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Sports news briefs — March 16

Compiled from wire reports

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TENNIS

Djokovic, Pennetta win at Indian Wells

• Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) to win the BNP Paribas Open for the third time in Indian Wells, Calif.

Federer rallied from a break down and a 5-3 deficit in the third set to force the tiebreaker Sunday, but he made a slew of mistakes to lose the 33rd meeting between the two rivals.

Flavia Pennetta routed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-1 for the biggest title of her career. Radwanska was bothered with a left knee injury during the final. She twice called for the trainer and had her knee heavily taped.

CYCLING

Betancur protects lead, secures victory

• Carlos Betancur became the first Colombian rider to win the Paris-Nice cycling race while Arthur Vichot of France finished first on the last stage in Nice, France. Betancur safely protected his 14-second lead over world champion Rui Costa of Portugal by finishing in the main pack on the final stage. Costa crashed on the final straight. The stage win lifted Vichot into third overall, 20 seconds behind Betancur.

• Alberto Contador again showed his strength in the mountains as he claimed a second successive Tirreno-Adriatico stage win to move into the overall lead in Guardiagrele, Italy. Contador is 2 minutes, 8 seconds ahead of Movistar’s Nairo Quintana and 2:15 ahead of Tinkoff-Saxo teammate Roman Kreuziger.

AUTO RACING

Second-place finisher disqualified in F1

• Formula One’s season-opening race ended in rancor and controversy as initial second-place finisher Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull was disqualified for a breach of fuel regulations, five hours after Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg took the checkered flag in Melbourne, Australia. Stewards ruled that Ricciardo’s car had “exceeded consistently the maximum allowed fuel flow” and that the team refused an instruction to change the fuel-flow sensor before the race and a further request during the race to reduce the fuel flow. Red Bull announced it would appeal the decision. Ricciardo’s disqualification meant Kevin Magnussen was promoted to second in his debut race, ahead of his McLaren teammate Jenson Button.

• Doug Kalitta and Robert Hight won the top two divisions at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. Kalitta beat former series champion Antron Brown in the Top Fuel division, and Hight topped his boss, 16-time champion John Force, in the Funny Car division.

WINTER SPORTS

Fenninger wraps up giant slalom title

• World Cup overall champion Anna Fenninger added the giant slalom title by winning the season-ending race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. The Austrian racer had to finish ahead of pre-race standings leader Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden and duly won her fourth consecutive World Cup giant slalom. Fenninger’s two-run combined time of 2 minutes, 1.28 seconds was 0.25 faster than teammate Eva-Maria Brem. Lindell-Vikarby was third.

• Marcel Hirscher beat Felix Neureuther in a testy Austria vs. Germany duel for the World Cup slalom title in Lenzerheide. Racing last as the controversial first-run leader, Hirscher finished 0.76 seconds inside Neureuther’s time to overtake his rival in the standings. Olympic champion Mario Matt was third.

— From wire reports


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