National Briefs: Stewart nips Bowyer at finish line for Nationwide win at Daytona

February 20, 2011


— Tony Stewart nipped Clint Bowyer at the finish line to win the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway for the fourth consecutive season.

Bowyer was leading with Dale Earnhardt Jr. pushing him around the track, and Stewart was closing quickly on the outside with help from Landon Cassill.

Earnhardt Jr. then set up his attempt to pass for the lead, and Bowyer had to block. That allowed Stewart to come charging alongside and nip him at the finish line by .007 seconds.

Bowyer finished second to give Kevin Harvick Inc. a 1-2 sweep in Saturday’s race.

Cassill was third, and Earnhardt Jr. was shuffled back to fourth.


Report: Nets owner, Anthony meet

Newark, N.J. — New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov met with Carmelo Anthony in Los Angeles on the same day a spokeswoman for the Russian billionaire said he had no plans to sit down with the All-Star forward, according to multiple reports.

Minority owner Jay-Z also was involved in Saturday’s meeting, according to the New York Daily News.

The Nuggets have looked into trading Anthony since he declined to sign a three-year contract extension worth nearly $65 million this season.

College basketball

Small-school star breaks record

Terre Haute, Ind. — Move over, Tim Duncan. This NCAA record belongs to Morehead State’s Kenneth Faried.

Faried snapped Duncan’s modern-era Division I career rebounding mark with 12 boards in the Eagles’ 71-65 victory over Indiana State on Saturday.

The 6-foot-8 senior, who also scored 17 points in Morehead State’s ninth straight victory, now has 1,576 rebounds, six more than Duncan collected at Wake Forest from 1994-97.


Cabrera misses Tigers’ practice

Lakeland, Fla. — Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera missed the Tigers’ first day of a full-squad practice, and the team doesn’t know when he will report.


Baddeley sneaks past Couples

Los Angeles — Aaron Baddeley made only one mistake in shifting weather at Riviera, posting a 4-under 67 to grab a one-shot lead over Fred Couples and Kevin Na in the Northern Trust Open.


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