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❚ Carl Edwards will start to­day’s Ford 400 where he fin­ished last year’s NASCAR fi­nale at Homestead­Mi­ami Speedway: first. The Sprint Cup points leader po­si­tioned him­self well for win­ning his first cham­pi­onship in NASCAR’S premier se­ries, turn­ing a 175.467-m.p.h. lap

Satur­day pole po­si­tion and qual­i­fy­ing for the

for the third time this sea­son. Tony Ste­wart, who trails Edwards by three points and is the only other driver who can still win the cham­pi­onship, qual­i­fied 15th. Martin Truex Jr. qual­i­fied sec­ond Satur­day, fol­lowed by Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and Brad Ke­selowski.

❚ Ma­jor-league base­ball’s new labour agree­ment will in­clude blood test­ing for hu­man growth hor­mone, a rise in the min­i­mum an­nual salary to $480,000 U.S. and lux­ury taxes on both am­a­teur draft sign­ings and in­ter­na­tional free agents com­ing to the ma­jor leagues. Lawyers are work­ing to com­plete a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing on changes to sport’s col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment and hope to sign the deal by Tues­day, The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported, cit­ing an anony­mous source. The blood test­ing pro­vi­sion was first re­ported by The New York Times.

❚ Mi­los Raonic of Thornhill, Ont.,

was named new­comer of the year on the ATP World Tour

Satur­day. The an­nounce­ment was on made ATP World in Lon­don, Tour fi­nals where will the be­gin Bar­clays to­day. player The who, award based is on given his rank­ing to the move im­pact in on 2011, the has ATP made World the Tour. big­gest Raonic, 156th in 20, the be­gan world the and sea­son reached ranked a ca­reer-high rank­ing of 25th in May.

❚ Alex Har­vey of St-ferreol-lesNeiges, Que., fin­ished fifth in the cross-coun­try ski­ing World Cup

opener at Sjusjoen, Nor­way on Satur­day. Har­vey, 23, com­pleted the 15-kilo­me­tre race in 33 min­utes 21.5 sec­onds. Swe­den’s Jo­han Ols­son was the win­ner in 32:40.9, fol­lowed by Nor­way’s Pet­ter Northug (33:12.1) and Italy’s Roland Clara (33:12.3.) Devon Ker­shaw (34:18) of Sud­bury was 37th, Ivan Babikov (34:22.2) of Can­more, Alta., was 42nd, Toronto’s Lenny Val­jas (34:52) was 64th, and Gra­ham Nishikawa (35:08.5) of White­horse was 71st. Nor­way’s Marit Bjo­er­gen won the women’s race. No Cana­di­ans were en­tered.

❚ Ja­son Ack­er­man’s Saskatchewan four­some won the Cana­dian mixed curl­ing

cham­pi­onship, de­fend­ing Kurt Balder­ston’s Al­berta team 8-7 in an ex­tra end on Satur­day at Sud­bury. Ack­er­man, his wife Colleen, Chantelle Eberle and Dean Hicke trailed 7-4 af­ter eight ends, but scored two in the ninth and sole one in the 10th and 11th. Two play­ers from Ack­er­man’s team will rep­re­sent Canada in the 2012 world mixed dou­bles cham­pi­onship April 23-29 at Erzu­rum, Turkey. ❚ Quar­ter­back Michael Vick won’t play when the Philadel­phia Ea­gles play the host New York Giants in a National Foot­ball League game to­day be­cause of two bro­ken ribs. Vince Young will make his first start for Philadel­phia. He has thrown one pass this sea­son: an in­ter­cep­tion. Vick didn’t prac­tise this past week be­cause he broke his two lower ribs in last Sun­day’s game against the Ari­zona Car­di­nals. ❚ Canada won four medals

Satur­day in the world tram­po­line

and tum­bling cham­pi­onships at Birm­ing­ham, Eng­land, in­clud­ing gold in the men’s and women’s dou­ble mini team events. De­nis Va­chon of Burling­ton, Ont., Alex Seifert of Cal­gary and Kee­gan Soehn of Red Deer, Alta., dom­i­nated the five­coun­try men’s field with a win­ning to­tal score of 108.600 points. Brazil was sec­ond with 103.200 points and the United States was third at 85. Canada’s women’s dou­ble mini team of Gil­lian Bruce of Cal­gary, Mariah Madi­gan of Toronto and Corissa Boy­chuk of Air­drie, Alta., won the women’s dou­ble mini gold medal with 104.100 points, fin­ish­ing ahead of Por­tu­gal (102.900) and the U.S. (100.800.) Toronto’s Karen Cock­burn and Rosan­nagh Ma­clen­nan earned sil­ver in women’s syn­chro tram­po­line, while the men’s tum­bling team claimed bronze be­hind China and Rus­sia.

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