Larson surges to win at Michigan
Kyle Larson took control on a restart with five laps remaining and raced to his second NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season, holding off Chase Elliott on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.
It was the third Cup win of Larson’s career, and his second in a row in Brooklyn, Mich. Larson and Elliott also finished 1-2 at MIS last August. Elliott was second in both Michigan races last year, and again this time. Joey Logano finished third.
Martin Truex Jr. won the first two stages of the race but finished sixth, ceding the points lead to Larson, who started the 200-lap, 400-mile race on the pole as the fastest qualifier.
Ron Capps earned his fifth funny car title of the NHRA season and the 54th of his drag-racing career, winning the Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. Clay Millican won in top fuel, Alex Laughlin in pro stock.
German driver Timo Bernhard led Porsche to a dramatic third consecutive win at the 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race, surging past 19-year-old Frenchman Thomas Laurent to prevent a huge upset by the lesser-category Oreca team at Le Mans, France. 1969, died at age 78. The team did not disclose a cause of death.
Former Jets receiver Eric Decker reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, multiple outlets reported. The Jets released Decker last week after unsuccessfully attempting to trade the seven-year veteran. Decker, 30, underwent hip and shoulder surgeries last fall.
The Emirates Team New Zealand catamaran scored two more dominating victories over Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup final on Bermuda’s Great Sound. The Kiwis lead the twotime defending champions 3-0, and Peter Burling and crew need four more wins to secure the oldest trophy in international sports. Racing resumes Saturday and Sunday.
In tennis, Lucas Pouille of France defeated Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 to win the Stuttgart Open, a pre-Wimbledon grass-court tournament in Germany . . . . Gilles Muller of Luxembourg beat Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) in the Rosmalen grass-crout final at Den Bosch, Netherlands . . . . Unseeded Donna Vekic of Croatia upset top-seeded, No. 8ranked Johanna Konta of Britain 2-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 in the Aegon Open grasscourt final at Nottingham, England.
Former UFC fighter Tim Hague, 33, died in Edmonton, Canada, two days after he was injured when he was knocked out in a boxing match against former Canadian Football League player Adam Braidwood.
The NHL salary cap was set at $75 million for the 2017-18 season, a $2-million increase over last season. The league and players’ union also said the salary floor will be $55.4 million.
In soccer, Confederations Cup title contenders Portugal and Mexico battled to a 2-2 draw at Kazan, Russia, with each team scoring in the last five minutes. In a Group B match at Moscow, Chile defeated Cameroon 2-0.