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Busch wins delayed race

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kyle Busch won for the first time this season to extend a 16-season streak while his penalized teammate missed a chance to secure a spot in the championship in the NASCAR playoff race at Texas that finished Wednesday, three days after it started.

Busch, the reigning Cup champion who is already out of contention for the title this year, finished 0.468 seconds ahead of Martin Truex Jr., his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate who had to go to the back of the field when the race started Sunday because of an illegal spoiler.

There are spots for three other drivers to join Joey Logano for a run at the championship in the season finale Nov. 8 at Phoenix. The only race before then is Sunday at Martinsville, NASCAR’s oldest and shortest track where Truex won in June and last fall.

MLB free agency begins

ARLINGTON, Texas — Major League Baseball’s free agency season began Wednesday when a dozen players were told their contract options had been declined, among them St. Louis Cardinals Gold Glove second baseman Kolten Wong.

The 30-year-old Wong will receive a $1 million buyout. Wong, a first-round pick in the 2011 draft, made his big league debut in 2013 and spent his first eight seasons with St. Louis.

Others cut free included Arizona pitchers Mike Leake and Hector Rondon, Washington right-hander Anibal Sanchez, outfielder Adam Eaton and infielders Howie Kendrick and Eric Thames, Colorado’s Daniel Murphy, Seattle’s Dee Gordon, New York Mets Wilson Ramos, Robinson Chirinos and Todd Frazier, along with Edwin Encarnacion and Gio Gonzalez of the White Sox, Cleveland’s Carlos Santana, Roberto Perez and Brad Hand; JA Happ and Brett Gardner of the Yankees; Texas’ Corey Kluber; Chicago Cub Anthony Rizzo and Pittsburgh right-hander Chris Archer.

The Associated Press


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