Greg Biffle took the pole. Kyle Busch took the heat.

Biffle held off the Busch brothers, turning a lap of 155.219 mph on Friday at Dover International Speedway to take the top spot and bolster his bid to drive the No. 16 Ford to his first victory of the season.


Greg Biffle took the pole. Kyle Busch took the heat.
Biffle held off the Busch brothers, turning a lap of 155.219 mph on Friday at Dover International Speedway to take the top spot and bolster his bid to drive the No. 16 Ford to his first victory of the season.
Kurt Busch was second at 153.971, and points leader Kyle Busch was third at 153.767 on the 1-mile concrete track.
Kyle Busch has proven he can succeed in any level and is having a fantastic overall season. He leads the Sprint Cup series by 94 points over Jeff Burton and won a combined nine times this season in the Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series. What bothers some drivers in the Cup series is Busch’s sometimes obnoxious attitude.

UCLA leads
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Kevin Chappell shot a 4-under par 68 Friday to help UCLA take a four-stroke lead over Clemson and Washington after the third round of the NCAA men’s Division I golf championship.
The tournament ends Saturday with the top 15 teams playing for the title.
UCLA put itself in contention for the championship with a three-round total of 888 on Purdue’s 7,450-yard, par-72 Kampen Course, leading Clemson and Southern Cal by three strokes and defending champion Stanford by five. Ten-time NCAA champion Oklahoma State was in fifth at 895, just seven strokes behind UCLA and four ahead of Florida.

Letter read
DENVER (AP) — A letter purportedly written by a “person of interest” in the fatal shooting of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams says he fired shots into Williams’ limousine when he was killed on New Year’s Day 2007.
The Rocky Mountain News said Friday it obtained the letter, which carries the signature of Willie D. Clark. Denver police have said Clark worked for an alleged gang leader who owned the SUV believed to have been used in the shooting.
The newspaper published a redacted excerpt of the letter reading, “(Blank) might say somethin stupd talk to law enforcements about the death of D-Will (Williams). (Blank) seen me withe gun + shoot out the whip (car).”
Williams, a 24-year-old former Oklahoma State standout, was killed when his rented limousine was sprayed with bullets minutes after leaving a New Year’s party at a downtown Denver club.
No one has been arrested or charged in Williams’ slaying.

Urlacher reports
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Despite apparent dissatisfaction with his contract, linebacker Brian Urlacher showed up for the start of the Chicago Bears’ mandatory minicamp Friday.
“When it says mandatory, you’re supposed to be at those things, so that’s why I’m here,” Urlacher said. “I’m supposed to be here. I’m not trying to send any message. It’s a mandatory team function and we’re supposed to be here.”
Due to his displeasure with a nine-year contract that expires after the 2011 season, Urlacher has not participated in the Bears’ offseason conditioning drills or their voluntary workouts, known as organized team activities. He had also hinted in an Internet report this month that he might miss minicamp.
Players who miss the three days of non-contact drills at minicamp are open to demotion or fines for contract violations.
Brower traded
CINCINNATI (AP) — Right-hander Jim Brower was traded Friday from the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago Cubs for cash.
Brower was 0-1 with a 2.88 ERA and two saves in 17 relief appearances for Triple-A Louisville.
The Reds also sold the minor league contract of right-hander Tom Shearn to Samsung of the Korean Professional League.
The 30-year-old Shearn finally made it to the major leagues last season, going 3-0 in six starts and one relief appearance late in the year. He was 6-2 with a 4.53 ERA in 10 starts for Louisville this year.

Blalock has surgery
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Former All-Star third baseman Hank Blalock had surgery Friday on his right wrist and will be sidelined for at least another month.
Blalock has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 29 due to a torn hamstring. He recovered from that injury, then experienced wrist soreness due to carpal tunnel syndrome.
A cortisone injection earlier in the week failed to reduce swelling in the wrist. Hand specialist Dr. Tom Diliberti then operated.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Blalock will need about 10 days for the incision to heal, then can start baseball activities.
Texas also optioned left-hander Kason Gabbard to Triple-A Oklahoma prior to Friday night’s game against the Oakland Athletics. The 26-year-old was 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA in his first six outings but is 1-2 with a 4.75 ERA in nine starts overall. He was on the disabled list from April 24-May 8 with back stiffness.
Gabbard was involved in a bench-clearing brawl at Seattle on May 8 and bruised both knees. He struggled with his control during his past two starts, walking 12 walks in his last seven innings.