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Kyle Busch wins pole position for Sprint Cup all-star race

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kyle Busch captured the pole for the Sprint all-star race for the second consecutive year.

Busch completed the unique three-lap qualifying that included a mandatory four-tire pit stop in 1 minute, 19.11 seconds. He was the last qualifier on the track and knocked Ryan Newman to the outside of the front row.

Denny Hamlin will start third, followed by Greg Biffle and Kevin Harvick.

Andretti pulls a 227-mph lap during Indy 500 practice run

INDIANAPOLIS – Marco Andretti is taking advantage of an IndyCar power boost. The 24-year-old American turned the first 226-mph lap this week at Indianapolis, then outdid himself with the only 227-mph lap of the week – making him one of the favorites to win the Indianapolis 500 pole.

Andretti posted a fast lap of 227.540 on Friday, the final full day of practice before qualifications begin today.

Ryan Briscoe and three-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves, teammates on Roger Penske’s team, were second and third. Briscoe went 226.835, while Castroneves went 226.716.


Cavendish wins Stage 13; Rodriguez keeps Giro lead

CERVERE, Italy – World champion Mark Cavendish won the 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia in a sprint finish Friday, while Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead.

It marked the third stage win of the year for Cavendish, who finished in a time of 3 hours, 2 minutes and 7 seconds on the shortest leg of the race, a 75-mile ride from Savona to Cervere.

There was no change in the overall standings as Rodriguez retained a lead of 17 seconds over Ryder Hesjedal.

Georges wins Stage 6; Zabriskie keeps Calif. lead

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. – Sylvain Georges of France pedaled to a long, solo win, and Dave Zabriskie of Salt Lake City maintained his overall lead Friday in the mountainous Stage 6 of the Amgen Tour of California.

Georges, 28, a second-year pro who rides for Ag2r-La Mondiale, claimed his fifth career win after pedaling alone in the lead for the final 30 miles en route to his title in 5 hours, 7 minutes and 6 seconds.

Zabriskie (Garmin-Barracuda) finished 21st in the main field. He maintained a 34-second race lead over Tejay van Garderen (BMC) of Tacoma, Wash.


Lakers’ Gasol gives and gives, takes top citizen honors

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Pau Gasol won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award on Friday for his extensive charity work as a UNICEF ambassador, winning a vote by members of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.


Six years deserve a few more: Rapids resign Cummings

COMMERCE CITY – The Colorado Rapids re-signed forward Omar Cummings to a multiyear contract. Cummings is a member of the Jamaican national team and is in his sixth season with the Rapids.

The 29-year-old Cummings has 36 goals and 26 assists in 130 regular-season games for Colorado since joining the club out of the University of Cincinnati in 2007. He had a team-high 14 goals in 2010, when the Rapids won the MLS Cup.

Women’s Professional Soccer folds after three seasons

SAN FRANCISCO – The Women’s Professional Soccer league folded after three seasons. The WPS had canceled the 2012 season in January, at the time hoping to return next year.

The league’s predecessor, WUSA, also lasted only three seasons, burning through more than $100 million in investments in the euphoric aftermath of the U.S. victory at the 1999 World Cup.

Associated Press