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Gamble backfires

LOUDON, N.H.—Matt Kenseth pushed Kevin Harvick down the stretch, then took the lead for good when the defending series champ ran out of gas yesterday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the second race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.

Kenseth advanced to the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs and gave Joe Gibbs Racing its fourth-straight win.

Spieth wins FedEx Cup

ATLANTA—Jordan Spieth didn’t need the Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup, or an extra $10 million to prove anything.

He just played that way.

No matter what happened yesterday at East Lake, his highlight always was going to be the green jacket he won at the Masters with a record-tying score.

The U.S. Open title he won at Chambers Bay only made it better.

Oilers upend Jets

EDMONTON—On paper it looked like no contest but the rookie-laden Winnipeg Jets gave the mainly veteran Edmonton Oilers all they could handle last night.

Matt Hendricks scored the winner on a late penalty shot, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a pair of assists, as the Oilers remained perfect in pre-season play after edging the Jets 3-2.

Mets inch closer

NEW YORK—Jonathon Niese won for the first time in a month and Michael Conforto homered as the N.Y. Mets inched closer to an NL East title with a 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves last night.

Daniel Murphy lined a two-run double and Yoenis Cespedes had three hits as the Mets handed hard-luck Shelby Miller (5-16) his 15th-straight defeat.

Collaros’ season over

HAMILTON—Zach Collaros’ brilliant 2015 season is over.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats confirmed yesterday their star quarterback will miss the rest of the campaign with a torn ACL in his right knee.

Collaros suffered the injury in the second quarter of a 25-18 home loss to the Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday afternoon.

He underwent an MRI yesterday.