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Kyle Busch wins fifth Nationwide Series race

Kyle Busch won the Dollar General 300 on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., his fifth victory this year in the Nationwide Series.

Busch took the lead on the 95th lap in his No. 18 Toyota, held it until a pit stop on the 149th, then regained it five laps later for the remainder of the 200-lap race on the 1.5-mile track.

Denny Hamlin, who started 41st, took second, and Brad Keselowski was third.

Also: Helio Castroneves won the pole for the IndyCar Series Firestone Indy 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway in Gladeville, Tenn. He averaged 204.419 mph; Danica Patrick was second at 203.335.

Cory McClenathan (Top Fuel), Tony Pedregon (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) had top qualifying times in the NHRA’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.

The event is the first in which Top Fuel and Funny Car races were reduced to 1,000 feet. The decision came in the wake of Scott Kalitta’s recent death in a racing accident.

GOLF

Creamer fires 6 under, builds lead to six shots

Picking up where she left off after a course-record 60, Paula Creamer shot a 6-under-par 65 to build a six-stroke lead after two rounds of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

Chasing her third win this season on the LPGA Tour, Creamer shattered the tournament’s 36-hole record by six shots. She stands at 17-under 125 — the lowest two-round total on the tour this year by five strokes.

Eun-Hee Ji shot 66 and is at 11-under 131. No one else is within 10 shots of Creamer.

Also: Phil Mickelson had a hole-in-one at the Scottish Open in Luss, Scotland, to make the cut and go into the weekend five shots behind leader Angel Cabrera. Mickelson’s drive with a 5-iron on his 14th hole, the 190-yard fifth, headed straight for the pin, landed 12 feet short, bounced once and rolled into the hole.

Mickelson shot a 4-under 67 and is at 4-under 138 after two rounds. Cabrera had a 68 for a 9-under 133 total.

Will MacKenzie shot 7-under 64 to take a two-shot lead over Charlie Wi and Kenny Perry after the second round of the John Deere Classic at Silvis, Ill. MacKenzie is at 13-under 129.

England’s Luke Donald withdrew from next week’s British Open because of a wrist injury and David Toms also withdrew, giving second alternate Jerry Kelly a spot in golf’s oldest championship.

Kelly was planning to play in the US Bank Championship in Milwaukee, a tournament he considers his “fifth major” because he grew up in Wisconsin.

NHL All-Star Jeremy Roenick eagled the 18th hole to take the first-round lead at the 19th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe in Stateline.

Roenick has 26 points in the modified Stableford scoring system. Former NBA star Charles Barkley, a 500-1 long shot to win the event, is last at minus 25 points.

MISCELLANEOUS

Reports: Running back Henry tests positive

Free-agent running back Travis Henry faces a one-year suspension after the NFL ruled he again tested positive for marijuana, The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News reported, citing unnamed NFL sources.

The Broncos were not aware of the ruling before releasing Henry on June 2, The Denver Post reported, citing two unnamed league sources.

The offense would be Henry’s third and put him in line for a one-year suspension.

Also: The epic Wimbledon final Sunday between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on NBC earned the best national rating and viewership since 2000, drawing a 3.5 rating, 10 share and viewership of 5.2 million. Nadal beat Federer in a match that lasted 4 hours, 48 minutes, the longest match in the tournament’s history.

The women’s championship between sisters Venus and Serena Williams got the highest national rating in three years.

American Vince Spadea defeated Austrian Alexander Peya 7-6 (3), 7-5 to advance to the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I. Spadea will face defending champion Fabrice Santoro today.

Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius missed out in another attempt to qualify for the Olympics but sliced more than a second off his 400-meter time from last week.

The South African finished in 46.62 seconds to place seventh in the 400 meter B race at the Golden Gala meet in Rome. He must run a 45.55 to qualify for the Olympics.

Also in the meet, Russian Yelena Isinbayeva improved her pole vault world record, clearing 16 feet, 6 inches.

The Minnesota Timberwolves signed first-round draft pick Kevin Love. He will make about $2.6 million this season and $2.8 million in 2009-10.

The Toronto Raptors signed Nathan Jawai, the first indigenous player from Australia to be drafted by an NBA team, to a two-year contract.

Daniel Santos (32-3-1) knocked out Joachim Alcine (30-1) with a right-left combination 2:10 into the sixth round to take his WBA light middleweight title in Montreal.

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