Popoy atop PelicanWomen’s Championship ELSEWHERE
Women’s British Open winner Sophia Popov left top-ranked playing partner Jin YoungKo and everyone else behind in the Pelican Women’s Championship in Belleair, Fla.
Popov shot a 6-under 64 in windy conditions to take a two-stroke lead over Ashleigh Buhai, with Ko eight shots behind after a 72 in her first LPGA Tour start of the year.
Popov birdied the last five holes for a front-nine 29, then cooled off on the back with two birdies and two bogeys— the last on the par-4 18th.
♦ NASCAR’S Truck Series will return to Watkins Glen International next summer for the first time in just over two decades. The race will be held Saturday, Aug. 7 and will be part of a doubleheader with the Xfinity Series. The weekend will be capped by the Cup Series race on Sunday. It’s the first time that all three of NASCAR’s national series will compete on a single weekend at The Glen, located in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.
♦ American triple jumper Omar Craddock was suspended in another case related to missing doping tests. The Athletics Integrity Unit said the Pan American Games champion has been charged for whereabouts violations and is under provisional suspension awaiting a hearing.