Harvick drinks in another Coca-Cola 600 victory
CONCORD, N.C. – Kevin Harvick pulled away from Kasey Kahne on a restart with 11 laps left to win the Coca-Cola 600 for the second time in three seasons, a race stopped nearly 30 minutes Sunday night when a TV camera support rope snapped.
Kahne led 156 laps and appeared to have the strongest machine in NASCAR’s longest race. But Harvick took the low line after the last of 11 cautions and slowly pulled away.
Harvick won two years ago when Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of gas 700 feet from the finish line.
Kahne finished second, Kurt Busch third, and polesitter Denny Hamlin was fourth in his second full race since returning from injury.
There were 10 people injured when the rope collapsed. Three were taken to hospitals with nonlife threatening injuries.
Like father, like son: Rosberg wins Monaco Grand Prix
MONACO – Even though he matched his father in winning the Monaco Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg believes he’s a long way from completing another father-and-son double by clinching the world title as well.
Rosberg kept his cool amid the chaos to win the crash-marred race Sunday to give Mercedes its first victory of the season. The win also matched the feat of his father, Keke Rosberg, who won in Monaco in 1983 – a year after he won his only F1 title.
Nico Rosberg, though, is sixth in the overall standings and still 60 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel. Still, he did enjoy the occasion of winning only his second career GP in the place where he spent much of his childhood.
Rosberg began from the pole position for the third straight GP but had to restart three times after the race was held up by a safety car, a red flag and the safety car again.
The German finished ahead of Vettel and his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber, and Lewis Hamilton finished fourth.
Poor academic judgment costs Golson his position
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Everett Golson is out for at least the fall semester at Notre Dame, saying he has been suspended by the university for what he called poor academic judgment.
Golson officially was no longer enrolled at Notre Dame as of Friday, university spokesman Dennis Brown said Saturday night.
Golson helped the Irish go 12-0 during the regular season last year, regain the No. 1 ranking for the first time in nearly two decades and get to the national title game against Alabama in January. Coach Brian Kelly was counting on him to play an even bigger role in 2013 after his play steadily improved throughout last season.
Golson did not specify what he did to get suspended.
Golson completed 58.8 percent of his passes last year for 2,405 yards with 12 touchdown passes and six interceptions. He also ran for 298 yards and team-high six touchdowns.
Giro d’Italia victory marks Nibali a ProTour great
BRESCIA, Italy – Vincenzo Nibali coasted to the Giro d’Italia title in the final stage of the three-week classic Sunday, while Mark Cavendish won the 21st leg in a sprint finish for his fifth victory in this year’s race.
For Nibali, an Italian with the Astana team, the title cemented his status in an elite group of current riders considered capable of winning Grand Tours, along with Alberto Contador, Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins.
Nibali took the overall leader’s pink jersey after the seventh stage, never gave it up, then padded his lead by winning the final two mountain stages in dominating fashion.
Rigoberto Uran of Colombia finished second overall, and Cadel Evans of Australia, the 2011 Tour de France winner, was third, 4:43 and 5:52 behind Nibali, respectively.
It was Cavendish’s 15th win in his Giro career and 41st in cycling’s three Grand Tours – the Giro, Tour de France and Spanish Vuelta. He has a career total of 102 victories.