Ky. Busch tops Kenseth for Daytona pole
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Joe Gibbs Racing swept the front starting row for Saturday night’s Coke Zero 400, with Kyle Busch winning the pole and Matt Kenseth placing second in qualifying at Daytona International Speedway.
Busch posted a lap in Friday’s qualifying at 193.723 mph for his third pole of the season and the 13th of his Sprint Cup Series career. It’s also the first time he’s won a pole for a restrictor-plate race (Daytona and Talladega) in any one of NASCAR’s three national touring series.
Kenseth’s lap was clocked at 193.299 mph. He claimed his series-leading fourth win of the season last weekend at Kentucky.
All 43 drivers who attempted qualifying made the starting field for Saturday’s 400-mile race at Daytona, which is scheduled to start just after 6:30 p.m. CT.
Report: Warriors reach deal with Iguodala
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors have reportedly signed free-agent swingman Andre Iguodala to a four-year contract.
According to multiple sources, including the San Jose Mercury News and NBA.com, Iguodala will earn $48 million over the length of the deal.
In order to make the signing, the Warriors cleared out cap space by shedding the contracts of forwards Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins and guard Brandon Rush, who were set to earn a combined a $24 million in 2014.
All three players and multiple draft picks — including a 2014 first rounder — have reportedly been shipped to the Utah Jazz.
Iguodala, 29, averaged 13.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game during his only season with the Denver Nuggets in 2012-13.
The nine-year veteran has produced 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game over the course of his career. He spent his first eight seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Yanks’ Jeter cleared for rehab assignment
BRONX, N.Y. — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has been cleared by team doctors and will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday.
Jeter is scheduled to play at least five innings at shortstop in his first appearance. The 13-time All-Star has not played for New York this season while recovering from a broken ankle he suffered during Game 1 of last year’s American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers.
Despite the entire team being ravaged by injuries, the Yankees have managed a 46-39 start to the 2013 campaign without their captain, but have sorely missed his production.
Jayson Nix, who has received the bulk of the playing time at shortstop, was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday with a hamstring injury and has hit .236 with 20 RBI in 73 games this season.
A timetable has not yet been announced for the 39-year-old Jeter, who is coming off a productive 2012 season in which he hit for a .316 batting average with 15 homers, 58 RBI and 99 runs scored.
Sagan sprints to Stage 7 victory
ALBI, France — Slovakian rider Peter Sagan won the seventh stage of the 2013 Tour de France on Friday, a 205.5-kilometer ride from Montpellier to Albi.
Sagan outsprinted John Degenkolb and Daniele Bennati to the finish line. Davide Cimolai and Edvald Boasson Hagen rounded out the top five.
Sagan completed Friday’s hilly trek in a time of 4 hours, 54 minutes and 12 seconds.
“This was a show of how strong we are as a team,” Sagan said. “All of our riders were committed to one thing and everyone trusts me now and they are prepared to work hard for me because they know that I want to do well.”
Daryl Impey kept the yellow jersey. He began the day as the only South African rider to wear the jersey as the overall leader.
Veteran American rider Christian Vande Velde pulled out after being caught up in an early crash.
Saturday’s eighth stage is a 194-kilometer ride from Castres to Ax 3 Domaines.