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Briefs

IPFW volleyball earns spot in NCAA tourney

The second-seeded IPFW women’s volleyball team swept top-seeded IUPUI in three games in the Summit League championship match Saturday at North Dakota State.

The Mastodons won 25-15, 25-12, 25-20.

IPFW (25-6) got 15 kills from Emily Spencer and 11 from Jessie Manwaring. Megan Steenhuysen added 40 assists.

The win earns the Mastodons, who also won the conference tournament title in 2009, an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

AUTO RACING

Vettel wins pole for US Grand Prix

In Austin, Texas, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel secured the pole position for the U.S. Grand Prix, putting him in the perfect spot to chase his third consecutive world championship.

2 drivers re-sign with Petty for 13

Richard Petty Motorsports re-signed Sprint Cup Series drivers Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola for the 2013 season. It will be Ambrose’s third season at RPM. It will be Almirola’s second season.

BASKETBALL

Mad Ants capture exhibition in Ohio

The Mad Ants held off the Canton Charge in a 95-92 exhibition game on the road. JuJuan Johnson led Fort Wayne with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Ron Howard added 22 points.

CROSS COUNTRY

Warsaw senior 1st in Dayton meet

Warsaw senior Ashley Erba won the individual title at the Mideast Cross Country championships in Dayton., Erba, the state runner-up this year and 2011 state champion, blew away the competition in in 17:21. Fremont’s Anna Aldrich was 10th. Indiana won the girls title with 29 points In the boys meet, Indiana was third with 48. Warsaw’s Jacob Poyner and Robert Murphy were 13th and 14th individually.

GOLF

Stenson up 3 shots at S. African Open

In Johannesburg,Henrik Stenson of Sweden closed in on a first European Tour win in three years, taking a three-shot lead into the final round of the South African Open despite George Coetzee shooting a course-record 63.

Spaniard shares Hong Kong lead

In Hong Kong, Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain shot a 2-under 68 to share the third-round lead with New Zealand’s Michael Campbell at the Hong Kong Open. on Saturday.

US Open champ leads Titleholders

In Naples, Fla, U.S. Women’s Open champion Na Yeon Choi was steady after an early three-putt bogey and finished with a 3-under 69 that gave her a one-shot lead in the Titleholders.

Defending champ heads Australian

In Melbourne, Australia, defending champ Ian Poulter shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead over Adam Scott after the third round of the Australian Masters.

HOCKEY

City native named to deaf Team USA

Fort Wayne’s Grant Isenbarger, 19, was selected a member of Team USA in the World Deaf Hockey Championships in Vantaa, Finland, on March 30 to April 6. The team consists of 23 deaf and hearing-impaired hockey players from the United States. Isenbarger is a 2012 graduate of Snider and is a student at IPFW, playing hockey for the Fort Wayne Federals Junior team.

NHL labor talks set to resume Monday

Just over one week since the last set of failed negotiations, the NHL and the locked-out players’ association are returning to the bargaining table Monday. Owners and players met for several days last week but made little progress.

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