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WATKINS GLEN, N. .Y. -- There was no slipup on the final lap this time, so Kyle Buschs victory celebration at Watkins Glen International was as sweet as it gets. Bumped aside a year ago by Brad Keselowski on the final lap as they sped around an oil-covered track, Busch held the reigning Sprint Cup champion at bay on a two-lap dash to the checkered flag Sunday. Busch kept his foot on the accelerator a tad longer than usual during his postrace burnout, even sticking half his body out the window while smoke swirled all around and the tires kept churning. "A big sigh of relief, just a deep breath. Whew!" said Busch, who also was victimized two years ago while leading on a green-white-checkered finish and finished third. "I was just trying to take it all in and figure it all out. The last couple of years here have been tough, and today it could have been tough again." Keselowski finished second in this race for the third straight time, and challenged Busch on the final lap, pulling to his rear bumper at one point. There was no bump this time. "We had a shot at it," Keselowski said. "I was going to have to wreck him to really get it, and I didnt want to do that. Theres racing and theres wrecking. Those are two different things. "Everybody defines them a little differently, and I guess thats the code you live your life by. If I was going to take out Kyle, it would have been wrecking in my mind, and theres a distinct difference." Racing can be all about luck sometimes, and Busch couldnt get much luckier than he was on this day. Polesitter Marcos Ambrose dominated the race, leading 51 laps, but his good fortune -- he was seeking his third straight Cup win at The Glen -- finally ran out just past the halfway point of the 90-lap race. Crew chief Dave Rogers was planning to have Busch pit on lap 60, but his crew noticed fluid on the track and brought the No. 18 Toyota in a lap early. Busch was in the pits when a caution flew and Ambrose had to pit under yellow, losing his spot to Busch at the front. "That was a game-changer right there," said Busch, who won from the pole in 2008 at The Glen. Busch held on through a series of cautions over the final 28 laps. Ambrose, who restarted 12th, crashed late trying to make a run with an ill-handling car and finished 23rd. He entered the race with an average finish of second in five previous starts at Watkins Glen and also had won all three Nationwide races hed entered at the storied road course in upstate New York. "Thats just the way it goes," Ambrose said. "We put on a strong showing. It wasnt our day, but weve had plenty of good days here." The field didnt have to worry about five-time Watkins Glen winner Tony Stewart. The man known as Smoke is out indefinitely after breaking two bones in his right leg last Monday night in a sprint car race in Iowa. Stewart, who has undergone two surgeries, saw his streak of 521 consecutive Cup starts come to an end. Max Papis drove Stewarts No. 14 Chevrolet on Sunday and finished 15th. Several drivers had stickers on their cars honouring Stewart with the message: "Get Well Smoke 14." Martin Truex Jr. was third, followed by Carl Edwards and Juan Pablo Montoya. Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and AJ Allmendinger rounded out the top 10. Jeff Gordon entered the race with momentum in ninth place in the points standings after a second last week at Pocono, but his day was ruined early with a wreck on lap 15. The four-time Watkins Glen winner finished 36th and dropped to 13th in the standings with four races to go until the Chase for the Sprint Cup title starts. The top 10 drivers in points and the drivers from 11th to 20th with the most wins earn wild-card berths for the 10-race post-season. Kurt Busch moved into 11th place, just two points behind Truex and only four behind ninth-place Greg Biffle. Ambrose was unchallenged for the lead through the first half of the race, building a margin of nearly 3 seconds over Kyle Busch, who started fifth and was up to second by lap 21. Busch had been unable to close on Ambrose before a red flag flew midway through the race and was focused on the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford in front. "Theyre better," Busch said of Ambrose. "Im trying to figure out where Im getting beat. Hes been driving away." On the ensuing restart on lap 43, Ambrose again sailed clear of the field, building a cushion of 3.5 seconds over Busch as the final pit stops loomed. The complexion of the race changed when Aric Almirola blew a right front tire and slid off course into a tire barrier, bringing out that fateful caution. When the race restarted, Busch was in front with Keselowski third and Ambrose 12th, and the car that had dominated the race out front became just ordinary in traffic, unable to move forward. Nine laps after the restart and struggling, Ambrose had picked up only one spot and trailed Busch by nearly 10 seconds. Truex managed to pass Busch on lap 65, but Busch banged past him in the Inner Loop seconds later and Keselowski followed into second. Keselowski stayed close for a while, but Busch began to pull away just as he had a year