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Hamilton wins Canadian GP in landmark win

MONTREAL -- Lewis Hamilton's learning curve just got shorter -- a lot shorter.

The 22-year-old Englishman, the first black driver in Formula One history, added his first F1 victory to an already remarkable career start by winning the crash-filled Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

And he made it look easy.

Hamilton started from the pole, also for the first time. Apart from losing the lead for three laps when he made his first of two pit stops, he led all the way and was never challenged.

The slim, soft-spoken youngster has six consecutive top-three finishes in six starts, something no other first-year F1 driver has accomplished.

"This is history," Hamilton said, grinning.

• BOXING -- Former heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison won his MMA debut but lost the crowd Saturday night.

Fighting in a cage on a clear night in the desert, Morrison knocked out John Stover (7-2) at 2:08 of the first round. Boos rained down as a panting Morrison raised his hand after breaking Stover's nose with a straight right.

Although the unsanctioned bout was fought on an MMA card at Cliff Castle Casino, it had little of the rough-and-tumble associated with the sport, and that may have stoked the ire of the crowd estimated at 2,500.

Stover said he originally agreed to the bout despite a stipulation against grappling, a big disadvantage for the 340-pound Stover, who outweighed Morrison by 125 pounds. But an hour before the fight, Stover said he was told he would not be allowed to strike Morrison with his knees or feet.

• FISHING -- Casey Ashley won his first Bassmaster title, totaling 57 pounds, 3 ounces in the four-day event that ended Sunday.

Ashley, from Donalds, was the youngest competitor in the Elite Series field at 23. He won the top prize of $100,000.

With less than an hour remaining in the event, Ashley reeled in two fish that brought him victory on Smith Mountain Lake. He beat Terry Scroggins of San Mateo, Fla., by two pounds.

• PRO FOOTBALL -- Cornerback Kelly Herndon has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Tennessee, as the Titans continue working to replenish a secondary expected to be without Adam "Pacman" Jones.

• COLLEGE ATHLETICS -- Officials from the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack are planning to discuss their similar logos this week, a newspaper reported.

Kurt Esser, Nevada's associate athletic director of marketing, told the Reno Gazette-Journal that he is waiting for a memo from N.C. State's licensing company, Licensing Resource Group, asking for a meeting, which other Nevada officials expect to happen this week.

Nevada's secondary logo is a wolf wearing a blue top hat, and N.C. State has a similar logo with red and white colors. Neither logo is the primary logo for the schools.

Licensing Resource Group inquired about a mug shot of a version of "Toughie," the school mascot, after the N.C. State student newspaper, The Technician, published a story about the similarity, according to Cindy Sears, director of trademark licensing at N.C. State.

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