Hamlin Victorious in New York
Denny Hamlin prevailed in a four-lap dash to the checkered flag Sunday in the wreck-filled Sprint Cup race at newly paved Watkins Glen International.
It’s the first road course win of Hamlin’s Cup career and he survived a race that had eight cautions for 24 laps and two red flags for 30 minutes in Watkins Glen, N.Y.
On the final lap, Hamlin, who was beaten on the road course at Sonoma in June by Tony Stewart in a bang on the last turn, held a slim lead over Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski as the three ran nose-to-tail entering the final turns of the 90-lap race. Keselowski spun Truex in the turn and Hamlin’s No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota coasted to the victory.
Joey Logano finished second, followed by Penske teammate Keselowski, AJ Allmendinger, and Stewart.
Kyle Busch, Truex, Jamie McMurray, Trevor Bayne and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top 10. Polesitter Carl Edwards, who led the first 25 laps, finished 15th.
Stewart, who is retiring after the season, will finish his stellar Cup career with eight road wins, one fewer than the record nine of Jeff Gordon.
Sprint Car driver Bryan Clauson remained hospitalized in critical condition following a harrowing accident in the Belleville (Kan.) Midget Nationals USAC midget race. Clauson was airlifted to a hospital in Lincoln, Neb., following the Saturday night crash. His family offered no details regarding his injuries in a statement provided by Bryan Clausen Racing.
Seong captures title
South Korea’s Eun Jeong Seong won the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Rolling Green in Springfield, Pa., to become the first player to win the event and U.S. Girls’ Junior in the same year.
The 16-year-old Seong outlasted Italy’s Virginia Elena Carta 1 up in hot conditions in the 36-hole final, the first all-international championship match in 106 years.
Joe Durant made a 10-foot eagle putt on the first hole of a playoff with Miguel Angel Jimenez to win the PGA Tour Champions’ 3M Championship in Blaine, Minn.
The 52-year-old Durant won on the par-5 18th after closing with a birdie on the hole in regulation for a 9-under 63. After a double bogey on the par-4 14th, Jimenez birdied the last four holes for a 67 to match Durant at 19-under 197 at TPC Twins Cities.
Jimenez birdied the 18th in the playoff, too, before Durant rolled in the right-to-left winner.
Spikes rejoins the Bills
Linebacker Brandon Spikes is getting an opportunity to resume his NFL career after signing with the injury-depleted Buffalo Bills.
Spikes gets a second chance in Buffalo after playing for the Bills in 2014. And it’s a second chance at a playing career for Spikes, who missed all of last season because of a legal issue. Spikes was sentenced to a year of probation in July 2015 after pleading guilty in a hit-and-run crash in which three people suffered minor injuries. The crash led to Spikes being released by New England only a few weeks after he signed to rejoin the Patriots.
The Hall of Fame game between Green Bay and Indianapolis was canceled because of poor field conditions in Canton, Ohio. Representatives of the hall and both teams met several hours before the scheduled 8 p.m. kickoff to discuss the turf, and the Packers and Colts felt the field was not safe. Most noticeable were bare spots around midfield, and several players said painted areas were too hard. ... Nick Kyrgios withstood the intense heat and three-time defending champion John Isner’s serve to win the BB&T Atlanta Open for his second ATP World Tour title. The 21-year-old Australian, 10 years younger than the 6-foot-10 Isner, won 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4). Kyrgios matched Isner’s powerful service game.
, especially in the tiebreakers, and topped the ace count 17-16.