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MOTOGP

Stoner claims US GP

Reigning world champion Australian Casey Stoner claimed the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca on Sunday, besting Spain’s championship leader Jorge Lorenzo by almost 3.5 seconds. Stoner defended his victory from last year on the California course with his Repsol Honda teammate, Dani Pedrosa of Spain, claiming third place, 7.633 seconds behind. Nicky Hayden was the best of the locals, finishing sixth, 26.902 seconds off the pace. Stoner started second on the grid behind Lorenzo and after dropping to third early, he set about chasing down the Spanish pair. He took down Pedrosa on lap two of 32 before passing his main rival with 11 laps to go with a crisp move down the main straight. Stoner was the only one of the front-runners to start on softer option rear tires, a tactical masterstroke in the end. Lorenzo, who has finished inside the top two in all nine of his races this year, increased his championship lead to 23 points over Pedrosa, with Stoner now 32 points adrift in third as he chases a third world title before his impending retirement at the end of the season.

GOLF

Piercy wins Canadian Open

Scott Piercy made four straight birdies to hold off William McGirt and Robert Garrigus to win the PGA Tour’s Canadian Open on Sunday. Piercy closed with a three-under 67 to finish at 17-under 263 as he tied the oldest 72-hole scoring record on the PGA Tour. Piercy two-putted from 50 feet for par on the 18th hole of the Hamilton Golf and Country club course to post his second career USPGA Tour victory. McGirt was atop the leaderboard for much of the fourth round, but he three-putted for bogey on the 15th and failed to save par from a bunker on the final hole for a 69 that left him one shot adrift of Piercy. Garrigus, the 54-hole leader, fired a 70 after he three-putted the 16th hole for bogey and finished in a tie for second.

SOCCER

Adam targeting me: Bale

Tottenham’s pre-season friendly in the US has turned nasty, with Gareth Bale launching a scathing post-match attack on Liverpool’s Charlie Adam. Bale was a victim of Adam’s late tackle on Saturday, suffering a major injury scare to his left ankle before the new Premier League season has even begun. However, the Welshman later accused Adam of a pre-mediated and calculated attack and alleged he deliberately targeted him for special treatment during the goalless draw. There is also a history of ill-feeling between these two players. Adam, who was playing for Blackpool at the time, escaped a Football Association charge after rupturing Bale’s ankle ligaments and ending the Tottenham winger’s season early in May last year, following a stamp at White Hart Lane. And with relations already strained, the bad blood spilled over here as Bale turned on Adam, branding him a coward amid claims he set out to deliberately injure him.

BASEBALL

Padres re-sign Street

The San Diego Padres have agreed to re-sign pitcher Huston Street to a contract extension, retaining the closer who has made a major impact in his first season with the Padres. Street will sign a two-year deal worth US$14 million and there is an option for an additional year worth US$7 million. After being traded from Colorado to San Diego in December last year, Street has been stellar this year, where he has converted all 17 of his save opportunities and is 2-0 with a 0.91 ERA.

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