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Helio Castroneves runs through turn one during the second race of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto racing doubleheader in Detroit Sunday, June 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Driver Helio Castroneves reacts after exiting his car after qualifying for the pole position for the first IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix in Detroit, Saturday, May 31, 2014. The second race of the series is on Sunday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Driver Helio Castroneves drives during a practice session for the first IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix in Detroit, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Dave Frechette)
Takuma Sato, of Japan, qualifies for the second race of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto racing doubleheader in Detroit, Sunday, June 1, 2014. Sato won the pole for the second race. (AP Photo/Dave Frechette)
Castroneves wins 2nd Detroit GP of weekend
DETROIT – Helio Castroneves easily won the second Detroit Grand Prix race of the weekend yesterday, finishing 1.6836 seconds ahead of Penske Racing teammate Will Power.
Castroneves’s lead was so large that when he made his final pit stop on Lap 49 he still was ahead when he got back on the track.
The competition got closer after cautions led to restarts with seven and three laps left, but Castroneves could not be caught.
The Brazilian has 29 IndyCar victories, tying Rick Mears for 11th on the career. Castroneves finished 0.060 seconds behind Ryan Hunter-Reay last week in the Indianapolis 500 in his bid to join Mears as a four-time winner in open-wheel racing’s signature event.
Matsuyama wins Memorial in a playoff
DUBLIN, Ohio – Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama made birdie on the final hole yesterday at the Memorial, and then won with a par in the playoff for his first American victory.
Matsuyama didn’t look like a winner when he hit a poor tee shot on the 18th hole. Lightly slamming his driver on the ground in disgust, the head broke off. He hit an approach to five feet for birdie for a 3-under 69. That put him in a playoff with Kevin Na, who finished off his 64 about two hours earlier.
In the playoff, Na drove into the creek. Matsuyama holed a 10-foot par putt for his sixth career win.
Masters champion Bubba Watson was in the lead until a drive out of bounds led to double bogey. He missed the playoff by one shot.
Lewis takes ShopRite LPGA Classic
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Stacy Lewis won the ShopRite LPGA Classic yesterday to take the top spot in the world ranking from Inbee Park, finishing with a 4-under 67 for a six-stroke victory.
No. 1 for four weeks early last year, Lewis ended Park’s 59-week run in the top spot.
Lewis finished at 16-under 197 on Seaview’s Bay Course and earned $225,000 for her second victory of the year and 10th overall. Also the 2012 winner at Seaview, she won the North Texas LPGA Shootout last month after finishing second six times in her previous 16 events since winning the Women’s British Open in August.
Christina Kim was second after a 72.
Park closed with a 70 to tie for eighth at 7 under. She’s winless in 10 tour starts this season after sweeping the first three majors last year and finishing the season with six victories.
Pernice captures Principal Charity Classic
DES MOINES, Iowa – Tom Pernice Jr. birdied the second hole of a playoff with Doug Garwood yesterday to win the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic.
Pernice won for the third time on the 50-and-over tour, closing with a 3-under 69 to match Garwood at 12-under 204 at Wakonda Club.
Garwood birdied the final two holes of regulation for a 71.
They played the par-4 18th hole twice in the playoff, with Pernice winning with a putt from just under 10 feet. They opened the playoff with matching pars.
Bill Glasson, Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia and Michael Allen finished a shot back. Glasson shot 64, Haas 67, Calcavecchia 70 and Allen 71.
U.S. beats Turkey, 2-1, in World Cup warmup
HARRISON, N.J. – Fabian Johnson scored his first international goal, Clint Dempsey doubled the lead off a defensive lapse and the United States beat Turkey, 2-1, yesterday in the second of three World Cup warmup matches for the Americans before they head to Brazil.
Tim Howard played the first half in his 99th international appearance, and with his 54th win surpassed Kasey Keller to set the American record for wins by a goalkeeper.
The U.S. went ahead when Johnson made a run and laid the ball off to Bradley. As Johnson continued his run, Bradley chipped the ball over the defense to Johnson, who slotted in with a left-footed volley from six yards in the 26th minute. Johnson, playing a right back, had not scored in 20 previous international appearances.