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Keselowski runs out of gas, and Bowyer takes the win

CONCORD, N.C. – Clint Bowyer picked up his first win in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship on a disastrous night for points leader Brad Keselowski.

Keselowski dominated Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway but ran out of gas with 58 laps remaining to blow his chance at the victory. He fell a lap down and finished 11th, and he had his lead in the standings sliced in half.

Keselowski has a seven-point lead over five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson at the halfway point of the Chase.

Denny Hamlin finished second and is third in the Cup Chase, 15 points back. Johnson finished third.

Everyone had to race with one eye on the gas gauge, and it worked out in Bowyer’s favor for his third victory of the season.

The top 5 in the F1 standings fill the top 5 qualifying slots

YEONGAM, South Korea – Mark Webber took the pole position for the Korean Grand Prix on Saturday, upstaging Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.

The Australian stormed to the pole on the last lap of qualifying, finishing 0.074 seconds ahead of Vettel. Hamilton was third, followed by championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.

Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen qualified fifth, meaning the top five in the Formula One standings fill the top five grid slots, raising the prospects of a vital shootout in today’s race.


NHL and the players’ union might renegotiate Tuesday

NEW YORK – Labor negotiations between the NHL and the locked-out players’ association may resume Tuesday after a four-day break.

The location and the agenda have yet to be determined. The sides held two days of talks this week in New York without discussion of hockey-related revenue – the core economic issue that has prevented the NHL regular season from starting on time.

The 28-day lockout already has wiped out the entire preseason and the first three days of the regular season. The NHL announced last week that all games have been canceled through Oct. 24.


If you build it, Beijing, China, hopes the NBA will come

BEIJING – The NBA and a Chinese partner said they plan to open an NBA-sized basketball center near Beijing.

The announcement was made as the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers played exhibition games in Beijing and Shanghai.

Basketball in China is hugely popular, and the NBA has made faster progress in developing a fan base and business opportunities than other American sports such as baseball, football and ice hockey.

The 120,000-square foot NBA Center is to become part of a mixed-use development by Yatai Lanhai with housing for 150,000.


Cummings wins Stage 5; Martin wins Tour of Beijing

BEIJING – Tony Martin of Germany successfully defended his Tour of Beijing title Saturday, while Steven Cummings of Britain beat Ryder Hesjedal in a two-man sprint to claim the fifth and final stage.

Canada’s Hesjedal led the final climb to tear apart the leading group of breakaway riders on the 113.5-mile stage, but neither he nor Cummings could threaten Omega Pharma-QuickStep’s Martin for the overall victory.

Cummings, of BMC Racing, easily won the sprint to take the stage, with Team Sky rider Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway grabbing third. Martin finished the stage 18 seconds behind.

In the overall standings, Martin was 40 seconds ahead of Francesco Gavazzi of Astana. Boasson Hagen of Team Sky was another six seconds back.

Martin, who won the team and individual time trials at the Road Cycling World Championships, picked up his seventh victory of the year.

Associated Press