Kahne holds off Kenseth to win Atlanta shootout (Yahoo Sports) - Kasey Kahne's ''downer'' year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most. Kahne charged past Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night. It worked really well tonight.'' Meanwhile, Tony Stewart's much-anticipated return to racing ended a little more than halfway through the race. Kahne took his third career win in Atlanta and his first win of the season. Tony Stewart's return to race track ends early (Yahoo Sports) - Tony Stewart's return to the track has ended only a little over halfway through his race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart drove his battered car to the garage and then exited without speaking to reporters. His crew chief Chad Johnston said the 14 team was disappointed, but will now start focusing on next weekend's race in Richmond, Virginia. ''We'll go on to Richmond and hope we can do better there.'' Stewart first went into the wall earlier in Sunday night's race following a collision with Kyle Busch, requiring work to the right side of his car. AP source: Chiefs' Smith agrees to 4-yr extension (Yahoo Sports) - When he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason, quarterback Alex Smith professed his admiration for coach Andy Reid and his excitement at playing for the storied franchise. Smith and the Chiefs agreed Sunday on a $68 million extension that should keep him in Kansas City through the 2018 season, a person familiar with the contract told the Associated Press. The Kansas City Star first reported that an agreement had been reached. Smith joins a wave of quarterbacks who have recently signed long-term extensions, including the Bengals' Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick, who replaced Smith in San Francisco. Monday's gossip column - Man City and Arsenal offered Falcao, Man Utd want £5m for Welbeck loan, plus more gossip on transfer deadline day. Angels trounce A's 8-1 to complete 4-game sweep (Yahoo Sports) - Mike Trout hit his career-high 31st homer and drove in three runs, Matt Shoemaker pitched seven shutout innings of five-hit ball, and the Los Angeles Angels completed a masterful four-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with an 8-1 victory Sunday. The Angels won their sixth in row and own the best record in the majors at 83-53. Chris Iannetta homered and had three hits for Los Angeles, which has won 15 of 19. Scott Kazmir (14-7) got just four outs for Oakland, which scored its first run since Thursday on Josh Reddick's RBI single off Mike Morin in the eighth. Patriots trade Mallett to Texans (Yahoo Sports) - Jimmy Garoppolo will be carrying a clipboard for Tom Brady on the New England Patriots' sideline this season. The Patriots traded former Brady backup Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans on Sunday, elevating Garoppolo to the No. 2 job behind the two-time NFL MVP. Garoppolo was a second-round pick in this year's draft - the highest coach Bill Belichick has ever selected a quarterback in New England. Cardinals overcome 5-run deficit to beat Cubs 9-6 (Yahoo Sports) - ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Holliday hit his third home run in two games and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single, rallying the St. Louis Cardinals past the Chicago Cubs 9-6 on Sunday. Wozniacki outlasts Sharapova, in US Open quarters (Yahoo Sports) - Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon. Maria Sharapova, usually the one wearing down opponents in the third set, sure couldn't keep up on a steamy Sunday at the U.S. Sharapova returned to the court late, arguing with the chair umpire after receiving a time violation warning. Perhaps sensing that she was fresher than the five-time major champion, Wozniacki later complained that Sharapova was dawdling between points. Federer through after rain delay - Former champion Roger Federer came from behind to beat Marcel Granollers and reach the US Open fourth round. Arsenal 'active' as deadline looms - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger expects to be busy on deadline day, while plenty of activity is expected after a record summer of spending.

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Teary-eyed Aussie Power wins first IndyCar crown (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 7:31 am]
Will Power, who had his championship dreams destroyed twice before when he crashed out of season-ending races, was overcome with emotion as he finally claimed his first IndyCar Series crown. I was crying when I crossed the finish line," said Power, who raced strategically to take the crown with a ninth-place finish in Saturday's season-finale at the Auto Club Speedway track. It was enough to give the Australian a 62-point victory over runner-up Helio Castroneves. Tony Kanaan won Saturday's 250-lap race to earn his first win since last year's Indianapolis 500.

Power wins first IndyCar championship (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 6:13 am]
Will Power claimed his first IndyCar Series championship, using a conservative racing approach that allowed him to finish ninth in the final race of the season. Power had entered the 18th race of the season at the Auto Club Speedway with a 51 point lead over his Team Penske teammate. I was crying when I crossed the finish line," said Power on Saturday. The 33-year-old Power was able to avoid the mishaps that destroyed his earlier attempts to maintain the overall points lead going into the last race of the season.

