September 25, 2011 - 1:01 am
Kyle Busch breezes to victory
in NASCAR Trucks Series race
Kyle Busch is about as close as it gets to a guaranteed win in the Trucks Series. His latest victory was a romp, as he led all but 10 laps in one of the more dominating performances this season in NASCAR’S Trucks Series to win the race Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H.
“It was fun for us, (but) maybe not for others,” Busch said.
Busch started from the pole and was never threatened en route to his 30th career victory in the series. He led 165 of the 175 laps and won for the sixth time this season.
Busch has 18 victories this season among Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Trucks.
Austin Dillon was second and claimed the lead in the points standings by two points over James Buescher.
Kevin Harvick, Ron Hornaday and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top five. Matt Crafton was sixth, the last driver to finish on the lead lap.
Also: Tony Schumacher raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals in Ennis.
Schumacher claimed his sixth No. 1 of the season and 67th of his career by powering to a 3.863-second run at 319.07 mph in his dragster.
Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) led their categories.
Points leader Sebastian Vettel took the pole position for the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver clinched his 11th pole of the season — becoming the sixth man in F1 history to achieve that feat — by qualifying three-tenths of a second faster than teammate Mark Webber.
U.S. women make comeback
to tie Europe in Solheim Cup
The United States staged a rally to win the afternoon fourball session 3-1 and tie Europe 8-all at the Solheim Cup in Dunsany, Ireland.
After falling behind 8-5, the Americans rallied to win the last three matches, leaving the sides tied heading into today’s 12 singles matches. The U.S. is trying to win its fourth consecutive Solheim Cup.
Morgan Pressel and Cristie Kerr pulled the U.S. within 8-7 when they beat Europe’s top player, Suzann Pettersen, and impressive rookie Caroline Hedwall by one hole.
Paula Creamer and Brittany Lincicome completed the U.S. comeback when they rallied from one down at the turn to defeat Maria Hjorth and Azahara Munoz, 3 and 1.
Also: Thomas Norret shot 2-under-par 70 to take a two-stroke lead into the final day of the European PGA Tour’s Austrian Open in Atzenbrugg, Austria. Norret had a 9-under 207 total, and four players were at 209.
Police records show Flanagan
previously threatened suicide
Records show former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan threatened to kill himself several times before committing suicide last month.
Flanagan, who won the Cy Young Award in 1979 and was a member of the Orioles’ 1983 world championship team, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound outside his Baltimore County home on Aug. 24.
Police records obtained by The Baltimore Sun revealed that Flanagan had previously threatened to shoot himself and had walked outside with a gun several times, but that his wife, Alex, discouraged him from suicide each time.
Also: Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia served 26 aces to edge Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), advancing to the Moselle Open final against top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.
Tsonga beat Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-4, 6-4 in Metz, France.
UNLV’s Lucia Batta, seeded second, beat No. 4 seed Anais Dallara of Long Beach State 6-4, 6-1 to reach the Flight One singles championship in the Fall Invitational at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.
In today’s final, Batta will play top-seeded Caroline Rohde-Moe of Mississipi. Batta also teamed with Aleksandra Josifoska for two wins to reach the doubles top-flight final.
Former U.S. men’s soccer coach Bob Bradley signed a contract to take over the Egypt national team, charged with reviving the fortunes of a squad that recently failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations.
Bradley, 53, agreed to a deal worth $37,000 a month until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Peter Crouch scored on a header in the 57th minute, giving Stoke a 1-1 tie with visiting Manchester United and ending Man U’s perfect start to the English Premier League season.
Nani scored in the 27th minute for Man U, which was without injured forward Wayne Rooney (hamstring). Manchester United and rival Manchester City are both 5-0-1, but United remains first on goal difference.