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Auto Racing

Busch makes it 3-for-5 and keeps Gibbs’ steak alive

FONTANA, Calif. – Kyle Busch earned Joe Gibbs Racing’s ninth consecutive Nationwide Series victory at Fontana on Saturday, comfortably beating Sam Hornish Jr. for his third win in five races this season.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Toyotas haven’t lost a Nationwide race on their unofficial home track since 2007. Busch won his second consecutive Nationwide race, has won six times at Fontana and is the Nationwide career leader with 54 wins.

What’s more, Parker Kligerman drove his Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota to a fourth-place finish. Regan Smith was third, and Austin Dillon came in fifth ahead of Kyle Larson.

Power is on the pole, which, of course, is his strength

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Will Power won the pole position for the IndyCar season opener Sunday at St. Petersburg.

The Penske Racing driver earned the top starting spot for the opener on his final lap of the qualifying session. It’s the 30th pole of Power’s career, moving him past Dario Franchitti for seventh on IndyCar’s all-time list.

Takuma Sato qualified second Saturday and was followed by Simona de Silvestro in the highest qualifying effort of her career.

Vettel puts petal to metal to win the Malaysian GP pole

SEPANG, Malaysia – Three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull won pole position for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday, edging the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso just as the rain-affected qualifying ended.

It was the second pole in a row and 38th overall for the German, who finished third at the season-opening Australian GP last week after struggling with his tires. Vettel took top spot on the grid by almost a second.

Cycling

Gerrans wins Stage 6 of 7; Martin closes in on a title

VALLS, Spain – Daniel Martin of Ireland closed in on the Volta a Catalunya title by extending his lead during Saturday’s sixth stage, which was won by Australia’s Simon Gerrans.

Martin increased his advantage over local favorite Joaquin Rodriguez to 17 seconds. Nairo Quintana is 28 seconds back in third.

Gerrans, riding for Orica Greenedge, won the final sprint to claim the 111-mile ride from Almacelles to Valls.

Porte leads van Garderen at Criterium International

PORTO-VECCHIO, France – Australian rider Richie Porte won the individual time trial Saturday to take the overall lead in the Criterium International.

Porte won the 4.3-mile time trial around Porto-Vecchio in a time of 9 minutes, 10 seconds – one second faster than Italian rider Manuele Boaro and Tejay van Garderen of the United States, who also are second and third in the standings.

Ski Racing

Ligety extends his dominance at the U.S. Championships

SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. World Cup star Ted Ligety won the slalom Saturday in the U.S. Alpine Championships, sweeping both runs for a 1.48-second victory.

Ligety, from Park City, Utah, won his seventh U.S. title and first since 2007.

Ligety won the season-ending World Cup giant slalom last week in Switzerland en route to his fourth World Cup giant slalom title. He finished the World Cup season with six giant slalom victories to join Ingemar Stenmark as the only men with six GS wins in a season.

Ligety also won three gold medals at the World Championships this season to become the first man since Jean Claude Killy in 1968 to win three or more gold medals.

Will Brandenburg of Spokane, Wash., was second, and Colby Granstrom of Lake Stevens, Wash., finished third. Brandenburg won the combined event with the fastest combined time from the super G and slalom.

Associated Press