Johnson races to fourth All-Star win

Jimmie Johnson celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star race for a fourth time. (Associated Press)
Jimmie Johnson celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star race for a fourth time. (Associated Press)

Auto Racing: Jimmie Johnson became the first four-time winner of NASCAR’s annual All-Star race Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Johnson got a fast final pit stop from his Hendrick Motorsports crew to restart the race in second for the 10-lap sprint to the finish.

He battled teammate Kasey Kahne for a little more than a lap before clearing Kahne and racing away to the $1 million payday.

Carpenter claims pole for Indy 500: Ed Carpenter picked a good time to win his first 500 pole. The Indianapolis native ran a four-lap average of 228.762 mph in the No. 20 Chevrolet to hold off some of IndyCar racing’s big-name teams at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, earning the top spot in next week’s marquee race.

Federer, Nadal set final stage in Rome

Tennis: In the semifinals at the Italian Open in Rome, Roger Federer held off a stiff challenge from Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6 (5), 6-4 and six-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal defeated sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-4, setting up the 30th meeting between two of world’s premier players.

On the women’s side, top-ranked Serena Williams overcame an early break of her serve to ease past Romanian Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 and extend her career-best winning run to 23 matches. She will face third-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who beat seventh-seeded Sara Errani 6-0, 7-5.

Bradley clings to lead at Byron Nelson

Golf: Keegan Bradley overcame two early bogeys and maintained his lead at the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas, with 2-under 68.

Bradley had a 13-under 197 for a one-stroke lead over Sang-Moon Bae (66) and two- shot lead over Tom Gillis (67).

McDowell moves into semifinals: Graeme McDowell reached the Volvo World Match Play Championship semifinals in Kavarna, Bulgaria, with a win over Nicolas Colsaerts, the defending champ who took a penalty drop inside a restroom.

McDowell will face Branden Grace, a 2 and 1 winner over Chris Wood. In the other semifinal, Thomas Aiken will meet Thongchai Jaidee.

Choi charges to top: Chella Choi shot her second straight 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead at 17-under 199 over Jessica Korda and Anna Nordqvist, who broke the course record with a 61 in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.

Former Washington State University golfer Kim Welch shot a 71 for an 8-under 208 and a share of 24th place. Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., is at 5-under 211 after a round of 69.

Swiss top U.S. to play for world hockey title

Hockey: In Stockholm, the United States was upset 3-0 by Switzerland in the semifinals of the ice hockey world championship.

The Swiss will face Sweden in today’s final after the Swedes defeated co-host Finland 3-0 in the earlier semifinal.

• Halifax pounds Portland: Nathan MacKinnon was the star of the show, scoring a hat trick to lead the Halifax Mooseheads to a 7-4 win over the Portland Winterhawks in Game 2 of the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament in Saskatoon, Sask.

The 17-year-old center scored at even strength, netted a power-play goal, and made a short-handed goal as the QMJHL Champion Mooseheads struck for five straight goals in a wild second period to get the better of the WHL Champion Winterhawks.

Santambrogio wins 14th stage at Giro

Cycling: Mauro Santambrogio of Italy finished in 4 hours, 42 minutes, 55 seconds to win the 14th stage of the Giro d’Italia in Bardonecchia, Italy, while countryman Vincenzo Nibali extended his overall lead.

Nibali extended his lead to 1:26 over Cadel Evans.

• Konig takes seventh stage in California: Leopold Konig of the Czech Republic won the 91.4-mile seventh stage of cycling’s Tour of California in Danville, Calif., with a time of 3 hours, 54 minutes, 18 seconds, and American Tejay van Garderen finished third to keep the overall lead for the third straight day.

Jamaicans dominate Shanghai meet

Miscellany: Jamaica dominated the sprint races at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai, with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce winning the women’s 100 meters in 10.93 seconds and Warren Weir capturing gold in the men’s 200 with a time of 20.18 seconds.

• Mosely wins unanimous decision: Shane Mosley unanimously outpointed Mexico’s Pablo Cano in Cancun, Mexico, to win for the first time in four years.

The 41-year-old Mosley, a former champion in three divisions, improved to 47-8-1, receiving winning scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 115-113.

Cano, 23, dropped to 26-3-1.

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