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Updated, Ty Dillon races to 1st career Nationwide win PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer   
Saturday, 26 July 2014 18:51
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — For a first time winner, Ty Dillon had the Brickyard's winning tradition down as cold as the celebratory beer he chugged outside his car.

"We get to kiss the bricks, baby!" he radioed as he crossed the finish line.

Dillon parked his car on the famed yard of bricks and raised his arms toward the sky in triumph. His No. 3 car wasn't going to budge from the bricks without a push — it was out of gas.

Dillon was the latest driver to kiss the bricks after he pulled away from Kyle Busch on Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to win for the first time in the Nationwide Series. Dillon made this celebration a family affair. Team owner and grandfather Richard Childress and Sprint Cup driver and brother Austin Dillon joined the winner for the big smooch of the bricks.

Dillon got there by holding off the dominant driver in the series. Dillon passed Busch off the final restart with 25 laps and held on for his first victory in 31 career starts in NASCAR's second-tier series.
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 19:21
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Jim Furyk opens 3-shot lead in Canadian Open PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 26 July 2014 18:47
MONTREAL (AP) — Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead at Royal Montreal.

The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, had a 15-under 195 total after opening with rounds of 67 and 63. He won the last of his 16 PGA Tour titles in 2010.
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Baseball HOF cuts election eligibility to 10 years PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Saturday, 26 July 2014 17:54
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire will have less time to remain eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot under changes made Saturday.
The Hall of Fame's board cut a player's eligibility from 15 years to 10, which gives McGwire a maximum of two more appearances on the writers' ballot. Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, shunned so far along with other Steroids Era stars, can be considered up to eight more times each by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, dropped from 37.6 percent to 35.4 last year in his second ballot appearance, well short of the 75 percent needed for election. Bonds, a seven-time MVP and baseball's career home runs leader, fell from 36.2 percent to 34.7.
McGwire dropped from 16.9 percent to 11, down from a peak of 25.6 in 2008. Sosa, who hit 609 homers, dropped from 12.5 percent to 7.2 — close to falling below the 5 percent threshold for remaining on the ballot.
Three players with 11-15 years will remain eligible: Don Mattingly (15th year in 2015), Alan Trammell (14th) and Lee Smith (13th).
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Updated, Reds beat Nationals 1-0, end 7-game losing streak 
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Written by JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer   
Saturday, 26 July 2014 18:44
CINCINNATI (AP) — Johnny Cueto made one modest run enough to end a long losing streak.

Cueto fanned nine in seven innings on Saturday, and Brayan Pena singled through a drawn-in infield for the only run, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals that ended a seven-game losing streak.

Cincinnati ended its longest losing streak in five years by getting several good defensive plays and another dominating performance by its All-Star starter. Cueto (11-6) gave up four hits and walked three.

"He always asks for one run," Pena said. "That's what he preaches. He has confidence in himself and believes in what he does. He always gives us a chance to be in the game."

Left-hander Aroldis Chapman pitched out of a two-on, two-out threat in the eighth and finished for his 22nd save in 24 chances. He extended his streak of at least one strikeout in his last 43 appearances, the longest by a reliever in the majors since 1900.

The Reds' offense has been in a deep slump, leading to Cincinnati's worst losing streak coming out of the All-Star break since 1991. They managed only four hits during a 4-1 loss on Friday night. They got four hits again on Saturday, but this time it was enough.
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 19:35
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Harvick grabs yet another pole with big run at IMS PDF Print E-mail
Written by JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer   
Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:34
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Harvick has won the pole for the Brickyard 400 with a dominating qualifying run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Harvick was fastest in all three sessions of NASCAR's knockout qualifying, and bested Sprint Cup Series points leader Jeff Gordon for the top starting spot in Sunday's race.

Harvick turned a lap at 188.470 mph in the final round of Saturday qualifying to put his Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet on the front row. Gordon was second at 187.770.
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