Hop­kins starts fast in rout of Drexel in sea­son opener

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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.

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