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    导出博客文章TROON, Scotland -- Phil Mickelson finally gave up the lead at the British Open.
    He knows he could have lost much more than that.Today, Lefty said Saturday
    evening, just outside the clubhouse, could have been a day it got away from
    me.Instead, a combination of good fortune, improvisation and typical short-game
    magic meant Mickelson will head into the final round just one shot behind Henrik
    Stenson at Royal Troon. A sixth major title is still within grasp of the Peoples
    Champion.In a head to head with Stenson that went to and fro Saturday, Mickelson
    shot 1-under 70 for his third straight round under par. He was one of only 13
    players to break par on a day of intermittent showers and gusts of up to 30 mph
    off the Irish Sea.Considering some of the situations he found himself in,
    Mickelson couldnt have asked for much more.On No. 4, a short par-5 downwind that
    played the easiest hole of the day, he drove into thick rough on the right. The
    lie was OK, he chipped out sideways and almost matched the birdie of Stenson,
    which dropped Mickelson out of the lead for the first time since his 14th hole
    on Thursday.On No. 12, Mickelson drove left into the gorse, the ball trickling
    out but settling just beside the branches. He didnt have a backswing, but he
    managed to punch the ball 100 yards down the fairway and got up and down for his
    ninth straight par.Then on No.18, he sent his approach from the light rough into
    the front-left bunker and immediately complained -- with an expletive thrown in
    -- that the click of cameras threw him off. I cant believe that, Mickelson said
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    to interfere with it?His bunker shot came to rest 4 feet from the cup, and
    Mickelson saved par again.The game of golf, it just comes and goes, Mickelson
    said. Most important thing is to find a way to get the ball in the hole, and
    thats what I did ... and thats all that I really care about.Some days its easy
    and it looks pretty, like the first couple. Some days its hard and it looks
    terrible, like it did today. But either way, I shot three rounds under
    par.Mickelson said hed get in a session with swing coach Andrew Getson before
    the final round as he searches for the form he produced Thursday when he shot
    63, tying the lowest round at a major and coming within a lip-out of making
    history.That was followed by a 69 on Friday and now a 70. The scores are getting
    progressively higher for a 46-year-old player without a victory since winning
    the British Open at Muirfield in 2013.That doesnt worry Mickelson.Ive been
    hitting it so good for so long, that I just think one day is an anomaly, he
    said. Hopefully Ill get dialed back in tomorrow.Stenson had the lowest round in
    the field on Friday and Saturday.Its a great opportunity, a great challenge,
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    Nate Robinson has played for seven teams, so beating one of them is no longer a
    rare occurrence. HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- The Latest on NASCARs season finale at
    Homestead-Miami Speedway (all times local):7:03 p.m.Jimmie Johnson has won his
    seventh NASCAR championship.The win ties Johnson with Dale Earnhardt and Richard
    Petty in the NASCAR record books. He did it by holding off defending champion
    Kyle Busch and Kyle Logano on a late restart.The fourth contender in the Chase
    for the Sprint Cup championship was Carl Edwards. His day ended with 10 laps to
    go after he was collected in a wreck after contact with Logano.It was also the
    final NASCAR race for three-time champion Tony Stewart, who is retiring.---6:25
    p.m.Carl Edwards championship chances are over.Joey Logano tried to pass Edwards
    on a restart with 10 laps to go at the winner-take-all finale, but Edwards tried
    to fend off the move to maintain his position.Contact between the two sent
    Edwards hard into an interior wall, then all the way across the track for a
    second hit. He was the most dominant driver of the four Chase contenders, but
    was left with a wrecked race car.Jimmie Johnson benefited from the incident
    because he drove through the wreckage and wound up ahead of the remaining two
    title contenders -- Logano and Kyle Busch -- for the restart.---5:40 p.m.The
    championship contenders are back near the front of the field.Carl Edwards was
    running second with 60 laps to go at Homestead-Miami Speedway, just ahead of
    Joey Logano (third), Kyle Busch (fourth) and Jimmie Johnson (sixth). The four
    finalists were setting the NASCAR season finale up for a frantic finish.Edwards
    and Logano have been the best of the bunch. Busch battled back from a lap down
    -- he pitted out of sequence because he thought he had a flat tire -- and
    Johnson was penalized before the race and had to start at the back of the field.
