Kasey Kahne won the pole at Talladega Superspeedway (Ala.), leading a strong group of championship contenders in Saturday's qualifying session.

His lap of 191.455 mph bettered Ryan Newman's 191.145, putting two Chevrolets on the front row for Sunday's NASCAR race.

Kahne is sixth after three Chase for the Sprint Cup races and trails leader Brad Keselowski by 32 points.

Two-time defending race winner Clint Bowyer qualified third. Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was fourth, followed by Greg Biffle as Chase drivers took four of the top five starting spots.

Jeff Gordon was sixth, followed by Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne, Martin Truex Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. in the restrictor-plate race.

In all, Chase drivers took six of the top-10 starting spots. The other half of the Chase field is spread out all the way down to 23rd, which is where Denny Hamlin will start at the 2.66-mile speedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 12th, Matt Kenseth 15th, Jimmie Johnson 17th, Kevin Harvick 21st and Keselowski 22nd.

  • Parker Kligerman pulled away from the field as a last-lap wreck marred the NASCAR Truck Series race at Talladega.

  • Sebastian Vettel won the pole for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix, qualifying ahead of Red Bull teammate Mark Webber in Suzuka.

    MLS


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    Los Angeles star Landon Donovan limped off with a leg injury with 10 minutes left in the Galaxy's 2-1 loss to visiting Real Salt Lake, creating doubt whether he'll be available for the U.S.'s World Cup qualifiers against Antigua & Barbuda (on Friday) and Guatemala (on Oct. 16).

    Donovan said he didn't hear a pop, which frequently accompanies a ligament tears, but the extent of the damage wasn't known. "We have no idea. We have to get it worked out. ... It didn't feel good," said the midfielder, who missed last month's qualifiers against Jamaica.

    Fabian Espindola scored in the 25th and 28th minutes to help Real Salt Lake (17-11-4) beat the Galaxy (15-12-5)

  • Hamdi Salihi scored in the 88th minute to give D.C. United (16-10-6) a 1-0 win over host Toronto FC (5-20-7).

  • Sherjill MacDonald had two second-half goals, lifting visiting Chicago (17-10-5) to a 2-0 win over New York (17-10-5).

  • Jack McInerney converted off a free kick in the 73rd minute, lifting host Philadelphia (10-15-6) to a 1-0 win over New England (7-17-8).

  • Sanna Nyassi scored in the second half, and Montreal (12-15-5) salvaged a 1-1 tie against host Houston (13-8-11).

    NBA

    Kobe Bryant's right foot improved sufficiently to allow the Los Angeles Lakers star to practice. He had missed two practices Friday.

  • Miami's Dwyane Wade will be listed as "day-to-day" for the entire preseason while he works his way back from offseason knee surgery. "I feel good. That'll be coach's decision," he said of the possibility of playing Sunday against Atlanta.

  • Dirk Nowitzki scored just eight points in his return to Germany and Dallas overcame 27 turnovers to beat host Alba Berlin 89-84.

    Tennis

    Novak Djokovic will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of the China Open in Beijing. Djokovic beat Florian Mayer 6-1, 6-4, while Tsonga led 6-1, 4-1 when Feliciano Lopez retired with a wrist injury. In the women's semifinals, top-ranked Victoria Azarenka beat Marion Bartoli 6-4, 6-2, and Maria Sharapova ousted China's Li Na 6-4, 6-0.

  • Milos Raonic ousted Andy Murray 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4) to move into the Japan Open final in Tokyo. Murray had two match points on Raonic's serve in the 10th game of the third set but couldn't capitalize. Also, Japan's Kei Nishikori beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 6-2.

    Mixed martial arts

    Jeremy Stephens missed a nationally televised UFC bout in Minneapolis on Friday night after is arrest on a felony warrant from Iowa. UFC president Dana White said he's been unsuccessful in his efforts to cut a deal to get Stephens out on bail.