Johnson seeks his 3rd straight Cup victory
Matt Kenseth furrowed his brow at the mere suggestion Jimmie Johnson had spiraled toward a slump.
Only a chump would count out the champ after an 0-for-11 start to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
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“I don’t think anybody else was really being like, ‘Oh man, Jimmie’s finally not winning. This is our shot, he’s done,’ ” Kenseth said. “It doesn’t surprise me at all that he won those two races and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he wins this weekend.”
Coming off consecutive victories in the Coca-Cola 600 and the FedEx 400, Johnson stormed into Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., for the Pocono 400, trying to become the first driver to win three straight at NASCAR’s top level since 2007.
The last driver to threepeat? Johnson. He powered to five straight victories in 2007 en route to 10 total and the second of five straight championships. He won his sixth last season and has stamped himself as a serious threat to add a record-tying seventh title.
Johnson has three career victories at Pocono, including a dominant victory last June.
“We can swing for the fences here, which makes that a lot of fun,” Johnson said.
IndyCar owner Ed Carpenter drives his car only on ovals these days. He does it well.
Carpenter stayed in front of Will Power during a two-lap shootout to win the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth after a late caution wiped out his huge lead.
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Henderson triumphs in UFC Fight Night 42
Benson Henderson, a 2001 graduate of Decatur High School in Federal Way, defeated Rustam Khabilov in a lightweight bout in UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Henderson won by submission at 1:16 of the fourth round, using a rear naked choke maneuver to finish off Khabilov.
Rio won’t keep promise to clean polluted bay
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will not keep its promise of cleaning polluted Guanabara Bay for the 2016 Olympics, Mayor Eduardo Paes said.
Cleaning the giant bay was part of the pitch Rio made in being awarded the Games, saying this would form an important part of its legacy.
Olympic sailors have described the 2016 venue as a “sewer” with almost 70 percent of sewage going untreated into area waters. Sailors have talked of dodging floating sofas, animal carcasses and plastic trash bags that foul rudders.
“I’m sorry that we did not use the Games to get Guanabara Bay completely clean,” Paes said.
Rio’s Olympics have faced mounting criticism over delays, with International Olympic Committee members saying openly the Games are at risk and preparations are the “worst” in recent memory.
Stanford stays alive
Stanford knows how to walk off as winners, and now the Cardinal has done it in two of its last three games.
Stanford accomplished the feat against Indiana in the Bloomington Regional last weekend and again Saturday against Vanderbilt to force a deciding Game 3 in their NCAA super regional in Nashville, Tenn.
Wayne Taylor hit a home run to the right-center stands in the ninth inning, lifting Stanford to a 5-4 victory. A berth to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., will be on the line in Sunday’s game.
• Miguel Cotto became the first Puerto Rican fighter to win world championships in four weight divisions, stopping Argentina native Sergio Martinez in their WBC middleweight-title fight in New York.
Martinez didn’t get off the stool when the bell rang for the 10th round.
• Candice Dupree had 26 points, Brittney Griner added 16 points and 18 rebounds and the Phoenix Mercury rallied for a 91-79 WNBA victory in double overtime against the host San Antonio Stars,
• In other WNBA games, Angel McCoughtry and Erika De Souza each scored 20 points, as the host Atlanta Dream beat the Chicago Sky 97-59, and Alex Bentley had 21 points as Connecticut beat visiting Indiana 88-71.
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