Har­vick avoids trou­ble, wins at Indy

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS -

Kevin Har­vick turned up the heat on Denny Ham­lin late in the Brick­yard 400. And on a cool­ing track, Ham­lin’s worn tires sim­ply gave out.

With the sun set­ting Sun­day over In­di­anapo­lis Mo­tor Speed­way and Ham­lin seven laps from vic­tory, he went ca­reen­ing into the first turn wall, and Har­vick beat Matt Kenseth off the fi­nal restart to pull away.

“We knew he was re­ally close on tires so [crew chief] Rod­ney [Childers] said on the ra­dio to keep the pres­sure on him,” Har­vick said. “It’s the Brick­yard, this is what I grew up want­ing to do so to come here and win for the third time is some­thing I couldn’t have dreamed up.”

Har­vick won for the 53rd time to move within one of ty­ing Lee Petty for 11th on NASCAR’s ca­reer list.

For the third race in a row, Har­vick and Ham­lin were in a league of their own.

Un­til the stun­ning twist as the sun was set­ting over the his­toric 2.5-mile oval, it looked is if Har­vick and Ham­lin would sweep the top two spots for the third con­sec­u­tive race.

♦ Valt­teri Bot­tas won a chaotic sea­sonopen­ing Aus­trian Grand Prix in Spiel­berg, a race that saw For­mula One cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton fin­ish fourth af­ter get­ting a late time penalty.


DeChambeau wins with birdie binge

With jaw-drop­ping drives and some clutch putts, Bryson DeChambeau won the Rocket Mort­gage Clas­sic in Detroit by three strokes for his first vic­tory of the sea­son and sixth over­all. He be­came the first PGA Tour player since 2004 to lead a tour­na­ment in driv­ing dis­tance, along with shots gained off the tee and putting.

DeChambeau shot a 7-un­der 65, birdieing four of the first seven holes and clos­ing with three straight. He fin­ished at a ca­reer-best 23-un­der 265. Matthew Wolff (71) was sec­ond. He started the day with a three-shot lead and hurt his chances with five bo­geys over his first 10 holes.


NHL passes pro­to­cols hur­dle

Deputy Com­mis­sioner Bill Daly said that the NHL and NHL Play­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion have agreed on pro­to­cols to re­sume the sea­son. Daly said the sides are ne­go­ti­at­ing a col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment ex­ten­sion. A CBA ex­ten­sion is still cru­cial to the process, and the league’s board of gov­er­nors and play­ers’ ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee and full mem­ber­ship must ap­prove that and the re­turn to play pro­to­cols to bring hockey back this sum­mer.

♦ The Bucks have closed their prac­tice fa­cil­ity af­ter the team’s Fri­day round of test­ing for the coro­n­avirus. The team does not plan to re­open it be­fore leav­ing for Florida on Thurs­day.

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