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Sadler wards off Kahne

Elliott Sadler took advantage of another hard-luck moment for Jeff Gordon in Texas, then barely held off rookie Kasey Kahne in an exciting finish yesterday in Fort Worth.

Sadler's victory in the Samsung/Radio Shack 500 -- his second career NASCAR Nextel Cup win -- came by two/100ths of a second over Kahne, the rookie who has three runner-up finishes and a third-place showing in seven races for Ray Evernham. Sadler averaged 138.845 miles per hour in the race slowed by seven caution periods.

"It's unbelievable," said Sadler, in his second season for Robert Yates Racing. "I've always had a good knack for this track, so a good win is just very, very special."

Sadler and Kahne were racing alone at the front of the field, with the rookie trying to get back in the lead for the seventh time. He led 148 laps, but not the one that mattered.

Sadler led by a half-second with 10 laps left, but Kahne kept trimming the space between the two cars. He tried to go high several times in the corners, but never could get back in front.

Formula One -- Michael Schumacher, who is turning the Formula One season into a rout, won his third straight race, taking the inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix for his 73d career victory.

The six-time series champion led from the pole and never faltered, taking command on the new $150 million desert track. Schumacher clocked 1 hour 28 minutes 34.875 seconds for 57 laps on the 3.367-mile course, with an average speed of 129.876 m.p.h.

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