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Morning Roundup: Pagenaud fights for job by winning Indy 500 pole

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Simon Pagenaud celebrates after winning the pole for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. [AP Photo/Michael Conroy]
Simon Pagenaud celebrates after winning the pole for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. [AP Photo/Michael Conroy]

Simon Pagenaud won the pole for the Indianapolis 500, strengthening his case for keeping his job at Team Penske.

Pagenaud averaged 229.992 mph in four laps of Sunday qualifying to lock down the top spot for the May 26 race. Pagenaud has been in the rumor mill for some time because of a long losing streak that he finally snapped last week on the road course around Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot qualified second and third for a Chevrolet sweep of the front row.

Nadal beats Djokovic for 9th Italian Open title

Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be.

After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday in Rome for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title

In the women's final, Karolina Pliskova captured the biggest clay-court trophy of her career by beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4.

Pelicans hire Langdon as GM

The Pelicans have hired Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon to serve as New Orleans' GM under new executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin.

Langdon, whose hiring was announced by the Pelicans on Sunday, is a former Duke and NBA player who also played professionally in Russia, Turkey and Italy. The 43-year-old from Alaska has served as Nets assistant GM since 2016 and helped rebuild Brooklyn into a squad that qualified for the Eastern Conference playoffs as a sixth seed this season after finishing last in the East two seasons earlier.

Lillard separated ribs in Game 2 against the Warriors

Portland's Damian Lillard sustained separated ribs in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors.

Lillard confirmed the injury on Sunday, a day after the Trail Blazers lost 110-99 in Game 3.

Late Saturday: Larson earns 1st NASCAR All-Star victory

Kyle Larson got a push to the front from Kevin Harvick in the final stage, then held off the defending champion to win the NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday night in Concord, North Carolina.

Larson wasn't part of the elite field when the day began, racing his way in by winning the Monster Energy Open earlier at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Soon after Larson took the checkered flag, pole sitter Clint Bowyer ran to Ryan Newman's car and began raining punches through the window before the two were separated by a crew member.

Wire reports

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