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Kasey Kahne wins Sprint Cup race at Pocono

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Kasey Kahne got the jump on Jeff Gordon off the final restart with two laps left and pulled away to win at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

Kahne had the car to beat for the final half of Sunday's 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race until a late caution bunched up the field. Gordon, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, took the lead and seemed poised to win his first race of the season. After the final caution, Kahne was strong enough this time off the restart in the No. 5 Chevrolet.

Kahne also won at Bristol, Tenn., this season. His win helped solidify his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Gordon finished second on his 42nd birthday. Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top five.

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Charlie Kimball slipped by Simon Pagenaud with 18 laps remaining and pulled away to win the Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio.

Racing in a backup car after wrecking in practice Saturday morning, Kimball, of Camarillo, beat Pagenaud to the finish line by more than five seconds for his first IndyCar victory.

Pagenaud held on for second. Dario Franchitti was third, followed by Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Points leader Helio Castroneves rallied from 15th to sixth.

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Matt Hagan raced to his fourth victory of the year to extend his funny car points lead, beating Bob Tasca III in the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Kent, Wash.

Morgan Lucas won in top fuel, and Vincent Nobile topped the pro stock field.

ETC.

Franklin wins her sixth gold medal

Missy Franklin claimed her record sixth gold medal of the world championships at Barcelona, Spain, swimming the leadoff leg for the United States in the 400-meter medley relay. She gave the U.S. a slight lead, and her teammates — Jessica Hardy, Dana Vollmer and Megan Romano — made it look easy from there. The winning time was 3 minutes 53.23 seconds.

The 18-year-old Franklin became the winningest female swimmer ever at the worlds and improved on her performance at the London Olympics, where she was one of the biggest stars with four golds and a bronze.

She eclipsed the women's record that had been shared by Tracy Caulkins, who won five times at the 1978 worlds, and Libby Trickett, who did it in 2007.

Franklin's victory in the final race of the meet came after a stunning result for the Americans in the next-to-last event.

The men appeared to have an easy victory in their 400 medley relay, but 19-year-old breaststroker Kevin Cordes, the least experienced member of the team, left too soon on the exchange between the first and second legs.

The U.S. team, which touched nearly one and a half seconds ahead of France, was disqualified. The French moved up to take the gold; the silver went to Australia and Japan snatched the bronze.

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ESPN reported that the NCAA is investigating whether Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs in January.

Citing unidentified people, ESPN's "Outside the Lines" said the Heisman Trophy winner signed items in exchange for a five-figure fee in Miami.

The NCAA and Texas A&M declined to comment.

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Eventually solving John Isner's big serve, top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro won his third Citi Open title and 14th consecutive match in the hard-court tournament at Washington by winning the final, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

On the women's side, seventh-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia beat unseeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany, 6-4, 7-6 (2).

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Alberts Hope held off longshot Celtic Moon by half a length to win the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes for 2-year-olds at Del Mar.

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Art Donovan, the Hall of Fame defensive lineman who spent much of his 12-year career with the Baltimore Colts, has died. He was 89.

Donovan died Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore, according to Kevin Byrne, senior vice president of the Baltimore Ravens.

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