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Former MLB pitcher Lima dead at age 37

LOS ANGELES — Authorities say paramedics found former major league pitcher Jose Lima in full cardiac arrest at his home in Pasadena early Sunday, and he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A statement from the Pasadena Police Department says a specific cause of death is unknown, and Los Angeles County coroner's officials will perform an autopsy.

Police detectives also responded to the scene because of the undetermined cause of death and will work with the coroner's office, the statement said.

The All-Star right-hander spent 13 years in the major leagues with Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, and several other teams. He was 37.

Czech Republic wins World Championship

COLOGNE, Germany — The Czech Republic captured the hockey World Championship, ending Russia's 27-game tournament winning streak with a 2-1 victory on Sunday.

Jakub Klepis gave the Czechs the lead just 20 seconds in, and captain Tomas Rolinek made it 2-0 with less than two minutes left in the second period. Pavel Datsyuk cut Russia's deficit to a goal with 35.3 seconds left in the game, but it wasn't enough.

Tomas Vokoun of the Florida Panthers made 35 saves for the Czechs, who have won the world championship title six times since the separation of Czechoslovakia.

In the bronze medal game, Jonas Andersson scored twice in the third period to lift Sweden to a 3-1 victory over host Germany. Sweden has 15 bronze medals, including six since 1992.

NASCAR opens Hall of Fame in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brian France spent years formulating plans to build the NASCAR Hall of Fame and holding its first induction ceremony.

It still didn't prepare the NASCAR chairman for the emotions he felt on Sunday. Seeing his father and grandfather included in the first class hit close to home.

This was about family — and a sport that had grown up.

In a ballroom adjacent to the $195 million Hall of Fame that opened two weeks ago, the France family shared in a celebration of a sport the reached another milestone in its growth from its Southern roots.

NASCAR's founder, Bill France Sr., and his son, Bill Jr., joined Junior Johnson, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt in the inaugural induction class as hall of famers for 2010.

— Staff and wire service reports