Checkered flag for Newman

Ryan Newman grabbed the lead when a three-wide accident took out leading teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson with two laps to go Sunday, and Newman ended a 22-race winless streak by holding on to win at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Gordon, who dominated all day, and Johnson seemed poised for a showdown in a green-white-checker finish, each eager to give Hendrick Motorsports its 200th victory. But as the green flag flew on lap 503, Clint Bowyer sneaked inside Gordon's car heading into the first turn, and the three cars slid up the track as Newman zipped past. A.J. Allmendinger finished second, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr.


'Hero' wins Louisiana Derby

Hero of Order, the longest shot in the field at 111-1, won the $1-million Grade 2 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Hero of Order had the lead near the rail entering the stretch and held off prerace favorite Mark Valeski by about half a length, winning in a time of 1:50.13. Hero of Order paid $220.80, $79.20 and $25.40. The horse was ridden by Eddie Martin Jr. and trained by Gennadi Dorochenk. Mark Valeski appeared on the verge of catching Hero of Order midway through the stretch but did not make up enough ground. Rousing Sermon finished third.


Djokovic wins Key Biscayne

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic won his third Sony Ericsson Open title in Key Biscayne, Fla., holding every service game to beat Andy Murray, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4). Djokovic also won in 2007 and last year. Only six-time champion Andre Agassi won more men's titles at Key Biscayne. The lone break point Djokovic faced came in the fifth game, and he erased that. In the tiebreaker he lost only one service point, went ahead to stay when Murray double-faulted to make it 3-2, and closed out the victory when the Scotsman sailed his final forehand long.


U.S. women, Japan draw

Alex Morgan scored in the 72nd minute in Sendai, Japan, to give the United States a 1-1 draw with Japan, the team that beat them in the final of the women's World Cup last year.

-- AP

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