Joey Logano won Saturday's Royal Purple 300, giving the Joe Gibbs Racing team eight consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series victories in events at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
Logano wins NASCAR
Nationwide Series race
Joey Logano won Saturday’s Royal Purple 300, giving the Joe Gibbs Racing team eight consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series victories in events at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
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Reigning series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished second.
Tayler Malsam, who lists Seattle as his hometown, was 16th of 43.
Danica Patrick dropped out because of engine failure near the midpoint and finished 35th.
“It’s just a bad-luck issue, and unfortunately, I feel like we’ve been catching a fair amount of it at the beginning of the season,” Patrick said.
Power captures pole
Will Power earned the pole for Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix, the opener of the IndyCar Series season. Power needed 1 minute, 1.3721 seconds to cover 1.8 miles on a winding, temporary course through the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., in his Chevrolet.
Chevrolet swept the top five qualifying spots. IndyCar has competing manufacturers for the first time since 2005, with Chevrolet and Lotus jumping into a series Honda had controlled exclusively the past seven seasons.
“Very happy for Chevy,” Power said.
Saints add LB Lofton
Former Atlanta linebacker Curtis Lofton, 25, has agreed to a five-year contract with the New Orleans Saints. He led the Falcons with a career-high 147 tackles last season.
Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals signed ex-Indianapolis defensive end Jamaal Anderson, 26, and agreed to another contract with defensive tackle Pat Sims, who had been an unrestricted free agent.
Sims, 26, was a Bengal for the past four seasons.
Running back Tashard Choice, 27, chose to re-sign with the Buffalo Bills. The Bills claimed him off waivers Nov. 23 after starter Fred Jackson broke his right leg.
According to some media reports, ex-Chicago backup quarterback Caleb Hanie has agreed to a two-year deal with Denver — where he would back up Peyton Manning.
Clijsters is defeated
Two-time champion Kim Clijsters lost to fellow Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.
American Serena Williams, seeking a record sixth Key Biscayne title, overwhelmed Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-2, 6-1.
In the men’s bracket, Roger Federer of Switzerland beat American Ryan Harrison 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) in a second-round match.
Serving at 5-3 in the second set, Federer faced break point for the first time in the match and hit a forehand that landed on the baseline.
A fan hollered “Out!” and Federer stopped playing. By the time Federer realized the ball was still in play, the 19-year-old Harrison had won the point — and the game.
“It completely threw me off,” Federer said. “It’s the first time it has ever happened in my career. I was like, ‘That’s it? That’s a break point? This is how this is going to happen?’ “
Track and field
Semenya wins in 800
Former world champion Caster Semenya of South Africa won her first 800-meter race of the year but was well outside the Olympic qualifying time in a sluggish season-opening run.
The 21-year-old Semenya prevailed in 2 minutes, 3.60 seconds at a meet in Potchefstroom, South Africa, nearly four seconds off the Olympic qualifying standard of 1:59.90.
It was the 2009 world champion’s first competitive two-lap race for her new coach, former Olympic champion Maria Mutola.
• Went the Day Well won the Grade III Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.
Went the Day Well, trained by Graham Motion and ridden by John Velazquez, beat runner-up Holiday Promise by 3 ½ lengths in the $500,000 race.
The colt ran 1-1/8 miles in 1 minute, 51.33 seconds and returned $12.40 to win on a $2 wager.
Heavy Breathing, favored at 2-1 in the field of 12, led most of the way and faded to third.
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