Keselowski Snaps 37-Race Winless Skid
Concord, n.c. — Brad Keselowski snapped a 37-race winless streak Saturday night by chasing down Kasey Kahne in the closing laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The defending Sprint Cup champion picked up his first win since Dover of last year. Keselowski led only 11 laps, and passed Kahne with nine to go to get the win in his Penske Racing Ford.
The race changed dramatically with 27 laps remaining and Jimmie Johnson seemingly on his way to an easy victory. But a debris caution sent the leaders to pit road and ended Johnson’s march to a record seventh Charlotte win.
Keselowski restarted in sixth, picked his way through traffic and set his sights on Kahne. But getting past the Hendrick Motorsports driver wasn’t easy, and he needed several attempts before making it stick.
C’s Earn 1st Win
Manchester — Rookie Kelly Olynyk had 15 points and six rebounds and the Boston Celtics got their first preseason win under new coach Brad Stevens, beating New York 111-81 Saturday night as the Knicks rested Carmelo Anthony and four other veterans.
The Celtics, winless in their first three games, scored the first 10 points and never trailed. Stevens was hired away from Butler in the offseason to take over the storied franchise.
Boston started the third quarter with a 20-5 run against a JV version of the Knicks, who were playing their third game in four nights and left Anthony on the bench rather than take any risks with the NBA’s reigning scoring champion.
New York also rested starters Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler as well as Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih.
Olynyk, a 7-footer from Gonzaga drafted by the Celtics with the 13th overall pick, also had six rebounds, three steals and a block as the Celtics won a “home” game played about 50 miles north of Boston.
Revolution 1, Impact 0
Montreal — Jose Goncalves scored in the 31st minute and New England kept its MLS playoff hopes alive with a victory over slumping Montreal.
The Revolution (12-11-9) moved within a point of the Impact (13-11-7) in the Eastern Conference.
Revolution forward Saer Sene appeared to break his left ankle in the 19th minute while going for a ball in the Montreal penalty area. Sene’s foot got caught between Davy Arnaud’s legs. He was taken off on a stretcher.
Koepka Leads in Calif.
San Martin, Calif. — On a day of low scoring, Brooks Koepka kept up his end of the bargain and stayed in the lead at the Frys.com Open.
In his first regular PGA Tour event, Koepka rolled in two birdies putts to start his round Saturday and drove the par-4 17th green for another birdie.
It added to a 4-under 67 and a two-shot lead over George McNeill and Jason Kokrak going into the final round at CordeValle.
McNeill made 10 birdies in his round of 62 that put him in the last group with Koepka. McNeill is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — Lexi Thompson moved into position for her second LPGA Tour title, shooting a 5-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead in the LPGA Malaysia.
Cary, n.c. — Russ Cochran shot his second straight 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour’s SAS Championship.
The 54-year-old left-hander, the 2010 winner at Prestonwood Country Club, birdied five of the first six holes, dropped a stroke on the par-5 seventh and added birdies on Nos. 15 and 17.
He won the Principal Charity Classic in Iowa in June for his fourth victory on the 50-and-over tour.
Nadal Suffers Upset
Shanghai — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal was eliminated in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters on Saturday, losing 6-2, 6-4 to Juan Martin del Potro.
The fifth-ranked Del Potro overpowered Nadal with his deep, punishing groundstrokes, breaking the Spaniard twice at the start of the match to race out to a 4-0 lead.
Del Potro will try to win his first Masters title today against top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the other semifinal, 6-2, 7-5.
Nadal was playing his first tournament since regaining the No. 1 ranking from Djokovic on Monday.