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In Brief

Brad Keselowski dominated the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Kansas Speedway, leading 173 of 200 laps en route to winning on the 1.5-mile tri-oval in Kansas City, Kan.

Keselowski, the Sprint Cup winner at the track in June, fell behind Carl Edwards after a late caution, but pulled ahead with 11 laps to go and beat Edwards by 2.795 seconds.

Elliott Sadler was third, followed by Paul Menard and points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Keselowski started second behind Edwards before quickly taking over the lead. Keselowski only lost it twice after that, each time regaining the top spot within 10 laps of the restart.

COLLEGES

UNLV volleyball notches
victory at Texas Christian

The UNLV volleyball team beat Texas Christian 3-1 in a Mountain West Conference match at Fort Worth, Texas, by scores of 25-20, 21-25, 25-27, 25-14.

Daryn Glenn had 11 kills and 18 digs for UNLV (9-9, 2-3 MWC), and Sekola Falemaka had 11 kills and 15 digs. Makenzie Moea’i had 15 kills.

Also: The UNLV women’s soccer team lost to New Mexico 1-0 in Mountain West play at Albuquerque, N.M. Jennifer Williams scored in the 11th minute for the Lobos. Goalkeeper Kylie Wassell had four saves for the Rebels (5-8-2, 1-1 MWC), who were outshot 14-3, including 5-2 in shots on goal.

The UNLV men’s swimming and diving team beat Cal State Bakersfield 197-91 in the season opener, and the women’s team lost to San Diego State 171-124 at Buchanan Natatorium.

MISCELLANEOUS

U.S. women’s gymnasts take
lead at world championships

The U.S. women’s gymnastisc team responded to the loss of Beijing Olympic captain Alicia Sacramone with a commanding performance to earn first place in qualifying at the world championships in Tokyo.

The Americans finished with 234.253 points, more than three points ahead of defending champion Russia (231.062) and almost four in front of reigning Olympic champion China (230.370). The U.S. didn’t have a single fall and finished with the highest scores on floor exercise and vault, and second-highest on uneven bars and balance beam.

The top eight squads compete in Tuesday’s team finals and secured spots in next summer’s Olympics.

The Americans took a big blow Thursday when Sacramone tore her Achilles’ tendon during training.

Also: Olympic all-around gymnastics champion Nastia Liukin is done being a spectator. The Beijing gold medalist told The Associated Press that she has resumed training in hopes of making the U.S. team for the London Olympics. She plans to focus on uneven bars and balance beam, her best events, and isn’t ruling out floor exercise.

Dwyane Wade and Miami Heat teammates LeBron James and Chris Bosh were among the headliners in the South Florida All-Star Classic, an exhibition game in Miami featuring nine NBA All-Stars.

On the 100th day of the lockout, Wade made two free throws with 3.2 seconds left to seal his team’s 141-140 overtime victory — a game made closer by James swishing a half-court jumper as time expired.

Soo-Jin Yang tied the course record, shooting 65 for a 10-under 134 total to take a one-stroke lead over world No. 1 Yani Tseng at the LPGA’s Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea.

Brad Faxon moved into position for his first Champions Tour title, shooting 7-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Insperity Championship at The Woodlands, Texas.

Faxon, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour who turned 50 on Aug. 1, was at 10-under 134.

Rickie Fowler shot 8-under 63 to take a four-stroke lead after the third round of the Korea Open in Cheonan, South Korea, as Rory McIlroy slipped down the field. Fowler was at 13-under 200. McIlroy shot 73 and was 10 shots back.

England’s Lee Slattery extended his lead at the Madrid Masters to two strokes after shooting 3-under 69 for a 14-under 202 total.

The Wranglers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Ontario Reign 4-2 in an ECHL preseason game at Ontario, Calif. Judd Blackwater had the winning goal for Las Vegas, with 3:15 remaining in the third period. The Wranglers host Ontario today at the Orleans Arena to wrap up the preseason.

Clint Dempsey scored in the 36th minute, and Tim Howard made several nice saves as the U.S. men’s soccer team beat Honduras 1-0 in Miami, the team’s first victory in four games under new coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Australia’s Craig Alexander won the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, setting a course record of 8 hours, 3 minutes, 56 seconds to claim the title for the third time. The previous record was 8:04:08 by Belguim’s Luc Van Lierde in 1996.

Britain’s Chrissie Wellington won her fourth women’s title, finishing in 8:55:08.

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