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Indianapolis 500 to hold shootout for pole

Autos

Indy introduces shootout for Pole

INDIANAPOLIS — Winning the Indianapolis 500 pole just got trickier. The top nine qualifiers May 22 must return to the track for a late-afternoon, 90-minute "shootout" to claim the No. 1 starting spot. The winner will earn an additional $100,000 over last year's winnings.

Rules now require the nine fastest drivers to make at least one more qualifying attempt with the assurance of starting no worse than ninth.

The top 24 spots will be filled on Pole Day with the remaining nine spots filled on Bump Day. Other cars can then bump their way into the 33-car grid.

More autos: Even though it doesn't yet have a seat for Kasey Kahne in 2011, Hendrick Motorsports signed the likely successor for the No. 5 Chevrolet of Mark Martin, who has a year left on his deal.

College Basketball

Kentucky lands top recruit Brandon Knight

Coach John Calipari filled some of the holes left by the defection of five players to the NBA when Kentucky signed center Enes Kanter and received a commitment from McDonald's All-American Brandon Knight, a two-time Gatorade national player of the year.

Knight, a guard from Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest High, chose the Wildcats over Florida, Syracuse, Connecticut and Kansas.

USF signee: Shedrick Haynes, a guard from Sarasota who played this past season at Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania, became USF men's coach Stan Heath's first official signee for the spring.

NBA draft: Sophomore Gordon Hayward could become the first Butler player selected in the first round, telling teammates he will explore the draft but retain the option of returning to school. Hayward has until May 8 to withdraw his name if he does not hire an agent. … Purdue center JaJuan Johnson and guard E'Twaun Moore will enter the draft but won't hire agents.

MOre basketball: Wake Forest introduced former Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik as the replacement for Dino Gaudio.

Amateur Sports

Ultramarathoner wins Sullivan Award

Ultramarathoner and amputee Amy Palmiero-Winters from Hicksville, N.Y., was named the Sullivan Award winner as America's top amateur athlete.

Palmiero-Winters, who has won three races of 100 miles or more, lost her left leg in a motorcycle accident and uses a prosthesis to compete against able-bodied men and women.

Among the finalists was USF soccer player Zak Boggs.

Et cetera

Soccer: Arsenal missed a chance to move into second place in the Premier League, losing 2-1 to Tottenham, the Gunners' first defeat to their north London rival in 11 years.

Tennis: Rafael Nadal breezed past Thiemo de Bakker 6-1, 6-0 to win his 28th straight match at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco, while Andy Murray lost 6-2, 6-1 to Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer; Times wires

Indianapolis 500 to hold shootout for pole 04/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 10:19pm]
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