Danica Patrick, Andy Roddick, NFL Mediation and Monday's Top Sports News

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Danica Patrick, Andy Roddick, NFL Mediation and Monday's Top Sports News
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Danica Patrick managed to fight off some serious rain delay issues and score a position in the starting grid at the 2011 Indianapolis 500.

Patrick had the second-fastest four-lap average speed of the day and overcame a combination of technical issues and a lengthy rain delay to sit in Row 9, 26th overall in the field.

Patrick will be facing her worst starting position since she started racing Indy cars next Sunday, but don't expect that to keep her in the midst of the pack for long. She's fought her way through the field before, starting 23rd last season before winding through the pack for a sixth-place finish, and her results in the greatest spectacle in the sport have always been excellent. 

Now, the question simply becomes: Will this be Danica's last Indy 500, or will she continue to race open-wheel cars in the future?

We all know Patrick has found more success behind the wheel of an Indy car than any female driver in history, but her results have slipped since she's started in NASCAR. Will she be able to deliver the win at Indianapolis we all know she wants to score?

If that's not enough to whet your sports appetite, the French Open got underway yesterday without top-ranked American Andy Roddick, leaving the U.S. without a true contender on the red clay of Roland Garros once again this season.

Roddick had made a habit out of crashing out early at the French Open, but at least we knew he would have a chance. With an uninspiring cast of characters behind him, there isn't an American in the field who has a true shot at winning.

On top of that, the NFL's owners and players sat back down at the bargaining table last week to resume mediation talks only to end the talks until June 7.

The decision to end talks comes as little surprise, as the money and power hungry owners want to wait until they find out just how much power they're bringing to the bargaining table. Hopefully they haven't completely destroyed their brand in the process of trying to get another billion dollars a year in their coffers. 

In other words, it's shaping up to be a wild day in the sports world. 

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