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National briefs: Busch wins pole again

June 19, 2011

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Brooklyn, Mich. — Another race, another pole for Kurt Busch. This is a drill he’s happy to get used to.

Busch won his third consecutive pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, finishing first in qualifying Saturday at Michigan International Speedway with a lap of 188.699 miles per hour. He’s the first driver to win three straight poles since Brian Vickers in 2009, and two qualifying sessions were canceled during that streak.

Busch was forced to a backup car last weekend after damaging his No. 22 Dodge in practice. There’s been less drama this time around as he prepares for today’s 400-mile race.

Edwards triumphs

Brooklyn, Mich. — Carl Edwards raced to his fourth NASCAR Nationwide victory of the year, passing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with less than 10 laps remaining Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

Edwards, the Sprint Cup points leader, had finished second in three straight Nationwide races since winning at Dover in May, but he was able to slip underneath Stenhouse before holding on to win by 1.669 seconds in the No. 60 Ford. It was his 33rd career Nationwide victory.

College Football

Nevada WR wounded

Reno, Nev. — Nevada starting wide receiver Brandon Wimberly was shot and seriously wounded early Saturday in a fight between a group of his football teammates and another group of men.

Police say the 22-year-old Wimberly was shot once in the abdomen when he approached the other men in downtown Reno as they fled in a car. He was taken to a hospital, where he was in serious condition.

Wimberly underwent surgery, and the injuries aren’t life-threatening.

College Basketball

Crean adds Cheaney

Bloomington, Ind. — Calbert Cheaney is returning to Indiana to relearn the college game.

The Big Ten’s career scoring leader was hired Saturday by coach Tom Crean as the Hoosiers’ new director of basketball operations.

College Baseball

Texas faces elimination

Omaha, Neb. — Texas hasn’t done anything the easy way so far in the NCAA baseball Tournament, and it will be no different in the College World Series.

The Longhorns face elimination after losing, 8-4, to Florida in their first game at the new TD Ameritrade Park on Saturday night.

Now the Longhorns, in the CWS for a record 34th time, must beat North Carolina in a win-or-go-home game Monday.

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