Will Power wins IndyCar series title behind Kanaan (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 5:11 am]
Will Power won his first IndyCar Series championship Saturday night, finishing ninth in the final race and claiming the season title after a career filled with agonizing misses. Tony Kanaan won the 500-mile, double-points race at Fontana for his first victory of the season, but Power drove an intelligent race with just enough aggression to preserve his healthy points lead. After briefly taking the lead late, Power comfortably held off second-place teammate Helio Castroneves and wrapped up Team Penske's first IndyCar title since 2006. He led the IndyCar points standings heading into the final race in 2010 and 2012, and he led with two races left in 2011 - but he failed to claim the title each time.

Auto racer Aleshin upgraded to stable after crash (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 31, 2014, 1:33 am]
Russian rookie driver Mikhail Aleshin was upgraded to stable condition after suffering head and chest injuries during a multi-car practice crash ahead of the IndyCar auto race. Aleshin had already qualified for Saturday's race when he was involved in a flying wreck on the final practice run of Friday night's schedule at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, 81 kilometers (50 miles) east of Los Angeles. The 27-year-old from Moscow, who earlier this year became the first Russian to compete in the Indianapolis 500, was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center. IndyCar doctor Terry Trammell said Aleshin's injuries included "fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle, a concussion and chest injuries."

IndyCar driver Aleshin healing after Fontana crash (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 11:54 pm]
Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin has been upgraded to stable condition after undergoing a procedure for a chest injury from his horrific crash during a practice session. IndyCar announced Aleshin's improvement Saturday before its season-ending race at Fontana. Aleshin was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center on Friday night after his car flew and spun into the air in Turn 4 at Fontana.

Aleshin in serious condition after IndyCar crash (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 8:25 pm]
Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin was in a serious condition in a California hospital on Saturday with a concussion, broken ribs and chest injuries after an IndyCar qualifying crash. Aleshin had qualified for Saturday's race in Fontana, east of Los Angeles, when he was involved in a flying wreck on the final practice run of Friday night. IndyCar medical consultant doctor Terry Trammell issued a statement early Saturday detailing Aleshin's injuries, which include "fractured ribs, a broken right clavicle, a concussion and chest injuries."

Aleshin hospitalized after Fontana IndyCar crash (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 7:40 am]
Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was hospitalized in serious but stable condition Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale. Aleshin was taken away from the Fontana track in an ambulance and airlifted to nearby Loma Linda University Medical Center. The Russian driver has broken ribs and a broken right collarbone along with a concussion and chest injuries, an IndyCar spokesperson said. He slid back up the track and collided with Charlie Kimball in a shower of sparks and smoke, sending Aleshin's car flying into the catch fence while spinning.

Big wreck in final IndyCar practice at Fontana (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 3:20 am]
Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was taken away from the track in an ambulance and airlifted to a hospital Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale. He was taken to nearby Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Castroneves on pole at Fontana IndyCar race (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 2:50 am]
Brazil's Helio Castroneves won the pole position while championship points leader Will Power, of Australia, qualified 21st for Saturday's Fontana IndyCar auto race, the final event of the season. With Friday's pole victory, Castroneves moved from 51 points to 50 behind Power in the battle for the 2014 IndyCar series title. It's just beginning," said Castroneves, who is aiming for his first championship. Castroneves posted a two-lap average speed of 351.6 km/h (218.5 mph) during Friday's qualifying.

Power faces final obstacles in IndyCar title race (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 30, 2014, 12:03 am]
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) -- Will Power has been through too much heartbreak for too many IndyCar seasons to think his first series championship would be simple.

Power finishes 21st in IndyCar finale qualifying (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 29, 2014, 11:04 pm]
Will Power has struggled in qualifying for the final race of the IndyCar season, leaving the series leader starting in 21st place when he chases his first championship. Power had the second-worst performance in qualifying, while Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves won the pole. Castroneves turned a lap with an average speed of 218.540 mph. Castroneves trails Power by 51 points in second place heading into the season finale. Both drivers are attempting to win their first IndyCar titles.

