AUTO RACING

Power captures Honda Grand Prix for second straight IndyCar triumph

Will Power won the rain-delayed Honda Grand Prix on Monday at St. Petersburg, Fla., his second IndyCar victory in as many races in 2010 and the third of his career.

The dominant driver all weekend, Power avoided trouble on a track that was still slick in some areas and held off Justin Wilson by nearly a full second.

Power’s Penske Racing teammates, Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves, ran third and fourth. Dario Franchitti was fifth, Alex Tagliani placed sixth, and Danica Patrick — who started 21st — worked her way up to seventh at the end.

• Brazilian IndyCar driver Mario Moraes will undergo head surgery this week in Sao Paulo to have a cyst removed from an area near his ear canal.

Moraes says the cyst was discovered after he underwent a battery of exams before Monday’s race.

TENNIS

SONY ERICSSON OPEN: Venus Williams trailed nearly the entire match but rallied for a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over Daniela Hantuchova, advancing to the quarterfinals at Key Biscayne, Fla.

While Williams averted an upset, top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova and defending champion Victoria Azarenka lost. Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters beat Azarenka 6-4, 6-0, and Kuznetsova struggled with a right shoulder injury and lost to Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-0.

In men’s play, top-ranked Roger Federer survived 35 unforced errors in a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) win over Florent Serra. American Mardy Fish also advanced with his second consecutive win over a seeded opponent, beating No. 29 Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-3.

SKIING

U.S. FREESTYLE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Two moguls skiers from Maine earned top-three finishes Sunday at the U.S. freestyle championships in Squaw Valley, Calif.

Carrabassett Valley’s Jeremy Cota won the event, and Dave DiGravio of Farmington placed third.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: Cappie Pondexter, who led the Phoenix Mercury to last year’s WNBA championship, is headed to the New York Liberty as part of a three-team trade.

The Chicago Sky also are involved in the swap.

Pondexter averaged 19.1 points last season. She will be reunited with former Rutgers teammates Essence Carson and Kia Vaughn.