❚ 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.