Ragan wins Nationwide race; Kyle Busch wrecks

David Ragan held off teammate Carl Edwards on a two-lap sprint to the finish Friday to win the Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn.

Edwards settled for second but shaved 91 points off the commanding lead Kyle Busch brought into the race. Busch, who started the night with a 339-point lead over Edwards, was wrecked by Chase Austin while leading early in the race and finished 28th. Edwards trails Busch by 248 points.

“I heard a lot of fans were happy about it — that’s how I knew it was Kyle,” Austin said of the crowd’s positive reaction to Busch wrecking.

Also: Ashley Force Hood led qualifying for the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals in Mohnton, Pa., after a 4.114-second pass at 301.47 mph in her Funny Car. Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana (Pro Stock Motorcycle) led their divisions.


Ex-Rebels Riley, Moore lead PGA Tour event

Former UNLV stars Chris Riley and Ryan Moore are tied for the lead in the Wyndham Championship at Greensboro, N.C.

Riley shot a season-best 63 in the second round to move to 11-under 129. Moore was at 11 under through 17 holes when play was halted shortly after 8 p.m. EDT with 28 players on the course.

Riley is on the FedEx Cup playoff bubble at No. 129 on the points list.

Also: Brad Bryant took a one-stroke lead over defending champion Fred Funk after the second round of the Jeld-Wen Tradition at Sunriver, Ore.

Bryant shot par 72 to give him a 10-under 134 in the fourth of five majors on the Champions Tour. Funk shot 67.

Peter Hedblom shot a second straight 4-under 66 to share the second-round lead with defending champion Darren Clarke at 8-under 132 in the KLM Open at Zandvoort, Netherlands. They have a one-stroke lead over five others.


Top four seeds reach Cincinnati semifinals

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, the top four seeds, advanced to the semifinals of the Cincinnati Masters in Mason, Ohio.

Murray lost the first set and was down 0-2 in the second before winning a 53-shot rally to break Julien Benneteau and go on to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory.

Murray will face Roger Federer, who extended his winning streak against Lleyton Hewitt to 13 matches with a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Murray is 6-2 against Federer.

Nadal beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5, and Djokovic defeated Gilles Simon, 6-4, 7-5.

Also: Second-seeded Serena Williams rolled past Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Williams will face No. 4 Elena Dementieva. They met at Wimbledon, where Williams claimed a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 8-6 victory in a match that lasted almost three hours.

Alisa Kleybanova and Maria Sharapova will meet in the other semifinal.


Pitino case prosecutors want woman examined

A woman charged with trying to extort $10 million from Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino might be so mentally incompetent that she does not understand the legal proceedings and might not be able to assist in her defense, federal prosecutors said in asking a judge to order a psychological exam.

In a motion filed in federal court in Louisville, Ky., prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson to order the exam for Karen Cunagin Sypher, 49, based on “a multitude of factors.” The reasons for their request were included in sealed documents.

Sypher has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of trying to extort money from Pitino and lying to the FBI.

Also: Guard Elliot Williams has been granted a transfer waiver by the NCAA and is eligible to play for Memphis this season. He played his freshman season at Duke, where he started 12 games and averaged 4.2 points.

The Portland Trail Blazers signed rookie power forward Dante Cunningham to a multiyear contract. Terms were not disclosed.


Hollywood Park cuts schedule by 13 days

Hollywood Park’s autumn meeting will be 13 days shorter than in 2008, and the track will drop four stakes races, including the Grade I Hollywood Turf Cup.

The Inglewood, Calif., track announced that 14 stakes worth $2.85 million in purses have been scheduled for the 27-day meeting that begins Nov. 14 and ends Dec. 20.

In an effort to maintain its overnight purse schedule, the track has suspended the Hollywood Turf Cup, Grade III Dahlia Handicap, Real Quiet Stakes and Sharp Cat Stakes.

Also: Two online wagering businesses are offering to add $400,000 to the purse of the Beldame Stakes, hoping to entice Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta into running against each other at Belmont Park.

The pledge announced by TVG and Betfair Ltd. would create a $1 million purse for the Oct. 3 race if the two female stars are in the starting gate.

Brigham Young offensive lineman Houston Reynolds tore the ACL in his right knee in Friday’s practice. He is in his first season after serving a two-year Mormon church mission.

The UNLV women’s soccer team lost to Loyola Marymount 2-0 in its season opener at Johann Memorial Field.

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