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Busch sets wins record at Dover

September 26, 2010

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Dover, Del. — Kyle Busch set a single-season record for wins in the Nationwide Series, taking the checkered flag for the 11th time in only 23 races on Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

Busch was tied with Sam Ard for the previous record with 10 wins. Busch also won 10 races in 2008, matching the record Ard set in NASCAR’s second-tier series in 1983.

Busch is closing in on Mark Martin’s career Nationwide mark of 48 wins. Busch is in second at 41.

He led 192 of 200 laps, received a big ovation after the race and waved his index finger out the window.

Joey Logano was second and Carl Edwards third.

Danica Patrick ran into the wall early in the race and was forced into the garage. She returned in the No. 7 Chevrolet and finished 94 laps down in 35th place.

Auto Racing

Harvick, Hamlin exchange words

Dover, Del. — Kevin Harvick showed he had his teammate’s back by damaging Denny Hamlin’s rear.

Hamlin and Harvick tangled on the track that led to the top-two points leaders getting involved in a heated and profane exchange in the garage, sparking some life into the first practice Saturday at Dover International Speedway. The dustup came a day after Hamlin blasted Clint Bowyer, saying Harvick’s RCR teammate was making excuses for why his winning car at New Hampshire failed a follow-up inspection.

Wilkerson tops at qualifying

Ennis, Texas — Funny Car driver Tim Wilkerson raced to his first No. 1 qualifying position of the season Saturday at the NHRA Fall Nationals. After failing to qualify for the second of six races in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs last weekend, Wilkerson rallied with a 4.079-second run at 305.77 mph on the all-concrete strip.

Alonso takes pole

Singapore — Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso captured his second straight Formula One pole Saturday, leading the top five drivers in the championship standings onto the front of the grid for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Golf

Furyk leads by 1 over loaded field

Atlanta — Jim Furyk ended a demanding round with an even-par 70 in the Tour Championship. It was just enough to give him a one-shot lead Saturday and not nearly enough to allow him to think ahead to a possible $10 million payoff.

Furyk scrambled for two good bogeys on the back nine and two consecutive birdies late on another steamy day at East Lake to build a one-shot lead over Retief Goosen and Luke Donald going into today’s final round.

Parry holding Vivendi lead

Chambourcy, France — John Parry of England shot a 2-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Vivendi Cup on Saturday.

Cochran builds 4-stroke lead

Cary, N.C. — Russ Cochran shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday in the SAS Championship to increase his lead to four strokes, the largest 36-hole margin the history of the Champions Tour’s event.

NBA

Bynum sidelined until November

El Segundo, Calif. — Although Andrew Bynum has showed up on time for training camp with the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers, he’ll be back on the court even later than his coach expected.

The Lakers’ starting center said Saturday he won’t play until at least late November while recovering from surgery on his right knee.

Charlotte’s Brown out 4-6 weeks

Charlotte, N.C. — Charlotte Bobcats center Kwame Brown will miss four to six weeks after severely spraining his left ankle in a pickup game.

NFL

San Diego’s McNeill ends holdout

San Diego — Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill ended his holdout Saturday when he signed his one-year contract tender as a restricted free agent.

However, he must sit out the next three games because he and wide receiver Vincent Jackson were placed on the roster exempt list by general manager A.J. Smith on Aug. 20. McNeill will be eligible to play Oct. 17.

Browns place LB Jackson on IR

Cleveland — This was supposed to be D’Qwell Jackson’s comeback season. It’s over already.

In a somewhat surprising move, the Browns placed the linebacker on injured reserve Saturday because of a right chest muscle injury — the same kind that ended Jackson’s 2009 season with 10 games left.

MLS

Wizards fall to streaking FC Dallas

Kansas City, Kan. — Jeff Cunningham closed within one goal of the Major League Soccer career lead, and FC Dallas extended its unbeaten streak to 17 matches with a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Wizards Saturday.

Cunningham’s 82nd-minute goal was the 131st of his career, one short of the record held by D.C. United’s Jaime Moreno.

Marvin Chavez scored his first career goal in the fourth minute, and Milton Rodriguez scored in the 12th for Dallas (11-2-13), which handed the Wizards (9-10-6) their second loss in 11 matches.

Tennis

Simon, Zverev to meet in finals

Metz, France — Eighth-seeded Gilles Simon of France beat No. 6 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, 6-3, 6-2, on Saturday to line up an Open de Moselle final against German qualifier Mischa Zverev.

Zverev advanced to his first career final when No. 4 Richard Gasquet of France withdrew because of a fever.

Peers rank Federer over Nadal

Macau — Roger Federer is tennis’ all-time best player — at least in the opinion of some of his top-ranked peers.

Despite having won only the Australian Open this year while Rafael Nadal won the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, Federer is still considered the greatest because he has won a record 16 Grand Slam tournaments.

Kudryavtseva captures first title

Tashkent, Uzbekistan — Alla Kudryavtseva has won her first WTA Tour title, beating Elena Vesnina, 6-4, 6-4, in an all-Russian final at the Tashkent Open.

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