Busch, of course, dominates Phoenix for win No. 7 at PIR
AVONDALE, Ariz. – Kyle Busch overcame a mid-race gaffe on pit road with a dominating performance, leading 142 laps to win his fifth Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday.
Busch started from the pole and shook off a speeding penalty to pit road with what was easily the fastest car during the 200-lap race around PIR’s one-mile oval. He eclipsed 11,000 career laps during the race and picked up his 52nd Nationwide victory, extending his own record.
Busch has won seven times at Phoenix, including once in Sprint Cup and twice in the trucks series.
Brad Keselowski finished second, Justin Allgaier third, Trevor Bayne fourth and Elliott Sadler fifth.
Djokovic wins his 36th title and now is 13-0 in 2013
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Novak Djokovic rallied from a break down in the first set to win his fourth Dubai Championships title in five years Saturday, downing third-seeded Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-3.
The top-ranked Djokovic extended his unbeaten streak this year to 13 matches, which included his third consecutive Australian Open title. He’s won 13 of their last 14 meetings en route to his 36th career title.
Roland Garros’ renovation is blocked by a Paris tribunal
PARIS – The planned renovation of Roland Garros is on hold after a Paris tribunal Friday sided with local residents who complained the development could harm the environment.
The home of the French Open is undergoing an expansion that was scheduled to be completed in 2017, with plans including a retractable roof over the center court.
However, the Administrative Court of Paris ordered the plans to be stopped, ruling in favor of three local associations who had expressed concern about the impact on the environment, especially a nearby botanical garden.
Roland Garros is the smallest of the four Grand Slam venues that also includes the Australian Open at Melbourne, the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows in New York and London’s traditional grass-court event at Wimbledon.
Frenchman beats Norwegian in a downhill in Norway
KVITFJELL, Norway – Adrien Theaux of France earned his second career World Cup victory Saturday by edging homeland favorite Aksel Lund Svindal in a downhill.
Theaux mastered windy conditions to race down the steep 1.64-mile course in 1 minute, 29.10 seconds and beat the Norwegian by 0.19 seconds. Klaus Kroell of Austria finished third.
Svindal made up ground on overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher, now trailing the Austrian by 129 points.
Maze has won ’em all, and she sets a record in doing so
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – Tina Maze of Slovenia broke the record for points in a World Cup season by winning a downhill Saturday and became only the third woman to win a race in all five disciplines in a single campaign.
Maze secured the overall World Cup title one week ago, and her ninth win of the season took her to 2,024 points in the overall standings. Austrian great Hermann Maier held the previous record of 2,000 points on the men’s side.
She covered the 1.81-mile Kandahar course in 1 minute, 40.46 seconds. Laurenne Ross of the United States was 0.39 seconds behind for her career-best result, and Maria-Hoefl Riesch took third in her hometown race.
With 20 podium finishes this season, Maze is second on the all-time list with Phil Mahre of the United States, who did it in 1981-82. Maier holds the record with 22 podium finishes in 1999-2000 season.
Maze also matched Austria’s Petra Kronberger (1990-91) and Croatia’s Janica Kostelic (2005-06) in clinching a single-season sweep of victories in slalom, giant slalom, downhill, super-combined and super-G.