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The Latest Kyle Busch Wins At Texas For 3rd Time



The Latest on the NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway (all times local):

5 p.m.

Kyle Busch has given Joe Gibbs Racing its first victory of the season by winning Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Busch stayed in front of Kevin Harvick the last 24 laps after the final restart. It is the third win for Busch at Texas, and the 44th in his career.

Harvick led 87 laps in the first half of the 334-lap race, and won the first stage. But several issues in the pits dropped him as far back as 27th place at one point and a lap behind the leaders.

Busch won the second stage and led 116 laps. He finished three-tenths of a second ahead of Harvick.

While winless this season before Sunday, Busch had finished second or third in his previous four races.


3:20 p.m.

Jimmie Johnson won’t have a chance to win his eighth Cup Series race at Texas or end his career-long winless streak.

Johnson was caught up in an incident involving seven cars coming off the backstretch on the first lap after the restart following the end of Stage 2.

Kyle Busch was slipping back through the field after not getting up to speed. Aric Almirola then appeared to get loose around Denny Hamlin.

After Hamlin went into a spin, he took out Brad Keselowski and Johnson, the seven-time Cup Series champion who won at Texas last spring but has now gone 30 races without a win.

The race went into a red flag after 179 laps because of the incident.


3 p.m.

Kyle Busch has won the second stage at Texas Motor Speedway.

It is the second stage win of the season for Busch, who came into the race as the Cup Series points leader.

There were 13 cars still on the lead lap after the second stage, which ended after 170 of 334 laps on the 1?-mile track.

Kurt Busch, the race pole sitter, was second, followed by Joey Logano, Erik Jones and Clint Bowyer.

Kyle Busch was second in the first stage behind Kevin Harvick, who is now running 15th and a lap down after issues during a pit stop.


2:50 p.m.

Kevin Harvick has fallen a lap behind the leaders after issues on pit road during a caution period.

Harvick has led 87 laps at Texas Motor Speedway and was the winner of the first stage. He was still in the lead before losing eight spots during the stop when a lug nut got loose and the jack started to go down.

A few laps later, Harvick was back in the pit during green-flag conditions because of a loose wheel.


2:15 p.m.

Kevin Harvick has his fourth stage win of the season after taking the first stage Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, where he was the race winner last November.

Harvick started the race on the front row, alongside pole sitter Kurt Busch, who was finished the stage third behind his brother, Kyle Busch. Ryan Blaney, who won the Xfinity Series race at the 1?-mile track Saturday, was fourth.

The first stage ended under caution. Defending Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. brought out the yellow flag after his No. 78 Toyota slammed hard into the outer wall coming out of Turn 4. Truex was running second when his right front tire blew and the car shot up the track into the wall.


1:30 p.m.

Alex Bowman got loose in the No. 88 coming out of Turn 4 just three laps into the race, bringing out a quick caution at the 1?-mile track.

Paul Menard, Daniel Suarez and Austin Dillon also were caught up in the mess.

Suarez was still on pit road when the race went green again on lap 8.


1:15 p.m.

Kyle Larson started at the back of the field after his No. 42 car failed pre-race inspection three times, which also led to the ejection from the track of his car chief, David Bryant.

Larson had qualified 10th in the Chip Ganassi Chevrolet.

Also starting at the back of the field were William Byron (engine change), Matt DiBenedetto (transmission) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (backup car). It is the second consecutive race with Stenhouse starting at the back of the field in the backup car. He crashed in practice.


12:10 p.m.

Stewart-Haas Racing drivers have started in the top three spots at Texas Motor Speedway, with Kurt Busch on the pole and teammates Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer right behind him.

Harvick won in Texas last November and Bowyer is coming off a win at Martinsville in the last NASCAR Cup Series race two weeks ago, before the Easter break. That snapped a 190-race winless streak for Bowyer that went back to 2012.

Ryan Blaney started fourth Sunday in the Cup race, a day after winning in the Xfinity Series on the 1?-mile track for Team Penske.

Jimmie Johnson has a 29-race winless streak, the longest in his career. He has won seven wins in Texas, five times more than any other active driver.


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Zach Johnson birdied the par-5 18th Saturday at the Valero Texas Open for a share of the third-round lead with Andrew Landry, a stroke ahead of record-setting Trey Mullinax.

Johnson shot a 4-under 68, holing a 10-footer on 18 to match Landry at 13-under 203 at TPC San Antonio. Landry birdied the 16th and 17th in a 67.

Johnson won the tournament in 2008 and 2009, the last two times it was played at LaCantera. The 42-year-old Iowan won the 2015 British Open for the last of his 12 PGA Tour titles. The 30-year-old Landry is winless on the tour.

