ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Will Power won the pole for the IndyCar season opener at St. Petersburg.
The Penske Racing driver earned the top starting spot for today’s race on his final lap of the qualifying session.
Failing to advance to the final round of qualifying were defending IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay and Ganassi drivers Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon.
Bengals pick up backup QB
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals have signed a quarterback, giving former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Josh Johnson a chance to back up Andy Dalton.
Johnson was Tampa Bay’s fifth-round pick in 2008 and played four seasons there, starting five games. He signed with San Francisco last year but was released before the season opener. He signed with Cleveland for the final game last season.
Richardson named in lawsuit
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland running back Trent Richardson has been sued by two women who say they were assaulted at his home.
A lawyer for Krystal Jones, of Maple Heights, and Kathleen Hunter, of Cleveland, said the lawsuit was filed Friday.
The complaint says the women were invited to Richardson’s house in December but were soon asked to leave. It says Richardson then cursed the women for “slamming a door” and “disrespecting his house.”
The lawsuit says Richardson banged on Jones’ vehicle, causing damage. It says Richardson then urged his girlfriend and two other women, also named in the lawsuit, to attack the plaintiffs.
Georgia wins swimming title
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Georgia pulled away Saturday to dethrone two-time defending champion California at the NCAA women’s swimming and diving championships.
The Bulldogs won their first title since 2005 by scoring 477 points. Cal, winners of three of the last four titles — all over Georgia, settled for second with 393 points.
Allison Schmitt, who won three Olympic golds in London, helped Georgia set an NCAA, meet and U.S. Open record in the 400-yard free relay in 3 minutes, 9.40 seconds.
Cal’s Elizabeth Pelton broke her own American record in the 200 backstroke at 1:47.84.