ago when oil spoiled his day. "It was a really, really sticky situation last year, and it wasnt all Brads fault," Busch said. "There was oil on the race track, but Brads the one that spun us out. It eventually cost us being able to make the Chase. I figured maybe he could do some of the same again, but he kept it clean today." . The Croatian served 21 aces and hit 42 winners against Sijsling, who double-faulted to give Cilic a 4-3 lead in the deciding set. "All the players, they know me and they were really happy to see me and they were really happy that this is over for me," Cilic said. . Jordan Lynch, the all-purpose Heisman Trophy finalist from Northern Illinois, failed to make it into that exclusive club. . Brett Kulak and Jackson Houck of the Vancouver Giants were each charged with assault causing bodily harm on Aug. 18, according to the B.C. court services. To watch Cheteshwar Pujara walk out to bat is to picture a knight preparing for a joust. His face is helmeted, even against a non-stop diet of spin-bowling. There is that fabric-covered forearm protector as well, and the pre-ball ritual of raising his bat with both hands perpendicularly - probably to settle in on the right grip - adds to the theatre.But his fights do not deal in instant gratification. Pujara is an even-tembered and methodical warrior, which was on display in the Duleep Trophy final. He batted for nine hours to make his 10th first-class double-century. That doesnt mean he was slow, though. Pujara was unbeaten on 256 when India Blue declared on 693, and his strike-rate was an eye-popping 70.52. The innings addressed two aspects of his batting that have been held against him recently - the pace at which he makes his runs, and to a lesser extent, the pace at which he actually runs. It also made sure his side recovered handsomely after a bit of a bad start.India Red had broken through with the very first ball when Pradeep Sangwan prodded Dinesh Karthik to play one on to the stumps. Nathu Singh, at the other end, revved it up and, with a little help from the cracks on the pitch, made serious inquisition of the batsmens technique.While Sheldon Jackson, who eventually scored a hundred too, wasnt altogether comfortable in tackling Nathu, especially off a good length, Pujara almost always had the right response. The recurring image of the morning session was one of him striding forward and meeting the ball, rising off a length, high on the bat or realising it post no threat to his stumps and leaving it well alone. By fully committing to the front foot and keeping his hands soft to account for any sharp deviation or extra bounce, Pujara dissuaded Nathu from persisting with the tricky, in-between length, which can be quite dangerous on a slow pitch with variable bounce.Ever since Indias Test captain Virat Kohli mooted a five-bowler strategy, he has preferred having attacking batsmen who can, theoretically, ensure there is enough time to take 20 wickets. Pujaras strike-rate, along with a slight dip in form, was seen to be at odds to achieving this end, and as a result he found himself out of the side in Sydney and in Fatullah last year. He also had to deal with being omitted for the St Lucia Test last month to accommodate Rohit Sharma.Pujara, who had made 16 off 67 balls and 46 off 159 balls in his last two innings in the Caribbean, began the home season by scoring 166 at a strike-rate of almost 60 against India Green earlier this week. He went one better in this innings, reaching 50, 100 and 200 - not to mention his 10,000th first-class run as well - through boundaries.In scoring at the rate he did, he also stayed true to his batting template of initial caution before sustained acceleration. From 96 off 150 balls, he moved to 150 off 226 balls, slowed down a touch to reach 201 off 303 balls before accelerating again.There were signs typical of any Pujara knock - bottom-hand enforced drives and cuts, little flicks off the spinners - but there was also something new. It has long been felt that his dodgy knees hamper his running between the wickets but on Sunday in Greater Noida, he was taking the initiative to push Jackson for sharp singles and twos, remaining ever alert to runs off overthrows. He indulged himself a few hijinks in the end, too, attempting the sweep and the reverse sweep, not always convincingly.What required no convincing, though, was that he has made a near iron-clad case to walk out at No. 3 for the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur on September 22.Only one man in the history of Indian cricket has more double-centuries in first-class cricket than Pujara - Vijay Merchant, with 11 - and yet he flies under the radar. He was apparently not recognised by the immigration official at Heathrow on the way back from the West Indies. After Pujara had explained he was an international cricketer, he was asked if he had played alongside Kohli and Rohit.Nevertheless, what should hearten Pujara is the thumping vote of confidence he received from coach Anil Kumble, who was in attendance at the stadium to applaud his innings along with selectors Vikram Rathore and Saba Karim. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '