Juan Pablo Montoya wins pole for Sunday's NASCAR race
Juan Pablo Montoya won the pole for Sunday's Pennsylvania 400, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono in Long Pond.
Montoya wins pole
Juan Pablo Montoya's contribution to the NASCAR highlight reel so far this season was his crash into a jet dryer in the season-opening Daytona 500.
Montoya finally had a bright spot that didn't involve explosions and raging fuel fires. He turned a lap of 176.043 mph Saturday to win the pole for Sunday's Pennsylvania 400, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond.
Montoya captured his first pole since April 2011 in Richmond, Va. He hasn't won a race at NASCAR's top level since August 2010.
Montoya is 21st in the Cup standings and has yet to drive to a top-five finish this season.
Denny Hamlin qualified in second, Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw was fourth, and Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., will start 12th of 43.
Series points leader Elliott Sadler posted his fourth victory of the NASCAR Nationwide season when he took the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway in Newton.
Justin Allgaier was second and Tayler Malsam of Seattle was 22nd.
Calhoun fractures hip
Connecticut men's coach Jim Calhoun fractured his hip in a bicycle accident, hours before he was supposed to coach in a charity game.
Associate coach George Blaney said Calhoun, 70, was cycling in Madison when he hit some sand and fell. Calhoun had surgery Saturday.
Calhoun, who has guided UConn to three NCAA titles, broke several ribs in an accident during a charity bicycle ride in 2009.
Police are investigating
Detectives investigating an assault that left standout Wisconsin running back Montee Ball with a concussion have identified "several persons of interest" and believe the altercation might be related to a fight five days earlier, Madison police said.
Investigators determined a fight occurred late July 27 and into the morning July 28 involving Wisconsin students, members of the football team and others, according to a police statement. Ball was present but there is no indication he participated in the fight, police said.
Five days later, five men roughed up Ball near campus. Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist last year, was walking down a street Wednesday around 2:15 a.m. after "socializing" with friends, police said.
Sooners dismiss player
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops announced suspended receiver Kameel Jackson, who started twice as a freshman last season, has been dismissed from the program.
Woman makes history
Woman makes history
Market Share won the 87th Hambletonian, making 57-year-old Linda Toscano the first female trainer to win trotting's premier race.
"I refused to let myself even dream this far," she said after Market Share beat runner-up Guccio by a neck in the $1.5 million event for 3-year-olds at New Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J.
Market Share, driven by Tim Tetrick, trotted a mile in 1 minute, 52-1/5 seconds. The New Jersey-bred colt, a $16,000 yearling purchase, paid $10.80 to win.
• Fort Larned beat 5-2 favorite Ron the Greek by 1 ¼ lengths to win the Grade I Whitney for Thoroughbreds at Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Fort Larned, trained by Ian Wilkes and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., ran 1-1/8 miles in 1:47.76. The 4-year-old colt paid $16.40 to win in the $750,000 race.
• Cycling's international governing body is pressing its case for jurisdiction over the doping case against Lance Armstrong, a Texan who won the Tour de France seven times.
In a statement, International Cycling Union (UCI) officials contend UCI — and not the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency — is the authority that should handle the Armstrong case. USADA officials disagree and say that with so much corruption in cycling, UCI has a strong motivation not to reveal the truth.
• Americans lost both semifinals at the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington, D.C. Fourth-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany beat top-seeded Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-5. Second-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine defeated No. 8 Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4.
Haas, a 34-year-old ranked 36th in the world, has won six of his last seven matches against opponents ranked in the top 15. Fish is ranked 15th.
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