    Busch and Johnson have been in the top 10, but have yet to lead a lap in the
    finale.Kyle Larson is leading the 400-mile race.- Mark Long.---4:55
    p.m.Defending NASCAR champion Kyle Busch has dropped a lap down in the season
    finale, potentially damaging his title hopes.Busch felt a vibration, thought he
    had a flat tire and pulled down pit road on Lap 137, shortly after the halfway
    point in the 400-mile race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.The unscheduled pit stop
    left Busch a lap behind the leaders. He needs a caution to get back on the lead
    lap.- Mark Long---4:50 p.m.Carl Edwards is halfway to his first
    championship.Edwards was ahead of fellow title contenders Joey Logano, Kyle
    Busch and Jimmie Johnson at the midway point of the 400-mile race at
    Homestead-Miami Speedway. Whichever of the four drivers finishes highest will
    win the championship.Kyle Larson, using the high line to generate more speed
    around the 1 1/2-mile track, retook the lead from Edwards on Lap 126. Edwards
    was second, with Logano fourth, Busch fifth and Johnson ninth.- Mark Long---3:55
    p.m.Jimmie Johnsons pre-race penalty proved to be a minor speed bump in the
    NASCAR finale.Johnson had to start at the back of the 40-car field after NASCAR
    pulled his No. 48 Chevrolet off pit road because of unapproved body
    modifications. Officials determined body panels had been tweaked after going
    through pre-race laser inspection. The car eventually made it through tech and
    was pushed back to the starting grid a few minutes before the green flag.Johnson
    needed just 47 laps to work his way into the top five. Kevin Harvick led most of
    the early laps, with Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch right behind.
    Edwards, Logano, Busch and Johnson are the championship finalists, all vying to
    win it all in the finale.Johnson is attempting to match Dale Earnhardt and
    Richard Petty with a NASCAR-record seven championships.- Mark Long---3:25
    p.m.NASCARs season finale is underway, with pole-sitter Kevin Harvick leading
    the 40-car field to the green flag.The race is scheduled for 400 miles, or 267
    laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The event is filled with story lines,
    including Tony Stewarts final NASCAR race as well as the 2016 championship.
    Finalists Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano are vying for
    the title. Whichever of the foursome finishes highest wins it all.The 36 other
    drivers are expected to give them plenty of space around the track, not wanting
    to affect the outcome.- Mark Long---3:10 p.m.Jimmie Johnson will have to start a
    potential record-tying race at the back of the field.NASCAR pulled Johnsons No.
    48 Chevrolet off pit road after officials decided body panels had been modified
    after going through pre-race laser inspection. The car eventually made it
    through tech and was pushed back to the starting grid a few minutes before the
    green flag.Johnson is attempting to match Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty with
    a NASCAR-record seven championships.- Mark Long--3:00 p.m.Tony Stewart has few
    distractions around him before his final NASCAR race.Stewarts No. 14 Chevrolet
    was barricaded and protected by armed police officers before the season finale.
    His race car was essentially sitting in Turn 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, well
    away from the rest of the field. A banner flew nearby to tell fans where they
    could get a glimpse of the three-time Cup series champion.Its time. Lets go. Im
    ready, Stewart said.The driver nicknamed Smoke was surrounded by team members,
    colleagues and friends -- a stark contrast to Jeff Gordons send-off last season.
    Gordon was mobbed by so many fans that he struggled to get to his car before the
    finale.- Mark Long---1:15 p.m.Jimmie Johnson spent time answering questions from
    kids Sunday before NASCARs season finale, a rrace that could be a record run for
    the six-time champion.ddddddddddddAs expected, Johnson got some odd questions,
    like, Can you dab? and Do you have a big house?Johnson candidly and confidently
    answered them all, showing why he might just be the favorite to win a
    record-tying seventh championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Heres a
    look at the Q&A session:Q: Whats your best championship?A: The first one (in
    2006). I had the least amount of fun because I was the most nervous, but it was
    the starting point. And then tying Cale (Yarborough) with three in a row was
    pretty awesome. But there was a lot of pressure to keep it going. And then 2013
    is when I had the most fun.Q: Favorite track?A: Dover, Delaware (Johnson is a
    10-time winner there).Q: How many trophies?A: Seventy-nine in the 48.Q: If you
    win, will you do a front flip?A: Off the car? Front flip into the pool maybe.Q:
    Can you dab?A: No, I cant. Ive got it all wrong (after doing Usain Bolts To The
    World pose).Q: How much horsepower do the cars have?A: About 900 horsepower.
