Police look into cause of Leffler crash
BRIDGEPORT, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey State Police are trying to determine the cause of a dirt track crash that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler.
Leffler died after the crash at southern New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway on Wednesday.
A spectator, Chris Taitt, said he was at the race but was looking the other way when the crash occurred.
Taitt said the wing on Leffler’s car was “flattened like a pancake,” and the seat appeared to be displaced.
Bolt bounces back from loss
OSLO (AP) — Piqued by suggestions of a possible decline, Usain Bolt responded with a blistering season debut at 200 meters and a track record at the Bislett Games.
Bolt, whose conditioning was questioned after losing the 100 by 0.01 seconds in Rome last week, finished in 19.79.
He is the only one to break 20 seconds this season.
Bolt topped the Bislett record set by Frank Fredericks of Namibia in 1996 by 0.03 seconds.
• JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As expected, Oscar Pistorius has been left off South Africa’s track team for the Paralympic world championships.
It marks the first major track meet that Pistorius will miss as he prepares for his murder trial in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Beaten fan returns home
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage after a beating at Dodger Stadium has returned home after two years in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
Bryan Stow’s family said on its website Wednesday that Stow will now live with them in the Santa Cruz area after spending about a year at the Centre for Neuroskills in Bakersfield, a live-in rehab facility.
The family said Stow could have used more time at the center, but their insurance will no longer pay for it, so Stow’s parents and home nurses will give him the around-the-clock care he needs.
• OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has been medically cleared to resume full baseball activities and running on his surgically repaired left ankle.
Jockey retires due to injuries
NEW YORK (AP) — Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez announced his retirement, forced out of horse racing because of head injuries sustained in a January spill at Aqueduct.
The 36-year-old New York-based rider said he had hoped to resume his career, but doctors advised him to retire after he fractured his skull.
Dominguez was injured Jan. 18 when his mount, Convocation, fell and he was thrown to the inner dirt course.
Murray advances to quarterfinals
LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray won twice Thursday to reach the Queen’s Club quarterfinals, defeating Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 7-6 (4) in a suspended match and then beating Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-2.
Also winning were second-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina and No. 4 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.
But the No. 6 Sam Querrey, the 2010 champion, was ousted by former four-time tournament winner Lleyton Hewitt, who won 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.