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 width=>>Brickyard Week Opens Up

(Speedway, IN) -- NASCAR fans are getting set for this week's 400 at The Brickyard from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After a week off, the Sprint Cup Series comes to Indiana to see who will kiss the bricks. Qualifying is set for Saturday afternoon with the green flag dropping Sunday at 1:00.

 width=>>Rosberg Extends F1 Points Lead With German GP Win

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg widened his lead in the Formula One world championship point standings by winning Sunday's German Grand Prix.

Rosberg, a 29-year-old German, won on his home soil for the first time with a superb performance. He started on the pole and led all 67 laps around the Hockenheimring circuit. Rosberg claimed his fourth win of the season and the seventh of his F1 career.

Two weeks ago, Rosberg suffered his first retirement of the season in the British Grand Prix due to a faulty gearbox. Since then, he got married to his long-time girlfriend Vivian Sibold and signed a new multi-year contract extension with Mercedes before winning the German GP pole and race. Germany also won the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final last week.

Rosberg became the first German to win at Hockenheim since Michael Schumacher's victory here in 2006. Last year, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won his home race in Germany, which was held at the Nurburgring.

Rosberg now holds a 14-point advantage over teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton, who finished third. Hamilton started 20th after crashing in the second round of Saturday's qualifying session and then receiving a five-spot grid penalty for an unapproved gearbox change.

Valtteri Bottas from Williams made his third straight podium appearance with a second-place run. Bottas crossed the finish line 20.7 second behind Rosberg.

Vettel, the four-time and defending F1 world champion, finished fourth, followed by Fernando Alonso from Ferrari. Vettel's teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, placed sixth.

Force India's Nico Hulkenberg took the seventh spot, while Button and Magnussen were eighth and ninth, respectively. Hulkenberg's teammate, Sergio Perez, completed the top-10.

F1 is back on track next Sunday with the Hungarian Grand Prix.

 width=>>IndyCar In Toronto Races Two In One Day

(Toronto, Ontario) -- After rain postponed action Saturday, the IndyCar Series ran both Honda Indy Toronto races yesterday. Sebastien Bourdais captured victory in Race 1 for his 32nd career win. Mike Conway won Race 2 in Toronto. The series heads to Lexington, Ohio on August 3rd.

>>Ex IU Rower Among Those Killed In Plane Crash

(Bloomington, IN) -- Indiana University is mourning the loss of former rower Karlijn Keijzer [[ Car-line Kite-zer ]]. The university announced she was among the victims of Thursday's Malaysia Flight 17 crash in Ukraine. Keijzer was a member of the 2010-11 women's rowing team. She was 25-years-old.

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