Brad Keselowski chased down Kasey Kahne in the closing laps to win Saturday night at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

The defending Sprint Cup Series champion, who failed to qualify for the Chase this year, won for the first time since Sept. 30, 2012, at Dover by passing Kahne with nine laps to go in his Penske Racing Ford.

"I didn't qualify well. But I kept working my way forward," said Keselowski, who started 23rd.

With 27 laps left, Jimmie Johnson led. But a debris caution sent the leaders to pit road. Johnson came out in third but had a bad re-start and fell to seventh.

"There was a caution that shook things up," Johnson shrugged.

Kahne placed second, followed by Matt Kenseth and Johnson at the 1.5-mile oval. Kenseth takes a four-point lead over Johnson into next week's race at Talladega.

  • Mark Webber edged teammate Sebastian Vettel to win the pole for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix at the 3.608-mile Suzuka course.

    NBA

    Derrick Rose missed the first NBA game played in South America, sitting out Chicago's 83-81 win over Washington in Rio de Janeiro with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. His absence disappointed the HSBC Arena sellout crowd of 13,635 that chanted his name. The top ticket sold for $915.

    Rose played two preseason games without problems, but coach Tom Thibodeau said the knee flared up in practice Friday.


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    "He wasn't as well as we would've liked," Thibodeau said. Rose hoped to be ready for the Bulls' home game Wednesday against Detroit. "I should be ready," he said.

  • Al Jefferson sprained his ankle against Miami on Friday and is now hoping to return in time for Charlotte's regular-season opener Oct. 30 at Houston.

    Tennis

    Rafael Nadal lost his first match since reclaiming the No. 1 ranking last week, falling to Juan Martin del Potro 6-2, 6-4 at the Shanghai Masters. Defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-5 in the other semifinal. The fifth-ranked del Potro hadn't beaten Nadal since the semifinals of the 2009 U.S. Open where the Argentine went on to win his only Grand Slam title.

  • Roger Federer split with coach Paul Annacone after 3½ years.

    Golf

    Scott Jamieson shot an 11-under 60 to pull within two strokes of leader Paul Waring after the third round of the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura. The 18th player to shoot 60 on the European Tour, Jamieson settled for par on 18 when his 15-foot birdie chip grazed the edge of the cup. Waring (67) was at 16-under 197. Jamieson was 14 under along with Simon Thornton, Jamie Donaldson and Hennie Otto.

  • Lexi Thompson shot a 5-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead in the LPGA Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. The 18-year-old American had a bogey-free round to reach 17-under 196. Ilhee Lee was second after a 70.

  • Russ Cochran shot his second straight 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead at the Champions Tour's SAS Championship in Cary, N.C. The left-hander birdied five of the first six holes en route to a 12-under 132.

    Boxing

    Timothy Bradley did just enough to win once again, beating Juan Manuel Marquez by split decision in Las Vegas to keep his piece of the world welterweight title. Bradley thwarted Marquez's attempt to win his fifth world title by coming on in the second half of the 12-round bout.

    It was the third straight close decision win for Bradley (31-0). He rocked Marquez (55-7-1) with a left hook in the final seconds of the final round, the biggest punch of the fight between the last two boxers to defeat Manny Pacquiao.

    Gay boxer Orlando Cruz lost his bid for a piece of the featherweight title, getting stopped in the seventh round by Orlando Salido.