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Gordon hopes Talladega pole will alter his season’s course

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Jeff Gordon won the pole for today’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, where he hopes his season can take a turn for the better.

Gordon ran a lap at 191.623 mph in Saturday’s qualifying session. It was good enough to bump AJ Allmendinger, who was on top of the board for most of the session with a lap of 191.111. Marcos Ambrose qualified third.

Gordon went out with only four cars left in the session. This is the 71st pole of Gordon’s career, third on the career list. It’s also his first since this race last year.

Gordon has been stuck in a slump through the first nine races of this season and has just two top-10 finishes so far. He is 17th in points.

Logano barely beats Busch; McClure collected in crash

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Joey Logano nipped Kyle Busch at the finish line to win the Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

The race was marred by a late accident that sent Eric McClure to an Alabama hospital by helicopter. McClure was awake and speaking to emergency workers after the accident. McClure was collected in a multi-car accident, and his car went head-first into the inside wall of Turn 3. The car’s roof had to be cut and peeled back for McClure to be removed.

It led to a 19-minute red flag, and Logano restarted in third with two laps to go in the race. He stayed in line pushing Busch until they exited the final turn. Logano then pulled around Busch and barely edged him at the finish.

Boxing

Accuracy, speed, Mayweather is money in win over Cotto

LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather Jr. used his speed and accuracy to win a unanimous decision Saturday night over a game Miguel Cotto in one of his toughest fights ever.

Mayweather dominated late, rocking Cotto in the 12th round to pull out a win and remain unbeaten in 43 fights. But it wasn’t easy, with Mayweather getting his nose bloodied and Cotto fighting until the final bell.

Mayweather won Cotto’s 154-pound title in the fight, which two judges scored 117-111 and the third 118-110.

Cycling

American wears the pink Day 1 of the Giro d’Italia

HERNING, Denmark – American Taylor Phinney of Boulder won the first stage of the Giro d’Italia, a 5.4-mile individual time trial in Herning on Saturday.

Phinney is the first American to wear the pink jersey since Christian Vande Velde when Garmin won the opening team time trial in Palermo in 2008.

An outstanding performance from the BMC Racing cyclist was timed at 10.26 minutes, nine seconds ahead of British cyclist Geraint Thomas (Sky Procycling) in the 198-strong field.

Soccer

Drogba’s 2nd-half goal lifts Chelsea to the FA Cup

WEMBLEY, England – Chelsea won the FA Cup for the fourth time in six seasons, beating Liverpool 2-1 on Saturday on a second-half goal by Didier Drogba.

Drogba became the first player to score in four finals and helped the Blues survive a late onslaught by Liverpool in the 131st final.

Ramires put Chelsea in front after 11 minutes, capitalizing on blunders by Liverpool. In the 52nd, Drogba scored his eighth goal in eight games at Wembley.

Liverpool substitute Andy Carroll scored in the 64th minute.

Tennis

Kanepi wins title in Portugal; Errani wins title in Hungary

OEIRAS, Portugal – Kaia Kanepi of Estonia won the Estoril Open after saving two match points and rallying past Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 on Saturday.

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Top-seeded Sara Errani of Italy won her third WTA title this year by defeating Elena Vesnina of Russia 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday in the Budapest Grand Prix final.

Associated Press

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