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After first death in 18 years, X Games’ buries best tricks

DENVER – The X Games no longer will feature the controversial snowmobile or Moto X best trick competitions.

ESPN, which sanctions and televises the X Games, announced the cancellations Tuesday. The X Games still plans to hold other snowmobile events at Winter X, along with motorcycle competitions at Summer X.

The safety of snowmobiles came under scrutiny after two incidents last January in Aspen, including the death of 25-year-old Caleb Moore from injuries he suffered when his 450-pound sled rolled over him after a backflip gone wrong during a freestyle competition. It was the first death in the 18-year history of the X Games.

Later, in best trick – the discipline that was eliminated – a snowmobiling newcomer tumbled off his machine after a failed maneuver, only to have the throttle stick when it landed, and the snowmobile veered into the crowd as fans scrambled to get out of the way. No one was seriously injured.

Auto Racing

Power proves IRL practice ‘just a very fast situation’

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Will Power and Helio Castroneves still run awfully fast at Barber Motorsports Park going into the season.

The Penske Racing teammates posted the two fastest laps in testing Tuesday at a track where they’ve combined to win the first three IndyCar races.

Power’s fast lap of 1:07.8625 was more than 2.6 seconds faster than the run that secured the pole for Castroneves a year ago at the 2.3-mile track. Castroneves was next up with 1:07.9388, followed by James Hinchcliffe (1:07.9869).

Power, the series runner-up last year, said the faster times were a product of engine work and cooler weather. He called it “just a very fast situation.”

There were some changes even with familiar faces at the top. Four drivers are with new teams, and AJ Allmendinger’s back in IndyCar, too.

Penske reups Quicken Loans for Castroneves and Power

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Penske Racing reached a multiyear sponsorship deal with Quicken Loans. Penske Racing President Tim Cindric announced the deal Tuesday during open testing at Barber Motorsports Park.

Detroit-based Quicken Loans also will be the presenting sponsor for a doubleheader race weekend at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

The mortgage lender will be featured on the cockpit of both the No. 3 Chevrolet driven by three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and three time road series champion Will Power’s No. 12 Chevrolet.

Cycling

Italian defends his crown in Italy’s Tirreno-Adriatico

SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, Italy – Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali defended his title in the Tirreno-Adriatico race Tuesday, finishing 23 seconds ahead of Tour de France runner-up Chris Froome.

Alberto Contador was third overall, 52 seconds back.

World champion Tony Martin, who rides for Omega Pharma-Quick Step, won the final 5.7-mile time trial in 10 minutes, 25 seconds.

Soccer

Lloyd’s break a 6- to 8-week bad break for USA soccer

CHICAGO – American midfielder Carli Lloyd will be sidelined six to eight weeks after breaking a bone in her left shoulder during the Algarve Cup.

After initially saying the injury was minor, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Tuesday that an MRI showed the fracture. Lloyd was injured March 6 against Iceland and missed matches against China and Sweden. She also will miss today’s final against Germany at Faro, Portugal.

Lloyd has 43 goals in 154 international appearances.

She likely will be sidelined for at least the first month of the season for the Western New York Flash of the new National Women’s Soccer League.

Associated Press