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Street-smart Hunter-Reay dominates at Toronto

TORONTO – Coming off two wins on oval courses, Ryan Hunter-Reay showed he can dominate a street course when he cruised to the Honda Indy Toronto title Sunday.

Hunter-Reay led the final 28 laps of the 85-lap race and also moved in front in the series points race. He is the first American-born driver to win three consecutive IndyCar races since AJ Allmendinger in 2006, whose third victory also came at Toronto.

He leads Will Power by 34 points in the series standings, becoming the first American to top season-long race since Sam Hornish Jr. won the title in 2006.

Hunter-Reay won under caution after numerous pileups followed a restart with three laps remaining.

Hunter-Reay made it through, beating Charlie Kimball to the corner before the yellow flags. Kimball finished second, followed by Mike Conway.

Webber overtakes Alonso to win at Silverstone

SILVERSTONE, England – Red Bull driver Mark Webber won the British Grand Prix on Sunday, overtaking Fernando Alonso to move closer to his rival in the race for the Formula One championship.

In dry conditions after two days of rain caused chaos on and off the Silverstone track, Webber pursued pole-sitter Alonso from the start and finally passed the Ferrari driver on lap 48 of 52.

Webber pulled within 13 points of Alonso with his second victory in this unpredictable season. Alonso is the only other driver to win more than once in 2012.

Webber also upstaged world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel, who finished third and is third in the title race.


Birdie on third playoff hole produces first PGA Tour win

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – Rookie Ted Potter Jr. made a 4-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff with Troy Kelly on Sunday to win the Greenbrier Classic for his first PGA Tour victory.

Ranked 218th in the world, Potter overcame a four-stroke deficit with five holes to play, finishing with a 6-under 64 to match Kelly at 16 under. Kelly closed with a 66.

Potter had a chance to win on the second extra hole, but missed a 5-foot birdie putt.

Charlie Wi and rookie Charlie Beljan tied for third at 14 under. Wi shot a 65, and Beljan had a 67.

Webb Simpson lost a one-stroke lead on the back nine at the tournament for the second consecutive year.

He made three consecutive bogeys, shot 73 and tied for seventh.

First Champions Tour win at First Tee Open for Triplett

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Kirk Triplett won the First Tee Open on Sunday at Pebble Beach for his first Champions Tour title, making an early eagle and closing with a 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory.

Triplett, the two-time PGA Tour winner making his eighth start on the senior tour after turning 50 in March, finished at 10-under 206.

He opened with a 70 at Pebble Beach and had a 70 at Del Monte on Saturday to enter the final round four strokes behind leaders Tom Kite and Brad Bryant.

Mark McNulty was second after a 69.

Germany’s Seim absorbs 64 by Italy’s Molinari in France

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France Marcel Siem of Germany shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday to win the French Open, edging Francesco Molinari of Italy by one stroke.

Siem had five birdies and one bogey to finish at 8-under 276, earning his second European Tour title. He also won the 2004 Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

Molinari started the round in 22nd place, six strokes off the lead. He dropped two shots on his opening hole but then sank nine birdies to shoot a 64 for the lowest round of the day.

Raphael Jacquelin of France had a 69 to finish third, two strokes off the pace.

Associated Press