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Truex on pole for Cup race at Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Martin Truex vowed to win the remaining races this season once he was knocked out of NASCAR's Sprint Cup playoffs.

A pole run Friday at Martinsville Speedway was a step toward that goal.

Truex turned a lap at 98.206 mph to take the top starting spot for Sunday's Goody's 500. It was the fifth pole this season for Truex, who also started first last weekend at Talladega, where a blown engine in his Toyota eliminated him from the Chase for the Championship.

"It hurt a lot this week," Truex said. "I thought about it every day and every night. I just kept telling myself, 'Go win Martinsville.' "

Joey Logano, winner of three straight poles, qualified second, followed by eight-time Martinsville winner Jimmie Johnson.


Radwanska gets semi spot at WTA Finals

Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska took the final semifinal spot at the WTA Finals in Singapore, beating Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-3. Radwanska, who finished 2-1 in the round robin, faces top seed Angelique Kerber today. Svetlana Kuznetsova earned first place in the White Group despite losing to Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 and plays Dominika Cibulkova today.

Erste Bank Open: Top seed Andy Murray reached his 12th semifinal of the year by topping American John Isner 6-1, 6-3 in Vienna. Today Murray faces David Ferrer, a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 winner over Viktor Troicki; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga plays Ivo Karlovic in the other semifinal.

Et cetera

Doping: The World Anti-Doping Agency detailed serious failings of doping control management at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. A 55-page report from an independent observer team blamed a lack of coordination, budget cutbacks and other factors.

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