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Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup claimed the race wins at Pukekohe Park on Sunday but series leader Shane van Gisbergen wore the biggest smile, emerging from the weekend with an iron grasp on his first Supercars title. Kerryon Johnson Youth Jersey .The Aucklander lapped up the home crowd affection in claiming the Jason Richards Trophy for best points haul from the New Zealand meet, roaring to a 191-point championship lead with just two races at Homebush to come next month.The 27-year-old said he fought back tears when he realised hed won the weekend prize, named after his late countryman.Its a pretty special thing to win this trophy. No Kiwis done it, he said.Everyone was his friend, he was such a nice guy ... to get it in front of the home crowd was pretty awesome.Van Gisbergen needs only to finish 16th in each Sydney race - or fifth in either - to claim the crown, the first for a Kiwi since Jim Richards in a Nissan in 1991.There was a moment in Auckland when the title race hung in the balance.Desperately seeking any improvement in his championship deficit, Whincup dive-bombed his teammate around the turn eight hairpin, t-boning van Gisbergen.Both Red Bulls spun out of control.Van Gisbergen re-emerged in eighth, steadily climbing through the pack to finish third.Whincup redressed behind his teammate and was served a drive-through penalty, finishing 25th and ceding another huge chunk of points to his sole title rival.If the racing was explosive, the meeting of the teammates in pit lane afterwards was anything but.Whincups apology for his misstep was meek and van Gisbergen quickly accepted it along with the huge advantage in the title race he gained.Team boss Roland Dane told Fox Sports he wasnt surprised to see Whincup resort to the most desperate of measures, given the six-time champion was guaranteed second place in the overall standings.It was going to happen at some point ... Jamie probably felt he had nothing to lose, he said.The six-time title winner said he wouldnt lose hope of a seventh championship until the fat lady sings.Absolutely its going to be hard work, he said, but I never give up. Ill keep my head down until the last race.Van Gisbergen is also refusing to count his chickens.The gap is quite big but weve still got to go there and get a good result, he said.In all, the dominant Red Bulls claimed three one-two results - with Whincup claiming two victories - for the weekend.Winterbottom won Sundays first race after powering from the second row of the grid past van Gisbergen and Scott Pye.I might be old but I do alright off the line, the reigning champion said.Pye went on to finish second, DJR Team Penskes best result in the series in two years.Scott McLaughlin claimed third in race two.The Volvo mans duel with Craig Lowndes for third place in the overall standings will be one of the hottest contests at Homebush.McLaughlin arrived 76 points in arrears to the 42-year-old but cut the deficit to 21 after besting him in three of the four New Zealand races. T.J. Hockenson Lions Jersey . Nathan MacKinnon, Jamie McGinn and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche, who won despite being outshot 38-23. MacKinnons goal, also on the power play, came with just over a minute remaining. Calvin Johnson Lions Jersey . Bryant, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract as a free agent with Cleveland in March, reported symptoms on Monday morning, a team spokesman said. http:///...kenson-black-jersey/ . The return match will take place next Wednesday. Udinese leads Fiorentina 2-1 in the other semifinal. Napoli staged a second-half comeback from two goals down after Gervinhos opener and a stunning strike from Kevin Strootman. SALT LAKE CITY -- This game will get buried in the history of No. 4 Washingtons already special season. If the Huskies make it to the playoff, that means they will have won games with more on the line. If they dont make it to the playoff, no one will remember.Thats too bad, because what Washington did to win at No. 17 Utah, 31-24, on Saturday is what championship teams do. The Huskies won on the road against a ranked team. They won when they took a 14-point lead and gave it up, won when the second-biggest crowd in the history of Rice-Eccles Stadium (47,801) had revved up into full roar on a spectacular fall afternoon.The Huskies won with the nation watching the biggest opportunity on their schedule to demonstrate how good they are. Thats because the rest of the Pac-12 this season is begging to be confused with the mediocrity of the Big 12.Who else in the Pac-12 is going to give Washington an opponent that will earn the Huskies some playoff brownie points? USC, which has won four straight games and lost to Alabama by 46? Washington State, the only other unbeaten team in league play, which lost to FCS Eastern Washington? A possible Pac-12 championship game against Colorado, which is much better but