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POSTED May 28, 2012 7:42 p.m.

CYCLING

DUGGAN IS SURPRISE WINNER OF US ROAD RACE TITLE: GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Tim Duggan held off a chasing group of about a dozen riders Monday to win the USA Cycling Professional Road Race Championship.

Duggan broke away about 15 miles from the finish to win the four-lap, 112-mile race in a time of 4:17:40, earning him a year of wearing the stars and stripes jersey of the U.S. road race champion.

Frank Pipp won the sprint for second, while Kiel Reijnen finished third on the course that started in downtown Greenville before climbing Paris Mountain on the outskirts of the city.

The 29-year-old Duggan has been a support rider for most of his career and continues a trend of surprise winners for the U.S. title.

Time trial title winner David Zabriskie finished 14th, while hometown favorite George Hincapie was 16th.

BOWLING

RASH WINS PBA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: CHICAGO (AP) — Sean Rash has won the Professional Bowlers Association's Chris Schenkel Player of the Year award.

Rash, who made a record five consecutive finals during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling and concluded his season with a victory in the PBA Tournament of Champions, was selected over a field of 11 candidates in balloting conducted among his fellow tour competitors and media members.

Rash, from Montgomery, Ill., received 29.04 percent of the votes. Australia's Jason Belmonte got 26.61 percent and Mike Fagan of Dallas 18.32 percent in the closest voting in years. Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., received 11.89 percent and Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 10.23 percent to round out the top.

Rash, a 29-year-old right-hander, won the season-ending PBA Tournament of Champions for his only title, but had six championship round finishes, including third place in the PBA World Championship. Qualifying for a record five consecutive TV finals during the World Series of Bowling helped the Alaska native dominate PBA Tour stats where he finish first in average, points and earnings.

AUTO RACING

FRANCHITTI EARNS NEARLY $2.5 MILLION FOR INDY WIN: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dario Franchitti earned $2,474,280 from an overall purse of $13,285,815 for his victory in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

The four-time series champion from Scotland became just the 10th driver to win IndyCar's signature event at least three times. He also won in 2007 and 2010.

Franchitti, who started 16th, took the lead for good in the No. 50 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda car from his teammate, Scott Dixon, on lap 199.

He overcame a spirited passing attempt by Takuma Sato in turn 1 on the final lap. Sato spun and hit the SAFER Barrier while Franchitti hung on to win the race under caution.

Dixon, who won the race in 2008, earned $1,102,280 for finishing second.

TENNIS

TENNIS  PLAYER FISH HAS HEART PROCEDURE: American tennis player Mardy Fish tells USA Today he recently had a medical procedure to correct a heart problem.

Fish, who hasn't played since late March after being diagnosed with fatigue, says he had a procedure called cardiac catheter ablation on Wednesday to deal with misfiring electrical pulses in his heart. He is recovering at his home in Los Angeles.

Fish, who at No. 10 is the highest-ranked American on the ATP Tour, tells USA Today that at times he would wake up with his heart racing as if he'd been running sprints.

He said: "It felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest."

Fish says he can resume light training soon and hopes to play at the grass-court tune-up for Wimbledon that begins June 11.

 

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