No. 1 seed UM stunned by Prov­i­dence, 5-4, in NCAA sec­ond round

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gan in 2014.

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.

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