after the past two decades has no street cred?No, after winning their past three games by an average of 37 points, this was the Huskies opportunity, and they seized upon it.You never really know until youre in that situation, quarterback Jake Browning said. We embraced the fourth-quarter fight. Obviously, the blowouts are nice. But you want to pull [these] out. So that was big for us.Brownings stat line wont help him in the Heisman race. He completed 12 of 20 passes for 186 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. That pick, with Washington ahead 14-0 in the second quarter, brought Utah to life. The Utes spent the rest of the first half and nearly the first seven minutes of the second half -- a total of 14:55 -- running 33 plays to the Huskies three, and scoring 17 points to take the lead.Washington hadnt been behind since the second quarter of the Arizona game, four games ago, 252 minutes and 11 seconds on the clock. The Huskies needed exactly six plays to regain the lead, but this game had become a battle. Utah came back and tied it at 24-24 with 9:07 to play.Lets get back to Browning. That interception he threw would be his only glaring mistake of the game. He read the defense correctly and got the Huskies into the right play with an ease and efficiency that belied his sophomore status.And then, with the score still 24-24, and the Huskies facing a fourth-and-8 at the Utes 41 with slightly more than five minutes to play, Browning began a series of five plays that won the game for Washington. He began it with his foot.Washington head coach Chris Petersen didnt send his punt team onto the field. Browning, lined up in the pistol, took the snap and delivered his second punt of the season, a poocher that rolled to a stop at the Utes 1.The defense, which had forced only one other punt in the second half, held Utah to 2 yards in three plays. Safety Budda Baker, who haad stayed on his side of the line of scrimmage for the entire game, crashed forward on first down to nail Utes back Joe Williams for a 2-yard gain. Jahlani Tavai Jersey. Williams quit the team three weeks into the season because he was sore and couldnt take the punishment anymore. He has run for nearly 700 yards in the three games since he returned, getting 172 yards on a career-high 35 carries Saturday. Someone better check on him Sunday.The Utes went no farther, and with the ball on the 3, in came Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky, who had done nothing all day except prove why hes the best in the game. Wishnowsky had punted five times, averaging 53.7 yards per kick, dropping four of them inside the 20, and hung the ball so high that Huskies returner Dante Pettis had a total of 2 return yards.Its hard, Pettis said. That guy is good. He has one of the best legs Ive played against. I was lining up at 50 yards, having to run back 15 more yards to get set up under it and have to drift back even more because the ball would just carry. That one didnt. He was backed up so he didnt have as much time to get set up and kick that ball.Wishnowsky punted it 55 yards, but the ball came out low and hard and never soared like his others. When Pettis caught the ball at the Washington 42, he had time. He ran right, to the wide field, and went backward about 5 yards to evade the coverage.I knew Coach Pete would be mad if I got tackled right there, so somehow I slipped out of it, Pettis said. I was literally, I cant get tackled right now. I cant get tackled right now. Pettis got to the sideline and pivoted upfield. He had a wall of blockers to his left and no red jerseys in sight. Replay showed anywhere from one to three blocks in the back by his teammates, none of which the officials called. The 58-yard touchdown, Pettis second punt return for a score this season, provided the winning margin for the Huskies (8-0, 5-0), extending their winning streak to 11 games.Thats a good football team we played today, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. Theyre talented, they have a terrific quarterback, theyre well coached, theyre solid in all three phases and they beat us.Petersen, who is begrudging in praise of his own team, agreed with Whittingham.I just like it when they answer hard tests, Petersen said. Theyve come out, theyve been ready to play. Weve started fast and got really good momentum going. Thats all fun. Thats fun and thats nice. But I do like it when we get in these hard situations and they have to figure out a way. I think thats going to give us some confidence down the road when we have to do another hard situation.The Huskies must play at defenseless Cal next week. They get USC and Arizona State at home, then go to Washington State for the Apple Cup. The way Washington played Saturday, on the road against a very good team, its easy to imagine that the Huskies will play at least two games after that: the Pac-12 championship and a College Football Playoff semifinal. ' ' ' 
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