Kyle Busch won Friday's Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee to become the all-time leader in victories in the Nationwide Series, NASCAR's second-tier division.

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Busch sets NASCAR record

with 50th Nationwide victory

Kyle Busch won Friday’s Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee to become the all-time leader in victories in the Nationwide Series, NASCAR’s second-tier division.

Busch held off a strong challenge from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano to earn his 50th Nationwide victory, snapping a tie with Mark Martin.

Busch has 102 victories in NASCAR’s top three divisions, and Friday’s victory was his 12th in Bristol.

Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw finished 19th and Derrike Cope of Spanaway was 25th.

Newman leads qualifying

for Sprint Cup race Saturday

Stewart-Haas Racing had an odd day at Bristol, where teammates Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart were on opposite ends of the speed chart.

Newman won the pole for Saturday’s Sprint Cup Series race but Stewart, who is clinging to a spot in the Chase for the Cup, posted the slowest speed in the qualifying session for the Irwin Tools Night Race.

“It wasn’t a good day for (Stewart), obviously you saw that in qualifying,” Newman said. “I think it’s just one of those deals where you spend a little time overnight regrouping.”

Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., was 14th in qualifying and Kahne was 25th.


Ex-player Crittenton faces

murder charge in Atlanta

Police say former NBA player Javaris Crittenton has been charged with murder after a woman was shot on an Atlanta street.

Police spokesman Carlos Campos said police have secured a murder warrant for the arrest of Crittenton, who played at Georgia Tech, in connection with the shooting death of 22-year-old Jullian Jones on Aug. 19.

Campos said Crittenton, 23, is not in custody and is wanted.

Police said Jones was walking with a group of people when she was shot. Investigators said they don’t believe the woman was the intended target. Campos said the motive appears to be retaliation for a robbery in April, in which Crittenton was a victim.

Crittenton most recently played in the NBA with the Washington Wizards and was involved in a gun incident with teammate Gilbert Arenas.

Artest name change delayed

Ron Artest’s bid to become Metta World Peace has been delayed.

A Los Angeles court commissioner delayed ruling on a name-change petition by the 31-year-old Lakers forward until Sept. 16. Superior Court spokeswoman Elizabeth Martinez said the court cited Artest’s outstanding traffic warrants as the reason for the delay.


Farrar takes a fall in Vuelta

German rider Marcel Kittel of the Skil Shimano team won the seventh stage of the Spanish Vuelta and Quick-Step rider Sylvain Chavanel of France had the lead for the fourth consecutive day.

Garmin-Cervelo rider Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee was injured in a crash near the end of the sprint stage, and his status for the rest of the Vuelta is in doubt.

“He’s badly banged up and bruised from the blow of the crash, but he has no broken bones,” Garmin-Cervelo sport director Bingen Fernandez told VeloNews.

Leipheimer maintains lead

Liquigas rider Elia Viviani of Italy won stage four of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado and American Levi Leipheimer of the RadioShack team maintained his 11-second overall lead.

Viviani covered 82.3 miles from Avon to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours, 58 minutes, 14 seconds.


• Mississippi State’s D.J. Gardner has been dismissed by basketball coach Rick Stansbury for “repeated actions deemed detrimental to the team.”

Gardner, a 6-foot-7 guard from Okolona, Miss., was expected to be redshirted this season. The freshman apparently wasn’t happy with that decision, posting profanity-laced remarks on his Twitter account. The account has since been deleted.

• Michigan State prospect Dwaun Anderson has chosen not to enroll this fall and won’t be on the basketball team this season. He said he wants to get personal issues relating to the death of his mother this year in order.

• Texas Tech officials said Bob Knight, Hall of Fame basketball coach, will come off the university’s payroll Wednesday.

Knight, who stepped down as Tech’s coach in the middle of the 2008 season, has been in a fundraising role for the school, earning $24,000 a year.

• Three-time defending champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reached the final in the New Haven Open tennis tournament in Connecticut. She beat Francesca Schiavone of Italy 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 in a semifinal match and will play Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska in Saturday’s final.

Lionel Messi and substitute Cesc Fabregas scored to give Barcelona of Spain a 2-0 victory over Porto of Portugal in the European Super Cup soccer final in Monaco.

Edna Kiplagat of Kenya won the women’s marathon on the first day of the world track-and-field championships in Daegu, South Korea.

Kiplagat ran 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 28 minutes, 43 seconds despite tripping and falling at a water stop near the end of the race.

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