one of several crashes Saturday at Talladega (Drew Hallowell/NASCAR via Getty Images)
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Steady rain washed out qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway for Sunday's Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup race. Because of the conditions the field was set based on Friday practice times. That means Carl Edwards will start from the pole, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Marcos Ambrose.
They ran a spirited Friday first practice session because everyone had seen the weather radar and knew the laps might count if qualifying was cancelled.
The winner of the race a year ago was Brad Keselowski, who wound up winning five races last year and the season title.
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Regan Smith won the crash-filled Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway when NASCAR said he was leading at the final caution flag Saturday night.
The race was delayed three hours by rain and slowed by several cautions, and NASCAR cut the distance by 10 laps as darkness closed in on the track. Then Joey Coulter brought out a caution and NASCAR decided to make one attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.
At least 10 cars were jockeying for position in packs of two on the final lap when Brian Vickers was spun hard into the outside wall. Smith, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne raced three-wide to the finish line and Kahne crossed it first.
But NASCAR decided Smith was leading when the caution came out and was the winner.
LOUISVILLE (AP) -- Orb has won the 139th Kentucky Derby with a perfect trip over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs. It's his fifth straight victory.
It's the first Kentucky Derby victory for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey (meh-GAY'-hee) and rising star jockey Joel (joh-EHL') Rosario.
"I'm thrilled to death for (the owners), thrilled to death for the people who put so much time into this horse, and, of course, I'm thrilled to death for me," the 62-year-old McGaughey said after the race.
Orb was co-favorite and went off at 5-to-1. He paid $12.80 for a two-dollar bet. Longshot Golden Soul was second with Revolutionary third.
Orb broke 15th at the start and Rosario avoided the mass rush to the first turn. He was near the back of the 19-horse field on the backstretch but began steadily passing horses. Orb passed Normandy Invasion at the top of the stretch and took the lead inside the eighth pole. His winning margin was two and a-half lengths.
Rosario said of his flawless ride: "I was so far behind and I just let him be calm and let him be relaxed and he was available to do it all."
Orb, the 5-1 favorite, ran the 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.89.
Orb is almost certain to be favored as he chases the second leg of a Triple Crown in two weeks. On May 18, Orb will be at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes. That race lasts 1 3/16 miles, slightly shorter than the derby. There has not been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
(AP) -- -- Jeremy Guthrie ran his unbeaten streak to a club record 17 consecutive starts with a four-hitter in the Kansas City Royals' 2-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Guthrie is 4-0 this year.
Guthrie is 9-0 in his last 17 starts, which started Aug. 8, 2012. Left-hander Paul Splittorff held the Royals' record with 16 straight undefeated starts in 1977-78.
It was first shutout and fourth complete game for Guthrie.
In the rest of the AL:
---- Detroit mauled Houston 17-2 behind a 21-hit attack. Miguel Cabrera homered twice and tied his career high with six RBIs. Max Scherzer won his fourth straight to begin the season, allowing one run on three hits and striking out eight in eight innings.
----Steve Pearce's RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning lifted the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Baltimore also got homers from Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and Nolan Reimold (BY'-mohld).
----How bad are things going for the Toronto Blue Jays? Fans were cheering, "Go Leafs Go," as they watched the Jays and R.A. Dickey lose another game. The Maple Leafs are currently facing the Boston Bruins in an NHL playoff series. Back to baseball, Dickey got roughed up as he lost his third straight start and lost to Seattle 8-1. For the Mariners Dustin Ackley hit his first career grand slam and Michael Saunders homered twice.
-- In Cleveland the Indians won their sixth straight as they stopped Minnesota 7-3. Jason Kipnis continued his hot ways driving in two runs and Scott Kazmir went six innings to even up his record at 1-1. Like Kipnis, Nick Swisher smacked a solo home run for the Indians.
-- Phil Hughes got his first win of the season, pitching eight shutout innings of four-hit ball, in the New York Yankees' 4-2 win over the Athletics. Chris Stewart and Lyle Overbay homered. Oakland has dropped 10 of 15 after opening the season 12-4.
Over in the NL:
---- The Washington Nationals have won a game that Stephen Strasburg started for the first time since Opening Day, even though the fireballer was not involved in the decision. Tyler Moore hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning off Tony Watson and Washington beat Pittsburgh 5-4. Strasburg remained winless since his first start, though. He allowed four runs on five hits. He struck out eight in seven innings.
---- Jon Jay homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth and Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso each hit home runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
-- Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco each had a sacrifice fly in Cincinnati's four-run eighth inning as the Reds beat the Cubs 6-5. The victory guarantees the Reds of their first winning road series of the season, as they beat the Cubs 6-5 Friday. Alfonso Soriano hit a pair of two-run homers for the Cubs, who have lost four of five. It was Soriano's 31st career multi-homer game.
---- Jose Fernandez pitched one-hit ball and struck out nine in seven dominant innings, leading the Miami Marlins over the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 for his first win in the majors.
---- The Mets and Braves were rained out in Atlanta. No makeup date was announced.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls opened a commanding 17-point first-half lead and cruised into the second round of the NBA playoffs with a 99-93 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 7 at the Barclays Center.
The fifth-seeded Bulls were led by Joakim (JOH'-kihmz) Noah's 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks. Marco Bellinelli also had 24 points and dished out six rebounds. Carlos Boozer added 17 points and seven rebounds.
The Nets forced a seventh game by rallying from a 3-1 deficit, but went cold early against the Bulls. Just eight NBA teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-7 series.
Bulls forward Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) missed the game as he remains hospitalized with an illness. The Bulls were also without guard Kirk Hinrich (HYN'-rihk), who missed his third straight game with a bruised left calf.
The Bulls start the second round in Miami on Monday night. The teams split four regular-season games.
(AP) -- Washington took a 2-0 lead over the Rangers in their best of seven Stanley Cup playoff series with a 1-0 overtime win. Mike Green scored the game's lone goal eight minutes into the first overtime session and Braden Holtby turned back 24 shots. For the Rangers Henrik Lundqvist had 37 saves. Game 3 in the series will be played in New York Monday night.
In other first-round series:
---- Toronto has evened its series with Boston at a game apiece with a 4-2 win in the Hub. Joffrey Lupul (LOO'-pul) scored twice. The series now moves to Toronto for the next two games, starting with Game 3 Monday night.
---- Anaheim blanked Detroit 4-0 to take a 2-1 lead in that series. Nick Bonino scored for Anaheim on a second-period power play -- 18 seconds after Detroit's Justin Abdelkader was ejected for a violent hit on Toni Lydman. Ryan Getzlaf, Emerson Etem and Matt Beleskey scored in the third period for the Ducks.
---- Just under way, Los Angeles plays host to St. Louis. They're scoreless in the first period.
Two-way tie entering final round play
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Midway leader Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney share the lead after the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship. Each is 8-under-par, one shot in front of George McNeill.
Kerr has the lead
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) --Cristie Kerr of the U.S. has the lead entering the final round of the LPGA's Kingsmill Championship. She is 10-under-par after a third-round 5-under-66. She leads Suzann Pettersen of Norway and fellow American Stacy Lewis by two shots.
Sauers leads Insperity Championship
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) --Gene Sauers has a two shot lead after two rounds of the three-round Champions Tour Insperity Championship outside Houston. He shot a 6-under-66 in round two and stands 8-under for the tournament. Mike Goodes is alone in second place at 6-under.
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