National Sports Briefs
HAMPTON, Ga. ó Another track, another victory for Kyle Busch.
The 23-year-old star won his second straight NASCAR truck race Saturday, holding off Kevin Harvick on the final lap at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Even though he struggled on restarts after losing both second and third gear in his Toyota, Busch surged past Todd Bodine on the back straightaway with five laps to go and held on the rest of the way to win the American Commercial Lines 200.
Busch, a Sprint Cup star who started from the pole, has dominated the Camping World Truck Series in the early going. He finished second in the season opener at Daytona and won the last two races, adding to his victory at California two weeks ago.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. ó Y.E. Yang shot even-par 70 on Saturday, good enough to give him a one-shot lead over Jeff Klauk (67) and Jeff Overton (70) entering the final round of the Honday classic.
– SINGAPORE ó Australia’s Katherine Hull had seven birdies en route to a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over Angela Stanford after the third round of the HSBC Women’s Champions.
– NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. ó Mark O’Meara shot a 5-under 66 to grab a share of the lead with Bernhard Langer at the Toshiba Classic.
PHOENIX ó Former NBA star Charles Barkley began serving a three-day jail sentence Saturday for a drunken-driving charge.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Barkley already had been acting like a “model inmate,” even chatting with others at Tent City, where inmates are housed in tents rather than traditional jail cells.
Barkley has a private tent, but is close enough to other inmates to talk, Arpaio said.
Barkley, a TNT studio analyst, will spend all of Saturday in custody, but will be given work release from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. He will get work release at 8 a.m. Monday and will not have to return at 8 p.m.
That’s a total of 36 hours in jail.
The 45-year-old Barkley pleaded guilty last month to two misdemeanor DUI charges stemming from his Dec. 31 arrest, shortly after leaving a Scottsdale nightclub and failing a field sobriety test.
CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla. ó A week after two NFL players and two of their friends sailed into the Gulf of Mexico on a fishing trip that turned disastrous, family, friends and the lone survivor paid tribute to one of the missing men.
Several hundred people gathered at a Methodist church in Crystal River, a rural community north of Tampa, on Saturday afternoon to remember William Bleakley, a former University of South Florida player aboard the boat.
U.S. DAVIS CUP
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ó Bob and Mike Bryan deftly handled the pressure Saturday, then placed it squarely on teammate Andy Roddick.
The doubles team had a four-set victory over Switzerland to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead in the opening round of the Davis Cup. Now, Mike Bryan predicted, Roddick will clinch the best-of-five series by winning in todays first reverse singles match.
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