Johnson wins NASCAR Sprint Cup event over Biffle
Series leader Jimmie Johnson dominated Sunday’s Party in the Poconos 400, a NASCAR Sprint Cup event in Long Pond, Pa.
Five-time Cup champion Johnson beat runner-up Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., by 1.208 seconds and posted his third victory of the season.
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“I really didn’t have anything for Jimmie,” Biffle said. “Jimmie was in a league of his own.”
Johnson leads second-place Carl Edwards by 51 points after 14 races.
“Jimmie’s switched on right now,” crew chief Chad Knaus said. “He’s as good or better as I’ve ever seen him.”
Johnson, who started from the pole after rain washed out qualifying Friday, led 128 of the 160 laps in his Chevrolet.
“What a race car!” he said. “Not only a great race car, but an engine. We had fuel mileage and plenty of power. It was awesome on the straightaways today to be able to do what I wanted around other cars.”
Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw finished 36th of 43.
Meanwhile, in NASCAR’s second-tier Nationwide Series, Trevor Bayne won the DuPont Pioneer 250 at Iowa Speedway in Newton. The race was postponed from Saturday to Sunday because of rain.
Vettel takes Canadian GP
Sebastian Vettel was so far ahead of the pack in the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal that only the walls and the curbs were in his way.
The three-time defending Formula One champion improved his chances at a fourth straight season title, surviving an early brush with a wall and late trouble in Turn 1 to earn his first victory at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Vettel finished 14.4 seconds ahead of runner-up Fernando Alonso.
Vettel leads second-place Alonso by 36 points in the standings.
A worker at the event died after being run over by a crane removing a car from the course after the checkered flag.
Race promoter Francois Dumontier said the man was walking beside a crane as it moved a Sauber car that had gone off the track during the race. The worker tripped and fell in front of the crane’s wheel.
Ex-Redmond players homer in Oregon State victory
Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis, who are former Redmond High School standouts, hit back-to-back home runs in a five-run first inning and Oregon State went on to beat Kansas State 12-4 to even their best-of-three NCAA super-regional series.
The deciding game is Monday in Corvallis, Ore., with the winner advancing to the eight-team College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Meanwhile, sophomore Jordan Montgomery pitched a four-hitter, leading South Carolina past No. 1 overall seed North Carolina 8-0 in their super regional. The border-state programs meet Monday in Game 3.
Teams that have qualified for the CWS are UCLA, Louisiana State, Indiana, Louisville and North Carolina State.
Dream suffers its first loss
Two days after losing by 19 points at Atlanta, the New York Liberty was determined to make up for its poor performance.
Cappie Pondexter and Plenette Pierson scored 17 points each to lead the host Liberty past the Dream 76-67, handing Atlanta its first loss in five games this season.
Kara Braxton added 14 points to help New York (3-2) improve to 3-0 at home. Leilani Mitchell, a 5-foot-5 reserve guard from Kennewick, had a team-high seven rebounds for the Liberty.
“We were all disappointed, as a unit, in Atlanta,” Pondexter said. “The way we played there was no excuse. We were not happy.”
New York played without forward Essence Carson, who is out for the season after tearing a ligament in her left knee in Friday’s game. Carson was averaging a team-high 17.7 points.
Delle Donne excels for Sky
Rookie Elena Delle Donne from Delaware scored a career-high 23 points, including two free throws with 1.8 seconds left, to lead the Chicago Sky to a 72-70 victory over the visiting San Antonio Silver Stars.
Chicago (4-1) led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, but Jia Perkins of San Antonio (2-2) tied the score at 70 on a three-pointer with 4.3 seconds left.
• Oscar, Hernanes and Lucas scored second-half goals as host Brazil defeated France 3-0 in Porto Alegre in its final warm-up soccer match before the Confederations Cup, to be played in Brazil.
• Sky Procycling rider Chris Froome of Britain won the Criterium du Dauphine in France.
• Harvard’s rowers prevailed in the 148th Harvard-Yale Regatta in New London, Conn. Harvard has won 13 of the last 14 matchups.
• Arturo Gatti was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y., as were fellow fighters Virgil Hill, Yuh Myung-woo, Wesley Ramey, Jeff Smith and Joe Coburn; referee Mills Lane; ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr.; manager Arturo “Cuyo” Hernandez; cartoonist Ted Carroll; and journalist Colin Hart.
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