Danica races to her first NASCAR Top 10

Danica Patrick finished sixth in the K&N Pro Series East race Friday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway for her first career top-10 finish in NASCAR.

Patrick is pulling double-duty this weekend and will race in Saturday's Nationwide Series race. Patrick, an IndyCar Series driver, is running a limited NASCAR schedule this season. This was her first race in the low-level NASCAR series.

Patrick called her first NASCAR season a "humbling experience" before the race. She has finished 35th, 31st, 36th, 30th, 24th and 27th in her Nationwide races. Patrick has one career win in IndyCar.

Johnson takes pole in second Chase race

Four-time defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson shook off a poor finish in the Chase for the Championship opener to take the pole for Sunday's AAA 400 at the Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Clint Bowyer, whose championship run was crushed by serious penalties after flunking inspection last week, starts 25th. Before Friday's race, Bowyer gave a defiant defense of his Chase-opening victory, saying he "wouldn't cheat" to win a race. Bowyer said he's looking for answers about why NASCAR levied harsh penalties against him.


Moore leads U.S women over Senegal

Maya Moore scored 15 points and the United States put on an offensive clinic in a 108-52 rout of Senegal in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Candice Dupree added 14 for the balanced U.S. offense that had six players score in double figures. The United States (2-0) went on an early 17-0 run that looked like a pre-game layup drill. Fatou Dieng scored 10 points for Senegal (0-2). The U.S. team will play France on Saturday.


Furyk ties for lead in Tour Championship

Jim Furyk shot a tournament-best 65 on the par-70 East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta for gain a share of the Tour Championship lead. He is tied at 8 under with Luke Donald (66) after 36 holes. Phil Mickelson (72) is 1 over and FedEx Cup leader Matt Kuchar (70) is 2 over. Winning the FedEx Cup brings a $10-million bonus.

Cochran shots a 64

Russ Cochran shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Tom Pernice Jr. after the first round of the Champions Tour's SAS Championship in Cary, N.C. - AP

Former MLB stars in Mid-Am field

Former All-Star pitcher Erik Hanson and fellow major-league alumnus Mark Mulder will be in the field at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Golf Championship, which begins with stroke play Saturday at Atlantic Golf Club and the Bridge in Bridgehampton. Play starts at 7:30 a.m., the public is invited and admission is free. Match play will be held Monday through Thursday at Atlantic with the winner earning an invitation to the Masters. Long Islanders in the field include Joe Saladino of Huntington, who played in the U.S. Amateur this year, and former Mid-Amateur champion George Zahringer III of Deepdale Golf Club.-- MARK HERRMANN

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