Michael Schumacher rebounded from last week's crash to capture pole position for the European Grand Prix in Nuerburgring, Germany, the 60th pole of his career.
Schumacher, whose season-opening five-race winning streak ended at the Monaco Grand Prix, is closing in on Ayrton Senna's record of 65 poles. This was the fifth pole of the season for the six-time Formula One champion.
"There is always some extra motivation from the fans at a home race," the German driver said. "It is also good to be racing so soon after Monaco to put that disappointment behind me."
Schumacher was timed in 1 minute 28.351 seconds yesterday on the 3.2-mile Nuerburgring circuit and had the best times in each sector by a large margin.
After problems in Monaco last week and in practice for today's race, Schumacher was superb.
The Ferrari driver limped out of the Monaco GP after 43 laps with his front left wheel dangling. Afterward, rival Juan Pablo Montoya complained again about the German's driving.
"It's good to get back in the rhythm and forget about last week," Schumacher said. "You can't change it anyway." . . .
Kyle Busch needed a bit of good fortune to take the lead late in the Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.
Then he just made sure he had enough gas to hold on.
The rookie went ahead when leader Joe Nemechek lost control with 18 laps to go, then pulled away from the field before winning under caution. It was his second win in his last three NASCAR Busch Series races.
Busch finished second in this race last year in his Busch debut, falling behind Matt Kenseth on a late restart. This time, Busch benefited from the late caution on Nemechek's spinout to save gas for a final push to the checkered flag.
Busch won under caution after Tony Raines hit the wall with two laps to go.
"I just kept watching the fuel gauge making sure we were all right," Busch said. "We were doing pretty good and saving fuel on those last cautions."
* SOCCER: Crystal Palace won promotion to the English Premier League, beating West Ham United, 1-0, in a playoff final on Neil Shipperley's goal in the 62nd minute in Cardiff, Wales.
Crystal Palace, which won 14 of its last 22 regular season games to make the playoffs, last played in England's top division six years ago.
Norwich and West Bromwich Albion, which took the top two spots in the first division, also were promoted. Leicester, Leeds and Wolverhampton were relegated. . . .
Werder Bremen completed its first league-cup double, beating Alemannia Aachen, 3-2, in the German Cup final behind two goals from Tim Borowski in Berlin.
The Bundesliga champion has five cup titles, including four in the past decade. Bremen became the fourth German team to win the league and cup in the same season, which has been achieved seven times. . . .
Thousands of fans poured into the streets of the Sicilian capital after Palermo beat Triestina, 3-1, and clinched promotion to Italy's top soccer league for the first time in 32 years in Palermo.
Fans exploded firecrackers and played horns and trumpets after the win. Luca Toni scored twice, increasing his total to 28, which leads the second division with two games left. . . .
The Chechen soccer team Terek Grozny became the first first-division team in Russia's modern history to capture the Cup of Russia.
Terek Grozny defeated the premier league's Kryliya Sovetov of Samara, 1-0, in Moscow on a goal by Andrei Fedkov two minutes into second-half injury time.
* SOFTBALL: Jessica van der Linden allowed four hits and scored a run, leading Florida State to a 2-0 victory over Washington and eliminating the Huskies from the NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
In the earlier game, Meghan Sickler's sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh provided the go-ahead run for Stanford in a 5-4 win over Michigan.
Oklahoma led Stanford, 2-1, after five innings when play was stopped for the night because of thunderstorms and tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area. The late game between Florida State and LSU was also postponed until today.
-- From News Services