Dixon delivers fastest time
tOrONtO — Scott Dixon has posted the fastest time in practice at the Honda Indy.
the New Zealand driver, who leads the IndyCar points standings, notched the top lap time of 59.07 seconds.
Takuma Sato of Japan had the second-best time of 59.51.
Marco Andretti finished third at 59.52.
James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ont., had the best result among Canadians with the 10th-best time of 59.81. Robert Wickens of Guelph put in a top run of 59.98 for 13th and Zachary Claman De Melo of Montreal clocked in at 101.18 to finish 23rd and last. the race goes Sunday.
It has been nearly
10 years since Paul
Godfrey brokered a deal to secure $2 million in provincial and municipal subsidies to help bring the toronto Indy back from the dead.
While it returned to the city after a one-year hiatus in 2009, there has been a lukewarm response from fans.
the race routinely attracted more than 70,000 people and about 170,000 over the course of three days during the 1990s and early 2000s, but the turnout figures to be far lower this weekend for the Honda Indy.
Godfrey, president and CEO of the Postmedia Network, feels the race has “somewhat lost its charm” in the years since he and seven-time toronto Indy champion Michael Andretti helped secure funding to revive it.
“I know Honda (the main sponsor) is trying their best to get that to happen and hopefully it will. Because it’s a great sport and it’s a great event, and I’d love to see it get back to the excitement of yesteryear.”
HEARN GRABS PGA LEAD
Canadian David Hearn has the clubhouse lead at the John deere Classic.
Hearn shot a 7-under 64 in the second round to go to 12 under at the PGa tour event. the 39-year-old from Brantford, Ont., was one of the final golfers in the morning wave, meaning he’ll have to sit tight to see where his score puts him at the end of the round.
Hearn had four birdies on the back nine to vault up the leaderboard.
HENDERSON IN LPGA LEAD
SylVaNIa, Ohio — Canadian
Brooke Henderson has struggled in her past two appearances at the Marathon Classic.
the 20-year old from Smiths Falls, Ont., finds herself tied for the lead after two rounds of the tournament following a bogeyfree 5-under par 66 on Friday to move into a tie with Caroline
Hedwall. Both are at 9-under
133 through 36 holes.
“It’s just fun to be in contention again and to see your name at the top of the leaderboard, it’s exciting, and hopefully good things will happen,” Henderson said.
Henderson, who won earlier this season in Hawaii and has six career victories, missed the cut last year at Highland Meadows and finished tied for 38th in 2016.
She shot a 3-under 31 on the front nine and then birdied the final two holes, both par 5s, to move into a tie with Hedwall.
Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont., is 4-under after a second-round 68 while Hamilton’s Alena Sharp is even. Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que., missed the cut at 1-over.
DeMarco Murray is retiring from the NFl.
the 2014 Offensive
Player of the year made the announcement four months after being released by the tennessee titans.
Murray, 30, lost his job to
Derrick Henry last season. He ran for 659 yards and six touchdowns last season, dealt with a knee injury late in the year, and missed the titans’ final regular-season game and two playoff contests.
GROENEWEGEN’S TOP CYCLE
CHartrES, France — dutch rider Dylan Groenewegen beat favourites Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan in a sprint to win the longest stage of the tour de France on Friday.
Four-time champion Chris
Froome and the other favourites finished in the main pack on Stage 7, which — unlike earlier sprinting legs — was without serious crashes. Greg Van Avermaet held on to the yellow jersey he grabbed in Stage 3 and doubled his lead over Geraint Thomas to six seconds by winning an intermediate bonus sprint.
HEARN Tops at PGA stop