Alex Bowman gets first NASCAR Cup Series win at Chicagoland

Alex Bowman held off Kyle Larson at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Sunday for his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory.

Bowman, 26, had six top-five finishes in 133 starts on NASCAR’s top series before his banner day in a storm-delayed race on the 1.5-mile oval.

Larson put together another memorable run a year after he lost an epic last-lap duel with Kyle Busch on the same track. Larson passed Bowman with about seven laps left, but Bowman quickly regained the lead.

“I was just tired of running second,” Bowman said. “I don’t want to do that anymore. I feel like this is the last box, aside from going and chasing a championship, that I needed personally for myself to validate my career.”

• Max Verstappen showed off his risky racing style to win the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg for a second straight year and end Mercedes’ unbeaten streak this season.

golf

Stricker runs away

with Senior Open

Steve Stricker made his U.S. Senior Open debut one for the record book.

Stricker birdied the opening hole and never was threatened on his way to a 1-under-par 69 for a six-shot victory over Jerry Kelly and David Toms. He finished at 19-under 261 on the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., breaking by three shots the U.S. Senior Open record set in 2017 by Kenny Perry at Salem (Mass.) Country Club.

• Nate Lashley closed with a 2-under 70 to finish at 25-under 263 and win by six shots over Doc Redman in the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit for his first PGA Tour title.

• Sung Hyun Park two-putted for birdie on the par-5 18th to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers for her second LPGA Tour victory of the season and seventh overall. Park, 25, is projected to move from second to first in world ranking Monday.

• Christiaan Bezuidenhout closed with an even-par 71 and won the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Sotogrande, Spain, for his first European Tour title.

elsewhere

U.S., Jamaica win in

Gold Cup quarters

The United States was outplayed during the second half by 79th-ranked Curacao but managed to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals with a 1-0 win in Philadelphia behind Weston McKennie’s goal in the 25th minute.

The defending champion U.S.will play Jamaica on Wednesday in Nashville in the second semifinal, a night after Mexico faces Haiti at Glendale, Ariz. The U.S. reached the semifinals for the 10th straight Gold Cup and 14th in 15 overall.

In the earlier game, Darren Mattocks scored on a penalty kick in the 75th minute and Jamaica beat Panama 1-0.

WNBA: Arike Ogunbowale bounced back from one of the worst shooting games in WNBA history, to help Dallas rally over Minnesota 89-86 in Arlington, Texas.

Ogunbowale scored 19 points, finishing 7 of 12 from the field. The fifth pick in the 2019 draft was coming off a 2-of-23 shooting night in Friday night’s 69-68 loss to New York.

• In other games, Tina Charles had 17 of her 24 points in the first half and the visiting New York Liberty beat the Atlanta Dream 74-58. … DeWanna Bonner and Brittney Griner each had 20 points as the Phoenix Mercury beat host Seattle 69-67. … Riquna Williams scored 19 points and host Los Angeles routed Chicago, 94-69.

NHL: The Chicago Blackhawks acquired forward Andrew Shaw in a deal with the Montreal Canadiens that involved several draft picks.

• The Carolina Hurricanes swapped goalies by acquiring James Reimer in a trade with the Florida Panthers. Florida acquired goalie Scott Darling and put him on waivers with the intention to buy out the two years left on his contract.

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