Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes back on top with a win at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday in Shanghai, but it may have come at a cost: another schism with teammate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton made sure there would be no repeat of Ferrari's surprising win two weeks ago at the Malaysian Grand Prix, conserving his tires to withstand a challenge by the Italian team's Sebastian Vettel and easily capture his fourth Chinese Grand Prix and the 35th win of his career.

Rosberg finished second again and angrily accused his teammate of holding him back in the race.

Hamilton's tire-conservation strategy ensured he could open a sizable lead over Vettel after the second pit stop, but Rosberg said at a tense news conference afterward that Hamilton's pace allowed the Ferrari driver to stay close to him and caused his tires to wear by the end of the race.

"It's just now interesting to hear from you, Lewis, that you were just thinking about yourself with the pace in front and unnecessarily that was compromising my race," he said. "It was unnecessarily close with Sebastian as a result and it cost me a lot of race time."

Hamilton responded by smiling and saying he didn't try to impede his teammate.

"It's not my job to look after Nico's race," he said. "My job's to manage the car and bring the car home as healthy and as fast as possible, and that's what I did."

Hinchcliffe wins Indy Grand Prix

•James Hinchcliffe cruised to what may go down as the easiest victory of his IndyCar career at the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana in Avondale. Hinchcliffe pitted only once and spent much of the race leading the field around the NOLA Motorsports Park under a full-course yellow flag. Twenty-five of the 47 laps were run under caution. Helio Castroneves finished second and James Jakes third.

John Force won the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas for his 142nd victory, beating teammate Robert Hight and extending his NHRA record for wins. Richie Crampton won in Top Fuel, and Erica Enders-Stevens topped the Pro Stock field.

College basketball

UConn celebrates with parade

Thousands of fans showed they aren't tired of celebrating national titles with the UConn women's basketball team, gathering for an hourlong parade and rally in downtown Hartford.

The UConn women won their third straight NCAA championship Tuesday night with a 63-53 win over Notre Dame. It's their 10th title and their third in three years.

"We try to do this as often as we can," coach Geno Auriemma said.

Assistant to become Georgia women's coach

Joni Crenshaw, Andy Landers' top assistant the past three years, was picked to succeed him as the Georgia women's basketball coach. Landers retired in March after 36 seasons.

•Chattanooga hired Florida assistant Matt McCall as its men's basketball coach. He replaces Will Wade, who went 40-25 in two seasons and took the VCU job.

Tennis

Kerber stops American Keys

Angelique Kerber hadn't really like playing on clay, but that changed when the fifth-seeded German rallied past American Madison Keys to win the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C.

Kerber trailed 4-1 in the final set but won six of the last seven games to pull out a 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 victory, her first on clay.

"It was never my favorite surface," Kerber said. "But it's changed in the last year. I knew that I can play also on clay. It's good also for my game because I'm playing defensive and being aggressive."

Sock wins U.S. clay-court title

Jack Sock won the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston for his first ATP World Tour title, beating eighth-seeded Sam Querrey 7-6 (9), 7-6 (2) in an all-American final.

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