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April 29, 2012 at 10:54 PM   |   Comments

Sharapova passes Azarenka for Porsche

STUTTGART, Germany, April 29 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova fired eight aces Sunday on her way to a 6-1, 6-4 win over top-ranked Victoria Azarenka for the title of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix event.

The second-ranked Russian needed less than 90 minutes to gain revenge on Azarenka, who had easily bested her in this year's Australian Open final as well as in the championship match of the Indian Wells event.

Sharapova's victory in Stuttgart, Germany, was the 25th of her career. It gave her at least one singles championship every year since 2003 and netted her a white Porsche 911 Carrera in addition to the $115,000 first-place prize.

The Belarus star fell to 5-4 all-time against Sharapova.


Power continues Sao Paulo dominance

SAO PAULO, April 29 (UPI) -- Will Power maintained his dominance in Brazil Sunday, edging Ryan Hunter-Reay by 0.9 seconds to win his third consecutive Sao Paulo Indy 300.

Power's victory for Team Penske was also his third win in three races in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series, following April victories in Alabama and Long Beach, Calif.

Power, the pole-sitter, led for 63 of 75 laps and held off Andretti Autosport's Hunter-Reay following two late-race restarts for his 18th career IndyCar win.

That gave Team Penske a winning driver in each of the season's first four races as Power increased his points lead to 45 over teammate Helio Castroneves.

Takuma Sato finished third to claim his first-ever podium finish after charging from the rear of the field.

Castroneves came in fourth while defending series champion Dario Franchitti shook off some early race troubles to round out the Top 5.


Vikings' King jailed for alleged assault

OAK GROVE, Minn., April 29 (UPI) -- Minnesota Vikings running back Caleb King allegedly severely beat a man at a birthday party after the man said he looked like Eddie Murphy, authorities say.

King, 24, who spent much of his rookie season last year on the Vikings' practice squad, was in custody at the Anoka County jail Sunday and could be charged Monday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. He was being held initially on suspicion of third-degree assault, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

King allegedly assaulted Andrew Hayek, 22, of Coon Rapids at a 21st birthday party for a female friend in the Minneapolis suburb of Oak Grove early Saturday, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said. The Pioneer Press said Hayek needed more than 50 stitches to close his wounds.

Hayek remained hospitalized Sunday with a fractured skull and facial injuries. His sister, Jenny Eagle, said he was "up and moving and doing better," the day after authorities had said he may have suffered a serious brain injury, the newspaper said. Eagle, a registered nurse, said hospital staff told her family it could be two weeks before physicians can determine whether there is long-term damage.

"My brother wouldn't start this," Eagle said. "He's in a lot of pain."

King is listed as 5-foot-11 and 217 pounds. Eagle said her brother is 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds.

Eagle, who was not at the party, said she was told that several hours into the party, her brother told King he resembled the comedic actor Eddie Murphy, triggering a dramatic mood change in the football player.

An Anoka County sheriff's report stated Hayek went outside to wait for a ride home, but King confronted him and punched him in the face. Hayek climbed into a car, locked the passenger door and called 911, but King allegedly got in through the driver's side door and pulled him from the vehicle. King struck Hayek several times in the head and then slammed him head-first to the ground, the report said.

The Pioneer Press said the arrest report states King denies assaulting Hayek, saying he "simply fell to the ground when King was talking to him."

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said he was aware of the arrest but had no further comment.

"We're still collecting and gathering information," he said.


Dynaformer dead at age 27

MIDWAY, Ky., April 29 (UPI) -- Dynaformer, one of the world's top thoroughbred stallions, died Sunday at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky. He was 27.

Dynaformer sired the winners of many of the world's top racers. He had been retired from stud duty after suffering an aortic valve rupture this month.

Prominent among his legion of successful progeny are Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro and Melbourne Cup winner Americain. His sons and daughters also won the One Thousand Guineas, Irish Oaks, Stephen Foster Handicap, English St. Leger, German Derby, Blue Grass Stakes, American Oaks, Hollywood Derby, Shadwell Turf Mile, Santa Margarita Invitational, Flower Bowl Invitational, Santa Maria Handicap, Yorkshire Oaks, Beverly D. Stakes, Diana Handicap,Florida Derby, Hempstead Handicap, Gazelle Handicap, Matriarch Stakes and many other top races.

His son, McDynamo, won an unprecedented five Breeders' Cup Steeplechase races.

"Dynaformer impacted the industry in a way that few ever have or will," Three Chimneys President Case Clay said. "More than that, though, he was an awe-inspiring horse to be around. He commanded respect and his toughness was undeniable to the very end. He reminded me a lot of Seattle Slew in that when you were around him, you knew you were in the presence of greatness."

Seattle Slew also stood at Three Chimneys for many years.

From his 21 crops of foals that raced, Dynaformer's progeny have earned more than $105 million. He is the sire of 130 stakes winners, including 61 graded stakes winners, 25 Grade 1 stakes winners and 18 millionaires. Those numbers are the best in each respective category of all active sires.

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