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Hornish holds off Busch for Nationwide victory in Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Sam Hornish Jr. survived two restarts in the final 15 laps and held off Kyle Busch to win the Nationwide Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Hornish led 114 laps in his second career Nationwide victory, but he needed a strong finish to outrun Busch, the hometown driver who won the Nationwide race last week in Phoenix.

Hornish and Busch both aggressively went after the final restart with seven laps to go, with Busch briefly nudging ahead before Hornish reclaimed the lead with five laps left.

Hornish got clear of Busch and finished comfortably in a caution-filled race.


Rivera will retire after 2013; Jeter singles in his return

TAMPA, Fla. – Saying he made the decision before arriving at spring training, 43-year-old Mariano Rivera announced Saturday he will retire at the end of the season and hopes to cap his record-setting career by winning another World Series with the New York Yankees.

Rivera made his first game appearance since April 30, throwing a 1-2-3 fifth inning Saturday against Atlanta.

Rivera holds the career saves record with 608 and has helped the Yankees win five World Series titles. He is regarded as the greatest closer of all time, whether he’s throwing his cut fastball in the regular season or postseason.

TAMPA, Fla. – New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter singled sharply to left field on his first pitch since breaking an ankle last fall in the AL championship series.

Jeter missed New York’s first 13 spring training games and was the Yankees’ designated hitter and leadoff batter Saturday against Atlanta.


Both USA soccer sides play on without its goalkeepers

LIVERPOOL – Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, 34, has two broken bones in his back and likely will miss the Americans’ World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico this month.

Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan is poised to take over in goal in what would be his first qualifiers in four years.

CHICAGO – American goalkeeper Hope Solo will be sidelined for three to four months after surgery to repair torn cartilage in her left wrist.

The 31-year-old Solo, who has 135 international appearances, is missing the Algarve Cup tournament in Portugal, where the Americans have won their first two games. No. 2 goalkeeper Jill Loyden broke a bone in her left hand during training Thursday and will be out for six months. Nicole Barnhart was in goal for Friday’s 5-0 rout of China.

World Cup Ski Racing

Ligety wins his fifth GS and the World Cup crystal globe

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia – Ted Ligety of the United States won his fifth giant slalom of the season Saturday to clinch the World Cup discipline title with a race to spare.

It’s his fourth GS title after winning in 2008 and 2010-11. He also successfully defended his GS title at the World Championships last month.

Ligety held his first-run lead to win in 2 minutes, 35.43 seconds for his 16th career victory, all in GS. He established an insurmountable 125-point lead over Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who was 0.45 behind in second.

Fenninger wins, Maze sets another World Cup record

OFTERSCHWANG, Germany – Tina Maze just keeps setting records in the World Cup, even on days when she doesn’t win.

Maze finished second to Anna Fenninger of Austria on Saturday in a giant slalom, missing out on her 10th victory of the season but becoming the first woman to make eight podiums in the discipline in the same campaign.

The Slovenian already has clinched the overall and GS titles and rewritten the record for points in a season.

Associated Press