Logano advances to Chase

Joey Logano grabbed the first berth into the next round of NASCAR's championship race with a victory yesterday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

Logano's win advanced him into the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, which begins after stops at Charlotte and Talladega. Four drivers will be cut from the 12-driver field after Talladega.

It was Logano's career-best fifth win of the season and ties him with Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski for most in the Sprint Cup Series.

Defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson wrecked early and finished 40th, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a tire problem while leading that caused him to wreck and finish 39th. Keselowski finished 36th after his tire problem and Kasey Kahne thought a tire issue caused him to finish 22nd. Kyle Larson, who is not part of the Chase, finished second and was followed by championship-eligible driver Kyle Busch, who finished third.


Mississippi schools rising

Mississippi and Mississippi State are tied for third in The Associated Press college football poll after a wild Saturday of unexpected results brought major changes to the Top 25.

Just about the only thing that didn't change this week was No. 1 Florida State.

Auburn, the only other team in the top six to win, moved up three spots to No. 2, ahead of Ole Miss and Mississippi State, in the top five together for the first time ever after Ole Miss beat Alabama and Mississippi State beat Texas A & M on Saturday. Baylor rounds out the top five and Notre Dame is No. 6.


Wilson outlasts McIlroy

Oliver Wilson held off Rory McIlroy to capture his first European Tour title with a one-shot victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Wilson shot a 2-under-par 70 in the final round on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, as McIlroy came up just short after a bogey on the 17th hole. Wilson finished at 17-under 271, with McIlroy (68) in a three-way tie for second . . . Rookie Mirim Lee won her second LPGA tournament with a final-round 4-under 69 to win the Reignwood Classic in Beijing, China. Her 277 total was two shots clear of Caroline Hedwall. Third-round leader and world No. 1 Stacy Lewis faded in the windy conditions with a final-round 75.


Habs trade goaltender

The Montreal Canadiens traded goaltender Peter Budaj to the Winnipeg Jets for forward Eric Tangradi. By dealing Budaj, the Canadiens opted to keep Dustin Tokarski as Carey Price's backup after the 25-year-old played well in last year's Eastern Conference final against the Rangers. Tokarski would have had to go on waivers if the Habs didn't keep him.


Djokovic, Sharapova win

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic won his fifth China Open title in what he called the most dominant final of his career, routing third-seeded Tomas Berdych, 6-0, 6-2. On the women's side, Maria Sharapova outlasted Petra Kvitova, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, and returns to No. 2 in the rankings.


Treve again outclasses field

Treve won the Prix de l'arc de Triomphe in Paris for the second year in a row. Europe's richest horse race, with prize money of $6.3 million, is shared between the first three finishers.-- AP

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