Williams F1 drivers are ‘easy targets’ amid 2018 slump, says Stroll

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Harvick’s Michigan-win NASCAR Cup car used in windtunnel tests

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NASCAR Cup champion Truex ‘too nice’ in Bristol mayhem with Busch

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Rosario leads Mets past Phillies in Little League Classic

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Djokovic beats Federer to complete career ‘Golden Masters’

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Yankees’ J.A. Happ grinds out victory over Blue Jays

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Bertens upsets world number one Halep to win in Cincinnati

Kiki Bertens defeated Simona Halep for the second time in five meetings Kiki Bertens held off a championship point to upset world number one Simona Halep and win the Cincinnati Masters. The 26-year-old world number 17 came from behind to defeat Halep 2-6 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 in two hours and five minutes. Romania’s Halep, 26, has now lost three finals in Cincinnati having previously missed out in 2015 and 2017. “I cannot find the words for this moment,” said Bertens, who becomes the first Dutch winner at a singles WTA/ATP hardcourt tournament since 2006. Bertens’ victory – the biggest of

Cincinnati Masters: Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares win doubles final

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From the bench to B.C., Canada’s walk-off win captures magic of Little League World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa., — There are these moments in sports that seem to transcend any field, rink or court and become so much more than the game itself. On Saturday night at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, one of those magical, dreamlike sporting moments became a reality for Canada’s sluggers at Volunteer Stadium. Recap Canada stays alive at Little League World Series with thrilling win over Spain Live Blog Follow Team Canada at the Little League World Series   With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th inning of a must-win game between Canada and Spain, 12-year-old Joey

Blue Jays lose Stroman to 10-day DL with blister issues

The Toronto Blue Jays placed right-hander Marcus Stroman on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with a blister on his right middle finger. Stroman last pitched for Toronto Friday night, allowing five runs over four innings in a 7-5 loss to the hometown New York Yankees. He is 4-8 with a 5.27 earned-run average through 18 starts with the Blue Jays this season. The move to the DL is retroactive to Saturday. Toronto recalled left-hander Thomas Pannone from triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding roster move. Stroman spent time on the DL earlier this season with a shoulder injury. He also

Gasly now ‘a mature driver’, says Toro Rosso F1 team boss Tost

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost reckons Pierre Gasly is now “a mature driver” after he scored his third significant Formula 1 result of 2018 in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

After finishing fourth in Bahrain and seventh in Monaco, Gasly earned sixth place at the Hungaroring – the same position where he had qualified in the event’s wet qualifying session.

The 22-year-old has now scored 26 of the team’s 28 points so far this season.

“From FP1 we were competitive,” Tost told Autosport. “Pierre was nearly always within the first 10, and I was quite convinced that we could do a good job, and that we could score points.

“That we could finish in sixth position in qualifying, I was not sure about this.

“But we did a very good qualifying in difficult conditions, which showed that the car in the wet was very competitive. Both drivers did a very good job, I must say.

“Pierre had a good start, and defended his sixth position, and brought it home without any troubles.

“He controlled the race – when he had to go a little bit faster he did it immediately – and he had no problem with the tyres or fuel saving.

“He showed a fantastic performance, and he’s become a really mature driver.

“He’s improving his performance, his understanding. F1 is complicated, but he’s using all the tools to his advantage, and I’m really impressed.”

Tost was relieved that Toro Rosso was able to get good results in Monaco and Hungary, two tracks where the power deficiency of its Honda engine is less obvious.

“We took the chances – these tracks fit to us,” he said.

“The next two races are completely different – Spa and Monza are high speed races – and we will see how we look there.

“From our side we have improved the performance, but the main problem for us is that our direct opponents like Haas and Sauber have improved even more.

“They are really strong, very competitive, and [in] the next two races it will be difficult to get them under control. But for Singapore I’m quite optimistic.”

Tost is confident that Toro Rosso can make more progress within in 2018.

“We knew from the very beginning that this season will not be an easy one,” he said.

“It’s a preparation for next year, and up to now I must say we are going in absolutely the correct way.

“Stuff is coming, but the others will also bring new parts. It depends which team is developing in a more efficient way.”

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