Chase leader is on the pole; Keselowski will start 8th
FORT WORTH, Texas – NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson again will start from the pole.
Johnson was the top qualifier for the race at Texas Motor Speedway after a fast lap of 191.076 mph Friday. It’s his second week in a row as the polesitter, and he won last week at Martinsville to take over the points lead with three races left.
Brad Keselowski, only two points behind Johnson in the standings, qualified eighth at a track where he never has had a top-10 finish.
Johnson finished second at Texas in April, a race won by Greg Biffle.
Biffle will start on the front row with Johnson on Sunday after qualifying second with a lap of 190.382 mph.
World view backs the USA’s sanctions against Armstrong
MONTREAL – The World Anti-Doping Agency accepted the decision that stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles, saying Friday it was the “right and proper sanction” for the disgraced American cyclist.
Last week, the International Cycling Union also accepted the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s sanctions, wiping Armstrong’s name from the Tour winner’s list, banning him for life and asking him to return millions of dollars in prize money.
USA Pro Cycling Challenge draws criticism from Boulder
BOULDER – The city of Boulder, the Stage 6 host this year, won’t bid to host part of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge next year.
The Daily Camera reports that Andrew Shoemaker of the city’s local organizing committee for the race said Friday the committee will focus instead on bidding for a leg in 2014.
The city hosted part of this year’s race, which passes through select Colorado cities. Analysts said the economic impact on Boulder was much less than the $8 million that the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau had predicted because many spectators were local residents.
Members of the Boulder City Council said they still believe this year’s race was a success.
The event has drawn criticism from some residents in Boulder who are concerned about impacts on open space and recreation areas.
Four players, three pitchers, claimed off Rockies’ roster
DENVER – The Colorado Rockies have lost right-handed pitchers Guillermo Moscoso, Zach Putnam and Josh Roenicke, along with infielder Tommy Field, who all were claimed off outright waivers.
Moscoso was claimed by Kansas City, Roenicke and Field by Minnesota and Putnam by the Chicago Cubs.
Also, right-handed pitcher Carlos Torres was outrighted off the major league roster. And the Rockies reinstated first baseman Todd Helton and pitchers Christian Friedrich and Juan Nicasio from the 60-day disabled list.
Lastly, the club selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Josh Sullivan.
Day 48: Lockout costs NHL the New Year’s Winter Classic
Date: Friday, Nov. 2.
Last Negotiations: Thursday, Oct. 18, at NHLPA headquarters in Toronto.
Next Negotiations: No negotiations have been scheduled.
Games Lost: 327 (all games through Nov. 30, including the New Year’s Day Winter Classic).
Iced Out: As expected, the NHL canceled the New Year’s Day Winter Classic outdoor game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and host Detroit Red Wings that was to be played at Michigan Stadium. The league said the teams will play at the 100,000-plus seat Big House in the next Winter Classic, whenever that can take place after a labor agreement. What remains unclear is if the Red Wings and Maple Leafs will play indoors Jan. 1 if the lockout has ended before then.