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Power's win tightens IndyCar title chase

LONG POND, Pa. — Will Power chalked up his latest milestone to experience. There's nothing like it with a championship on the line.

Power continued his stirring late-season run on Monday, holding pole-sitter Mikhail Aleshin at bay after a final restart, and won the rain-delayed IndyCar ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.

It was the fourth win in six races for Power, the 29th of his career, and cut 38 points off the lead in the standings held by Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud, who was 18th after a late crash.

After missing the opener in St. Petersburg due to illness, Power trails Pagenaud by 20 points in what has become a two-man title chase.

"It's another example of just hanging out all day, adjusting on the car and getting the car right, and then booming at the end," said Power, who started eighth. "The older you get, the more you let the race happen."

On this day, unlike his early years, the 35-year-old Australian was methodical, slowly working his way forward as the crew made change after change in the pits. He led 55 of 200 laps.

Aleshin was second followed by defending race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, Josef Newgarden and St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais.

A year ago, Hunter-Reay won a crash-filled race at Pocono that took the life of 37-year-old Englishman Justin Wilson. Pocono Raceway painted "JW" on the track at the finish line and Union Jacks flew at half-staff in his honor.

Colleges

Michigan State, Rutgers name No. 1 quarterbacks

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio named Tyler O'Connor as his starting quarterback. O'Connor had been the favorite throughout fall camp to succeed Connor Cook. … First-year Rutgers coach Chris Ash named Chris Laviano the starting quarterback. Laviano, a junior who started 11 games last season, edged TCU transfer Zach Allen, junior Hayden Rettig and sophomore Giovanni Rescigno.

Utah: Senior receiver Cory Butler-Byrd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief after authorities say he damaged a university police patrol car and building last month. He can have his record cleared if he has no criminal charges in the next year, plus other stipulations, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Utes coach Kyle Whittingham has suspended Butler-Byrd indefinitely.

Running

Ethiopia says it won't punish marathoner

The Ethiopian marathoner who made an anti-government gesture at the Rio Olympic Games while approaching the finish line won't face prosecution and will have "a heroic welcome" home, a government spokesman said. Feyisa Lilesa said Sunday that he might be killed or imprisoned if he ever goes home. He called protesting inside Ethiopia "very dangerous." The silver medalist crossed his wrists in an attempt to draw global attention to deadly protests in his home region, Oromia. Lilesa "will not face any problems for his political stance," government spokesman Getachew Reda told state-affiliated media.

Et cetera

Little League World Series: Michael Mancini allowed four hits and struck out 13 in 51/3 innings to help Endwell, N.Y. beat Goodlettsville, Tenn., 3-1 to remain unbeaten in South Williamsport, Pa. Unbeaten Panama defeated Australia 3-2 and South Korea beat Canada 10-0 in five innings.

Soccer: Victor Diaz's goal in the 75th minute gave Madrid club Leganes, in Spain's top flight for the first time in its 88-year history, a 1-0 victory at Celta Vigo in its La Liga debut.

Tennis: Four-time Connecticut Open champion Caroline Wozniacki lost 7-5, 6-2 to Jelena Ostapenko in the first round in New Haven.

Cycling: Alexandre Geniez held off an attack by the favorites on a final climb to win the third stage of the Spanish Vuelta, a 109.6-mile ride which finished in Mirador de Ezaro. Ruben Fernandez crossed 21 seconds later and took the overall lead.

NHL: Wild captain Mikko Koivu will serve as Finland's captain for next month's World Cup of Hockey.

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Sports in brief 08/22/16 [Last modified: Monday, August 22, 2016 11:22pm]
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