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LAS VEGAS – Timothy Bradley didn’t need big power to beat Manny Pacquiao after all.
Bradley won a contested split decision over Pacquiao, ending the Filipino fighter’s remarkable run and handing him his first defeat in seven years. It didn’t come easy, and it wasn’t without controversy, with the pro-Pacquiao crowd booing loudly when the decision was announced.
Pacquiao landed more punches and seemed to land the harder punches. But when the scorecards were added up, Bradley was up 115-113 on two scorecards and behind by the same margin on a third. The Associated Press had Pacquiao winning 117-111.
Pacquiao tried to turn the fight into a brawl, using his power to hurt Bradley in the early rounds. But Bradley changed tactics in the middle rounds and used his boxing skills to win enough rounds to take the narrow decision for the welterweight title.
Pocono repaves the way for Logano’s pole, track record
LONG POND, Pa. – Thanks to a repave that led to blistering speeds, Pocono Raceway’s track record was topped 36 times.
Joey Logano had the fastest speed of them all.
Logano turned a lap of 179.598 mph Saturday to set the track record during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono. Logano won his first pole of the season and fourth in 125 career Sprint Cup starts. He drove the No. 20 Toyota around the 2½-mile track in 50.112 seconds.
Logano went out 18th out of 44 cars and waited for about 45 minutes until the final qualifying lap was turned and he could celebrate. Kasey Kahne held the record of 172.533 mph set June 11, 2004. Consider this: Kahne will start 10th today and went 177.823 mph.
Carl Edwards joins Logano on the front row for today’s 400-mile race. Paul Menard, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.
Wilson takes checkered flag after Rahal wrecks at Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas – Justin Wilson won for the first time since 2009 when Graham Rahal hit the wall while leading at Texas Motor Speedway.
Rahal seemed headed to his first win in more than five years, but he grazed the wall exiting the fourth turn Saturday night. Rahal tried to keep going, and Wilson charged past him with two to go to get his third IndyCar Series win.
Rahal held on for second as Honda drivers took the first two spots. Ryan Briscoe was third for Chevrolet.
The race was the first on a high-banked oval since Dan Wheldon’s fatal accident at Las Vegas last October. IndyCar implemented a new formula to try to break up pack racing as drivers were skittish about the return to Texas.
Vettel gains Canadian GP traction for F1 pole position
MONTREAL – Sebastian Vettel’s last-lap skid at the Canadian Grand Prix last year was a minor diversion on his way to the 2011 Formula One championship.
Now he has a chance to make up for that rare mistake.
Vettel earned the pole position Saturday for the Canadian GP, finishing qualifying with a fastest lap of 1 minute, 13.784 seconds that was more than a quarter-second faster than No. 2 qualifier Lewis Hamilton.
Colombian wins Stage 6; Evans gains on Wiggins
MORZINE, France – Colombian rider Nairo Quintana won the sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in the French Alps, while Britain’s Bradley Wiggins retained the overall lead Saturday.
Quintana, of Spanish team Movistar, raced into Morzine alone, pulling ahead of his rivals halfway up the final climb of the Col de Joux Plane to finish the 104-mile mountain stage in 4 hours, 46 minutes, 12 seconds.
Tour de France titleholder Cadel Evans finished second and narrowed the gap to Wiggins in the overall standings to 96 seconds.