No. 1 seed UM stunned by Providence, 5-4, in NCAA second round
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Johnson easily won a two-lap shootout after a caution came out when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. lost control. Kyle Larson was second and Kevin Harvick third. Joey Logano was the closest Chase finalist to Johnson, finishing fourth.
The race-defining moment came with 10 laps to go when Carl Edwards tried to block Logano on a restart, then got loose before his car went flying into the wall.
The incident knocked Edwards — who was in best position to win the title — out of the race, and left Logano’s Ford with right front damage and pushed back to eighth on the restart.
The race was redflagged, stopped immediately regardless of the cars’ position on the track. The collision caused a delay of 31 minutes and came after a caution that came out with 15 laps to go when Dylan Luton’s car cut a tire.
Window of opportunity. Advantage, Johnson.
“I felt like something was going to happen,” he said, “and I was going to be OK with it.” Cameron Smith A top-ranked, top-seeded, undefeated men’s soccer team with 15 consecutive victories led by three goals with about 20 minutes left at home Sunday against a typically low-scoring opponent … and lost. Providence 5, Maryland 4. “This one is hard to process,” Terps coach Sasho Cirovski said after the game at Ludwig Field. “It’s almost too unimaginable, too unbelievable to see it unfold before your own eyes.” Maryland (18-1-2) led the NCAA tournament second-round match 4-1 before conceding two goals in a 36-second span of the 70th minute, the equalizer in the 75th and the tiebreaker in the 82nd on a corner kick that looped over the head of goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier (Broadneck) and caromed in off the back post. Amar Sejdic scored twice and Gordon Wild and Eryk Williamson added a goal apiece for the Terps, who had not lost in regulation since October 2015. Novak Djokovic
Jimmie Johnson celebrates winning Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 and the Sprint Cup championship.
BOXING: Andrew Ward survived a second-round knockdown Saturday night at TMobile Arena in Las Vegas to narrowly defeat Sergey Kovalev in a battle of unbeaten light heavyweights. Ward took Kovalev’s three titles by winning several later rounds to eke out a 114-113 decision from all three ringside judges.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said Sunday night that Charlie Strong’s future with the Longhorns will be decided after their next game. Perrin called multiple reports that Texas has decided to fire Strong “rumors” and said the coach will be evaluated after the Longhorns play TCU on Friday. Strong is 16-20 in his three seasons and still has two years left on a guaranteed contract that pays him more than $5 million per season. ... Monk Bonasorte, the former Florida State All-America defensive back who was the school’s senior associate director of athletics, died Saturday night from brain cancer at 59. Bonasorte’s son posted news of the death Sunday morning on Facebook.
GOLF: Jordan Spieth sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday to beat locals and Ashley Hall and capture his second Australian Open title at Royal Sydney. Spieth, the former world No. 1, had to sink a par putt on the 18th hole to join Smith and Hall at 12-under 276 after 72 holes. ... Hughes Mackenzie was the third player to miss a putt to win the RSM Classic, so he, Blayne Barber, Camilo Villegas and Henrik Norlander will return Monday morning to Sea Island in St. Simons Island, Ga., to finish a playoff that was suspended by darkness after only two holes. ... Henrik Stenson won the Race to Dubai title for the second time in four years and Matthew Fitzpatrick claimed the biggest victory of his short career at the World Tour Championship. The fourth-ranked Stenson shot a 7-under 65 in the final round in Dubai to earn a $1.25 million bonus as the European Tour’s top player. Fitzpatrick, who got his card exactly two years ago, fired a finalround 67 to finish at 17-under 271, one shot ahead of Tyrrell Hatton, who had a bogey on the final hole. ... Arya Jutanugarn became the LPGA’s Player of the Year after tying for fourth at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., while In Gee Chun is the tour’s scoring champion. Jutanugarn’s finish clinched the Race to CME Globe points competition and with it a $1 million bonus. Chun’s three consecutive birdies secured the Vare Trophy, the season scoring crown that would have gone to Lydia Ko if Chun’s 10-footer on the final hole had missed.
SAILING: Land Rover BAR won the America’s Cup World Series title with a third-place finish in the final race at the Fukuoka regatta in Fukuoka, Japan. Its 512 series points were 19 ahead of second-place Oracle Team USA, the two-time defending America’s Cup champion.
TENNIS: Andy Murray earned the yearend No. 1 ranking and his first title at the ATP final, beating 6-3, 6-4 at O2 Arena in London in the season’s last match. The Wimbledon champion, who replaced Djokovic as the world’s top-ranked player two weeks ago, needed to win to ensure he finished at No. 1 for the first time. Murray had a pair of double-faults in the opening game, but Djokovic struggled after that as he finished with 30 unforced errors.