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Keselowski wins Nationwide race again

October 24, 2010

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— Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide 5-Hour Energy 250 on Saturday, rolling past Reed Sorenson with two laps remaining at Gateway International Raceway.

Keselowski, who has a large lead in the series standings, earned his sixth Nationwide victory of the season and No. 12 for his career.

Mike Bliss finished second, followed by pole-sitter Justin Allgaier.

Swimming

U.S. national swimmer dies

Philadelphia — Fran Crippen, a medal-winning open-water swimmer on the U.S. national team, told his coach he wasn’t feeling well late in a race before he died in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.

The 26-year-old from a family of prominent swimmers in suburban Philadelphia was competing in the FINA Open Water 10-kilometer World Cup in Fujairah, south of Dubai, but failed to finish and was found in the water two hours later, according to Swimming World.

Soccer

7 fans die in stampede in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya — Seven fans died in a stampede Saturday while trying to enter a stadium where a football match between two of Kenya’s most popular teams was being played, the Kenya Red Cross said.

Six people died when they were run over by the crowd outside Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, and one died after being taken to Kenyatta National Hospital, said Red Cross spokesman Titus Mungo’u. He said at least four people were injured, but that number could be higher since several ambulance services were called to the scene.

College basketball

OSU suspends forward Pilgrim

Stillwater, Okla. — Oklahoma State has suspended forward Matt Pilgrim without giving a reason or a time frame for when he might return.

Coach Travis Ford held the senior out of the Cowboys’ Homecoming & Hoops exhibition Friday night.

NBA

Stackhouse signs with Miami

Miami — Once denied a championship by Miami, Jerry Stackhouse is resuming his chase of a title with the Heat.

Stackhouse joined the Heat on Saturday, one day after the NBA championship hopefuls learned that they’ll be without injured swingman Mike Miller until possibly January. Stackhouse, who turns 36 next month, averaged 8.5 points in 42 games as a reserve with the Milwaukee Bucks last season.

“This is a very exciting time in my basketball career,” said Stackhouse, a two-time All-Star who’s now with his sixth NBA club and worked out with the Heat on Saturday, the same day Dwyane Wade returned to full work with the team for the first time since straining his right hamstring on Oct. 5.

“I am ready to compete at the highest level,” Stackhouse said.

NFL

Favre called Sterger last year

New York — A spokesman for the woman who allegedly received lewd photos and inappropriate text messages from Brett Favre two years ago said Saturday the quarterback tried to contact the former New York Jets game hostess in 2009.

Phil Reese, Jenn Sterger’s manager, told the Associated Press that Favre called Sterger last June. Reese declined comment when asked if there were multiple calls, but said Sterger did not answer the phone.

Tennis

Federer aims to tie Sampras

Stockholm — Roger Federer could tie Pete Sampras for career titles after reaching the Stockholm Open final, defeating fourth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic 7-6 (5), 6-2 Saturday.

Federer will face Florian Mayer in today’s final. Mayer saved a match point to edge Jarkko Nieminen, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Golf

Laird on top in Vegas

Las Vegas — Defending champion Martin Laird shot a bogey-free 8-under 63 — eagling the short par-4 15th and closing with three pars — to take a one-stroke lead over Jonathan Byrd on Saturday in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

Pavin takes one-shot lead

The Woodlands, Texas — U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin shot a 4-under 68 to maintain a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Administaff Small Business Classic. Pavin had a 10-under 134 total on The Woodlands Country Club course.

Boyd, Parry tie course record

Castellon, Spain — John Parry set a course record at the Castello Masters with a 9-under 63, only to have Gary Boyd equal it soon after and take a two-stroke lead after the third round.

Hjorth, Lee lead LPGA Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Sweden’s Maria Hjorth shot her second straight 3-under 68 in steamy conditions Saturday for a share of the second-round lead with South Korea’s Jee Young Lee in the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

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