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Sports briefs: Sept. 20

Auto racing

Kyle Busch wins Trucks race; Hornaday ticks off Harvick

Kyle Busch kept looking in his mirror, expecting to see Kevin Harvick on his bumper ready to challenge for the lead.

One problem: Harvick couldn't get one of his best employees to get out of the way.

Busch managed to stretch his fuel over the final 60 laps and took advantage of a communication breakdown between Harvick and Ron Hornaday to pick up his fifth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win of the season and third in his last three starts.

Not a bad day for a truck Busch admits wasn't the best on the 1.058-mile oval at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"I was going to be all right with a second or third, that's the truck that we had," Busch said. "But you've got to let things play out sometimes, and today we did."

Things turned Busch's way after Harvick and Hornaday kept wrangling over second place. The two spent most of the final 50-plus laps racing side-by-side, with Hornaday seemingly unwilling to let his boss slip by.

At one point, Harvick shouted at his spotter and crew chief over the radio and later gave Hornaday a not-so friendly tap on the bumper as a warning.

Hornaday, in the middle of a title race, still wouldn't let Harvick pass, rebuffing him at every opportunity.

A visibly steamed Harvick walked over to Hornaday's truck on pit road after the race, leaned inside and gave Hornaday, who was looking for his third straight win at New Hampshire, an earful.

"I felt like one of the two trucks should have won the race," Harvick said. "I felt like we were in a little bit better shape ... just some things internally we probably need to work on there."

Hornaday wasn't sure what exactly the problem was and didn't appear to be too worried about ticking off his employer.

"It was a good day until after the race, I guess," he said.

Dixon takes Indy points lead

Scott Dixon's IndyCar series championship hopes got a huge boost at the Indy Japan 300, while Ryan Briscoe's took a hit from a pylon at the end of pit lane. Dixon won the next-to-last race of the season to move into first place in the standings ahead of teammate Dario Franchitti and Briscoe. Dixon recorded his fifth win of the season by finishing 1.4475 seconds ahead of Franchitti at the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval. He led 139 of 200 laps after starting from the pole, taking the lead for good on the 164th lap. Briscoe went into Saturday's race with a 25-point lead over Franchitti and a 32-point lead over Dixon, but saw his chances to win in Japan — and perhaps take his first championship — dashed by a miscue midway through the race when he lost control of his car and got a pylon stuck under his car's left front.


Teater falls from contention

Henry Clay graduate Josh Teater struggled to a 5-over 76 in the third round of the Boise Open on Saturday, falling from a tie for second at the beginning of the day to a tie for 42nd. Teater was 3-under after seven holes before going 8 over for his last 11. Second-round leader Blake Adams stayed at the top with an even-par 71. He leads Jonas Blixt and Fran Quinn by two shots. Teater is nine shots behind.

Jay Haas and Nick Price shared the lead at the Greater Hickory Classic on Saturday, and 31 players were within six strokes of the leaders going into the final round at the Champions Tour event. Haas, the 2005 winner, and Price are at 11-under 133 at Rock Barn Golf and Spa's Robert Trent Jones course in Conover, N.C. Haas shot a 1-under 71, and Price — a three-time major winner on the PGA Tour — vaulted into contention with a 67.

Na Yeon Choi shot a career-best 9-under 63 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over compatriot and second-round leader Jiyai Shin at the Samsung World Championship in San Diego. Choi finished the day at 15-under 201 to tie the tournament's three-round record that Annika Sorenstam set when she won here in 2002 and 2005. Choi was a stroke from tying the tournament's single-round low set by Grace Park in 2004. Choi has never won on the LPGA Tour, but has eight top-10 finishes this year.


Spain to play Serbia in Euro final

World champion Spain defeated Greece 82-64 on Saturday to advance to the European basketball championship finals against Serbia. The win gives Spain, a six-time tournament runner-up, another shot at its first European title on Sunday. Serbia beat Slovenia 96-92 in overtime behind 32 points from Milos Teodosic. Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol led Spain with 18 points, and Portland Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez added 14.

USA Swimming bans super suits

USA Swimming voted to ban high-tech swim suits three months before the sport's world governing body is expected to do the same. More than 400 delegates representing swim clubs from all 50 states voted overwhelmingly Saturday for early implementation of a ban on the suits at USA Swimming's annual convention in Chicago. The ban goes into effect Oct. 1 and covers all suits worn in USA Swimming-sanctioned meets. In January, FINA is expected to implement the same rule for international competition.

Bruins trade Kessel to Leafs

The Boston Bruins did their best to keep restricted free agent Phil Kessel before acceding to his desire to be traded and making a deal with Toronto late Friday night. Boston General Manager Peter Chiarelli said Kessel told him in July he no longer wanted to play in Boston, and the Bruins traded the rights to the 21-year-old former first-round pick to the Maple Leafs for Toronto's first-round picks in each of the next two drafts plus the Leafs' second-round pick in 2010. Kessel then signed a five-year, $27 million deal with the Maple Leafs.

The last word

NBC's Conan O'Brien, looking on the bright side of World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon running for a U.S. Senate seat from Connecticut:

"Congressmen will be less likely to scream 'You lie' if they could get hit with a folding chair."