AUTO RACING:Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson will start at the back of the pack in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. Earnhardt hit the wall in practice and will go to a backup car. Johnson changed engines. Nelson Piquet Jr. won the NASCAR Trucks Series race in Brooklyn, stretching fuel to the end to beat Jason White.
TENNIS:Novak Djokovic reached the finals of the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio, beating Juan Martin del Potro, 6-3, 6-2, in a reprise of their Olympics match. Del Potro defeated Djokovic for the bronze medal two weeks ago. Top-ranked Roger Federer beat Swiss countryman Stanislas Wawrinka, 7-6 (4), 6-3, in the other semifinal. On the women's side, Li Na defeated Venus Williams, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1, to get to the final.
LITTLE LEAGUE:Matt Kubel baffled Kearney, Neb., bats and Fairfield, Conn., romped to a 12-0 victory. Nebraska plays Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in a consolation game Monday. Ramstein was eliminated by Curaçao, 14-2.
HORSE RACING:Questing posted a nine-length victory in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in New York. Even-money favorite Grace Hall, winner of the Delaware Oaks, was fifth.
SWIMMING: Veteran endurance swimmer Diana Nyad set off on her fourth attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. Nyad was forced to abandon her last attempt in September after jellyfish stings.
TRIATHLON: West Chester's Brian Duffy won at the USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championship in Burlington, Vt., in 1:53:33.
- Staff and wire reports