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May 29, 2017 - 3:46 am


F1 driver Sato makes history at Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A little history was made at the Brickyard on Sunday.

Takuma Sato became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 as he denied Helio Castroneves (EH'-lee-oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehs) a record-tying fourth victory. Castroneves briefly took the lead in the closing laps but couldn't make it stick. Sato grabbed it back and gave Andretti Autosport its second consecutive win at the Brickyard.

The margin of victory was just over 0.2 seconds and served as redemption for Sato, who crashed while trying to beat Dario Franchitti (fran-KEE'-tee) on the final lap of the 2012 race.

Ed Jones finished third, followed by Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan (kah-NAHN').

It was only the second IndyCar victory for Sato, who won driving for A.J. Foyt at Long Beach in 2013. Sato is a regular driver on the Formula One circuit.

An Andretti driver has now won the 500 three times in the last four years, and five times since the late Dan Wheldon captured the 2005 race.

Fernando Alonso had a spectacular race before falling victim to his engine late in the race.

Pole-sitter Scott Dixon suffered an ankle injury in a spectacular crash, one of several wrecks that left just 19 cars on the track at the end of the race.


Dillon takes NASCAR's longest race

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — A late gamble allowed Austin Dillon to win NASCAR's longest race, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Dillon finished ahead of Kyle Busch after staying out instead of pitting late in the race. It was Dillon's first NASCAR Cup victory and returned the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet to victory lane.

Defending champion Martin Truex Jr. was third after leading 233 of 400 laps. Truex won the second stage shortly after a restart following a 100-minute rain delay. Busch took the first stage and Denny Hamlin captured the third.

Jimmie Johnson was looking for a record-tying fifth Coca-Cola 600 win, but he ran out gas while leading with two laps remaining.


Astros deal O's 7th straight loss

UNDATED (AP) — There was a time this season when the Baltimore Orioles owned the best record in the majors. The Orioles now own a seven-game losing streak after dropping three straight to the best current team in the majors.

George Springer homered while the Houston Astros put together a six-run second in an 8-4 pounding of the Birds. The Astros trailed 3-0 in the second until Marwin Gonzalez hit a two-run double and scored on Yuli Gurriel's (YOO'-lee gur-ee-EHLZ') double.

Lance McCullers was reached for two earned runs and five hits while striking out eight over six innings. McCullers improved to 6-1 with his fourth straight win.

Houston is 35-16 following its fourth consecutive win.

The Orioles have been outscored 38-17 during a skid that has dropped them to 25-23.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Aaron Judge tied Angels outfielder Mike Trout for the major league home run lead by slamming his 16th of the season, a grand slam in the Yankees' 9-5 victory against Oakland. Michael Pineda (pih-NAY'-duh) is 6-2 after winning his third consecutive start, tossing six innings of three-hit ball. Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who lead the majors with 49 errors after committed two more on Sunday.

— Boston's six-game winning streak is finished after Christian Bergman scattered four hits over seven innings of Seattle's 5-0 shutout of the Red Sox. Bergman was aided by four double plays from his infielders before three relievers completed the combined five-hitter. Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') smacked a two-run homer and Guillermo Heredia (hih-REH'-dee-uh) added a solo shot as the Mariners won for just the second time in nine games.

— The Rockies doubled up the Cardinals 8-4 as German Marquez pitched into the sixth inning and Gerardo Parra slammed a three-run homer. Tony Wolters hit a two-run single in a four-run eighth that put the Rockies ahead 8-3. The Rockies improved to a National League-best 33-19 despite homers by Jedd Gyorko (JUR'-koh), Greg Garcia and Tommy Pham.

— Cody Bellinger and Kike (KEE'-kee) Hernandez clubbed three-run homers as the Dodgers thumped the Cubs, 9-4 to complete a three-game sweep of the World Series champs. Jon Lester and Clayton Kershaw were rocked for 10 runs and 18 hits in a combined 7 2/3 innings of their first career matchup. Kershaw failed to get out of the fifth inning despite being staked to an early 6-1 lead.

— Domingo Santana hit his first career grand slam while the Brewers were building an 8-1 lead in a 9-5 win against the Diamondbacks. Jimmy Nelson was sharp over seven innings, holding Arizona to a run and seven hits with 10 strikeouts. Patrick Corbin was torched for seven runs in four innings as the Diamondbacks dropped their second straight since a 10-1 stretch.

— Ryan Schimpf ripped a two-run homer and the Padres put together a 14-hit attack to avoid a three-game sweep, 5-3 at Washington. Chase d'Arnaud (dahr-NOH') had a two-run single and double for the Padres, who struck out 31 times while scoring just once in back-to-back losses against Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. San Diego scored five times in four-plus innings against loser Joe Ross before getting 4 1/3 shutout innings from its bullpen.

