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Final flag for Brayton

COLDWATER, Mich. - With fans holding black and white checkered flags, Indy car driver Scott Brayton received a farewell from his hometown.

He took his final ride in a black hearse with checkered flags on its front fenders. A blue and white pace car for Sunday's Indianapolis 500 led the funeral procession through town.

Brayton, 37, died Friday in a crash during practice for the Indy 500. The right rear tire of the Lola-Menard he was driving deflated as the car headed toward the second turn. He crashed into the wall going more than 200 mph.

Brayton had qualified for the pole for Sunday's race. He had won the pole position a year ago as well, only the ninth time a driver won consecutive pole positions.

Magic to miss Grant

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando Magic will have to beat the odds, not to mention the Chicago Bulls, without Horace Grant.

The star forward's injured elbow was examined again Wednesday, and doctors ruled the team's most consistent player in the playoffs out for the remainder of the Eastern Conference finals.

Only seven teams in NBA history have lost the first two games of a seven-game series and come back to win. To join them, Orlando would have to win four of five against a team that's not showing any signs of weakness.

Grant, averaging 15 points and 10.4 rebounds in the playoffs, hyperextended his left elbow when he collided with teammate Shaquille O'Neal in the second half of the opener.

No NFL decisions

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NFL owners concluded their spring meeting without taking action on a proposal to set rules for purchasing other sports teams, and withdrew a plan to expand the playoffs.

In a three-hour session with commissioner Paul Tagliabue, the owners decided they wanted more time to study the issue of cross-ownership.