Dixon de­liv­ers fastest time

Calgary Sun - - SPORTS -

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.

SPARK­ING IN­TER­EST

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.

MURRAY RE­TIRES

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

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