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Sports news briefs — May 11

Compiled from wire reports

FOOTBALL

Former Gophers QB faces assault charge

• Former Minnesota Gophers quarterback Philip Robert Nelson was jailed after an altercation in Mankato, Minn., early Sunday that sent a former Minnesota State, Mankato, linebacker to the hospital in critical condition. A police statement said officers came across Isaac Dallas Kolstad, 24, of Mankato, while patrolling the city’s downtown entertainment district around 2 a.m. Nelson, 20, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Blue Earth County jail, the statement said. Police are requesting felony charges of third-degree assault, KTOE-AM reported.

• The Indianapolis Colts signed 19 undrafted free agents including former Ohio State offensive lineman Marcus Hall. Hall started 31 games for the Buckeyes.

AUTO RACING

Hamilton, Rosberg finish 1-2 in Spain

• Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg sped away to their fourth consecutive one-two finish at the Spanish Grand Prix in a dominant performance that does not bode well for the rest of the Formula One field in Montmelo, Spain.

Roger Penske, the winningest owner in Indianapolis 500 history, swept the top three spots on the first day of practice. Australia’s Will Power finished with a fast lap of 223.057 mph, Colombia’s Juan Pablo Montoya was second at 222.502 and Brazil’s Helio Castroneves was third at 222.373.

• IndyCar team owner Michael Andretti said James Hinchcliffe won’t return to the track until at least Tuesday because of a concussion sustained Saturday in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

TENNIS

Nadal, Sharapova win Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal won his fourth Madrid Open title after Kei Nishikori was forced to withdraw with a back injury when trailing 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 in the final. Earlier, Maria Sharapova bounced back from a poor start to defeat Simona Halep 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win the women’s title.

• Ninth-seeded John Isner was upset by 64th-ranked Jurgen Melzer 7-6 (7), 6-3 in the first round of the Italian Open, eliminating the lone American from the men’s event in Rome.

CYCLING

Cavendish takes lead in California

Mark Cavendish surged ahead of John Degenkolb in a thrilling sprint to win the first stage of the Tour of California in the closest finish in the event’s nine-year history. Cavendish completed the 120-mile stage in 4 hours, 44 minutes, 7 seconds for the Omega Pharma-Quick Step Cycling Team in Sacramento. Moreno Hofland was third.

Marcel Kittel sprinted to a second consecutive stage victory in a wet third leg of the Giro d’Italia, while Michael Matthews retained the overall leader’s pink jersey. Kittel finished the 187-kilometer (116-mile) cross-border leg from Armagh to Dublin in 4 hours, 28 minutes, 43 seconds.

HOCKEY

Bruins forward fined for throwing water

• Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said he will not contest a fine of more than $2,800 for squirting water from the bench at Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban in the final minute of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

• Defending champion Sweden prevailed in a shootout to edge the Czech Republic 4-3 at the i world championship and Russia handed Finland a 4-2 defeat for its second consecutive win in Minsk, Belarus. Germany and Norway also made it two wins in two games, while France failed to build on its upset victory over Canada as it lost 2-1 to Italy.

— From wire reports




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