Scott Dixon had a four-lap average of 226.760 miles per hour in qualifying Sunday to claim his second Indianapolis 500 pole.

Dixon, of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, ended Team Penske's streak of eight straight pole wins.

The New Zealander took the lead in the first 25 minutes of action on the 2.5-mile oval. He waited for 29 other drivers to take their shot. None were faster.

"I was definitely a little shocked with the first number when I saw it," Dixon said. "I thought the steering wheel was broken but broken in a good way."

Defending series champion, Will Power, will start second in the May 24 race after going 226.350 mph. Simon Pagenaud will start on the outside of Row 1 after going 226.145. Both drive for Penske.

It was a strange day at Indy.

After Ed Carpenter's car went airborne in practice, officials took away the extra power boost and instructed drivers to run in race trim.

Tim Wilkerson raced to his first Funny Car victory since 2011, beating Ron Capps on in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Wilkerson had a 4.318-second pass at 260.31 mph in his Ford Shelby Mustang. Antron Brown won in Top Fuel, Jason Line in Pro Stock, and Hector Arana in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Chris Buescher pulled away on a restart in a green-white-checkered finish to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Iowa Speedway. Chase Elliott finished second and Erik Jones was third.


Crosby leads Canada to gold

Sidney Crosby led Canada to its first hockey world championship title since 2007 with a goal and an assist in a dominant 6-1 victory over defending champion Russia in the final.

Canada outshot the Russians 15-5 in the opening period and 14-1 in the second. Goaltender Mike Smith stopped 11 shots.

Six players scored for Canada, with Dallas center Cody Eakin putting his team ahead late in the first period before Buffalo center Tyler Ennis, Crosby and Dallas forward Tyler Seguin decided the game in a six-minute span in the second.

U.S. blanks Czechs to take bronze medal

The Wild's Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist as the United States blanked the host Czech Republic 3-0 to claim a second bronze medal in three years. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck of the St. Johns IceCaps made 39 saves for the shutout.

horse racing

American Pharoah feels fine

American Pharoah stood outside the Pimlico stakes barn, staring straight ahead at trainer Bob Baffert, who was holding his lead shank while two others were hosing off the white bandages around the colt's legs.

All was well on the Sunday morning after Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah won the Preakness to set up a Triple Crown attempt in the Belmont Stakes on June 6.

"He looks fine. He's a little quiet. He's a little tired, like he's supposed to be after a race," Baffert said. "That's usually him. Health-wise he looks good. No changes. No surprises."

Baffert said American Pharoah would be sent to Churchill Downs on Monday for a week of rest and relaxation. He will resume training at the Louisville, Ky., track before traveling to Belmont Park in New York. Arrival date is scheduled for June 3.


Tennis: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic bolstered his clay-court credentials a week ahead of the French Open with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 victory over Roger Federer on Sunday to capture his fourth Italian Open title. … Maria Sharapova rallied to beat 10th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 and win her third Italian Open title.

Cycling: Peter Sagan won the Tour of California by three seconds with a third-place finish. Mark Cavendish won his fourth stage of the eight-stage event.