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Sports briefs: Will Power wins IndyCar opener
First Published Mar 30 2014 11:37 pm • Last Updated Mar 30 2014 11:37 pm

Auto racing • Will Power picked up right where he left off last season, in Victory Lane, for the fourth time in the last six IndyCar Series races.

Power won the IndyCar Series season-opening race Sunday through the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., with a dominating run. He passed pole-sitter Takuma Sato for the lead with an outside move headed into the second turn on Lap 31, and the Australian was never really challenged again.

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Ryan Hunter-Reay finished second, Helio Castroneves was third and defending IndyCar champion Scott Dixon fourth.

Power won three of the final five races last year, including the final two.

• Lewis Hamilton led a one-two finish for the Mercedes team in Formula One’s Malaysian Grand Prix. Hamilton beat teammate Nico Rosberg by 17.3 seconds at the Sepang International Circuit, with defending world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull third.

Liverpool takes over first place

soccer • After a 24-year wait, the English league title could be on its way back to Liverpool. Liverpool routed Tottenham 4-0 Sunday and overtook Chelsea to become the new Premier League leader.

Younes Kaboul’s second-minute own-goal was followed by strikes from Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson. It was the eighth straight win for the Reds, who have six games remaining in the league season.

Chelsea lost 1-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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• A Swedish soccer league match was called off during the first half Sunday after a man died following fighting among fans before the game. The 43-year-old Djurgarden fan was slain in central Helsingborg in southern Sweden, police said. The game between Helsingborg and Djurgarden was called off with the score 1-1.

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