Hopkins starts fast in rout of Drexel in season opener
No. 23 Johns Hopkins got hat tricks from Ellie McNulty (Broadneck), Maggie Schneidereith (Towson) and Keegan Barger (Notre Dame Prep) en route to a 17-9 win over Drexel in both teams’ season opener in Philadelphia. Hopkins scored the game’s first three goals in an 81-second span early in the first quarter on two tallies by McNulty and one by Aurora Cordingley. AUTO RACING: William Byron won the pole for next weekend’s Daytona 500, giving Hendrick Motorsports the top starting spot for the fifth consecutive year. Byron, the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series rookie of the year, will be joined on the front row by teammate Alex Bowman. ... NASCAR suspended the car chiefs for Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon and Austin Dillon for the Daytona 500 because of repeated inspection failures before qualifying. The drivers were docked 15 minutes from the final practice before the season-opening race. ... Jimmie Johnson won the rain-shortened exhibition Clash at Daytona International Speedway.
BASEBALL: The Pirates and free-agent OF Melky Cabrera, 34, agreed to a minorleague contract worth up to $2 million.
GOLF: Four-time champ Phil Mickelson had six birdies and no bogeys through 16 holes to take a three-stroke lead in the final round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif., before play was suspended because of darkness. The tournament was scheduled to resume Monday morning. ... David Law of Scotland and Celine Boutier of France won the men’s and women’s titles at the Vic Open in Barwon Heads, Australia. The event was co-sponsored by the European and LPGA tours. It was Law’s and Boutier’s first career victories. ... Bernhard Langer claimed a fivestroke victory at the Oasis Championship in Boca Raton, Fla. It was Langer’s 39th career PGA Tour Champions title.
SKIING: In the final race of her career, Lindsey Vonn won bronze in the downhill at the world championships in Are, Sweden. Vonn, 34, finished 0.49 seconds behind winner Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia. Corinne Suter of Switzerland was 0.23 seconds behind Stuhec and took silver. Vonn, 34, finished her career with three Olympic medals (one gold, two bronze), eight worlds championship medals (two gold, three silver, three bronze), four World Cup overall titles and 82 victories in Cup races.
SOCCER: Sergio Aguero recorded a hat trick to help defending English Premier League champ Manchester City rout visiting Chelsea 6-0. It was Chelsea’s worst loss in 28 years. City regained the top spot in the league standings, overtaking Liverpool on goal differential. ... Defending La Liga champ Barcelona settled for a scoreless draw against visiting Athletic Bilbao. Barca holds a six-point lead over Real Madrid, which moved past Atletico Madrid into second with a 3-1 win in the capital derby Saturday. ... Paris Saint-Germain announced that striker Edinson Cavani will miss at least the first leg of the club’s Champions League last-16 match against Manchester United on Tuesday after damaging a tendon in his right hip during the Ligue 1 leader’s 1-0 win over Bordeaux on Saturday. PSG also will be without striker Neymar (foot).
TENNIS: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat No. 7 seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-2 in an all-French final at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. It was Tsonga’s 17th career ATP title and his first since Oct. 2017. Herbert fell to 0-3 in ATP singles finals. ... No. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia beat Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 6-4, 6-3 to win the Sofia Open in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was Medvedev’s fourth career ATP title. ... The U.S. fell to Australia 3-2 in a Fed Cup first-round tie in Asheville, N.C.