Bell wins as Busch falls to third
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.