Hornish holds off Busch at Nationwide Series race

Sam Hornish Jr. survived two restarts in the final 15 laps and held off Kyle Busch to win the Nationwide Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Hornish led 114 laps in his second career Nationwide victory but needed a strong finish to outrun Busch, the hometown driver who won the Nationwide race last week in Phoenix.

Hornish and Busch both went aggressively after the final restart with seven laps to go, with Busch briefly nudging ahead before Hornish reclaimed the lead with five laps left.

Pole sitter Brian Vickers finished third, with Trevor Bayne fourth and Elliott Sadler fifth.


PGA: Fabian Gomez of Argentina opened with six birdies on the front nine for a 7-under 65 and a share of the lead with Scott Brown going into the final round of the Puerto Rico Open at Grande, Puerto Rico.

They set the tournament record for 54 holes at 18-under 198 and were four clear of anyone else.


FA CUP: Carlos Tevez scored a hat trick also played a part in goals by Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva as Manchester City routed Barnsley 5-0 to reach the semifinals.

Wigan reached the semifinals for the first time in its 81-year history, getting goals from Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez in a 3-0 win at Everton.

LA LIGA: Lionel Messi extended his Spanish league record by scoring in his 17th straight game, helping Barcelona beat last-place Deportivo La Coruna 2-0.


WORLD CUP: Ted Ligety of the United States won his fifth giant slalom of the season to clinch the discipline title with a race to spare at Krazjska Gora, Slovenia.

It’s his fourth GS title after winning in 2008 and 2010-11.

n Slovenia’s Tina Maze finished second to Anna Fenninger of Austria in a giant slalom at Ofterschwang, Germany, missing out on her 10th victory of the season but becoming the first woman to make eight podiums in the discipline in the same campaign.

FREESTYLE: Thomas Wallisch of the U.S. won the slopestyle event at the world championships in Voss, Norway, beating James Woods of Britain.

Canadians swept the top two spots in the women’s race, as Kaya Turski took gold ahead of Dara Howell.


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Lleyton Hewitt upset No. 15 seed John Isner 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4, in a second-round match at Indian Wells, Calif.

The 6-foot-9 Isner, the highest-ranked American, had 18 aces but lost his serve twice and couldn’t convert any of his four break chances on Hewitt’s serve.


AFL: George Saimes, regarded as one of the American Football League’s best safeties and a member of the Buffalo Bills’ Wall of Fame, died in Canton, Ohio, after a lengthy battle with leukemia. He was 71.

Selected in the sixth round of the 1963 draft, Saimes spent seven seasons with the Bills, where he helped the team win back-to-back AFL championships in 1964-65. He played three more seasons in Denver, and is a member of the all-time AFL defensive team.

–From news service reports