Houston removed from 2015 IndyCar calendar (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 29, 2014, 9:42 pm]
IndyCar officials confirmed Friday that Houston, which hosted two races each of the past two seasons, will not be on next year's schedule. The two Grand Prix of Houston races were staged the past two seasons on a temporary circuit but no date could be arranged for next season. "(IndyCar) will always keep our options open when it comes to an important market like Houston," IndyCar chief executive Mark Miles said. The announcement came days after IndyCar announced a new race for 2015 would be staged just outside New Orleans, the Grand Prix of Louisiana.

Houston races dropped from IndyCar slate in 2015 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 29, 2014, 7:09 pm]
The Grand Prix of Houston has been dropped from the IndyCar schedule for 2015. Scheduling conflicts prompted the change, IndyCar president Mark Miles says. Four-time IndyCar series champion Dario Franchitti was seriously injured at the Houston track in 2013, forcing his retirement from racing. Franchitti's car flew into a fence after he attempted to avoid contact from Takuma Sato, whose car came off line after hitting a bump in the temporary track.

Power looks for elusive IndyCar title at Fontana (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 28, 2014, 8:18 pm]
Stay on the lead lap, keep his car out of scrapes and within shouting distance of Helio Castroneves and the IndyCar championship will be Power's after Saturday's race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. He has a 51-point lead over Penske teammate Castroneves - another elite driver in search of his first series title - and will clinch the crown by finishing sixth or better. ''It's just about, obviously, just aim for a top-five finish,'' said Power, who won last year's race at Fontana. Dario Franchitti won the title by a mere five points, even though Power had the dominant car all season.

Aussie Power seeks IndyCar season crown (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 28, 2014, 6:03 pm]
Will Power, trying to become Australia's first IndyCar season champion, carries the points lead into the final race of the campaign for the fourth time in five years. Defending race champion Power can clinch the title with a finish of sixth or better no matter how Castroneves, his Penske Racing teammate, fares. Scotland's Dario Franchitti took the title in 2010 and 2011 and American Ryan Hunter-Reay captured the 2012 crown -- each time overtaking Power in the final race to take the championship. "I know that it's going to take a lot of hard work and a very good race to win the championship.

IndyCar sets April 12 New Orleans date (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 27, 2014, 8:32 pm]
AVONDALE, La. (AP) -- The IndyCar series has committed to an April 12 race date for next season's inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana.

Power shakes off quake but can't close out title (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 25, 2014, 10:09 pm]
There he found frightened teammate Helio Castroneves, clad only in the complimentary hotel bathrobe, and Team Penske President Tim Cindric, who was calm and collected and already plotting their next move. Power said Cindric collected their car keys from the valet stand and, after it was clear to return to the damaged hotel to grab their belongings, everyone headed to Sonoma Raceway to attempt to get a little more sleep.

Dixon wins Sonoma IndyCar, Power boosts point lead (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 25, 2014, 12:47 am]
Scott Dixon passed Mike Conway with three laps remaining to win the IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma while Will Power stretched his season points lead despite a risky late move. New Zealand's Dixon, the defending series season points champion, won his 35th IndyCar triumph on Sunday to match Bobby Unser for fifth on the all-time list. Aussie Power attempted a tight pass on Britain's Justin Wilson in the final turns of the last lap but was penalized one spot to make the move all for nought. "I was going for more," Power said.

Dixon gets dramatic Sonoma IndyCar win; Power 10th (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 25, 2014, 12:23 am]
Scott Dixon surged ahead with three laps left for a victory at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, while IndyCar points leader Will Power recovered from a mid-race spin to finish 10th heading to the season finale. Power leads teammate Helio Castroneves by 51 points heading to the double-points finale at Fontana on Saturday. Castroneves struggled to an 18th-place finish at Sonoma. Dixon is out of the race to defend his 2013 title, but he grabbed his 35th win after leader Graham Rahal was forced to pit for gas with four laps left.

Dixon gets dramatic Sonoma IndyCar win; Power 9th (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 24, 2014, 11:07 pm]
Scott Dixon passed Mike Conway with three laps to go at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, earning a dramatic IndyCar victory and muddying the overall championship race. Series leader Will Power finished ninth after a ferocious last-lap push past Justin Wilson, setting up an intriguing finish to the Indy Car season Saturday at Fontana. After starting on the pole, Power fell back to 20th with a mid-race spin. IndyCar is reviewing Power's tactics on the final lap.

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