PASTOR MALDONADO held off Fernando Alonso to win the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday in Barcelona, but the celebration quickly gave way to concern when a fire in the team garage left 31 people injured.Maldonado, making his first visit to the podium, is the first Venezuelan winner in F1. This was the Williams team's 114th triumph but first since the 2004 Brazilian GP.
Maldonado's victory provided a flourish for Frank Williams as the team celebrated its longtime team principal's 70th birthday this weekend. Williams' celebration speech, however, was cut short. He was led from the garage when the fire broke out.
Governing body FIA said 31 people were treated by Catalunya Circuit medical staff, with seven of those flown out to a variety of hospitals to receive treatment.
Catalonia's regional government said in a statement that one of the persons was airlifted to Barcelona hospital with serious burn wounds, while the rest were being treated locally for smoke inhalation.
Williams confirmed a fuel leak caused the problem, with four of its staff treated for injuries. Three of those remained in the hospital. The Caterham team said four of its members were among those injured as the fire spread to neighboring team boxes.
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Cherry Hill native Bobby Ryan, of the Anaheim Ducks, scored as the United States rolled to a 5-0 victory over defending champion Finland at the ice hockey world championships in Helsinki. Canada tops Group A with 16 points, followed the U.S. team with 13 points and Finland with 12. If Finland beats Kazakhstan on Monday, it will again face the U.S. in Thursday's quarterfinal.
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Roger Federer rallied to beat Tomas Berdych, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, and win the Madrid Open for a third time. Earlier, Serena Williams overpowered the top-ranked Victoria Azarenka, 6-1, 6-3, to win the women's final.
* Ryan Lochte salvaged an otherwise underwhelming weekend by winning the 200 IM and setting a new meet record at the Charlotte (N.C.) Grand Prix. Lochte failed to earn a medal in his other five events, but closed strong by beating Conor Dwyer and Eric Shanteau with a time of 1 minute, 57.63 seconds. It was a rewarding finish for Lochte, who failed to qualify for the finals of the 100-meter freestyle earlier in the day after placing 33rd in the preliminaries. Lochte's previous best finish of the weekend was sixth place in the 200 free. He was seventh in the 400 IM and eighth in the 100 backstroke. He failed to qualify for the main heat in the 50 backstroke and pulled out of the finals.
* Christopher Colwill won the 3-meter springboard at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix meet in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
* Paul Dee, who was Miami's athletic director from 1993 through 2008, died at 65.