Sports shorts: Johnson wins pole, sets track record

2013-04-06T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Johnson wins pole, sets track recordStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Jimmie Johnson knew he had a fast car the minute he pulled it onto the track at Martinsville Speedway.

The seven-time winner on NASCAR's shortest, trickiest track backed it up in qualifying with a track record.

Johnson made his fastest lap around the 0.526-mile oval at 98.400 mph Friday, leading a parade of six drivers who broke Tony Stewart's track record speed of 98.083 mph. It is Johnson's 30th career pole, and third in 23 starts at Martinsville.

Marcos Ambrose qualified second, and Brian Vickers was third.

UA sports

Wildcat men's golf team in ninth in Tempe

The UA men's golf team is tied for ninth after the first round of the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe. The Cats shot a 6-over 290, 14 strokes behind leader New Mexico. Erik Oja led the Wildcats with a 2-under 69. He's in 27th place, five strokes off the lead.

• UA junior Steven Scarvelis finished ninth in the decathlon at the Jim Click Shootout on Friday. Scarvelis finished with 6,431 points.

• The UA women's tennis team (9-10, 1-5) lost 5-2 to No. 9-ranked UCLA at the Robson Tennis Center.

• The Arizona's men's tennis team (10-9, 0-3) fell 7-0 at No. 3-ranked USC on Friday.

NFL

Jaguars sign receiver Massaquoi

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars and receiver Mohamed Massaquoi have agreed to terms on a two-year contract. The 26-year-old Massaquoi spent the last four seasons in Cleveland, catching 118 passes.

• The Oakland Raiders waived linebacker Rolando McClain on Friday, less than three years after drafting him eighth overall to be the centerpiece of their defense.

• Right tackle Anthony Davis, 23, signed a five-year contract extension Friday with the 49ers.

• The Detroit Lions signed kicker David Akers to replace Jason Hanson, who retired Thursday.

Miscellaneous

Regalado sets Pima mark in 5,000

Nikki Regalado (Cienega) broke the Pima College school record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17 minutes 52.85 seconds at the San Angel Invitational in Tempe.

• Newly acquired forward Jussi Jokinen scored a goal in regulation in his Penguins debut and then added the only tally in the shootout as host Pittsburgh edged the New York Rangers 2-1 on Friday night.

• The American women's soccer team tied Germany 3-3 in an exhibition Friday in Offenbach, Germany.

• Top-ranked Serena Williams and sister Venus both won twice Friday to reach the Family Circle Cup semifinals and set up their first sibling showdown since 2009.

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