Steelers trade Santonio Holmes to Jets

The New York Jets acquired wide receiver Santonio Holmes from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night for a fifth-round draft pick this month, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person spoke with the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams had yet to announce the trade.

Holmes, the 2009 Super Bowl most valuable player, gives quarterback Mark Sanchez another big-time target to throw to in an offense that already had Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, promising tight end Dustin Keller and recently signed running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

Holmes has 235 catches in his career for 3,835 yards and 20 touchdowns but also brings his share of off-field issues, which could explain the relatively low price the Jets paid to get him.

The 26-year-old receiver is facing a lawsuit in Florida from a woman who claims he threw a glass at her, cutting her above the eye, in an Orlando nightclub.

In 2008, Holmes was arrested for possession of marijuana and was involved in a domestic violence incident in 2006; the misdemeanor charges were dismissed.


Castroneves wins

Helio Castroneves held off Scott Dixon to win the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, coasting to the finish line after coming off caution with two laps to go.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner took over in the stretch run when Marco Andretti headed to pit road with seven laps to go.

Dario Franchitti was third. Will Power had won the first two races and was dominant in qualifying and practice but had to settle for fourth, still comfortably hanging on to his points lead.

Larry Dixon raced to his second victory of the season and 50th overall, beating Antron Brown in the top-fuel final in the O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas.

Matt Hagan (funny car), Jeg Coughlin (pro stock) and Andrew Hines (pro stock motorcycle) also won in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.


UCLA takes regional

UCLA finished first and Arkansas second at the NCAA women’s Los Angeles Regional on Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins won the competition with a score of 197.825, followed by Arkansas (196.675), Arizona (195.100), Iowa State (194.325), Arizona State (193.900) and Brigham Young (193.400).

By finishing first and second, UCLA and Arkansas advance to the 12-team NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships, scheduled for April 22-24 at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

UCLA’s Vanessa Zamarripa won the all-around competition with a score of 39.675. The Bruins’ Anna Li placed second with a career-high 39.650. UCLA’s Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs (career high) and Arkansas’ Casey Jo Magee tied for third with a score of 39.60.


Chela beats Querrey

Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina won his first tournament in more than three years with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory over American Sam Querrey at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships at Houston.

Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki took advantage of Olga Govortsova’s numerous mistakes and successfully defended her title in the MPS Group Championships with a 6-2, 7-5 victory at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.