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Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, celebrates after winning the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Juan, For the Ages: Montoya Wins Indy 15 Years After First

Monday, May 25, 2015

Indianapolis — His career at a crossroads, his confidence shot, Juan Pablo Montoya received a lifeline from The Captain. Roger Penske called the driver in late 2013, when Montoya found himself without a job after seven frustrating seasons in NASCAR that had turned one of the baddest drivers on the planet into a struggling also-ran. The catch? Penske’s offer was a return to Indy cars, which Montoya had left behind years ago. The Colombian jumped at the opportunity and cashed in on it Sunday with his second Indianapolis 500 victory. The first one was 15 years ago and a stepping stone to Formula One. The …

The Ups … and the Downs

Monday, May 25, 2015

Above: Chelsea’s Didier Drogba dons the crown from the top of the English Premier League championship trophy following Sunday’s 3-1 win over Sunderland in London on the final day of the EPL season. Chelsea officially got to celebrate its latest title — clinched three weeks ago — after the victory. The view was …

Lapse Has Federer Fuming

Monday, May 25, 2015

Paris — Roger Federer was not amused. As Federer finished an interview after his first-round French Open victory Sunday, an overzealous fan left his seat and approached the 17-time major champion right there on the main stadium court in search of the most modern of mementos — a cellphone selfie. At first, Federer seemed startled. Then he looked uncomfortable, trying to brush away …

Kraft’s Relationship With Goodell on Rocks

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Robert Kraft has repeatedly stood up for Roger Goodell, supporting the NFL commissioner’s high salary, playing a key role in ending the 2011 lockout, even vouching for his friend amid missteps in the Ray Rice …

Miami Falls in 13 for New Manager

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Miami — David Peralta hit a two-out RBI double in the 13th inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks spoiled Dan Jennings’ managerial debut by beating the Miami Marlins 3-2 Monday night. Jennings gave up his job as Marlins general …

U.S. Imports Helping Mexican Team Grow

Monday, May 18, 2015

Los Angeles — There was a time when Veronica Perez’s soccer career, like her citizenship status, was split between two countries. Born in the U.S. to Mexican parents, Perez could play for either side. So in 2009, she …

Wasn’t That Easy?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Baltimore — Bob Baffert worried about his horse in the days after the Kentucky Derby. American Pharoah had won, yes, but he hadn’t seemed himself on race day. The madhouse scene at Churchill Downs had worn him out. …

Clean Air Pushed Hamlin to All-Star Victory

Monday, May 18, 2015

Concord, n.c. — Denny Hamlin intently watched the qualifying event for NASCAR’s annual All-Star race and noticed, as has been the case in recent years, the driver out front in the waning laps was almost certainly guaranteed the win. As Greg Biffle led all 20 laps of the …

Houston Launches Into Semis

Monday, May 18, 2015

Houston — The Houston Rockets are heading to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 18 years after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Los Angeles Clippers. “It’s the ultimate confidence-booster,” James Harden said. …

Ducks Roll Hawks in West Opener

Monday, May 18, 2015

Anaheim, Calif. — Hampus Lindholm, Nate Thompson and Jakob Silfverberg each had a goal and an assist, and the Anaheim Ducks opened the Western Conference finals with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Frederik Andersen made 32 saves and Kyle Palmieri also scored for the …

Barcelona Secures Spanish Title; Arsenal Holds Man U to Tie

Monday, May 18, 2015

Madrid — Barcelona clinched its 23rd Spanish league title on Sunday thanks to Lionel Messi. Messi scored the winning goal in the 65th minute as Barcelona beat beat dethroned champion Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the Spanish capital. Messi slotted in a low shot after exchanging passes with Pedro …

McIlroy Win Sets Mark at N.C. Tourney

Monday, May 18, 2015

Charlotte, n.c. — Rory McIlroy became the first two-time winner in the Wells Fargo Championship with a seven-shot victory Sunday over Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers. The top-ranked McIlory closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 21-under 267 and break the tournament record by five strokes. He …

Paxton Impressively Silences Sox

Monday, May 18, 2015

Seattle — James Paxton used his fastball effectively in stretching his scoreless streak to a career-best 20 innings as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-0 Sunday. Paxton (2-2) allowed five hits in eight innings, struck …