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POSTED July 28, 2013 10:04 p.m.


u NC SUSPENDS HAIRSTON AFTER TRAFFIC CITATION: CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina suspended leading scorer P.J. Hairston indefinitely Sunday night, hours after state police pulled him over for driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone.

Team spokesman Steve Kirschner announced the junior guard’s suspension in a three-sentence statement.

It marked the latest off-court misstep for Hairston, who had been cited twice in the span of a month while driving a rental vehicle linked to a convicted felon. Authorities dropped one set of those charges last week.

This time, Hairston was cited for speeding and careless and reckless driving Sunday afternoon after the North Carolina Highway Patrol pulled him over on southbound Interstate 85 near Salisbury, 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon said.

Hairston, who was driving a 2008 Acura, was cited and released, and faces an Aug. 30 court date in Rowan County, Gordon said.

Hairston previously was cited for speeding in a 2012 Camaro on May 13 in a vehicle that was rented under a woman’s name sharing the home address of Haydn Patrick “Fats” Thomas.

Thomas’ name also appears on rental records for the 2013 GMC Yukon that Hairston was driving on June 5 when he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license at a checkpoint in Durham, N.C.


u RON CAPPS WINS AGAIN AT SONOMA:  SONOMA  (AP) — Ron Capps raced to his second Funny Car victory of the season Sunday for his fourth career win in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

The Californian powered his Dodge Charger to a 4.085-second run at 307.79 mph to hold off 15-time season champion John Force in the final. Capps moved to second in the season standings.

“This place has a lot of great memories,” said Capps, the Sonoma Raceway winner three of the last four seasons. “We have a big NAPA presence here and were the only Don Schumacher Racing team car in the final. No pressure, right? I try to stay humble. I have a lot of great people behind me to keep me focused. I think we can accomplish that goal of getting to the top.”

Shawn Langdon won the Top Fuel final, Vincent Nobile topped the Pro Stock field, and Hector Arana Jr. won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Langdon raced to his fourth victory of the season and fifth of his career, beating Morgan Lucas with a 3.920 at 240.47. Langdon extended his points lead to 102 over second-place Spencer Massey.


u ROSS, KESSY WINS WORLD SERIES CUP FINAL: LONG BEACH  (AP) — Olympic silver medalists April Ross and Jennifer Kessy beat top-ranked Brazilians Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima 15-21, 21-18, 17-15 on Sunday in the inaugural World Series Cup final.

Ross and Kessy won after finishing 16th in the FIVB Grand Slam.

“It feels good that our name will be the first on that cup forever. It will be nice to see my name on that cup when I come watch this tournament in 20 years,” Kessy said. “There’s a million FIVB tournaments, but this World Series Cup, being in the U.S. and the first time, it’s something special.”

The Brazilians won the FIVB Grand Slam event on Friday.


u JOHN ISNER WINS ATLANTA OPEN: ATLANTA (AP) — There’s something special about Atlanta for John Isner, and the 6-foot-10 former University of Georgia star is something special in tiebreakers.

The top-seeded Isner beat 6-foot-8 South African Kevin Anderson 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) on Sunday to win the Atlanta Open in the tallest final in ATP Tour history. Anderson was seeded second.

The pro-Isner crowd had to sweat during the longest tour final — 2 hours, 54 minutes — this season.

Nobody should have been surprised that it came down to tiebreakers.

“This is a tournament where I could have been out in my first match. I lived on the edge all week, and seemed to come through for the good every time,” Isner said after winning two of three tiebreakers to push his ATP-best tiebreaker record to 26-7. “It feels good to be on the right side.”

Isner played at least one tiebreaker in all four of Atlanta matches (seven total), and he played at least one tiebreaker in 11 of 13 matches prior to Atlanta, 17 overall.

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