Thursday, December 14, 2017
Sports

Keselowski takes Nationwide victory

FORT WORTH, Texas — Brad Keselowski earned his sixth Nationwide series victory in his past eight starts, leading 106 of 200 laps of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Saturday to give Roger Penske's No. 22 car the lead in the owners' standings. He edged fellow Sprint Cup star Denny Hamlin by nearly a second.

Sam Hornish came from a lap down early to finish third at Texas Motor Speedway, cutting his deficit to six points behind Austin Dillon for the drivers' title. Dillon finished fifth.

"We did what we could do. We took care of ourselves," Hornish said. "We came back when it didn't look like we would gain points for quite a bit of the race."

The No 22 car has been to Victory Lane 12 times this season, with wins also by Joey Logano (three), AJ Allmendinger (two) and Ryan Blaney (one).

Keselowski wrecked at Kansas the last time he drove the Nationwide car.

"I had to redeem myself," he said. "When you win, it's almost more of a relief that you didn't screw it up."

Another Sprint Cup star, Kyle Busch, hit the Turn 4 wall hard, then took a wild ride through the grass just past the halfway point. His crew made repairs and he finished 26th, four laps off the pace.

Formula One: Mark Webber outpaced Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel to take the pole for today's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in United Arab Emirates. The Australian set a fast lap of 1 minute, 39.957 seconds on the 3.451-mile track. Vettel has won the past six races and clinched his fourth consecutive world title.

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Does UCF have a shot at a split national championship?

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Marchand rallies Bruins by Wings

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Tampa Bay Rays making progress in trade talks

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Times wires

INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George made a winning return to Indiana, hitting the clinching free throws with 10.7 seconds left in the Thunder’s 100-95 victory over the Pacers on Wednesday. Steven Adams had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Russell Westbrook finis...
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Thursday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBoxingSuper Bantamweights: Salgado vs. Diego De La Hoya10:30 p.m.ESPN2College basketballBethune-Cookman at USF7 p.m.820-AMValparaiso at Northwestern8 p.m.Big TenSouthern at Baylor8:30 p.m.ESPN2College volleyball, NCAA semifinalsNebraska vs. Penn...
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