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Auto racing

Keselowski triumphs in Nationwide event

Brad Keselowski led 106 of 200 laps at Texas Motor Speedway to win for the sixth time in his last eight NASCAR Nationwide Series starts, while Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr. got closer Saturday in the battle for the season title.

Keselowski finished 0.98 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge.

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Hornish recovered from being a lap down early in the race to finish third. That was two spots ahead of Dillon, whose points lead was reduced from eight to six with two races to go this season.

Running

NYC Marathon is back after a year’s absence

Geoffrey Mutai already owns the course record at the New York City Marathon, where he will defend his title Sunday. His goal is to go even faster.

The Kenyan won in New York two years ago in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 6 seconds. That was the last time the NYC Marathon was held, and much has changed since that day Mutai describes as “perfect.”

Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia won the women’s title in 2011.

The 2012 race was called off because of the destruction of Superstorm Sandy, but not before the week’s events enraged many residents and runners. City and marathon officials initially vowed the race would go on, and many New Yorkers recoiled at the idea of possibly diverting resources after a natural disaster. The decision to cancel didn’t come until a day-and-a-half before the scheduled start time and, by then, many out-of-town entrants had already made trips to the city after hearing the earlier assurances.

Figure skating

Pogorilaya, 15, soarsto Cup of China victory

Anna Pogorilaya, a 15-year-old from Russia competing in her first senior Grand Prix, hit seven triple jumps to win the Cup of China in Beijing. She was third after the short program.

The Moscow native was nearly flawless until the final minute, when she stumbled on the landing of a double axel and then singled another planned double axel.

But her overall total score of 178.62 points was good enough to put her atop the podium. Adelina Sotnikova of Russia, who led after the short program, fell on two planned triple flips and was second.

Han Yan, 17, of China won the men’s event.

Obituary

Bellamy dies at 74

Walt Bellamy, a Hall of Fame center who averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds over 14 seasons in the NBA, died Saturday at 74.

Bellamy played more games with the Atlanta Hawks (338) than with any other franchise.

Bellamy had his best statistics as a rookie with the Chicago Packers in 1961-62, averaging 31.6 points and 19.0 rebounds.

Elsewhere

David Ferrer stunned top-seeded Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-5 and Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the Paris Masters tennis semifinals.

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