Sports Shorts: 200 mph a norm as Edwards earns pole in Michigan

2013-06-15T00:00:00Z Sports Shorts: 200 mph a norm as Edwards earns pole in MichiganThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

BROOKLYN, Mich. - Brad Keselowski was asked to pick one word to describe a lap at Michigan International Speedway.

"Fast," the defending Sprint Cup champion said. "This is, to me, the fastest track we have - and it might be in speed, but it definitely is in feel."

MIS is in its second year with a newly paved surface, and drivers are again making 200 mph laps look almost routine. Carl Edwards topped Sprint Cup qualifying Friday with a lap of 202.452 mph.

That run came a year after Marcos Ambrose won the pole at MIS at 203.241 mph - the first time since 1987 the 200 mph mark was broken during qualifying for NASCAR's top series.

"The new track is super fun to race on," Edwards said. "The pavement seems like it has aged more in a year than a lot of new track surfaces have, and hopefully we can keep developing a Goodyear tire and keep making it softer and softer to where it becomes the old Michigan here in a year or two. I think that is going to be awesome."

Kurt Busch was second in qualifying, followed by Kasey Kahne. Points leader Jimmie Johnson was 17th, one spot behind Keselowski.

Edwards started second last weekend at Pocono, but finished 18th.

Soccer

Confederations Cup opens today in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO - The Confederations Cup begins following protests that turned violent in three of Brazil's biggest cities, while builders were still slapping cement on stadiums.

The eight-nation tournament, a test of Brazil's organizational ability a year before the World Cup, starts today in the capital Brasilia when the Selecao hosts Asian champion Japan. It ends June 30 in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium.

The quadrennial tournament is held every four years - always one year before the World Cup - among the champions of each soccer confederation, the World Cup champion and the host.

Workmen still were applying cement onto walks, attaching glass panels and painting at several stadiums as kickoff approached, but FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he was not worried about the late preparations.

• Fighting back tears, the sister of a teenager whose single punch led to the death of a Utah soccer referee apologized Friday to the man's family for the first time.

The apology came in the atrium of a Salt Lake City courthouse shortly after her 17-year-old brother pleaded not guilty to the charges of homicide by assault during an arraignment. During the hearing, he was informed by a juvenile court judge that his request to go home while the case plays out in court had been denied.

Golf

Ex-Sabercat, Wildcat Tyler leads in Kansas

Sabino High and University of Arizona grad Nathan Tyler shot a 6-under 65 Friday to take a two-shot lead at the Web.com's Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kan.

• In Saint-Omer, France, England's Robert Dinwiddie shot a 5-under 66 on Friday for a share of the lead with South Africa's Tjaart Van der Walt after the second round of the European Tour's Najeti Hotels Open.

Miscellaneous

Winslow impresses Jets, gets 1-year deal

NEW YORK - Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was signed to a one-year deal by the New York Jets on Friday after a solid performance during the team's minicamp this week.

• In Phoenix, Diana Taurasi scored 34 points, DeWanna Bonner had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and the Phoenix Mercury pulled away in the second half for a 97-81 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday night.

• In Halle, Germany, Roger Federer cruised past Mischa Zverev 6-0, 6-0 to reach the Gerry Weber Open semifinals, recording his second career double bagel.

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