Bell wins as Busch falls to third

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Christo­pher Bell passed Justin All­gaier with 17 laps re­main­ing and held off Daniel Hem­ric to win the 300-mile NASCAR Xfin­ity Series race at Ken­tucky Speed­way at Sparta, Ky.

Bell, who started from the back of the field af­ter spin­ning his No. 20 Toy­ota dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing, earned his se­cond vic­tory this sea­son and third of his ca­reer. Cup Series reg­u­lar Kyle Busch led a race-high 111 laps and won the first stage but fin­ished third.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for Satur­day’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Ken­tucky Speed­way.

The Chicago Bulls are on the verge of sign­ing Jabari Parker, the Chicago Tri­bune re­ported. Parker, the No. 2 pick in the 2014 draft, av­er­aged 15.3 points and 5.5 re­bounds in four sea­sons with Mil­wau­kee. He also tore his left an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment twice . ... Brook­lyn ac­quired for­wards Ken­neth Faried and Dar­rell Arthur along with a 2019 firstround pick and a 2020 se­cond-rounder from Denver for guard Isaiah White­head, who was waived. The Nuggets also agreed with point guard Isaiah Thomas on a one-year, $2-million deal, ESPN’s Adrian Wo­j­narowski re­ports. Thomas played 17 games with the Lak­ers last sea­son af­ter a trade with Cleve­land. ... Swing­man Jimmy But­ler turned down a four-year ex­ten­sion worth more than $100 million from Min­nesota, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

Wake For­est says for­mer bas­ket­ball All-Amer­i­can and NBA All-Star Len Chap­pell has died at 77.

The Kings signed de­fense­man Paul LaDue and first-round draft pick Ras­mus Ku­pari.

LaDue, a re­stricted free agent, signed a two-year con­tract worth $825,000 an­nu­ally. He scored three goals in 12 games last sea­son and scored in Game 2 of the first-round play­off series against Ve­gas. Ku­pari signed a three-year, en­try-level con­tract af­ter he was cho­sen 20th over­all last month. The 18-year-old is ex­pected to play an­other sea­son in Fin­land.

The Ducks signed cen­ter Chase De Leo to a oneyear, two-way con­tract worth $650,000 in the NHL and $70,000 in the mi­nors. DeLeo, from La Mi­rada, was ac­quired from Winnipeg for Nic Kerdiles. — Curtis Zupke

The Ve­gas Golden Knights agreed to terms with goalie Marc-An­dre Fleury on a three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion worth an av­er­age of $7 million a year . ... The Dal­las Stars re-signed for­ward Devin Shore to a $4.6-million, two-year con­tract.

England’s Robert Rock, ranked No. 244, set the record for the low­est 36-hole to­tal since the Scot­tish Open was launched by the Euro­pean Tour in 1972, adding a seven-un­der 63 in the se­cond round Fri­day to his 64 on Thurs­day . ... Michael Kim took a four­shot lead at the John Deere Clas­sic in Sil­vis, Ill., which was sus­pended twice be­cause of weather con­cerns . ... Scott Parel grabbed a one-stroke lead in the Con­stel­la­tion Se­nior Play­ers Cham­pi­onship in Highland Park, Ill., shoot­ing a six-un­der 66 to reach 11 un­der . ... Laura Davies and Tr­ish John­son share the lead at four-un­der 142 at the mid­point of the U.S. Se­nior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club . ... Brooke Hen­der­son shot a five-un­der 66 to move into a tie with Caro­line Hed­wall for the lead af­ter two rounds at the Marathon Clas­sic in Syl­va­nia, Ohio.

The Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off agree­ments for the Cotton Bowl, Fi­esta Bowl and Peach Bowl were ex­tended six years through 2026 . ... Louisville is re­mov­ing Papa John’s name from its sta­dium, af­ter founder John Sch­nat­ter stepped down from the com­pany board for us­ing a racial slur in a train­ing ex­er­cise.

Dy­lan Groe­newe­gen beat fa­vorites Fer­nando Gaviria and Peter Sa­gan in a sprint to win the long­est stage of the Tour de France. Greg Van Aver­maet held on to the yel­low jersey and dou­bled his lead over Geraint Thomas to six sec­onds by win­ning an in­ter­me­di­ate bonus sprint.

USA Gym­nas­tics ap­pointed five re­tired ath­letes to a task force to help the or­ga­ni­za­tion: Ivana Hong, Steven Le­gen­dre, Jazzy Ker­ber, Leigh Hen­nessy Rob­son and She­nea Booth.

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