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Jimmie Johnson wins at Daytona, completing season sweep

Jimmie Johnson wins the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. He won the Daytona 500 at the start of the season.

July 06, 2013|Wire reports
  • Jimmie Johnson celebrates after winning the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona.
Jimmie Johnson celebrates after winning the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. (Tom Pennington / Getty Images )

Jimmie Johnson is the first driver in 31 years to sweep Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

The Daytona 500 winner became the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982, and the fifth overall, to win both races in a season at Daytona.

The five-time NASCAR champion was the leader on the restart for a two-lap sprint to the finish in overtime Saturday night. He held off Kevin Harvick on the restart, and then pulled out front to a sizeable lead. Tony Stewart moved into second and may have been timing his attempt to make a pass for the lead when a caution in the middle of the pack froze the field.

Stewart was second, followed by Harvick in a Chevrolet sweep.

Clint Bowyer was fourth in a Toyota.

ETC.

Johnson Wagner takes Greenbrier lead

Amid a disappointing season, Johnson Wagner has found a comfort zone not far from his college stomping grounds.

Wagner shot a six-under 64 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Wagner was at 14 under on the Old White TPC course. Jimmy Walker also shot 64 and was second at 12 under.

Wagner has yet to post a top 10 finish this year. At the Greenbrier, he broke a string of seven consecutive early exits.

No third-round leader has gone on to win the Greenbrier Classic, now in its fourth year. The tournament has been decided by playoffs the past two years, and Stuart Appleby shot 59 in the final round to win by a stroke in 2010.

Sweden's Jonas Blixt was four strokes behind Wagner at 10 under after shooting 67. Australians Matt Jones (66) and Steven Bowditch (69) and Texas teenager Jordan Spieth (67) were at nine under.

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland and Richard Sterne of South Africa share a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the French Open at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

McDowell shot a one-under 70 and Sterne had a 71 on the tough Albatross course of Le Golf National, leaving both at five-under 208.

Bernd Wiesberger of Austria (68), David Howell of England (69) and Richard Green of Australia (70) were at 209. Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark and Simon Dyson of England were at 210.

Francesco Molinari of Italy had the day's best round, a 67 that left him four shots back. Second-round leader Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay fell to 214 after a 78.

Martin Kaymer of Germany, Ian Poulter of England and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain are part of a five-way tie at 213. Kaymer, the 2010 U.S. PGA Champion, shot a 69 and is hoping for a top 10 finish despite feeling "very sick."

Matt Kuchar of the United States fell from contention with a 73 that left him 10 strokes off the pace.

Butler announced it was promoting recently hired assistant coach Brandon Miller to replace Brad Stevens as head coach of the men's basketball team. The decision came three days after Stevens surprised everyone by taking the head job with the Boston Celtics.

A native of New Castle, Ind. — the same hometown as UCLA Coach Steve Alford — Miller started his college career at Southwest Missouri State. He transferred to Butler in 1999 and became one of the most prolific three-point shooters in school history.

Usain Bolt ran the fastest 200 meters of the season Saturday with a time of 19.73 seconds at the Areva Diamond League meet in Paris.

Bolt shaved 0.01 seconds off the previous best time of 2013, set by American sprinter Tyson Gay at the U.S. trials last month.

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