June 25 Sports Briefs

Monday, June 25, 2018

World Cup: Kane hat trick leads England in 6-1 rout

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — With the country’s most one-sided World Cup victory, England advanced to the last 16 with a game by spare.

Harry Kane scored a hat trick in Sunday’s 6-1 rout of Panama, giving England its biggest victory margin at the World Cup in its highest-scoring game since 1966.

That previous high-scoring affair turned out well, too, with England beating Germany 4-2 to win its only World Cup title.

Four years ago, England failed to win a match at the World Cup and was eliminated in the group stage. On Sunday, England was taking on a weaker team: A Panama side making its World Cup debut. The loss eliminated Panama and Tunisia, while putting Belgium into the round of 16.

Kane’s three goals moved him into the lead with five at this year’s tournament, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku after two games.

Tennis: Cilic tops Djokovic to

win Wimbledon warmup

LONDON (AP) — Marin Cilic saved a match point on his way to defeating Novak Djokovic 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-3 on Sunday as he claimed a second Queen’s Club title.

The top-seeded Croat first won the Wimbledon warmup event in 2012, but was the runner-up in 2013 and also lost to Feliciano Lopez in last year’s final. Having saved six break points, Djokovic struck with the first chance of his own to clinch a draining 67-minute first set, before a reversal of fortunes in the second.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion wasted an early opportunity to break before Cilic saved a match point at 4-5 and then won six points from 4-1 down in the tiebreaker to level the match. Cilic produced a stunning forehand passing shot on his way to breaking for a 5-3 lead in the decider and then delivered a nerveless service game to close out the match in just under three hours.

Newgarden wins IndyCar race

from pole at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Pole sitter Josef Newgarden dominated the IndyCar race at Road America on Sunday, leading 53 of 55 laps for his third victory of the season.

The defending series champion crossed the finish line with a comfortable 3.38-second cushion over second-place finisher Ryan Hunter-Reay. Points leader Scott Dixon finished third, part of the three-car pack that separated from the field with about 13 laps to go in the road race.

The victory completed an impressive weekend for the Team Penske driver at the 14-turn, 222-mile-long track, where Newgarden’s No. 1 Chevy registered the top speed in in practice.

He returned to the podium following a five-race stretch finishing no higher than eighth, dropping him from first to fifth in the driver standings.

Rookie Justin Haley races to

first NASCAR Truck win

MADISON, Ill. (AP) — Justin Haley won the Camping World Truck Series race Saturday night at Gateway Motorsports Park for his first career victory, pulling away on a wild last restart.

The 19-year-old Haley, from Winamac, Indiana, took the lead when Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Noah Gragson and Todd Gilliland made contact racing for the lead on a restart with seven laps to go.

Haley then held off GMS Racing teammate Johnny Sauter, a four-time winner season, on the final restart with two laps left, with Brett Moffitt spinning near the front of the field.

Haley won in his 37th series start.

Gilliland was second, followed by Sauter, Myatt Snider, Zane Smith, Chad Finley, Jesse Little, Riley Herbst, Cody Coughlin and Gragson.

World of Outlaws sprint car

driver killed in Wisconsin crash

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) — Sprint car driver Jason Johnson died following a crash at Beaver Dam Raceway in Wisconsin, race officials said Sunday. He was 41.

Johnson was injured during a World of Outlaws race Saturday night at the 1/3-mile-long dirt oval, the series said. It said the driver from Eunice, Louisiana, crashed on lap 18 of a 40-lap race while racing for the lead and was taken to a hospital.

The series posted a message Sunday morning on Twitter saying that Johnson had died.

F1: Vettel’s miscue paves way

for Hamilton win in France

LE CASTELLET, France (AP) — Lewis Hamilton capitalized on a mistake by rival Sebastian Vettel to enjoy a wireto-wire victory at the French Grand Prix on Sunday and retake the lead in the Formula One title race.

Starting third behind Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, Vettel tried to use his faster set of tires to make a good start. But the German’s lunge on the inside of the first corner crunched his Ferrari into the back of Bottas, damaging both cars and sending them into the pits for repairs. Vettel emerged with a new front wing and the entire field to fight through, and even though he made quick work of the slower cars he had to settle for a fifthplace finish.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen in his Ferrari crossed second and third to complete the podium at the Paul Ricard Circuit. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth.

Mavs host Billings Tuesday

The Miles City Mavericks’ American Legion baseball doubleheader against the Billings Blue Jays has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Connors Stadium in Miles City.

-Star Staff

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