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May 14, 2006 at 11:00 PM
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Alonso wins the Spanish Grand Prix

BARCELONA, Spain, May 14 (UPI) -- Fernando Alonso of Spain Sunday won the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona, Spain.

Alonso, the defending world champion, crossed the finish line 18.502 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Michael Schumacher for his third F1 victory of the season and the 11th of his career.

"It felt fantastic to take the flag," Alonso said. "It is a better feeling to cross the line and to win. Without worries about the title, I was just free to drive and win the race. In some ways, it was equal to the Grand Prix of Brazil, when I finished third and won the world championship last year."

Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault), Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren), Jenson Button (Honda), Rubens Barrichello (Honda) and Nick Heidfeld (BMW) finished in spots 3-8 to complete the points-scoring positions.

Alonso has a 15-point lead over Schumacher (54-39) in the championship battle.

The next F1 race is the Monaco Grand Prix on May 28.


Wetterich wins the Byron Nelson

IRVING, Texas, May 14 (UPI) -- Brett Wetterich became a first-time winner on the PGA Tour Sunday, taking the Byron Nelson Championship at Irving, Texas.

With a final round 2-under 68, he finished at 12-under 268, and beat Trevor Immelman by one shot.

"I was really happy for myself, but I was thinking about my brother," said Wetterich, whose older brother died three years ago.

"It was a good feeling. I wish he was here to see it. But hopefully he was smiling down on me. I hit a lot of fairways today," said Wetterich. "I was just trying to stay in the moment."

Immelman was a runner-up for the second straight week, finishing 11-under 269.

Third-round co-leader Adam Scott shot 1-under 71 in the final round and ended up tied for third place with Omar Uresti (68) at 10-under 270.

Chad Campbell (69) was alone in fifth place at 9-under 271.


Edfors wins British Masters

SUTTON COLDFIELD, England, May 14 (UPI) -- Johan Edfors of Sweden Sunday won the British Masters Golf Tournament at Sutton Coldfield, England, by one stroke over three players.

After a 2-under-par 70 over the final 18 holes, Edfors finished at 11-under 277.

"It feels great, of course," Edfors said. "I told myself I was going to buy a car after my first win and I haven't done that yet. I guess I have to buy that car now. This was a fantastic win for me."

England's Gary Emerson shot a closing 10-under 67 and shared second place with another native of Sweden, Jarmo Sandelin (70), and Scotland's Stephen Gallacher (71) at 10-under 278.

Overnight leader Paul Casey of England ballooned to a 4-over 76 Sunday. Casey, who played holes 9-11 at four-over par then bogeyed two of the last three holes, ended in a fifth-place tie with Michael Campbell of New Zealand, who also shot a closing 76.


Karrie Webb wins at Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., May 14 (UPI) -- Karrie Webb Sunday won by seven shots on Sunday at the LPGA's Michelob Ultra Open in Williamsburg, Va.

Webb led wire-to-wire, shooting a 1-under-par 70 in the final round and finishing at 14-under 270.

"(Sunday) was my most solid round of the week, ball striking especially," Webb said. "Tee to green (I) hit a lot of good drives today and really felt in control of my iron game as well."

Sharing second place were Korea native Hee-Won Han (70) and Lorena Ochoa (72) from Mexico. They were 7-under 277.

Webb, the first two-time winner on the women's tour this season, won $330,000 and vaulted over Ochoa to the top spot on the earnings list. Her 270 score broke the tournament record by five shots.

Paula Creamer (69), defending champion Cristie Kerr (73) and Pat Hurst (73) tied for fourth at 6-under 278.


Nadal again beats Federer in an ATP final

ROME, May 14 (UPI) -- Spain's Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer, 6-7 (0-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), in a near six-hour title match Sunday at the Italian Masters in Rome.

The 19-year-old Nadal had beaten Federer in finals at Dubai and Monte Carlo earlier this year.

By taking the fifth-et tiebreaker, Nadal -- who is second to Federer in the latest world rankings -- increased his record clay-court match winning streak to 53 straight.

Federer, from Switzerland, dropped to 39-3 this season.

"It's something I don't think I'll ever do again," Nadal told the BBC about his winning streak. "But it was more important to win the Rome title."

All three of Federer's losses in 2006 have been against Nadal.

The two players have combined to win 12 of the last 13 ATP Masters Series titles.

Nadal's lifetime record against Federer rose to 5-1.


Petrova gets revenge at Berlin

BERLIN, May 14 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia beat No. 3 seed Justine Henin-Hardenne for the title at the German Open Tennis Tournament in Berlin Sunday.

The scores were 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

It was a measure of payback for Petrova, who lost the 2005 final to Henin-Hardenne. She spent the entire match battling back and leg injuries.

"I don't know what to say," Petrova said on the women's tour Web site. "My legs were tired, my back began to hurt in the second set and I had problems serving. All I could do was fight. It's a great feeling."

Petrova, who improved her clay-court winning streak to 15 consecutive matches, won $196,900.

Henin-Hardenne, from Belgium, also had won the Berlin event in 2002 and 2003, and knocked off world No. 1 and top seed Amelie Mauresmo, 6-1, 6-2, in Saturday's semifinals.


Peer wins women's tennis event at Prague

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, May 14 (UPI) -- Shahar Peer of Israel won the Prague Open Tennis Tournament, beating Australia's Samantha Stosur, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, in Prague, the Czech Republic.

"It is my second final and second title, it was great a week and I'm happy for that," said Peer, who won her first tour singles title earlier this season at Pattaya City, Thailand.

"In the second set, I started to play more aggressive, tried to win the first few points and not to let (Stosur) move me around," she said.

It was the first-ever singles final for Stosur, who is a part of top-ranked doubles team on the WTA Tour.

The third-seeded Peer won $22,900.

It was the second meeting between the two players. Peer won both.

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