jodi Geschickterm, who is listed as the car owner because of a points swap he made with Penske Racing, was docked 50 points in the owner standings.

Penske Racing president Tim Cindric said he believes part failures contributed to the failed inspection.

tennis

Nadal cruises in Rome opener

ROME — Rafael Nadal opened his bid for a fifth Rome Masters title with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber.

After withdrawing from last week's Barcelona Open, Nadal was fresh and dictated play with topspin and baseline winners.

more tennis: Justine Henin ignored a broken finger to win her opening match at the Porsche Grand Prix, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 over Julia Goerges in Stuttgart, Germany. Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova lost 6-3, 7-5 to Li Na, who said "I was nervous at the end, my heart was going 220." …Defending champ Anabel Medina Garrigues lost in the second round and top-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro retired with a 6-5 lead in the Grand Prix Sar at Fez, Morocco.

ET CETERA

soccer: Visiting Inter Milan reached the European Champions League final for the first time in 38 years, surviving Thiago Motta's first-half ejection to defeat Barcelona on 3-2 aggregate despite a 1-0 loss. Inter plays Bayern Munich on May 22. Motta is suspended for the final, as is Bayern star Franck Ribery, banned for three games by the Union of European Football Associations for a serious foul during a semifinal win. … Former Major League Soccer MVP Luciano Emilio is returning to D.C. United on a three-month contract. The forward, 31, was with a team in his native Brazil.

cycling: Lance Armstrong was 22nd in the Tour of the Gila's opening stage, a 95-mile road race to Mogollon, N.M. His RadioShack teammate Levi Leipheimer won the stage. They are using the race to get ready for next month's Tour of California.

olympics: Rene Fasel, a senior Olympic official who heads the International Ice Hockey Federation, was reprimanded by the IOC for ethics violations that "tarnish the reputation" of the Olympic movement. The Swiss official helped a friend secure "substantial financial advantages" with a television and marketing rights deal, the IOC said.

obituary: Victoria Manalo Draves, the first woman to win two gold medals in diving in the same Olympics and the first Asian-American to win an Olympic medal, died April 11 of complications of pancreatic cancer in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 85. She won gold in the 3-meter springboard and the 10-meter platform in London in 1948.

bowling: Kelly Kulick, the first woman to win a PBA Tour title when she beat the men in January, won her second U.S. Bowling Congress Queens title. Kulick beat top-seeded Tennelle Milligan 232-188 in the final in El Paso, Texas.

Times wires

In brief 04/28/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 29, 2010 12:22am]

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