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NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne retiring after 15 Cup seasons

NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne says he is retiring from full-time racing. The 38-year-old Kahne says he is at ease with the decision. The former Hendrick Motorsports driver has 18 victories in 15 years in the Cup Series. He had a playoff-clinching win last season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Danica Patrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, three-time champion Tony Stewart and four-time champ Jeff Gordon have all retired in recent years. Elliott Sadler is leaving after this season.

Former Gonzaga guard Courtney Vandersloot sets a WNBA assist record

Courtney Vandersloot hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds left and broke the WNBA’s single-season assists record, helping the Chicago Sky beat the Minnesota Lynx 91-88. Vandersloot set the record on a no-look, one-handed pass in the third quarter that gave her 237 assists, breaking Ticha Penicheiro’s mark set in 2000.

Justin Allgaeir wins NASCAR Xfiinity race at Mid-Ohio

Justin Allgaier passed rookie Austin Cindric with four laps left and held on Saturday to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Allgaier used the sixth restart of the race to squeeze by Cindric, then held off a challenge on the 72nd lap for his third series win of the year.

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch go 1-2 for Gibbs at Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch swept the front row in qualifying at Michigan International Speedway. Kevin Harvick, neck-and-neck with Busch all season, was right behind in third. Hamlin went 202.794 mph in Friday’s session to win a pole for the second consecutive week. The JGR veteran is winless this season, while teammate Busch has six victories and Erik Jones has one.

Jim France choosing to stay quiet as interim head of NASCAR

Jim France seems to be choosing to stay in the shadows, declining to let the public hear from him as the interim chairman and CEO of NASCAR. France is not expected to be available for interviews as NASCR prepares run its first race, at Michigan International Speedway, since chairman Brian France took an indefinite leave from the company his family owns. Brian France was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone Sunday night.

Ford to race iconic muscle car Mustang at NASCAR’s top level

Ford will celebrate its iconic muscle car next year when it races the Mustang in NASCAR’s top Cup Series. The Mustang has raced in the second-tier Xfinity Series since 2011. It will compete against Chevrolet’s Camaro and the Toyota Camry. The Mustang debuted in 1964 and is Ford’s longest running model. The 10 millionth Mustang rolled off the production line this week.

Tony Stewart eyes Indy 500 in 2019 in bid for elusive title

Tony Stewart says he’d like to return to the Indianapolis 500 as early as next year. The three-time NASCAR champion is retired from top competition but still enters sprint car races. He has five previous starts in the Indy 500 and finished a career-best fifth in 1997. He has not raced the Indy 500 since 2001.

Mystics beat Storm 100-77 for 5th straight victory

Elena Delle Donne scored 30 points, LaToya Sanders had 17 points and 10 rebounds and the Washington Mystics beat the league-leading Seattle Storm 100-77 on Thursday for their fifth straight victory.

Sue Bird becomes WNBA’s minutes leader, Storm beat Fever 94-79

Natasha Howard had 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Sue Bird became the WNBA leader in minutes played and the Seattle Storm beat the Indiana Fever 94-79. Breanna Stewart added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Seattle (23-7), which won back-to-back games in Indiana for the first time in franchise history.

Las Vegas forfeits WNBA game canceled over travel delays

The WNBA has ruled that Las Vegas will forfeit its game against Washington that was canceled Friday night when the Aces players decided not to play because of concerns about their health and safety after 26 hours of travel. The league announced its decision in a one-sentence email. There is little precedent for the decision because the WNBA has never before canceled a game.

NASCAR goes back to business and away from Brian France arrest

NASCAR participants do not seem concerned about Chairman Brian France’s arrest on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone. France has taken a leave of absence and most seem confident his uncle Jim France can be a steady force in trying times for the series. NASCAR is privately owned by the France family.