Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dixon Wins IndyCar Race at Sonoma

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dixon Wins IndyCar Race at Sonoma

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Scott Dixon passed Mike Conway with three laps to go at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, earning a dramatic IndyCar victory as the overall championship race stayed undecided.

Although Dixon won, series leader Will Power was under the IndyCar spotlight. The Australian boosted his lead over teammate Helio Castroneves to 51 points heading to the double-points finale at Fontana on Saturday.

Castroneves struggled to an 18th-place finish at Sonoma, and Simon Pagenaud is 81 points back in third after a third-place showing on a wild day in wine country. Dixon is out of the race to retain his 2013 title, but he surged for his 35th career victory after leader Graham Rahal was forced to stop for gas with four laps left.

Ruling against NCAA challenged * A former San Diego State football player has asked a federal judge to reject the recently proposed $75 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA, saying it unfairly forces athletes who suffered head injuries to forfeit hundreds of millions of dollars in potential damages.

The request, which came in a late Friday filing in federal court in Chicago on behalf of Anthony Nichols, is the first in what's likely to be a monthslong approval process to raise questions about the deal, under which the NCAA would create a $70 million fund to test thousands of current and former athletes for brain trauma. It also sets aside $5 million for research.

Messi scores twice * Lionel Messi scored twice to help 10-man Barcelona start the Spanish league with a 3-0 win over Elche in the debut of coach Luis Enrique, with the Argentina star looking eager to put last season's disappointments behind him.

Messi used a signature burst of speed to dribble free of a pack of opponents before slotting in Barcelona's first goal in the 41st.

Minutes later Barcelona lost Javier Mascherano to a direct red card when he fouled Elche's Garry Rodrigues with only goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to beat.

But Barcelona's 18-year-old Munir El Haddadi, starting for the injured Neymar, scored seconds after halftime before Messi got his second goal in the 63rd after again confounding a group of defenders. …

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