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Sports briefs: May 14

Williams Formula One team members helped a colleague get out of the garage that was destroyed by a fire after the completion of the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
Williams Formula One team members helped a colleague get out of the garage that was destroyed by a fire after the completion of the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. AP

Formula One

31 injured, one serious, after post-race fire at Spanish GP

A fire broke out in the garage of the Williams Formula One team Sunday following Pastor Maldonado's Spanish Grand Prix victory in Barcelona. Thirty-one people were injured, one with severe burns.

The fire happened soon after Maldonado and the team had taken its victory photo in front of the garage.

Williams team chief Frank Williams, who is a paraplegic, was rushed from his wheelchair as he was giving a celebratory speech. It was his team's first F1 victory in eight years and it coincided with his 70th birthday celebrations.

Maldonado was photographed running from the garage while carrying cousin Manuel — whose right leg was in a cast — on his back. Manuel Maldonado was holding Maldonado's trophy in his left hand as the pair rushed to safety.

A black, acrid haze came flowing out of the British team's garage, filling the paddock and pit lane. Mechanics and track firefighters were quickly on the scene to put out the fire. An ambulance on the scene treated one person for what appeared to be smoke inhalation.

Williams driver Bruno Senna's car was torched by the blaze.

UK Sports

Freshman 2nd in javelin at SEC Outdoors

Kentucky freshman Raymond Dykstra was second in the javelin at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Baton Rouge, La. Dykstra's best throw covered 241 feet, seven inches.

Arkansas won the men's team title, followed by LSU and Georgia. UK was eighth in the 11-team field. LSU won the women's title ahead of Florida and Arkansas. UK finished 12th in the 12-team field.

Cats, Cards make NCAA softball tourney

Louisville will host one of 16 NCAA softball regionals and the four-team field for their part of the bracket includes Kentucky. UK (29-28) will play Michigan (39-15) in the opening round at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Louisville (53-3) will play Valparaiso (42-17) at 7 p.m. Both games will be televised on ESPN2.


Federer, Serena win titles in Madrid

Roger Federer won the Madrid Open for the third time Sunday, rallying past Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 on the new blue clay court and overtaking Rafael Nadal for the No. 2 ranking.

On the women's side, Serena Williams overpowered top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-3 to capture the title. Azarenka, who had won her four previous tournaments, was so exasperated she smashed her racket to the ground.

Federer prevailed in a tournament in which top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Nadal had already been eliminated, both blaming the court their early exits.

"It is amazing to win here again," said Federer, whose other titles came in 2006 and 2009. "It has been a tough tournament. Tough to move, but you've got to try to make the most of it. Here there was some good tennis and some bad tennis, but you see that in all tournaments."

NHL Playoffs

King's two goals send Kings past Coyotes

Dwight King scored his second goal of the game into an empty net and the Los Angeles Kings opened the Western Conference finals with a 4-2 victory over the host Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night to remain unbeaten on the road in the playoffs.

Anze Kopitar scored 4 minutes in, Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist, and King had his first career two-goal game to give the Kings their sixth straight road victory of the playoffs.

Minor-League baseball

Rain wipes out Legends' homestand finale

Sunday's game between the Lexington Legends and the Hagerstown Suns was rained out at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The game had not been rescheduled. The Legends will begin a seven-game road trip Monday against the West Virginia Power in Charleston. The road trip includes a three-game series in West Virginia, and four games in Kannapolis, N.C., against the Intimidators.


Santos shoots 63 to win European event

Ricardo Santos shot a 9-under 63 Sunday to win the Madeira Islands Open by four strokes, becoming the first Portuguese-born golfer to win on the European Tour in his home country.

He rallied from four strokes down and birdied his closing three holes to set a championship record of 22 under on the Santa da Serra course. He also set a record for lowest winning final round in the 19-year history of the event.


Georgetown College duo take tourney

Georgetown College's Clay Elliott and Vincent Timperio won the FLW College Fishing Central Conference tournament on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley on Saturday with five bass weighing 19 pounds, 1 ounce.

"I caught the 7-pounder," Timperio said. "I saw it chasing shad and figured I could get it to bite. It was like a big explosion when it hit my bait. The bass jumped out of the water and then we knew how big it really was. I had just lost a 4-pounder on my previous cast so landing this was redemption for the one I lost."

Elliott is from Pikeville and Timperio is from Corbin.

Western Kentucky's Andy Southard (of Hanson) and Cody Napier (Lewisburg) finished fourth and Murray State's Vincent Campisano and Chad Branham (both of Murray) were fifth.

The last word

Rickie Fowler nearly made things interesting at The Players Championship. Fowler birdied Nos. 16 and 17 and really could have put pressure on Matt Kuchar had he made an 8-footer on the final hole. Instead, Fowler pushed the putt right, closed with par and allowed Kuchar to play the 18th with a two-shot cushion and little drama. Fowler said:

"That's the hard thing about straight putts: You've got to hit them in the middle or they don't go in."