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Busch brothers to start in front

on April 13, 2013 10:20 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Busch brothers will start on the front row at Texas tonight.

Kyle Busch set a track qualifying record with a lap of 196.299 mph Friday night to earn his first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole at Texas. It is his second pole in his Toyota this season. That was all that could knock Kurt Busch off the pole after his lap of 195.688 mph in his Chevrolet.

The only time the brothers started on the front row together was at Las Vegas in 2009, when Kyle also had the pole position and won that race. Kurt finished 23rd that day.

n FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — NASCAR could take a closer look at how it approves future sponsors after the National Rifle Association became the title sponsor of the Sprint Cup race at Texas during a national debate over gun rights.

In a statement Friday, NASCAR says it has no official position on gun rights and that its business is to bring people together for entertainment, not political debate.

NBA fines Durant $25K

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA fined Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant $25,000 for making a “menacing gesture,” when he pretended to slice his throat after throwing down a big dunk during the Thunder’s victory against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle group led by Chris Hansen and Microsoft Chairman Steve Ballmer announced they had reached agreement with the Maloof family to raise the purchase price of the Sacramento Kings by $25 million to an NBA-record $550 million. The group intends to move the team to Seattle.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs waived forward Stephen Jackson on Friday, a surprising end to his second stint with the team. The 13-year NBA veteran averaged 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 19.5 minutes in 55 games this season.

NCAA to strike some testimony

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The NCAA’s enforcement staff agreed to strike at least some of former Miami quarterback Kyle Wright’s testimony from its case against the Hurricanes, a person with knowledge of the move told The Associated Press.

In its response to Miami’s motion that was filed two weeks ago asking for the case to be brought to an immediate end, the NCAA’s investigative arm said it would remove some of Wright’s testimony “in an abundance of caution” according to the person, who spoke with AP on condition of anonymity.

Burke completes awards sweep

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trey Burke of national runner-up Michigan won the John R. Wooden Award, completing the sophomore guard’s sweep of the major player of the year awards.

Brittney Griner of Baylor won the women’s award for the second consecutive year.

LeBlanc best in college hockey

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Forward Drew LeBlanc of St. Cloud State won the Hobey Baker Award, given to the nation’s top college hockey player.

LeBlanc, who helped to lead the Huskies to an appearance in the Frozen Four, becomes the first member of the St. Cloud State program to ever win the coveted award, which was handed out Friday night.

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