The family of Jules Bianchi said the French Formula One driver died from head injuries suffered in a crash at last year's Japanese Grand Prix.

Bianchi, 25, had been in a coma since the Oct. 5 accident, in which he collided at high speed with a mobile crane which was being used to pick up another crashed car.

Bianchi competed in 34 races over the 2013 and 2014 seasons, scoring the first ever championship points for Manor — then known as Marussia — by finishing ninth at last year's Monaco Grand Prix.

Bianchi's accident occurred at the end of the race at Suzuka. In rainy, gloomy conditions, Bianchi's car slid off the track and ploughed into a crane picking up the Sauber of Adrian Sutil, who had crashed out at the same spot one lap earlier.

The section of the track where the accident occurred was subject to double yellow flags from race stewards, due to Sutil's crash. But they failed to prevent a second accident.

Edwards claims pole

With Carl Edwards leading the charge, Joe Gibbs Racing continued its recent hot streak and took four of the top eight qualifying spots for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Never a great qualifier, Edwards turned a lap of 135.164 miles per hour Friday to win the pole, only the 14th in a career that dates to 2004.

TRACK AND FIELD

Women's 1,500 mark set

Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia set a world record in the women's 1,500 meters at a Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday.

She collapsed to the ground in apparent disbelief after crossing the line in 3 minutes, 50.07 seconds — eclipsing the mark of 3:50.46 set by China's Qu Yunxia in 1993.

The 24-year-old Dibaba crushed her own personal best of 3:54.11, the leading time this year which she set last week at a meet in Barcelona.

American sprinter Justin Gatlin continued his fine form by clocking 9.78 to win the 100, beating countryman Tyson Gay and Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut.

OBITUARY

Arnsparger dead at 88

Bill Arnsparger, the Miami Dolphins assistant coach who directed the "No-Name Defense" that helped the team win Super Bowl titles in 1973 and 1974, died at 88.

The Miami team that won the Super Bowl in January 1973 had the only perfect season in NFL history. Arnsparger left the Dolphins after the 1974 Super Bowl to coach the New York Giants, going 7-28 before he was fired. He returned to Don Shula's Miami staff and remained with the Dolphins until 1983, helping them reach another Super Bowl.

Arnsparger was Louisiana State coach from 1984 to '86 before becoming Florida's athletic director.

AROUND THE HORN

Golf: Australia's Mark Hensby birdied three of the final four holes for a 7-under 64 and a share of the second-round lead with South Korea's Whee Kim in the PGA Tour's inaugural Barbasol Championship in Opelika, Ala. … South Korea's Ha Na Jang shot a 4-under 67 to increase her lead to two strokes in the suspended second round of the LPGA Tour's Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.… Former Masters champion Mike Weir, 45, is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the PGA Tour.

Soccer: U.S. women's national team star Alex Morgan had surgery on her right knee and is expected to be out four weeks. Fellow forward Sydney Leroux will have surgery on her right ankle and will be sidelined up to three months. … Stars Lionel Messi and Neymar will not participate for Barcelona in its upcoming preseason tour of the United States.

WNBA: Sophia Young-Malcolm scored 18 points, Danielle Robinson had 10 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter and host San Antonio beat Tulsa 65-58 to snap a three-game losing streak. … Emma Meesseman and LaToya Sanders scored 14 points apiece to help host Washington beat Indiana 68-50.

College football: Nebraska dismissed sophomore wide receiver Kevin Gladney, announcing the move without disclosing a reason.

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