Sports Roundup: NASCAR Qualifying; Furyk Leads PGA; MLB, NFL News

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Ambrose takes pole
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) -- Marcos Ambrose shattered the track record to win the Sprint Cup pole for Sunday's race at Watkins Glen. He turned a fast lap of 128.241 mph, to easily eclipse the mark of 127.020 set a year ago by Juan Pablo Montoya.
It's the third career pole for Ambrose, who has won the past two Cup races at The Glen.
Clint Bowyer qualified second, followed by Martin Truex Jr., AJ Allmendinger and Kyle Busch as Michael Waltrip Racing placed two in the top three.
Max Papis, subbing for the injured Tony Stewart in the No. 14, qualified 29th. Stewart, who has a Cup-record five wins at Watkins Glen, is sidelined with a broken right leg suffered Monday in a sprint car race in Iowa.
Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson qualified 18th.

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) -- Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) hasn't won a major championship in 10 years, but he has a chance to claim the second of his career.
Furyk is the leader through three rounds of the PGA Championship after firing a 2-under-par 68 at Oak Hill. He capped his round with an 18-foot birdie on the tough 17th hole and a clutch putt from the fringe to save par at No. 18.
Furyk is 9-under for the tournament, one stroke ahead of second-round leader Jason Dufner.
It's the first time Furyk has led heading into the final round of a major since last year's U.S. Open at Olympic, where he fumbled away a victory with two bogeys on the last three holes.
Dufner followed Friday's 7-under 63 with a 71. He's one ahead of Henrik Stenson and two better than Jonas Blixt.

(AP) -- The Dodgers made it two straight wins over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.
The Dodgers won for the 13th time in their last 15 games as Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) combined with two relievers on a six-hitter in a 5-0 shutout of Tampa Bay.
Greinke allowed the six hits while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings. Skip Schumaker had four hits after Adrian Gonzalez put the Dodgers ahead with a two-run homer in the first inning.
The Dodgers won easily despite being victimized by the hidden ball trick. A.J. Ellis hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and all three runners moved up as center fielder Wil Myers threw toward the plate.
First baseman James Loney wound up with the ball behind the mound and flipped it to shortstop Yunel (YOO'-nehl) Escobar, who then quickly tossed the ball to Evan Longoria while no one seemed to be looking.
When Uribe took his foot off the bag, Longoria tagged him.

The Braves have fallen one victory short of tying their longest winning streak since the franchise moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966. Adeiny Hechevarria (ah-DAY'-nee ehch-eh-vah-REE'-ah) led off the ninth inning with a triple and scored on Jordan Walden's wild pitch to give Miami a 1-0 win over the Braves, ending Atlanta's 14-game winning streak. Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL'-dee) limited the Braves to just one hit while striking out eight over seven innings but had to settle for a no-decision.
Atlanta wasted a fine outing by Alex Wood, who fanned seven while giving up two hits in six innings.

The Detroit Tigers bounced back with a vengeance after their 12-game winning streak ended last night.
Miguel Cabrera, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter homered as part of a 17-hit attack as Detroit pounded the Yankees 9-3. Cabrera connected for his 35th home run of the season in the third inning off of Phil Hughes. Hunter's three-run homer in the sixth capped off the win and gave him four RBIs for the game.
Anibal Sanchez improved to 10-7 with seven easy innings against a Yankees lineup that was without Alex Rodriguez. Manager Joe Girardi said he was giving his third baseman a day off after he struck out three times in his season debut in the Bronx.
Detroit's lead in the AL Central is a season-best eight games after Cleveland suffered its sixth consecutive loss, 7-2 to the Angels. J.B. Shuck had two hits and two RBIs to support C.J. Wilson, who's 12-6 after winning his fourth consecutive start.

Boston's lead in the AL East is up to three games over the Rays following the Red Sox's 5-3 win at Kansas City. Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-5 and drove in two runs, including an RBI double in the Red Sox's four-run fourth. Will Middlebrooks hit a two-run single after being recalled from the minors earlier in the game.
The Royals lost for just the third time in 18 games.

Texas has taken over first place in the AL West, one game ahead of Oakland.
Alex Rios tripled home the tying run and scored the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice as the Rangers downed Houston 5-4. Rios went 2-for-3 in his first game since Texas acquired him from the White Sox on Friday.
Elvis Andrus (AN'-droos) hit a two-run homer and A.J. Pierzynski (peer-ZIHN'-skee) poked a solo shot in the Rangers' sixth consecutive win.

Jose Bautista and Jose Reyes homered and drove in two to lead Toronto to a 5-4 win over Oakland. Josh Reddick homered twice for the Athletics just hours after hitting three against the Blue Jays, but the A's still lost for the seventh time in nine games.

In other major league finals, Arizona was a 4-1 loser to the New York Mets to fall 6 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West. Zack Wheeler carried a shutout into the seventh inning before Aaron Hill hit a one-out homer to chase the Mets rookie. Wilmer Flores collected three RBIs after fellow rookie Juan Ligares hit a solo homer.

Baltimore's three-game winning streak is over after Hunter Pence hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth inning of San Francisco's 3-2 triumph over the Orioles. Chris Davis belted his major league-leading 42nd homer in the eighth inning, but he also ended the game by grounding out with a runner on first.

Wellington Castillo hit a solo homer and drove in two runs as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5. The Cardinals led 4-3 in the eighth until Darwin Barney hit a two-run double and scored on Dioner (dee-AH'-nur) Navarro's double.

Tyson Ross held the Reds to a run and four hits in seven innings as the Padres earned a 3-1 triumph at Cincinnati. Will Venable homered and scored twice for the Padres.

Jayson Werth was 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored as Washington rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Philadelphia 8-5. Werth hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') added a two-run single while the Nationals were scoring five times in the seventh.

Conor Gillaspie snapped a 4-4 tie with an RBI single in the sixth inning of the Chicago White Sox's 5-4 triumph against Minnesota. The Twins lost despite Justin Morneau's three-run homer and Oswaldo Arcia's solo shot, all in the third inning.

Milwaukee marred Ken Griffey's Jr.'s induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame by scoring six times in the seventh and four in the ninth to clobber Seattle 10-0. Scotter Gennett crushed a three-run homer and Jonathan Lucroy had four hits to back Tom Gorzelanny's seven innings of three-hit ball.

Te'o sidelined
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Chargers say linebacker Manti Te'o (TAY'-oh) has a sprained foot and will sit out this week, including an exhibition game at Chicago on Thursday night. The Chargers say the rookie was diagnosed with the injury after Thursday night's 31-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Te'o was in a walking boot at Saturday morning's practice.
Rookie head coach Mike McCoy refused to say how Te'o was injured. McCoy had said on Friday that no serious injuries were reported from the game and that Te'o was "off to a good start."

Elsewhere around the NFL;
-- Washington Redskins receiver Donte Stallworth is expected to miss the next preseason game with a sore left hamstring. He's been bothered by the hamstring throughout much of training camp, and he aggravated it during Thursday's preseason win over the Tennessee Titans.
-- Bengals receiver Andrew Hawkins will wear a cast for 10 days to try to heal his sprained left ankle, making it doubtful he'll be ready for the season opener. Coach Marvin Lewis says that Hawkins will be evaluated again in 10 days. If he's not ready for the opener Sept. 8 in Chicago, he could be placed on injured reserve with an opportunity to return at some point during the season.