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PRESS BOX: Keselowski wins when Earnhardt runs out of gas

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When Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of gas coming off turn two on the last lap of the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Brad Keselowski passed Earnhardt, took the lead and raced on to the win.

With the victory, Keselowski joined Earnhardt and Kevin Harvick in the win column early in the season, all but guaranteeing slots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship postseason.

Earnhardt was able to coast to a second-place finish. Paul Menard came in third, pole sitter Joey Logano took fourth, and Carl Edwards, who was on the same fuel-saving strategy as Earnhardt, rounded out the top five.

NBA

Miami Heat forward LeBron James on Sunday ditched the mask he has been wearing to protect his broken nose, though he did not have medical clearance to do so.

James said before Sunday's game against the Chicago Bulls that the mask is uncomfortable and that he would not wear it. James wore the mask for four games and removed it in the first quarter of Thursday night's loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

---The Toronto Raptors recalled rookie guard Dwight Buycks from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. Buycks was reassigned to the Jam on March 5.

Buycks has appeared in 13 games for the Raptors this season recording 41 points, 10 assists, 20 rebounds and six steals in 124 minutes.

CBK

IUPU-Indiana fired men's basketball coach Todd Howard. The Jaguars went 6-26 overall and 1-14 in the Summit League.

IUPU, 26-70 in three seasons under Howard, finished the season Saturday with an 85-47 blowout loss to IUPU-Ft. Wayne.
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