Mullinax had a course-record 62. He played the AT&T Oaks back nine in 7-under 29, going 6 under on the last five with eagles on the par-5 14th and 18th and birdies on 16 and 17. He also birdied Nos. 10 and 12 and bogeyed 11.

Ryan Moore was two strokes back at 11 under after a 70. Sean O’Hair had a 65 to join 2015 champion Jimmy Walker (67), Chris Kirk (68) and 2013 winner Martin Laird (69) at 9 under.

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Aston Villa Outcast Gabby Agbonlahor Could Retire From Football This Summer… Aged Just 31



EX-ENGLAND striker Gabby Agbonlahor could RETIRE from football — aged 31.

The Aston Villa striker is out of contract in the summer and is considering all options — including walking away from the game.

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Agbonlahor has spent his entire career at Villa aside from short loans early on at Watford and Sheffield Wednesday, but boss Steve Bruce says no fresh terms will be offered.

The star, who has not played since before Christmas due to injury, has been linked with a move to the MLS and can start talks about a pre-contract to start in the summer.

His Villa exit will end 17 years at the club where he broke into the England team in 2008. He had a goal disallowed on debut against Germany and earned two more caps.

Villa are pushing for promotion to the Premier League and remain in the running for second after thrashing Ipswich 4-0 on Saturday.


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But they face losing a number of important players following their recent fine run of results under Steve Bruce.

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The Englishman is on loan from Manchester United but Villa are yet to secure a permanent deal.

Reports also claim that Jack Grealish is wanted by Leicester in a £20million swoop – but only if Villa remain in the Championship.

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Alexis Sanchez Delivered When It Was Most Needed To Show That Class Is Permanent



ALEXIS SANCHEZ needed this. By all rights, he should not have been playing.

He had been part of the diabolical performance against West Brom after which Jose Mourinho made it clear Wembley places were up for grabs.

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Marcus Rashford and, to a lesser extent, Anthony Martial answered the call in midweek against Bournemouth and must have been bemused, therefore, to be left on the bench.

Sanchez was in.

Had the name and the money he earns usurped form?

Was Mourinho avoiding another Paul Pogba situation — i.e. why is the big name dropped? Is there a problem? Has it been a mistake to buy him? Why can’t he get the best out of him?

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So the pressure was really on the Chilean to produce and how he did so with a goal and assist that takes Manchester United to another Cup final.

Form maybe temporary but class is permanent and this was a top-class display from Sanchez.

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It was full of heart, full of tenacity.

When he was subbed in the final minute of injury time he left the pitch covered in mud and sweat, his chest heaving with the effort he had put in.

The United end rose as one to acclaim him.

The manager was ready with a handshake. Job done.

Sanchez had not let the boss down, nor the fans that made the red half of this stadium a cacophony of noise from the moment he nodded United back into the game in the 24th minute.

What a header it was, too, as he directed the ball back across Michel Vorm, leaning backwards in mid-air.

He now has eight goals in eight games for club and country at Wembley.

And in the 62nd minute, there he was working down that left flank and rolling the ball across for Ander Herrera’s winner, too.

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In injury time it was Sanchez winning the ball on the top of his own box and charging up to halfway where he won a throw-in to waste valuable seconds.

The statistics will tell you that Sanchez loses the ball a lot.

Part of the reason for that is he demands it so much.

He wants it all the time, no matter where he is on the pitch, and berates team-mates who do not give it to him.

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When he does lose it, he just wants it again and again and is always available to have it.

True, Sanchez had hardly had the dramatic impact on this side since his New Year switch from Arsenal that United fans had hoped for.

But Mourinho constantly points to the fact that it is always  difficult for a mid-term addition to integrate.

So you can understand why he has not always been on the same wavelength as his team-mates.

But the evidence of yesterday is that things can only get better.

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Sanchez is going to be a big part of the next chapter at this club. For any other club, an FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League, Community Shield and now another FA Cup final would show real signs of progress over the space of three seasons.

Sir Alex Ferguson raised the bar so high, however, that this is considered barely enough.

After all, it was not that long ago that United fans were in  this stadium for a Champions League final.

But times have changed and Sir Alex now looks on from the stands on these occasions.

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This is the Mourinho era and, despite his detractors, he is the man United needed.

The man to stabilise a club that had fallen dramatically from their perch.

No, it is not the football from the glory days under Fergie but neither is it as bad as some would have you believe.

Since late February, United have beaten all four teams  closest to them in the league in Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and now Spurs.

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