Lar­son surges to win at Michi­gan

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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.

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