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National briefs: Americans win fourth straight Presidents Cup

November 20, 2011

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— The American returned Down Under and wound up on top in the Presidents Cup.

Jim Furyk became the fourth player to win all five of his matches, and the bottom half of the lineup was strong enough to give the Americans their fourth straight win in this lopsided series.

Tiger Woods won the clinching point for the second straight time. He played well all week without always getting rewarded with a point, but easily handled Aaron Baddeley, losing only one hole in a 4-and-3 victory.

By then, it already was clear which team would be hoisting the gold cup — again.

The International team’s only win came 13 years ago at Royal Melbourne. The Americans made sure there was no repeat, and lead the series 7-1-1.

Stenhouse wins Nationwide

Homestead, Fla. — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Nationwide Series championship long before the checkered flag dropped Saturday at the season finale.

Stenhouse clinched the title 30 laps into the 300-mile race when six cars officially dropped out at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Edwards wins Homestead pole

Homestead, Fla. — Tony Stewart has run his mouth for almost a month trying to rattle Carl Edwards in the race to NASCAR’s championship.

Edwards has tuned it all out, and Saturday he did his talking on the track.

Edwards won the pole for today’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the Sprint Cup Series championship will be decided. Edwards goes into the race with a three-point lead over Stewart, who qualified 15th. One of the two will bring an official end to Jimmie Johnson’s record five-year run.

Edwards is seeking his first Cup title. Stewart, a two-time champion, is trying to become the first owner/driver to win the title since Alan Kulwicki in 1992.

Labor deal includes HGH tests

New York — A person familiar with the deal tells the Associated Press that baseball’s new labor contract will include blood testing for human growth hormone, a rise in the minimum salary to $480,000 and luxury taxes on both amateur draft signings and international free agents coming to the major leagues.

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