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Sports news briefs — Nov. 16

Compiled from wire reports

auto racing

Dillon captures title in Nationwide Series

• Austin Dillon won the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship, holding off Sam Hornish Jr. in a wild season finale Saturday in Homestead, Fla. Sprint Cup regular Brad Keselowski won the race after moving up 10 spots in the final few laps.

• Championship contender Matt Kenseth posted the fastest speed during final practice for NASCAR’s season finale in Homestead, Fla. Homestead-Miami Speedway and had the fastest 10-lap average. Kenseth reached 171.980 mph around the 1½-mile oval, just ahead of Chase leader Jimmie Johnson’s 171.647.

• Sebastian Vettel’s late surge in qualifying allowed him to take the pole position from Red Bull teammate Mark Webber for today’s U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. That puts the four-time world champion in the prime spot to go after a record eighth consecutive victory this season and a title that escaped him last year. Vettel lapped the Circuit of the Americas in 1 minute, 36.338 seconds, pushing the Australian into second.

• Formula One will not race in Mexico or add a second U.S. race in New Jersey in 2014, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone said Saturday in Austin, Texas. Ecclestone said he still hopes both races will eventually be run, but neither will happen before 2015.


Thompson cards 67, takes lead in Mexico

• American teen Lexi Thompson shot a 5-under 67 to vault to the top of the leaderboard in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico. I.K. Kim also shot 67 and is 1 stroke behind Thompson, who is 13 under for the event.

• Henrik Stenson closed in on the European Tour money title, birdieing four of his last five holes for a 5-under 67 and 1-shot lead after three rounds of the season-ending World Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

• Harris English and Robert Karlsson shared the lead in the rain-delayed OHL Classic when third-round play was suspended because of darkness in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. They were 15 under overall with 11 holes left.

other SPORTS

South Korean skater breaks record again

• South Korea’s Lee Sang-hwa broke the world record in the women’s 500 meters for the second consecutive day and third time in eight days, finishing in 36.36 seconds in a World Cup speedskating meet at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah. American Shani Davis won the men’s 1,000.

• Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor will miss today’s game in Houston because of a sprained right knee.

• The Czech Republic is one victory from winning a second consecutive Davis Cup. The defending champions defeated Serbia in doubles for a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup final when Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek beat Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

• Three-time world champion Patrick Chan left the ice to a deafening standing ovation in Paris after another near-faultless performance in the free skate helped the Canadian win the Trophee Bompard for the fourth time.

• Mikaela Shiffrin sent an unmistakable message leading to the Sochi Olympics. The 18-year-old American easily won the World Cup slalom opener in Levi, Finaland, beating Maria Hoefl-Riesch by more than a second.

— From wire reports


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