Alex Tagliani of Canada won his first Champ Car race when he moved up from 13th to take the checkered flag at the Grand Prix of Road America on Sunday. \nTagliani, who crashed in practice on Friday and didn't get to race in the first round of qualifying, passed Rodolfo Lavin of Mexico four laps from the finish to secure his first career victory in 85 races. \n"I've been unfortunate in my career, so if I was lucky today, I'll take it," Tagliani said. \n"This race is for all the guys right here," he added, pointing to his crew. "I made them work very hard." \nLavin's second-place finish also was the best of his career. \nSeason points leader and pole-sitter Sebastien Bourdais of France finished third after an eventful day that included five yellow flags that resulted in the planned 52-lap race going just 48 because of an hour, 45-minute time limit. Tagliani's winning speed was 178.442kph. Lavin finished 1.855 seconds back and Bourdais was 2.767 seconds behind Tagliani. \nBourdais had won his three previous races when he started on the pole this season, at Monterrey, Portland and Toronto. \nTagliani had finished second three times in his career, including at Elkhart Lake in 2002. Last year, he was third at Road America. \nThe 31-year-old Canadian, who took his first lead on the 23rd lap, got the checkered flag on a surprisingly sunny day. The forecast had called for thundershowers like last year, when the race was delayed and then shortened because of rain. \nBecause the 14-turn, 6.5km track features two long straightaways that can devour the 60-second allotment of additional turbocharger boost available to each driver, Champ Car added a one-time 15-second increase in the "Push to Pass" reservoir on Sunday. \nFormer two-time world rally champion Marcus Gronholm won his first race in nearly 15 months, maintaining his more than half-minute lead through the final day to win the Finland Rally on Sunday. \nIt was the 16th career victory for the 2000 and 2002 season champion, who hadn't won since the Argentine Rally in May of 2003. \n"We've waited a long time for this," said Gronholm, who won his third straight Finnish rally in 2002. "I wasn't completely confident when we started, but my feeling got better and better and we were able to keep the lead without pushing." \nHe finished a comfortable 34.7 seconds ahead of Markko Martin of on gravel roads in three hours, seven minutes, 16.1 seconds, ending a winless streak of 17 consecutive races. \nGronholm led from the sixth stage, the last on the first day, when teammate and fellow Finn Harri Rovanpera, withdredw after rolling his Peugeot. Gronholm, however, had his own troubles, driving several stages on Saturday with only three of four gears available. \nSpain's Citroen driver Carlos Sainz was third, 1 minute, 44.5 seconds behind Gronholm.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on