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Dixon equals Andretti with 52nd Indycar win

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Scott Dixon had been waiting more than a year to join Mario Andretti in second place on Indycar’s career wins list.

The only one ahead of him now

is A.J. Foyt.

The six-time series champion snapped a 22-race winless streak Sunday in Toronto when he held off pole sitter Colton Herta and

Felix Rosenqvist on a late restart to win in the series’s return to Canada following a three-year hiatus.

Dixon’s 52nd career win came more than 21 years after his first triumph in Pennsylvan­ia — the only one of his career that did not come with Chip Ganassi Racing — and puts him in some rarefied air. The next victory will move Dixon past Andretti and continue the climb toward Foyt, who holds a record that may never be broken with 67 career wins.

“It’s amazing. Honestly, to be close to Mario — every time I’m asked these questions, I’m so thankful we still have A. J. and him in the pits,” Dixon said. “It’s just fantastic. It’s huge, man. I feel so lucky to be part of this group.”

Herta, who tested for Mclaren in Formula 1 last week, finished second for Andretti Autosport. Rosenqvist was third, Graham Rahal was fourth, and Marcus Ericsson finished fifth to pad his points lead.

“It was a very good day for us,” Ericsson said. “We had a good plan, a good strategy. The crew did a great job.”

Just not as good as his Ganassi teammate.

Dixon qualified second and spent the day running up front despite creative fuel and tire strategies as teams jockeyed for track position early in the race. And the New Zealander, who turns 42 on Friday, was still out front when Jimmie Johnson and

Kyle Kirkwood tangled to bring out the final caution and force a restart with 18 laps to go.

Dixon quickly opened a twosecond gap on Herta and never relinquish­ed it, cruising to his fourth career win at Toronto. His first win anywhere since May 2021 at Texas extended his record streak of at least one every year since 2004.

It also shoved Dixon into the thick of the points race; a seventh championsh­ip would match Foyt for the most in history. . . .

Julia Vaizer, an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, will become the first female medical chief for Indycar and Indianapol­is Motor Speedway when she takes over next season.

Vaizer has spent the past year assisting Geoffrey Billows, the series’s longtime medical director, who announced during the driver’s meeting for the race in Toronto that he will be stepping down. . . .

Leah Pruett raced to her first Top Fuel victory for Tony Stewart Racing, powering past Shawn Langdon in the final of the NHRA Mile-high Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.

Pruett, who is married to Tony Stewart, had a 3.884-second run at 316.38 mph in the final for her 10th career victory and second at Bandimere.

PRO BASKETBALL

Guard Kentavious CaldwellPo­pe signed a multiyear contract extension with the Denver Nuggets.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Denver Post and ESPN reported the extension is for two years and $30 million, with the second year a player option. The 29-year-old is due to make $14 million in the upcoming season, the final year on his existing contract.

The Nuggets acquired Caldwell-pope and guard Ish Smith in a July 6 swap that sent guard Monte Morris and swing man Will Barton to the Washington Wizards.

Caldwell-pope spent one season in Washington, averaging 13.2 points — his highest figure in four years — 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 77 games.

TENNIS

Fourth-seeded American

Maxime Cressy rallied to win his first ATP Tour title, beating No. 3 seed Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), in the Hall of Fame Open in Newport, R.I.

After knocking out four-time Newport champ John Isner in the semifinals a day earlier, the 25-year-old Cressy overcame a rough start that saw him only get 42 percent of his first serves in during the opening set. It was his third career ATP final.

The tourney — the only one played on grass courts in North America — is held in conjunctio­n with induction ceremonies into the Internatio­nal Tennis Hall of Fame. Australian great Lleyton Hewitt, 41, part of the Class of 2021, was enshrined on a side court Saturday evening.

“It’s an incredible feeling winning my first title,” said Cressy, who injured his left knee and had to take an injury timeout before the final point of the third set.

The 6-foot-6 Cressy raced toward the sideline, trying to make a return, when he stumbled to the ground and rolled over. He got up flexing his knee, walking near his chair for a bit before a trainer was called out. . . .

Francisco Cerundolo picked up his first ATP title by notching a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 victory over Argentine countrymat­e

Sebastian Baez to win the Nordea Open in Bastad, Sweden.

Cerundolo saved nine of 10 break points while dispatchin­g the eighth-seeded Baez. The 23-year-old is forecast to break into the top 30 in the rankings for the first time.

After losing the first game of the second set, Cerundolo won the next five games to seize control.

GOLF

Chez Reavie won the Barracuda Championsh­ip in Truckee, Calif., holding on in the breezy final round of the PGA Tour’s lone modified Stableford scoring event for his third tour title.

Six points ahead entering the day, Reavie had a six-point round for a one-point victory over Alex Norén on Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood layout.

The 40-year-old Reavie became the first PGA Tour winner 40 or over since Lucas Glover a year ago in the John Deere Classic. He finished with 43 points.

“I’ve been working hard,” Reavie said. “I’ve been hitting the ball, and I knew I could do it. I just kept grinding, and here we are.”

With the event also sanctioned by the European tour, Reavie earned spots on both tours through the 2024 seasons.

Reavie had four birdies and two bogeys Sunday. Players get five points for an eagle and two for a birdie, while a point is deducted for a bogey and three taken away for a double bogey or worse.

HOCKEY

St. Louis Blues defenseman Niko Mikkola signed a one-year contract worth $1.9 million.

Mikkola, 26, recorded three goals and 10 assists in 54 games last season. The 6-foot-4, 209-pound Finland native has totaled four goals and 13 assists in 89 career games. . . .

Forward Mattias Janmark signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Janmark, 29, recorded nine goals and 16 assists in 67 games last season with the Vegas Golden Knights.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Ohio State landed a commitment from Jelani Thurman of Georgia, a top-10 tight end in the Class of 2023.

The addition of Thurman, ranked ninth in the nation by the 247Sports composite, allowed the Buckeyes to overtake Notre Dame for the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation.

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