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POSTED April 30, 2012 12:30 a.m.

HORSE RACING

• TOP DERBY CONTENDERS COME FROM NOVEMBER JUVENILE: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hansen was there, edging out a hard charging Union Rags. Dullahan ran, too, as did Daddy Long Legs, Creative Cause, Take Charge Indy, Alpha, Optimizer and Prospective.

The same horses are expected to line up again on Saturday in the Kentucky Derby, just six months after the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on the same Churchill Downs track set the stage for the Run for the Roses.

While no horse has distinguished itself as a clear-cut favorite ahead of the post-position draw on Wednesday, as many as nine horses who’ll start Saturday also participated in the premier race for 2-year-olds.

“When you look back at the race, it was a key,” Union Rags trainer Michael Matz said. “And, a lot of those horses have done well. I think this is a pretty competitive crop.”

The top five graded stakes earners are all from the 13-horse field that started at the Juvenile.





GOLF

• LUKE LIST WINS SOUTH GEORGIA CLASSIC: VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Luke List won the South Georgia Classic on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Brian Stuard.

The former Vanderbilt player finished at 16-under 272 at Kinderlou Forest, and earned $112,500.

“It feels fantastic,” said List, surrounded by his parents, grandparents and girlfriend. “It’s hard to describe. I really put my head down, especially on the weekend. I knew where I was all day and it was nice to perform under the pressure. Hopefully, this will be a turning point for me and I can get a few more this year.”

Stuard finished with a 66. Three-time PGA Tour winner Woody Austin, tied for the third-hole lead with List, had a 73 to drop the third, five strokes back.



• ROSIE JONES WINS LEGENDS TOUR OPENER: SUN CITY WEST, Ariz. (AP) — Rosie Jones won the Legends Tour’s season-opening Walgreens Charity Classic on Sunday, finishing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Elaine Crosby in the 36-hole event.

The 52-year-old Jones, a 13-time LPGA Tour winner who captained the losing U.S. Solheim Cup team last year, had a 5-under 139 total on the Grandview Golf Course. Crosby also closed with a 68.

Liselotte Neumann and Jan Stephenson tied for second at 2 under. Neumann shot a 69, and Stephenson had a 70.





CYCLING

• BRADLEY WIGGINS WINS SIX-DAY TOUR DE ROMANDIE: CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Bradley Wiggins won the six-day Tour de Romandie on Sunday, after taking the race-ending individual time-trial stage.

Wiggins overcame early mechanical trouble to finish in 28 minutes, 56 seconds for the 10.25-mile circuit around the ski resort of Crans-Montana.

The British rider was one second faster Sunday than Andrew Talansky of the United States, who climbed to second overall, trailing Wiggins by 12 seconds.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Wiggins added the Romandie title to his victory in the Paris-Nice stage race last month, confirming his status as a strong candidate to win the Tour de France in July.





BOXING

• MALIGNAGGI WINS WBA WELTERWEIGHT TITLE: DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — American Paul Malignaggi stopped previously undefeated Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko in the ninth round Sunday to take the WBA welterweight title Sunday.

The referee stepped in to halt the fight at 1:10 in the ninth after Malignaggi pounded the left side of Senchenko’s face until his eye closed.

The 31-year-old Malignaggi, the former IBF junior welterweight champion, improved to 31-4 with his seventh career knockout. The 35-year-old Senchenko dropped to 32-1 in front of a sparse home crowd at Donbass Arena.

Senchenko, who hasn’t fought outside Ukraine for more than five years, struggled from the start with Malignaggi’s speed. The New Yorker was able to move in and out, firing off rapid punches while avoiding the slower, taller Ukrainian’s strikes.





TENNIS

• SHARAPOVA BEATS AZARENKA IN PORSCHE FINAL: STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Second-ranked Maria Sharapova cruised past top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Porsche Grand Prix for her first title of the year.

Sharapova lost the finals of the Australian Open and Indian Wells this year to Azarenka, and the Russian had never beaten her rival from Belarus in four previous encounters in a final.



• SIMON BEATS FOGNINI TO WIN NASTASE TIRIAC TROPHY: BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Top-seeded Gilles Simon beat Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-4, 6-3 to win the Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Sunday.

The Frenchman took the event for the third time, after winning the tournament in 2007 and 2008.

Fognini, playing in his first ATP World Tour final, made a determined start and broke early for a 2-0 lead before Simon recovered to make it 2-2.





AUTO RACING

•  EDWARDS AND STEWART LEAVE RICHMOND UNHAPPY: RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Not even a meeting with NASCAR officials helped Carl Edwards understand why he was given a penalty at Richmond International Raceway.

“We had to just agree to disagree and that’s the way it is,” Edwards said.

In contrast, Tony Stewart knew exactly why he lost Saturday night’s race.

“We did everything we could to throw it away, it got taken away,” the defending Sprint Cup champion said. “I’m pretty ticked off about it.”

Both drivers were less than pleased when they left Richmond, where late drama spiced up what had been yet another bland NASCAR race. There were just three cautions — one was a NASCAR-planned competition — through the first 310 laps and none had much impact on the race.

That changed when Jeff Burton smacked the wall, leaving behind debris that brought out the yellow with 89 laps remaining. It was Stewart and Edwards on the front row for the restart, and both believed they were the leader.

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