Hamilton tops Styrian GP for 85th F1 win
Lewis Hamilton won the Styrian Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to clinch an 85th career win and move within six of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.
Most of Schumacher’s wins were during a dominant spell with Ferrari, but his old team is struggling badly. For the second time in the past four races, Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel crashed into each other and went out.
When Hamilton stood on the podium he raised a clenched right fist.
Hamilton’s recordextending 89th career pole on a rain-drenched track was one of his best in extreme conditions, but during the race he was hardly challenged as he finished a sizeable
13.7 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and 33.7 ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Because of social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, the drivers on the podium had their trophies delivered by a remote controlled device.
“What a weird year but (it’s) great to be back driving with this kind of performance. The team did a fantastic job, it was just for me to bring it home,” said Hamilton, who finished fourth last week after a time penalty. “Difficult weekend last weekend but this was a great step forward.”
Bottas won last weekend’s season-opening Austrian GP on the same Red Bull Ring track in Spielberg at the foot of the Styrian mountains.
Yankees: Closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms. New York manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that Chapman “overall is doing well” but “will not be here for the foreseeable future.” ... Hours after Chapman’s diagnosis, slugger Aaron Judge was scratched from a simulated game with a stiff neck. The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year was set to bat second and play right field at Yankee Stadium but was taken out of the lineup shortly before first pitch. The 6-foot-7 slugger had been swinging at full strength for a couple of weeks before reporting for preseason camp last week. Boone said Judge’s neck “locked up“but he doesn’t expect it to be a long-term issue. Brewers: Pitcher Eric Lauer said Sunday that he’s on the injured list because he was in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Lauer said he hasn’t tested positive.
UFC: In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Kamaru Usman retained his welterweight title with a smothering victory over short-notice challenger Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 on Sunday. Alexander Volkanovski retained his featherweight title with a narrow split decision over Max Holloway, and Petr Yan won the vacant UFC bantamweight championship with a fifth-round stoppage victory over Jose Aldo on Yas Island, the UAE tourist destination turned into a secure bubble by the UFC during the coronavius pandemic. Former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas avenged her loss to Jessica Andrade with a split-decision win in their rematch on the UFC’s so-called “Fight Island.” The mixed martial arts promotion will host four shows this month at the arena, with more expected in the upcoming months at its haven from the coronavirus.
Gymnastics: The Orange County Register reported a former USA Gymnastics women’s national team coach has been arrested in Las Vegas and charged with 14 counts of lewdness with a child under 14, according to Clark County inmate records and two people familiar with the case.
Terry Gray, 52, was arrested late Friday night, nine months after he was suspended from the sport for two years by the U.S. Center for SafeSport for sexual misconduct with a minor. College Football: The Albany (Ga.) Herald reported that SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey is uneasy about the upcoming season. In an interview with Marty & McGee on ESPN Radio, the SEC commissioner said his concern for the football season is “high to very high” and admitted “We are running out of time to correct and get things right.” The Big Ten and Pac-12 already have announced plans to play conference-only games. Sankey confirmed the SEC’s deadline to decide on a football season is late July. Basketball: The New York Daily News reported that two Memphis men debated Penny Hardaway’s coaching excellence on July 3 before one of them punched the other in the face and then shot him in the chest, police told local CBS affiliate
WREG. Tyrone Taylor was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree attempted murder and two related gun charges, WREG reported. Hardaway, 48, played at Memphis before his injury-shortened NBA career and has coached the Tigers to a 43-24 record in two years.
Soccer: For the first time since the coronavirus shut down sports and chased away spectators, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were starring in the return Sunday of fans to elite European soccer. “Now it’s for real … we’re back,” Mbappe tweeted before the kickoff of Paris Saint-Germain against Le Havre in an exhibition match. Only 5,000 people were allowed inside Le
Havre’s 25,000-seat Stade Oceane to see the French League 2 club take on PSG’s star-studded squad.
Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning Sunday’s Styrian Formula One Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring racetrack in Spielberg, Austria.
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for coronavirus and is having mild symptoms.