AUTO RACING: DeJoria earns first Funny Car win
February 24, 2014 10:10 AM

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Alexis DeJoria raced to her first career Funny Car victory Sunday in the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, beating Robert Hight in the final.

DeJoria, the wife of television personality Jesse James and daughter of entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria, had a run of 4.043 seconds at 309.63 mph in her Toyota Camry. Hight’s Ford Mustang lost traction. DeJoria became the fourth female Funny Car winner and 14th female winner in a Mello Yello Series race.

Antron Brown won in Top Fuel and Allen Johnson topped the Pro Stock field at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

Knicks ready to buy out players

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks are preparing to buy out the contracts of veterans Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih.

Neither player was available Saturday for the Knicks’ 107-98 loss in Atlanta.

World Peace wrote on his Twitter account earlier Saturday that his agent was working on a buyout and thanked fans and the city.

Neither veteran has earned a place in coach Mike Woodson’s rotation in his first season in New York. Udrih has appeared in just 31 games, while World Peace, who had a procedure on his knee in January, has played in just 29.

Rousey holds on to women’s title

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ronda Rousey kept her UFC women’s bantamweight title, dropping Sara McMann to the mat with a left knee to her liver area at 1:06 of the first round at UFC 170 on Saturday night.

Rousey (9-0) was booed by fans during the post-fight interview after the co-main event was quickly stopped by referee Herb Dean, much to the fans’ dismay at Mandalay Bay Events Center. McMann, who seemed hurt after the hit to the right side with her back to the fence, is now 7-1.

Daniel Cormier (13-0) easily defeated Patrick Cummins (4-1) by TKO at 1:19 of the first round of their light heavyweight co-main event.

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