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Will Power makes his way through turn four during the Milwaukee Mile IndyCar auto race Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in West Allis, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Tony Kanaan makes his way through turn four during the Milwaukee Mile IndyCar auto race Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in West Allis, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Ryan Briscoe makes his way through turn four during the Milwaukee Mile IndyCar auto race Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in West Allis, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Pole-sitter Power wins at Milwaukee Mile
WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Pole-sitter Will Power fended off Juan Pablo Montoya yesterday to win at the Milwaukee Mile, giving a huge boost to Team Penske’s chances for the IndyCar season title.
The 33-year-old Australian added to the slim lead he had in the standings over teammate Helio Castroneves. A Penske driver has finished second each of the previous four seasons and five of the last six.
Power raced to his third victory of the season, and his first on an oval. He has said his top priority is to win a title for Penske.
Montoya, another Penske driver, finished second. Tony Kanaan was third.
Power’s victory ended Ryan Hunter-Reay’s two-year winning streak at the Mile. Hunter-Reay won the Indianapolis 500, but his championship hopes took a hit after exiting following 168 laps with mechanical problems.
Hunter-Reay signs extension, stays with Andretti Autosport
WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay is sticking with Andretti Autosport.
The team owned by Michael Andretti has signed Hunter-Reay to a three-year contract extension. The 2012 IndyCar series champion became the first American in eight years to win at Indy following his victory at the Brickyard in May.
Hunter-Reay has been with Andretti since 2010. He last signed an extension in 2012.
DHL also announced it would remain the primary sponsor of Hunter-Reay’s No. 28 car another three years.
Federer wins sixth, Serena first at Cincinnati
MASON, Ohio – Roger Federer got his unprecedented sixth title in Cincinnati, overcoming one bad set to pull it off. Serena Williams dominated for her first championship.
Federer beat David Ferrer, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, yesterday to win the Western & Southern Open, a tournament in which he’s usually at his best. He’s 6-0 in finals, with his six wins a tournament record.
Williams had never won it until yesterday, when she needed only 62 minutes to beat Ana Ivanovic, 6-4, 6-1. It was her sixth try for the title.
She’d never reached the finals until last year, when she fell apart and lost to Victoria Azarenka on a third-set tiebreaker.
No wobbles this time. After getting broken in the first game, she took control and improved to 5-0 in finals this year.
Pennetta, Riske among early winners in New Haven
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Flavia Pennetta of Italy beat Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-3, yesterday in the first round of the Connecticut Open.
The sixth-seeded Pennetta used two straight aces to clinch the win.
American Alison Riske beat Casey Dellacqua of Australia, 6-1, 6-4, in her first-round match. Camila Giorgi of Italy won 6-3, 6-1 over American Coco Vandeweghe. And Ekaterina Makarova of Russia beat Roberta Vinci of Italy, 6-3, 6-3.
Villegas claims 1-stroke win at Wyndham Championship
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Camilo Villegas won the Wyndham Championship by a stroke yesterday for his first PGA Tour victory since 2010.
Villegas shot a 7-under 63 and finished at 17-under 263. He earned $954,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points in the final regular-season event.
The Colombian had four birdies and an eagle on the front nine, added a birdie on the par-5 15th and took the lead into the clubhouse. He then watched the rest of the field stumble late, giving him his fourth PGA Tour title and first since the 2010 Honda Classic.
Bill Haas and Freddie Jacobson tied for second. Haas had a 64, and Jacobson shot 66.
Langer captures fifth Champions event of season
ENDICOTT, N.Y. – Bernhard Langer rallied to win the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open yesterday for his fifth Champions Tour victory of the year, while Kevin Sutherland followed his tour-record 59 with a 74 to drop into a tie for seventh.
The 56-year-old Langer closed with a bogey-free 66 for a one-stroke victory over Woody Austin and Mark O’Meara. Langer finished at 16-under 200 at En-Joie for his 23rd career victory on the 50-and-over tour.
Sutherland, the second-round leader, had five bogeys – four on the first 10 holes – and three birdies in the final round. Playing his third Champions Tour event since turning 50 in June, he finished at 12 under.
Austin had a 65, and O’Meara shot.
Langer, tied for fifth with Bob Charles on the tour victory list, earned $277,500 to increase his tour-leading total to $2,652,520. The German has three victories in his last five starts.
Source: Marion to sign with Cavaliers, join LeBron
CLEVELAND – A person familiar with the negotiations said veteran free agent forward Shawn Marion has agreed to a contract with the Cavaliers.
Marion informed the Cavs this weekend that he will take a minimum deal and play for them next season, said the person, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized. Marion also had interest in signing with Indiana.
ESPN.com first reported Marion’s agreement with the Cavs.
The 36-year-old Marion, a four-time All-Star, gives Cleveland another veteran with postseason experience to compliment superstar LeBron James. The team has previously signed shooters Mike Miller and James Jones, who won two NBA titles with James in Miami.
Marion has played in 103 NBA playoff games. He’s averaged 15.8 points and 9.0 rebounds during his career.