- Associated Press - Monday, May 26, 2014

AUTO RACING:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first American to win the Indianapolis 500 since 2006, making a dramatic pass of Helio Castroneves on the final lap to win Sunday’s race in the second-closest finish in history.

Hunter-Reay was passed for the lead with three laps remaining a year ago and went on to finish third. But after swapping the lead with Castroneves following a restart with six laps to go Sunday, it was the Andretti Autosport driver who made the final and decisive pass.

Castroneves finished second in his bid for his fourth Indy 500 victory. Marco Andretti was third and Carlos Munoz was fourth.

Kurt Busch finished sixth in the first leg of his bid to complete the Indy 500-Coca Cola 600 double. His quest to join Tony Stewart as the only other driver to complete the back-to-back races ended when his engine failed on lap 271 of the 400-lap NASCAR race.

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson passed Matt Kenseth with nine laps to go and won the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night for his first victory of the season.

Johnson was dominant at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning the pole Thursday night and leading 165 of 400 laps in NASCAR’s longest race. He won for the record seventh time at the track and 67th time overall.

Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Kenseth and Carl Edwards.

MONACO (AP) - Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix from the pole position Sunday to take the overall championship lead from teammate Lewis Hamilton, who finished second to give Mercedes a fifth straight 1-2 finish.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Courtney Force raced to the 100th victory by a female driver in NHRA history Sunday in the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

Force is one of 14 female winners in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, a list that started with Shirley Muldowney in Top Fuel in 1976.

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BASEBALL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Josh Beckett pitched the first no-hitter of his stellar career and the first in the majors this season, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 Sunday.

Beckett struck out six, walked three and didn’t come close to allowing a hit against a lineup that included two former NL MVPs and four former All-Stars.

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