San Francisco Chronicle

Bowman captures Daytona 500 pole


Alex Bowman won his third career Daytona 500 pole and will be joined by Hendrick Motorsport­s teammate Kyle Larson on the front row for NASCAR's season opener.

Bowman, who missed five races late last season because of a concussion, is on the Daytona 500 front row for the the sixth straight time, and the organizati­on has produced a pole winner in eight of the last nine years. A three-year contract extension for Bowman was announced earlier in the day.

Jimmie Johnson made a triumphant return to NASCAR and qualified for the 500. The 47year-old Johnson, a seven-time champion , returned from a twoyear dalliance in IndyCar

• Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indianapol­is 500 champ, said he will compete in IndyCar's biggest race in May before retiring again. It will be the 22nd start at Indy for the 48-year-old Brazilian.

NHL: Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin says his father, Mikhail, has died at age 71. Ovechkin left the Capitals on Tuesday to tend to what the team called a family health matter regarding a loved one.

On the ice, William Nylander had a goal and two assists as Toronto beat visiting Chicago 5-2. Skiing: American standout Mikaela Shiffrin had an unexpected split with her longtime coach, Mike Day, during the middle of the world championsh­ips after informing him that she planned to take a new direction with her staff at the end of the season.

Day was with Shiffrin when she won the silver medal in super-G last week but left France with Shiffrin due to race again Thursday and Saturday.

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