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NASCAR: Harvick takes Nationwide race

on September 04, 2013 11:00 AM

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Harvick raced to his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory of the year, holding off Kyle Busch on the final lap at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Harvick pulled ahead of Busch on the 60th lap and led 132 of the 195 laps. Busch had won six of the previous Nationwide events this year in which he also won the pole.

Sam Hornish Jr. was third, followed by Kasey Kahne, rookie Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Trevor Bayne, Austin Dillon, Regan Smith and Brian Scott.

Thorns top Flash for NWSL title

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Tobin Heath and Christine Sinclair led the Portland Thorns to the National Women’s Soccer League title Saturday night, scoring in a 2-0 victory over the Western New York Flash.

Heath scored in the 41st minute off a free kick in front of 9,129 fans at Sahlen Stadium.

The Thorns lost defender Kathryn Williamson in the 56th minute when she was given her second yellow card, forcing Portland to play a player short the rest of the way.

Former Flash star Sinclair scored in stoppage time.

The Flash failed in their bid to win their fourth title across four leagues in four seasons.

Inspectors: Rio should speed up

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — IOC inspectors are sure to deliver a clear message to organizers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics when they arrive for a two-day visit: end delays and speed up.

For their part, Rio officials are expected to promise that preparations are on course after a late start. Privately, they’ll try to soothe concerns about a slowdown in landing local sponsorships and worries over hotel space and transportation. They’ll also have to answer questions about recent protests over big spending on major sports events like the Olympics.

IOC inspectors will be led by former Olympics hurdles champion Nawal El Moutawakel. They will be at work today and Monday.

Bond, Murray win men’s pair

CHUNGJU, South Korea (AP) — Hamish Bond and Eric Murray of New Zealand won the men’s pair on Saturday at the world rowing championships to claim their fifth straight title in the event.

After a slow start, Bond and Murray moved into the lead at the 500-meter mark and finished comfortably ahead of Olympic silver medalists Germain Chardin and Dorian Mortelette of France. Rogier Blink and Mitchel Steenman of the Netherlands finished third.

Helen Glover and Polly Swann of Britain won the women’s pair event, finishing ahead of Roxana Cogianu and Nicoleta Albu of Romania. New Zealand’s Kayla Pratt and Rebecca Scown were third.

Kristoffer Brun and Are Strandli of Norway won the men’s lightweight double sculls.

Peter and Richard Chambers of Britain finished third.

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