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You go girl...Wreck wipes out some contenders...Kuchar with early advantage

Sunday - 2/24/2013, 5:00pm  ET

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Danica Patrick continues to etch her name in the history book at this year's Daytona 500. The first female pole-sitter is also the first woman driver to lead a lap in a NASCAR Cup race, snatching the lead from Michael Waltrip on lap 90 after a series of pit stops under yellow.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart and 2007 race winner Kevin Harvick were knocked out of the Daytona 500 in a nine-car wreck early in the Great American Race. Harvick misses out on a chance to become the first driver to win the exhibition Sprint Unlimited, a twin qualifying race and the Daytona 500 in the same Speedweeks.

MARAN, Ariz. (AP) -- Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) was 2 up on defending champion Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han) after five holes of the Match Play Championship final. Hunter beat Ian Poulter and Kuchar topped Jason Day by identical 4 and 3 scores in this morning's semifinals.

UNDATED (AP) -- Two of the AP's Top-25 members have posted wins today. Seventh-ranked Michigan improves to 23-4 with a 71-58 victory over Illinois, and No. 20 Pittsburgh gets to 21-7 on the year with a 63-47 win over St. John's.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Defending champion David Ferrer (feh-REHR') beat Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the championship match of the Copa Claro tournament in Buenos Aires. It's the Spaniard's second title of the year and 20th of his career.

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