Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Villeneuve Outraces Schumacher In Spain

Jacques Villeneuve, benefiting from Michael Schumacher as a blocker, won the Spanish Grand Prix Sunday in Barcelona and took the lead from the German in the season's points race.

Schumacher, in a Ferrari, finished fourth after starting on the fourth row. A blown engine in qualifying Saturday put him down on the grid. Then tire blisters slowed him and the other contenders early in the race. Olivier Panis, in a Prost-Mugen-Honda, was second, 5.9 seconds back. Jean Alesi, in a Benetton-Renault, was third, his first top three finish this year. Villeneuve, in a Williams-Renault, led nearly the entire race in gaining his seventh career victory and third of the season. He won the third and fourth races of the season, then dropped out of the next two races, including the rain-plagued Monaco Grand Prix when rain ruined the Williams-Renault team's strategy. TRACK AND FIELD Johnson Warms Up With Victory In a routine tuneup for his million-dollar match race against Donovan Bailey this weekend, Michael Johnson won the 200 meters at the Prefontaine Classic track and field meet in Eugene, Ore. His time was 20.17 seconds. Johnson, the meet's unchallenged headliner after Carl Lewis withdrew at the last minute, was satisfied with his performance, even though it was well off his 20.05 clocking last month at the Drake Relays. "I ran it. That was all I needed to do," he said. "I needed to run a race to get tuned up. It wasn't like I needed to come in here and run any particular time or any particular kind of race. I just needed to get a race in." There was no stopping Wisconsin at the 97th Big Ten Track and Field Championships in Champaign, Ill., as the Badgers took the men's and women's team titles. Wisconsin's men outscored runner-up Minnesota 145-110. The women scored 121 points to 111 for second-place Michigan. …

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