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Edwards’ brief lead not enough to win

RICHMOND, Va. — Clint Bowyer won the race off pit road with about 28 laps to go Friday night and easily went on to his fifth career NASCAR Busch Series victory.

Perfect Sense

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Street Sense showed plenty of that, smartly picking his way through traffic while rallying from next-to-last in a 20-horse field to win the Kentucky Derby.

Cardinals' Hancock was drunk during fatal accident

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was drunk and talking on his cell phone at the time of his fatal accident, and marijuana was found in the sport utility vehicle he was driving. Medical examiner Michael Graham said that the 29-year-old reliever was dead "within seconds" from head injuries in the crash early Sunday on Interstate 64 in St. Louis.

Questions put aside at service

The St. Louis Cardinals were among an estimated 500 mourners Thursday at a public memorial service for pitcher Josh Hancock, who died in an automobile accident early Sunday. There was no sense of closure, however. Not yet.

Cardinals unravel late

MILWAUKEE — Ben Sheets allowed two runs in six innings, showing no ill-effects from a groin injury he suffered in his last start, and Tony Graffanino hit a three-run homer to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat slumping St. Louis 12-2 on Tuesday night.

Hancock involved in earlier wreck

SAUGET, Ill. — Three days before he was killed in a highway wreck, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was involved in a predawn accident that police treated routinely.

Cardinals struggle to deal with emotions

MILWAUKEE — After learning of Josh Hancock’s death, the emotions rushed back to Albert Pujols. The All-Star first baseman is still trying to come to grips with the latest tragedy in St. Louis.

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Hancock killed in weekend crash

Josh Hancock, a relief pitcher who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series last season, died early Sunday when his sport utility vehicle slammed into the back of a tow truck.

Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock killed in car crash

ST. LOUIS — Josh Hancock, a key member of the bullpen that helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series last season, was killed in a car crash early Sunday.

Conditions kind to Cardinals

CHICAGO — With the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field, the conditions were perfect for the St. Louis Cardinals to get their offense out of a season-long funk.

De La Rosa dominates Minnesota

KANSAS CITY — Jorge De La Rosa got into a groove after working out of a jam in the first inning.

Va. Tech football team cancels spring football

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Frank Beamer grew up about an hour from Blacksburg, played football for Virginia Tech and has become the very familiar face of the university as the man who built the Hokies into one of the nation’s elite football programs.

Cards slam Sheets

ST. LOUIS — Now that his April drought is over, Albert Pujols says he was never worried about the unsightly numbers next to his name.

Burton passes Kenseth for Texas repeat

FORT WORTH, Texas — When Jeff Burton won for the first time in the inaugural race in Texas, he was a young driver still trying to prove himself.

Astronaut to run marathon in space

All systems are go for astronaut marathoner Suni Williams. Williams, who qualified for the Boston Marathon before learning she would be at the International Space Station on race day, was cleared for a 26.2-mile simulated run at 9 a.m. CDT on Monday, just when the real event will be leaving Hopkinton down on Earth.

Kenseth wins despite spin

Matt Kenseth made the save first, then he picked up the victory. That might sound a little backward for baseball fans, but it made perfect sense Saturday in the O’Reilly 300 Busch Series race.

Horseman holding clinic at Stephens

World-renowned horse trainer, instructor and judge Richard Shrake will put on a two-day western riding clinic for 24 Stephens College equestrian students and other local riders April 17 and 18.

A tale of two series

Carl Edwards has been waiting a long time to do another Sunday backflip. While Edwards is dominating the Busch Series this year, with a huge points lead and two straight victories, he hasn’t been able to do his trademark celebration after a Nextel Cup race since November 2005 in Texas.

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