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COMMERCE, Ga. - Ashley Force won the first father- daughter race in NHRA history Sunday, edging 14-time series champion John Force in the first round of Funny Car eliminations in the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway Ashley finished in 4.779 seconds to easily edge John (5.783 seconds). The 24-year-old rookie advanced to the semifinals, equaling the best Funny Car effort for a female driver in NHRA history, before losing to eventual runner-up Mike Ashley. "Today, I'm a proud father," John said. Brandon Bernstein won the Top Fuel event to move into first place in the series standings while Greg Anderson raced to his fourth Pro Stock win of the season to take a 212-point lead in the standings. Karen Stoffer's second win of the year helped her regain the Pro Stock Motorcycle points lead.

Seahawks trade Jackson for fourth-round pick

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers acquired veteran receiver Darrell Jackson from the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, landing a potential No. 1 pass catcher from a division rival for a fourth-round draft choice. San Francisco gave up the 124th overall pick, and the Seahawks used it on Georgia Tech offensive lineman Mansfield Wrotto.

A's acquire Langerhans

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OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Athletics got some relief for their injury-depleted outfield Sunday, acquiring Ryan Langerhans in a trade with the Atlanta Braves for a player to be named or cash. Langerhans will join the A's in Boston on Tuesday and is slated to start in center field for the opener of the two-game series with the Red Sox.

Former Hokie Hamilton starts memorial fund

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Clintwood native and former Virginia Tech standout Justin Hamilton has started a memorial fund in honor of the victims of the April 16 shootings that killed 33 people at Virginia Tech. Hamilton, now a defensive back with the Cleveland Browns, made an initial donation of $50,000 in the hopes of endowing scholarships that would honor the memory of the victims, BeamerBall.com reported. For more information or to make a donation, go online at www.justinhamiltonfoundation.org.

Nadal claims 72nd straight victory on clay

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BARCELONA, Spain - Rafael Nadal won his third straight Open Seat Godo championship Sunday, defeating Guillermo Canas of Argentina 6-3, 6-4 for his 72nd consecutive victory on clay. Nadal hasn't dropped a set on clay since top-ranked Roger Federer won the first set of their French Open final last year.

Mets' Hernandez gets shoulder checked out

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WASHINGTON - Mets right- hander Orlando Hernandez flew to New York on Sunday to have a doctor check out pain in his pitching shoulder. Hernandez (2-1) is scheduled to start tonight at home against the Florida Marlins. He told the Mets about his shoulder when he arrived at RFK Stadium before Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, general manager Omar Minaya said. Hernandez threw a bullpen session Saturday. "We'll see what the doctor says," Minaya said.

Wheldon wins at Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Dan Wheldon, a close runner-up in his two previous races at Kansas Speedway, made this one a rare yawner. Wheldon was 10 seconds ahead of Dario Franchitti late in the Kansas Lottery Indy 300, won under caution when Ed Carpenter crashed with two laps to go. It was Wheldon's second victory in four races this year, along with the season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and the 13th of his career. Dario Franchitti was second, followed by Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Tomas Scheckter.

Angels to activate Figgins

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CHICAGO - Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the team will activate infielder Chone Figgins today. Figgins, who batted .267 last season, broke two fingers in his right hand late in spring training.

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