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May 4, 2014 

Auto racing

IndyCar going to New Orleans

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal confirmed through a spokeswoman that he will announce IndyCar’s commitment to bring one of its open-wheel racing events to the New Orleans area in 2015.

The race will come to the 2.75-mile road course at the private NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, about 14 miles southwest of downtown New Orleans.

Jindal plans to make the formal announcement at the track on Monday.

The $60 million facility opened in 2011. It hosted AMA motorcycle racing in 2012. Developmental levels of open-wheel racing have run at the road course as recently as February, when it hosted the Cooper Tires WinterFest, featuring the Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and USF2000 series.

Tennis

Serena wins, Djokovic withdraws

At Madrid, Serena Williams brushed aside Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1 to open her defense of the Madrid Open title, while Maria Sharapova beat Klara Koukalova 6-1, 6-2 in the first round.

In the men’s tournament, Novak Djokovic withdrew because of a right wrist injury that had already affected his play at Monte Carlo last month.

Berlocq wins Portugal title

At Oeiras, Portugal, Carlos Berlocq stormed back to beat top-seeded Tomas Berdych 0-6, 7-5, 6-1 and win the Portugal Open for his second career title.

The Argentine shook off his poor start to prevail in the two-hour match on outdoor clay by converting seven of his 10 break points.

2022 olympics

Oslo likely out of running

One of the two Norwegian government parties has voted against supporting Oslo’s bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in a move that likely puts the city out of the race.

The Progress Party said a majority of its members voted against any government support for the bid at the party’s annual meeting on Sunday. It said the cost of hosting the Olympics would affect the government’s ability to fund infrastructure projects, education, health care and tax cuts.

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