Chicago Sun-Times

Byron drives to Vegas victory

- Sun-Times wires

William Byron took the lead on the second-to-last lap of overtime Sunday to win the NASCAR Cup Series race in Las Vegas and put an exclamatio­n mark on a dominant day for Hendrick Motorsport­s.

The top three drivers were from Hendrick, with Byron beating teammates Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman to the checkered flag by .622 seconds.

Byron led 176 of the 271 laps and won for the fifth time in his six Cup seasons.

MLB Phils star Harper to report Wednesday

Phillies slugger Bryce Harper, who is recovering from surgery in November to repair a torn ligament in his right (throwing) elbow, said he will report to spring training Wednesday — about three weeks after the rest of his teammates did.

Harper, who served as the Phillies’ fulltime designated hitter after suffering the injury while playing the outfield last April, said doctors have yet to determine when he will be able to return to action.


Kitayama notches first PGA Tour win

Kurt Kitayama earned his first PGA Tour title, sinking a birdie putt on the 17th hole to break a tie on his way to winning the Arnold Palmer Invitation­al by a stroke over Rory McIlroy and Harris English in Orlando, Florida. Kitayama closed with an even-par 72 for a 72-hole total of 9-under 279.

◆ Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said there is no timetable for guard Ja Morant to return to the team after the NBA launched an investigat­ion Saturday in the wake of Morant livestream­ing a video of himself with a gun on his Instagram feed.

◆ Mackenzie MacEachern scored two power-play goals in the second period, but the Wolves (24-25-3-2) had their three-game winning streak broken in a 5-3 loss to the Moose in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

◆ U.S. star Mikaela Shiffrin failed to match Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 World Cup victories after finishing seventh in a women’s super-giant slalom in Kvitfjell, Norway.

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