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Logano wins pole position; the leaders are close behind

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Joey Logano wants an apology from Jeff Gordon, and Clint Bowyer is so angry with Gordon, he won’t even discuss the now very public feud.

Meanwhile, on NASCAR’s undercard, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson are racing for the Sprint Cup championship.

The season finale is shaping up to be a knock-down, drag-out, heavyweight fight, and it might not have anything to do with the title bout. Keselowski goes into the race Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 20-point lead over the five-time champion and needs only to finish 15th or better to win his first Cup title. He took a big step Friday by qualifying third in his Penske Racing Dodge. Johnson was 10th in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

Logano, who is driving his final race for Joe Gibbs Racing, turned a lap of 176.056 mph in the No. 20 Toyota he’s driven for the last four years, beating Marcos Ambrose, who turned a lap of 175.342 in his Richard Petty Motorsports Ford.

Logano will turn his car over to Matt Kenseth next week as he moves to Penske Racing.


Day 62, and Bettman asks for a two-week holiday

Date: Friday, Nov. 16.

Day: 62.

Last Negotiations: Sunday, Nov. 11, in New York.

Next Negotiations: TBD.

Games Lost: 327 (all games through Nov. 30, plus the New Year’s Day Winter Classic).

On Holiday: After talks broke off Sunday, communication between the NHL and the players’ association shut down almost completely. Now there could be an official cooling-off period. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman suggested to union executive director Donald Fehr that the sides take a two-week break from talks before making plans to resume negotiations. The union hasn’t given an official response but continued to say publicly it believes talking is the only way to reach a deal and that the players are ready and willing to meet anytime.

Around the Rink: Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane has parted ways with Dinamo Minsk of Russia’s KHL. In 12 games with the team, Kane had one goal, no assists and was a minus-8. The team’s athletic director, Igor Matushkin, told the club’s website that Kane “could not adapt to hockey in the KHL.” Kane and the club came to a mutual decision that it was time for him to go, and they parted on good terms.


Colorado cuts ties with its 2010 MLS Cup MVP

COMMERCE CITY – The Colorado Rapids let go eight players, including the team’s all-time leading scorer, Conor Casey.

Casey is leaving the team by mutual consent after scoring 50 goals in 121 games for the Rapids. He also was the MVP in Colorado’s 2-1 win over FC Dallas in the 2010 MLS Cup.

The 31-year-old Casey has been hampered by injuries the last two seasons. He scored two goals in 2012.

“While I am sorry to see my time with the Rapids come to an end, I want to thank the supporters here in Colorado for everything they gave to me and the club over the last several years,” Casey said.

The Rapids also parted ways with Ian Joyce, Tyrone Marshall, Joseph Nane, Scott Palguta, Tyson Wahl, Luis Zapata and Edu.


Czech Republic and Spain split Davis Cup singles

PRAGUE – Tomas Berdych beat Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 to give the Czech Republic a 1-1 tie with Spain after the opening singles matches Friday in the Davis Cup final.

Earlier, David Ferrer opened Spain’s bid for its fourth Davis Cup title in five years with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Radek Stepanek. The fifth-ranked Ferrer has won a tour-best seven titles this season.

The sixth-ranked Berdych remained undefeated in Davis Cup play this season, handing Almagro his first loss in the competition this year.

Associated Press