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AU­TOS: Gra­ham Ra­hal posted the fastest lap dur­ing prac­tice for the In­di­anapo­lis 500 while JR Hilde­brand hit the wall in the first crash of the week. Ra­hal, 29, reached 226.047 mph. He was sec­ond-to-last a day ear­lier at 222.102 mph. Tony Kanaan was sec­ond-fastest around the 2.5-mile oval at 225.896.

GOLF: Marc Leish­man shot 10-un­der 61 on the new links-style Trin­ity For­est course to take the first-round PGA lead in the AT&T By­ron Nelson. Jor­dan Spi­eth was eight shots back in his home­town event, which re­turned to Dal­las af­ter 35 years at the TPC Four Sea­sons in sub­ur­ban Irv­ing. De­fend­ing champion Billy Horschel shot 68. … An­nie Park turned a blis­ter­ing stretch on the back nine into a mis­take-free 6-un­der 65 and a share of the first-round lead on a crowded LPGA leader­board at the Kingsmill Cham­pi­onship in Wil­liams­burg, Va. Jes­sica Korda, Aza­hara Munoz, In Gee Chun and Jaye Marie Green also shot 65. Park is play­ing in just her third tour event of the sea­son and seek­ing her first career vic­tory.

ICE HOCKEY: Patrick Kane scored two goals to lift the United States to a 3-2 win over the Czech Repub­lic in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the world cham­pi­onship while Canada beat Russia 5-4 in over­time. Kane claimed the third-pe­riod win­ner to take the out­right lead in the scor­ing ta­ble on 19 points, a U.S. record, with eight goals and 11 as­sists and set up a semi­fi­nal against de­fend­ing champ Swe­den or Latvia on Satur­day. The United States is look­ing for its first medal since bronze in 2015. TEN­NIS: Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal me­thod­i­cally wore down De­nis Shapo­valov 6-4, 6-1 to reach the Ital­ian Open quar­ter­fi­nals. Four-time Rome win­ner No­vak Djokovic reached his first quar­ter­fi­nal of the year with a 6-1, 7-5 vic­tory over Al­berto Ramos-Vi­no­las.

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