Burton gets fourth Busch win of year

CONCORD, N.C. -- Jeff Burton came from the back of the field late Friday night to win the crash-filled NASCAR Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

The Nextel Cup star had a fast car, but was overshadowed for much of the 200-lap race by runaway points leader Carl Edwards and pole-winner Greg Biffle, who swapped the lead back and forth several times before both went out in multicar accidents just seven laps apart.

Burton, who moved steadily through the field after having to start from the rear because of an engine change, took the lead and control with 61 laps to go in the Dollar General 300.

Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who both also started deep in the pack, finished a distant second and third. They were followed by rookie Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin, rookie David Ragan, Robby Gordon and Clint Bowyer, all Cup drivers who also will race Saturday night in the Bank of America 500.

• PRO BASEBALL -- The Philadelphia Phillies re-signed their entire coaching staff through 2008, four days after manager Charlie Manuel got a contract extension.

Bench coach Jimy Williams, pitching coach Rich Dubee, hitting coach Milt Thompson, first-base coach Davey Lopes, third-base coach Steve Smith, bullpen coach Ramon Henderson and catching instructor Mick Billmeyer each had his contract renewed Saturday.

• BOXING -- Evander Holyfield's quest for a fifth heavyweight title ran into a roadblock: Sultan Ibragimov.

Ibragimov kept his WBO title with a unanimous decision over Holyfield, who turns 45 next week and was trying to become the second-oldest heavyweight champion.

Fighting before a home crowd, Ibragimov improved his record to 22 wins and one draw with a slick, counter-punching display. Holyfield dropped to 42-9 with two draws.

The crowd at Khodynka Arena chanted "Sultan! Sultan!" as the end of the bout neared, with both fighters embracing at the final bell.

The judges scored the 12-round fight 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111.

Ibragimov, a 32-year-old Russian, will now try and unify a fractured division. The other heavyweight titles are held by Wladimir Klitschko (IBF), Ruslan Chagaev (WBA) and recently declared champion Samuel Peter (WBC).

• SWIMMING -- Kate Ziegler of the United States set a short-course world record in the 1,500 meters, finishing in 15 minutes, 32.90 seconds on Friday.

She cut 10 seconds off the previous mark.

Ziegler also improved the 800-meter mark by finishing in 8:09.68.

Laure Manaudou of France held both marks, 15:42.39 in the 1,500 and 8:11.25 in the 800.

• PRO TENNIS -- Serena Williams and Elena Dementieva advanced to the final of the Kremlin Cup.

Williams beat top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 (2), 6-1, and Dementieva eliminated fellow Russian Dinara Safina 6-1, 6-0.

In the men's semifinals, defending champion Nikolay Davydenko beat Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 7-6 (6), 6-1, and Paul-Henri Mathieu of France downed Michael Berrer of Germany 7-5, 6-3.


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