Sports Digest: Chase Elliott takes pole for NASCAR race at Watkins Glen

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CAR RACE

Chase Elliott took the NASCAR Cup pole on Saturday at Watkins Glen International, edging out Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Larson for first place.

Elliott, a two-time winner at The Glen, clocked a fast 1-minute, 10.477-second lap around the 2.45-mile natural terrain road course. Larson, who won last year’s race at The Glen, finished in 1:10.516, just ahead of Michael McDowell.

“I’m really proud of our team,” Elliott said. “We will try to give them a good run tomorrow.”

William Byron finished fourth and Tyler Reddick, winner of the last two road races on the Cup calendar, will start fifth as Chevrolet took four of the top five spots.

AJ Allmendinger finished sixth, followed by Chris Buescher, Austin Cindric, Daniel Suárez and Kyle Busch.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: Kahleah Copper scored 20 points and Courtney Vandersloot added 16 to help Chicago to a record 100-62 rout of New York, tying Chicago’s first-round playoff and forcing a deciding Game 3.

The teams will play in New York on Tuesday with a trip to the WNBA Semifinals on the line.

Candace Parker added 12 points, 12 rebounds and four assists for the Sky, which broke her own WNBA record for the biggest playoff winning margin. Chicago won by 36 at home in Game 3 of the Finals last year.

COLLEGES

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Former Florida forward Keyontae Johnson, who collapsed in a game in December 2020 and hasn’t played since, is heading to Kansas State to resume his college career.

Johnson made the announcement on social media, pledging to the Wildcats over fellow finalists Memphis, Nebraska and Western Kentucky. The 23-year-old Norfolk, Va. native will have one more year of eligibility, though he could apply for another from the NCAA.

Johnson graduated from Florida in late April and announced his intention to transfer a few days later. K-State and new coach Jerome Tang hosted Johnson during a recruiting visit in July.

Johnson said he had received medical clearance to play again, which Florida officials said he would not perform in Gainesville.

SOCCER

PREMIER LEAGUE: Harry Kane scored for the second game in a row to secure a 1-0 victory for Tottenham against Wolverhampton in the Premier League and maintain his side’s unbeaten start to the season.

Kane lost his marker near the back post to head out following an Ivan Perisic eyeball from a 64th-minute corner.

It was his 185th Premier League goal, putting him fourth on the all-time list ahead of former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. Only Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Andrew Cole are above him.

• Without Wesley Fofana’s retirement, Leicester lost the lead and lost 2-1 at home to Southampton as their difficult start to the season continued.

Che Adams came off the bench to score in the 68th and 84th minutes – the second coming from a spectacular scissor kick – to earn Southampton a first victory at the third attempt.

• Wilfried Zaha underlined his importance to Crystal Palace with two more goals as his side secured their first Premier League victory of the season as they fought back to beat Aston Villa 3-1.

• England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford provided the assist for Demarai Gray’s late equalizer as Everton snatched their first Premier League point of the season in a 1-1 draw with promoted Nottingham Forest.

• Aleksandar Mitrovic’s 90th-minute header helped Fulham win 3-2 against local rivals Brentford in the Premier League at a breathtaking Craven Cottage.

GOLF

EUROPEAN TOUR: Play was suspended for the day at the Czech Masters after the course was flooded following heavy rain.

Only 10 players were able to start the third round at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague.

BIKE

SPANISH VUELTA: Dutch fans were in for a surprise as Mike Teunissen grabbed the overall leader’s red jersey and Irishman Sam Bennett won the second stage sprint.

Defending champion Primoz Roglic remained near the top of the standings.

Teunissen came in fourth in the final sprint to become the second Dutch leader in the general classification after his Jumbo-Visma teammate Robert Gesink in the lead after the first stage.


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