— Joey Gallo belted his 15th home run and the Rangers put an end to the Blue Jays' five-game winning streak by taking a 3-1 decision in Toronto. Andrew Cashner helped Texas stop a five-game skid and won for the first time in 19 road starts since September 2015. Cashner limited the Jays to one run over seven innings as the Rangers improved to 9-18 away from Arlington.

— Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh and the White Sox homered three times in a 7-3 win over Detroit. Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly. Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson provided longballs to help Gonzalez end a five-start losing streak.

— Back-to-back homers by Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison in the 15th inning pushed the Rays past the Twins, 8-6. The Twins were one out from a 6-5 victory until Steven Souza Jr. singled home the tying run. The six-hour, 26-minute game is the longest in the eight-sesaon history of Minnesota's Target Field.

— Cleveland avoided a three-game sweep as Jason Kipnis went 4-for-4 with a solo homer and an RBI single in a 10-1 laugher against the Royals. Austin Jackson drove in three runs for the Indians, who got three hits apiece from Carlos Santana, Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez. Josh Tomlin tossed a six-hitter for his first win since April 30 and his first complete game since September 2015.

— The Angels lost Mike Trout to a thumb injury while absorbing a 9-2 loss at Miami. Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base. J.T. Riddle homered and had three RBIs for the Marlins, while teammate Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-5 with his 13th home run.

— The Reds doubled up the Phillies, 8-4 as Adam Duvall launched a pair of two-run homers and Patrick Kivlehan added a couple of solo shots. Scott Shebler also went deep to back a shaky Scott Feldman, who was reached for four runs and eight hits in five innings. Andrew Knapp hit a three-run homer for the struggling Phillies, who have gone 6-22 while dropping their last nine series.

— Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) struck out eight and surrendered six hits over six innings of the Giants' 7-1 rout of the Braves in San Francisco. Brandon Crawford collected three RBIs against R.A. Dickey, who allowed a season-high seven runs on six hits and five walks over six frames. The Giants have won 11 of 18 since opening the year 11-22.

— The Mets got six strong innings from Matt Harvey in winning the rubber match of their three-game set in Pittsburgh, 7-2. Harvey gave up a run and six hits over a season-high six innings to win his second consecutive start. Asdrubel (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera and Jay Bruce each hit two-run doubles to help Harvey put together his first winning streak since last April.


No. 1 Kerber loses in 1st round of French Open

PARIS (AP) — Angelique Kerber's recent slump has carried into the French Open.

The German is the first No. 1 women's seed in the Open era to lose in the opening round at Rolando Garros, falling 6-2, 6-2 to 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova. Kerber has dropped four of her last six matches, leaving her just 19-13 this year.

Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) made a winning return to tennis, less than six months after she was stabbed at her home in the Czech Republic. The two-time Wimbledon champ became the first player to reach the second round by beating 86th-ranked Julie Boserup of the United States 6-3, 6-2.

Other first-round winners on the women's side include sixth seed Dominika Cibulkova (see-bool-KOH'-vah), eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova (kooz-NEHT'-soh-vah) and No. 10 Venus Williams.

Men's sixth seed Dominic Thiem (teem) was a straight-sets winner over Bernard Tomic. Thiem was the highest-seeded male to win on Sunday.

Eleventh seed Grigor Dmitrov and No. 19 Albert-Ramos-Vinolas also won.


Spieth charges, Kisner holds on to win Colonial by 1 stroke

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kevin Kisner held off a late-charging Jordan Spieth (speeth) to capture the Colonial.

Kisner birdied the first three holes on the back nine and closed with a 4-under 66 for a 10-under total. He capped the tournament with a clutch par save following a wayward tee shot to finish one shot ahead of Spieth, Sean O'Hair and Jon Rahm.

The 33-year-old Kisner got his second PGA Tour victory in 148 starts since his debut in 2011.


Bernhard Langer wins Senior PGA for record 9th senior major

STERLING, Va. (AP) — Bernard Langer has broken Jack Nicklaus' record by winning a ninth senior major title.

The 59-year-old Langer closed the Senior PGA Championship with a 4-under 68 for an 18-under total that left him one stroke ahead of third-round leader Vijay Singh (VEE'-jay sihng). The Senior PGA had been the lone major to elude Langer.

Miguel-Angel Jimenez (HIH'-meh-nehz) and Billy Andrade (AN'-drayd) tied for third at 13 under.


Feng holds on for 1-stroke win at LPGA event in Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Shanshan Feng shot a 4-under 68 to win the LPGA Volvik Championship by one stroke over Minjee Lee and Sung Hyun Park.

Feng earned her first victory of the season and seventh of her career.

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