Matt Kenseth won the pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday's season-ending and championship-deciding race.
He turned a lap at 177.667 mph to claim the top starting spot for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race. He called it "a confidence booster" after his 23rd-place finish at Phoenix last week essentially ruined his title chances.
Kenseth is 28 points behind Jimmie Johnson, who qualified seventh at 176.598. Johnson needs only to finish 23rd or higher to win his sixth championship.
"It's a great position to be in," Johnson said, "but it doesn't guarantee anything. I have to run all 400 miles on Sunday."
Kevin Harvick is the only other driver mathematically eligible to win the title and goes into the race 34 points behind Johnson. He qualified sixth at 176.655 at the 1.5-mile oval. Matt Crafton won the Truck Series title even before the green flag dropped at Homestead-Miami Speedway. All he needed to do was start the finale to secure the title. Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch won the race. Busch also earned the owners' title.
Henrik Stenson moved a step closer to winning the European Tour money title, shooting an 8-under 64 for the second-round lead at the season-ending World Tour Championship at Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Swede was at 12-under 132, a shot ahead of Alejandro Canizares (67). Justin Rose, second in the Race to Dubai, was at 137. Robert Karlsson and Kevin Stadler topped the OHL Classic leader board at 12 under when play was suspended because of darkness at Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Karlsson played 36 holes, shooting an 8-under 63 in the rain-delayed first round and a 67 in the afternoon. Stadler had rounds of 67 and 63 in a 34-hole day. Just 29 players completed the second round. Rory Sabbatini and Chris Stroud were at 9 under. Sabbatini had one hole left when play was suspended, and Stroud had three to go. Anna Nordqvist and So Yeon Ryu each birdied the final hole for a share of the lead with Pornanong Phatlum in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational Nordqvist and Ryu shot 5-under 67 to match Phatlum (69) at 9-under 135 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Lexi Thompson (64), Gerina Piller (65) and Inbee Park (68) were at 136. Michelle Wie (73) was at 142.
Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych won singles matches, resulting in a 1-1 tie at the Davis Cup finals between host Serbia and the defending champion Czech Republic. Djokovic beat Radek Stepanek 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 for his 23rd straight victory since losing to Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open final. Berdych beat Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 at Belgrade Arena. Cristiano Ronaldo headed home the lone goal in the 82nd minute as Portugal edged Sweden 1-0 in Lisbon in a World Cup playoff. The second leg is Tuesday in Stockholm. France's hopes of qualifying took a hit with a 2-0 loss in Ukraine. The IOC released the list of bid cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics -- Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing; Krakow, Poland, and Jasna, Slovakia; Lviv, Ukraine; Oslo, Norway; and Stockholm. The vote is in July 2015. Rampage Jackson's Bellator debut ended when the former UFC star dropped Joey Beltran with a second left in the first round to win by knockout in Atlantic City, N.J. It was Jackson's first mixed martial arts fight outside the UFC banner since 2006. American Ashley Wagner took a commanding lead after the women's short program at the Trophee Bompard in Paris. World figure skating champion Patrick Chan won the men's short program.