11:50 PM EDT, September 21, 2013
Ryan Blaney, a 19-year-old rookie, earned his first NASCAR victory and gave Penske Racing's No. 22 Ford another Nationwide Series win as he held off Austin Dillon and overcame several late cautions to win the 300-mile race Saturday at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.
Blaney, who drives for Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski in the Camping World Truck Series, used his second start in the Mustang to get the car's 10th victory of 2013 and a season sweep at Kentucky. Keselowski drove the car to victory in June. Blaney's win included tense moments over the final 40 laps, as he led Dillon off pit road with a two-tire stop on Lap 166 and regained the lead from Dillon after losing it on the restart. More tests followed, including a near-brush with teammate Sam Hornish Jr.'s loose Ford and one final restart. Matt Crafton was third, Hornish fourth and rookie Alex Bowman fifth.
In Formula One, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix despite skipping the last section of qualifying. In order to save a set of super soft tires for Sunday's race, Vettel gambled on his lap of 113.768 mph being enough on the Marina Bay street circuit. It ended up just ahead of Nico Rosberg's 113.667 mph.
Funny-car driver Robert Hight secured his second No. 1 qualifying position of the year Saturday, setting himself up for a shot at his third consecutive victory of the season Sunday at the Texas Fall Nationals at Ennis, the second of six races in the NHRA's Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Shawn Langdon qualified No. 1 in top fuel, Erica Enders-Stevens took the top spot in pro stock, and Hector Arana Sr. led the pro-stock motorcycle division.
SAILING: America's Cup postponed
Race 14 of the America's Cup was postponed because of shifting winds in San Francisco Bay. With the Emirates Team New Zealand still one victory away from clinching the trophy against defender Oracle Team USA, regatta director Iain Murray didn't want to send the high-performance catamarans into skewed conditions. Team New Zealand leads, 8-3.
HORSE RACING: Close Hatches takes $1-million Cotillion Stakes
Close Hatches took the lead around the far turn and sprinted to victory in the $1-million Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa. The win earned the 3-year-old filly a possible start in the $2-million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita in November. In the co-featured $1-million Pennsylvania Derby, Will Take Charge overtook Moreno an eighth of a mile from the finish to win by 2 1/2 lengths.
TENNIS: Tsonga, Simon in Moselle final
Top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France rallied past eighth-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, in the semifinals of the Moselle Open at Metz, France. In the final, he'll play second-seeded Gilles Simon, who defeated fellow Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, 6-3, 7-6 (2).
Sixth-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain each got straight-set semifinal victories to reach the final of the tournament at St. Petersburg, Russia.
Zhang Shuai of China defeated Vania King of the United States, 7-6 (1), 6-1, for the title at Guangzhou, China.
Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and third-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia advanced to the final of the Korea Open at Seoul.
NFL: Houston's Duane Brown to sit out
Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown will sit out Sunday's game because of a toe injury. . . . New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster also will not play Sunday.
Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker John Reger, who starred for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins in the 1950s and '60s, died Thursday in Tampa. Fla. He was 82.
NHL: Tomas Vokoun has blood clot removed
Pittsburgh Penguins backup goaltender Tomas Vokoun had surgery to remove a blood clot from his pelvis and will remain in the hospital for several days. The Penguins said the clot was not related to an injury.
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis announced that his team will play host to the Winter Classic, the NHL's annual New Year's Day outdoor game, in 2015.
ETC: Liverpool suffers first loss
Southampton ended host Liverpool's unbeaten start to the Premier League soccer season as Dejan Lovren headed in a goal in the 54th minute of a 1-0 victory. Liverpool's record slipped to 3-1-1.
In European golf, Australia's Marcus Fraser shot a 68 to take a one-stroke lead at 11-under 205 after three rounds of the Italian Open at Turin.
Vijay Singh, playing his first event on the Champions Tour, shot a 66 to move into second place, two shots behind Mark Wiebe, after the second round of the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship at Kapolei, Hawaii. Wiebe was at 11-under 133.
Gracie Clapp-Taylor, a 21-year-old Floridian who was a pole vaulter in high school, won the women's competition in the U.S. skeleton push championships at Lake Placid, N.Y.
Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has postponed his all-British fight with Tyson Fury on Sept. 28 because of a deep cut during sparring in London.
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