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Kyle Busch wins Nationwide race

Peja Stojakovic part of five-player NBA trade

November 20, 2010

Kyle Busch won Nationwide Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday — a victory that gave Joe Gibbs Racing the owner's championship.

It was Busch's 13th win of the Nationwide season and career victory No. 43 in that series, second only to Mark Martin's 48 wins. It followed

Busch's victory Friday night in the Trucks Series, which also gave him the owner's championship in that series.

Busch headed into Sunday's NASCAR finale looking for a weekend sweep, but he was thinking about the big picture instead of his own personal accomplishments. JGR teammate Denny Hamlin can win his first Cup title in Sunday's race.

Kevin Harvick, one of three drivers racing Sunday for the Cup title, finished second and was followed by Brad Keselowski, who had already wrapped up the Nationwide driver's championship. He had been hoping to catch Busch to give Penske Racing the owner's title, but instead settled for a series record 26th top-five finish.

Harvick seemed loose and ready to go after the Nationwide race, and said he'd take lessons learned from Saturday night into the title fight. Hamlin has a 15-point lead over four-time defending series champion Jimmie Johnson. Harvick is 46 points back.

Harvick was the only one of the three contenders to run the Nationwide race.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished fourth to wrap up Rookie of the Year honors in the Nationwide Series, and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top five.

Danica Patrick finished her final NASCAR race of the season with a career-best finish of 19th.

Peja Stojakovic part of five-player trade

A person familiar with the trade says the New Orleans Hornets and Toronto Raptors have agreed in principle to a five-player deal that will send Peja Stojakovic to Toronto in exchange for guard Jarrett Jack.

The person, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade was not yet official Saturday afternoon, says New Orleans also will receive center David Andersen and guard Marcus Banks, while guard Jarryd Bayless, acquired by New Orleans from Portland less than a month ago, will go to Toronto.

Stojakovic entered the season saying he understood he could be traded because of his expiring $15.3 million contract.

Jack's contract runs through the 2012-13 season and pays him more than $5 million each of the next two seasons.

Sidney Rice activated, expected to play for Vikings Sunday

Wide receiver Sidney Rice is expected to make his 2010 debut on Sunday against Green Bay after being added to the Minnesota Vikings' 53-man roster Saturday.

Rice had to be activated by 1 p.m. PST on Saturday or he would not have been eligible to play Sunday. Coach Brad Childress said Friday that if Rice wasn't brought off the physically unable to perform list for the Packers game that he probably would be shut down for the season.

Rice missed training camp because of a hip injury and underwent surgery in late August.

Jim Leyritz acquitted of manslaughter, guilty of misdemeanor DUI

A jury in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., acquitted former major league baseball player Jim Leyritz of DUI manslaughter in a 2007 crash that killed a mother of two.

Leyritz was convicted, however, on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail. Leyritz had faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted on the manslaughter charge.

Sentencing was set for Nov. 29.

Testimony was inconclusive on whether Leyritz ran a red light on Dec. 28, 2007, when he collided with a vehicle driven by 30-year-old Fredia Ann Veitch, who died.

Defense experts testified that Leyritz may have been below Florida's 0.08% blood-alcohol level when the crash occurred, even though it was 0.14% three hours later.

The crash happened after Leyritz had been out at local nightspots celebrating his birthday. Veitch, who had gone out to other bars after work, was drunk, with a blood-alcohol level twice Florida's limit, according to trial testimony.

The New York Mets dismissed their head of amateur scouting.

The Mets said Rudy Terrasas could be offered another job with the team. The move is part of new General Manager Sandy Alderson's overhaul of the organization.

Ian Poulter leads Hong Kong Open

Ian Poulter takes a two-stroke lead over Graeme McDowell into the final round of the Hong Kong Open after shooting a six-under par 64.

The Englishman followed up a second-round 60 by sinking long birdie putts on the final two holes of the third round to stay ahead of McDowell after the U.S. Open champion surged into contention with a 63.

Poulter has a 19-under total of 191.

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