    More than three times as much as the car you drive in.Q: Do you have a big
    house?A: Yes, way too big.Q: Have you ever won here?A: Not yet. Weve taken the
    big (championship) trophy home, but not the smaller one.Q: Favorite color?A:
    Blue. Its worked out well with my sponsor.Q: Do you think you can get No. 7
    today?A: I feel really good about it. Id pick me.- Mark Long---1 p.m.The Tony
    Stewart tributes are underway at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the three-time
    Cup champion is preparing for his final NASCAR race.NASCARs vice chairman Mike
    Helton thanked Stewart for the character and passion you brought to NASCAR all
    throughout your career.Stewarts career was celebrated in the pre-race drivers
    meeting with a colorful highlight video of his biggest wins, playful banter and
    snippy one-liners. NASCAR drivers and crew members gave Stewart a rousing
    standing ovation.Stewart eventually stood and smiled, waiving in acknowledgment
    at the outpouring of affection.Stewart is just retiring from NASCAR driving. He
    has an ownership stake in Stewart-Haas Racing and will continue to race all over
    the country next year at the grassroots level.You understand, we still invite
    owners to the haulers sometimes, too, Helton quipped.The hood of Stewarts No. 14
    Chevrolet is emblazoned with photos from his championship years and the slogan
    Always a Racer, Forever a Champion.NASCAR added a ceremonial pace lap with
    Stewart leading the field before the race.- Dan Gelston---12:15 p.m.Xfinity
    Series champion Daniel Suarez is getting a lot of attention at Homestead-Miami
    Speedway.Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto congratulated Suarez on Twitter
    after the 24-year-old Mexican became the first foreign champion in a NASCAR
    national series. Nieto tweeted in Spanish to Suarez, and called him a pride for
    Mexico and Latin America.The very first time that I was going to move to the
    States, a lot of people told me it was going to be difficult because I was a
    Mexican driver, and nobody else made it happen in the past, Suarez said. Right
    now, honestly, I can tell that to be a Mexican driver, Latin American driver, is
    something positive.Suarez thanked Nieto for the tweet. He also did interviews
    Sunday, met with fans and signed autographs before the Sprint Cup season
    finale.- Dan Gelston---11:20 a.m.NASCAR CEO Brian France says hes happy with the
    health of the sport. Sweating profusely while speaking at his state-of-NASCAR
    address, France defended sagging ratings and praised his Drive for Diversity
    program. Mexican driver Daniel Suarez won the Xfinity Series title Saturday
    night, becoming the first foreigner to win a NASCAR national series
    championship.France also refused to talk about President-elect Donald Trump.
    France endorsed Trump earlier this year and spoke at a rally for the Republican
    nominee.France says no one wants to hear my political views. I wont be talking
    about it.Speaking four hours before the season finale at Homestead-Miami
    Speedway, France also wished Sprint well. The telecommunications giant is
    leaving NASCAR after a 13-year run as title sponsor of its top series. France
    acknowledged that the search for a new sponsor has taken longer than he
    expected, adding were in a good spot with that, I believe. Well have to see how
    it finally plays out.Monster Energy has most recently been mentioned as the top
    contender to replace Sprint.- Mark Long---11 a.m.Its NASCAR championship day!The
    Sprint Cup champion will be decided Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Jimmie
    Johnson, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards are the finalists racing for
    the title. The best finisher among the four drivers will be the 2016
    champion.Johnson is trying to match Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty with a
    NASCAR-record seven championships. Busch is trying to repeat following his
    remarkable run to the 2015 title. Logano and Edwards are chasing their first
    championship.Its also the final NASCAR race for three-time champion Tony
    Stewart, who is retiring.NASCAR CEO Brian France is set to give a
    state-of-the-sport address before the race. NASCAR crowned its first foreign
    champion Saturday night, with 24-year-old Mexican Daniel Suarez winning the
    second-tier Xfinity Series title.Actors Wilmer Valderrama (honorary starter) and
    Justin Hartley (grand marshal) are among the celebrities on hand for the
    finale.- Dan Gelston---More AP auto racing: www.racing.ap.org ' ' '