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RACING: Conway wins IndyCar opener

on June 02, 2013 2:10 AM

DETROIT (AP) — Mike Conway won the first of two races at the Detroit Grand Prix, showing he’s well suited for road racing after deciding he’s uncomfortable on ovals.

The English driver finished nearly 13 seconds ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay on Saturday to easily win the 70-lap race on the 2.36-mile Belle Isle street course.

IndyCar is running a second, full-length race in the same weekend for the first time today when Conway will start up front for the first time in his career.

Dale Coyne Racing picked Conway to drive this weekend. In Conway’s only other race this year, he qualified fifth and finished 25th at Long Beach for Bobby Rahal.

Hill retiring from basketball

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seven-time All-Star Grant Hill retired from the NBA on Saturday after 19 seasons, ending a career interrupted by injuries that included an Olympic gold medal.

The Los Angeles Clippers announced the news, which came as no surprise since Hill had been mulling his future after the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

He had one season left on his contract.

Hill, 40, averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals during a career that included stints with the Clippers, Detroit, Orlando and Phoenix.

Mangini joins 49ers staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to terms with Eric Mangini to be an offensive consultant for the NFC champions, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Saturday.

The former Cleveland Browns and New York Jets coach will work on Jim Harbaugh’s staff for the two-time reigning NFC West winners, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had made no formal announcement.

Mangini, 42, had been working as an analyst with ESPN since August 2011.

Gatlin, Cain win on track

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Justin Gatlin and Mary Cain both belied their ages Saturday in the Prefontaine Classic.

Gatlin, 31, won the 100 meters at the Diamond League meet in a wind-aided time of 9.88 seconds, besting fellow Americans Michael Rodgers and Ryan Bailey.

Cain, 17, broke the high school record in the 800 in 1:59.51, placing fifth in an elite field that included Olympic bronze medalist Yekaterina Poistogova and Janeth Jepkosgei, third in last year’s world championships.

Cain, from Bronxville High School in New York, topped the record of 2:02.04 set by Amy Weissenbach of Harvard-Westlake High in 2011.

Dungey takes motocross title

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Defending series champion Ryan Dungey won the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships’ inaugural Tennessee National on Saturday, finishing third in the first 450 Class moto and winning the second at Muddy Creek Raceway.

Ryan Villopoto won the first moto to run his season-opening moto winning streak to five, but the Monster Energy Kawasaki star followed with a fourth-place finish in the second moto to drop to third overall.

Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin won the 250 Class. The French rider finished second in each moto.

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