AUTO RACING

Kyle Busch wins Xfinity race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for second straight year

Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second year in a row Saturday in Hampton, Georgia.

With a helping hand from lapped cars, pole-winner Busch was able to hold off Brad Keselowski by 0.606 seconds.

No one else was within 2 seconds of the winner.

Keselowski won the first 40-lap stage, Kevin Harvick took the next 40-lap phase and Busch was leading at the end – a promising start to a busy weekend in Atlanta, where he is competing in all three of NASCAR’s top series.

NASCAR TRUCKS: Christopher Bell held off Matt Crafton on a restart with two laps to go and completed a dominating win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Bell started from the pole, took the first two 40-lap stages and passed Crafton for the lead with 16 laps remaining.

BASKETBALL

NBA ALL-STAR GAME: Change is coming to the defense-optional All-Star Game, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants to hear ideas.

Silver and players’ union president Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers have spoken about how to make the game more competitive. No decisions have been made, but the Western Conference’s 192-182 win over the Eastern Conference last month in New Orleans underlined such a need.

FOOTBALL

NFL: The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a three-year contract extension with wide receiver Jeremy Kerley.

The 27-year-old Kerley led the team with a career-high 64 receptions for 667 yards and three touchdowns. He appeared in all 16 games, starting 13.

Tennis

DUBAI TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Andy Murray captured his first title of the year and became the first British man to win the tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in its 25-year history when he defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2.

SKIING

MEN’S WORLD CUP: Marcel Hirscher amazed the world of Alpine skiing by locking up an unprecedented sixth straight overall World Cup title, in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Two days after his 28th birthday, the Austrian won a giant slalom to give him an insurmountable lead of more than 500 points over his main rivals: Kjetil Jansrud and Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway, and Alexis Pinturault of France.

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Italy’s Sofia Goggia beat Lindsey Vonn by just 0.07 seconds in Jeongseon, South Korea to win a downhill race, a test event ahead of the 2018 Olympics.

– Staff and news service report