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Monday, July 29, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

Verstappen wins German GP in rain

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HOCKENHEIM, Germany – Max Verstappen won a chaotic and rain-soaked German Grand Prix on Sunday, while championship leader Lewis Hamilton finished 11th and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas crashed near the end.

Verstappen kept his composure on a treacherous track to clinch his second victory this season and seventh of his Red Bull career, topping a surprise podium ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel – who started from last – and Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat.

After the week's crushing heatwave, wet weather caused Hockenheimring havoc as drivers took up to six pit stops for new tires and several crashed at the same spot.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc was in contention for a podium, despite starting from 10th, but crashed after switching for quicker tires and slid off the track, over the gravel and into the barriers.

Remarkably, Hamilton had the same mishap moments later, mangling his front wing. He came in for a new wing and tires, but it took Mercedes by surprise, and a painfully long stop cost him any chance of victory.

AUTO RACING

Hight claims 50th Funny Car win

In Sonoma, California, Robert Hight raced to his 50th Funny Car victory at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. The points leader won for the fifth time this season and second straight year at Sonoma, beating Matt Hagan in the final with a 3.973-second run at 325.45 mph in a Chevrolet Camaro. Hight is the third Funny Car driver to reach 50 victories. Billy Torrence won in Top Fuel, Greg Anderson in Pro Stock and Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

FOOTBALL

Guard commits to Indiana

Indiana added a commitment to its 2020 recruiting class when offensive guard Brady Feeney, a three-star recruit from St. Louis, flipped his commitment from Rice to the Hoosiers. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Feeney, who is not related to All-American former Indiana offensive lineman Dan Feeney, is the No. 28 player in Missouri in the class and the 87th-ranked guard, according to 247sports.com. He is the 14th player to commit in the class, which ranks No. 52 nationally.

NFL news

Oakland wide receiver Antonio Brown was taken off the nonfootball injury list and took part in a walkthrough Sunday morning. Brown had been out with an apparent foot injury, although the Raiders never said officially what his injury was. Brown walked gingerly off the field Saturday ...

Baltimore backup quarterback Robert Griffin III will be sidelined for “at least a few weeks” after fracturing his right thumb during the team's third practice of training camp. The injury occurred Saturday night when Griffin hit his hand on a defender's helmet during a workout at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. It was the Ravens' first practice of the summer in full pads.

Saints player asks for new trial

A former University of Wyoming football player who was signed by the New Orleans Saints has asked for a new trial after pleading no contest to sexual battery and unlawful touching. The Laramie Boomerang reported Friday that Carl Granderson's attorney told a judge that Granderson wants to withdraw his plea. He has also asked to have his six-month jail sentence overturned. The grounds for Granderson's challenge have not been made public. Some court documents in the case were filed under seal, and defense attorney Megan Overman Goetz told the newspaper she couldn't comment.

GOLF

Pine Valley Green wins Interclub

Pine Valley Country Club Green won the Fort Wayne Golf Association Interclub Championship at Pine Valley. With a 10-over 294, the team of Patrick Allgeier, Joe Hayden, David Dumas, Karl Behrens and Brian Straley edged out Pine Valley Country Club Gold. Mitchell Rutledge shot a 5-under 66 to win the individual contest.

TENNIS

Roundup

In Gstaad, Switzerland, Albert Ramos-Vinolas ended 455th-ranked Cedrik-Marcel Stebe's charmed run to the Swiss Open final, winning the title match 6-3, 6-2. Stebe was the lowest-ranked finalist on the ATP tour for a decade. He came to the Alpine resort of Gstaad without a match win since 2017. ...

In Hamburg, Germany, defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili beat Andrey Rublev to win the Hamburg European Open for the second straight year. The fourth-seeded Georgian won 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, serving out the final game to love. ...

In Palermo, Sicily, Jil Teichmann of Switzerland beat top-seeded Kiki Bertens in straight sets to win the Palermo Ladies Open. The eighth-seeded Swiss triumphed 7-6 (3), 6-2 to clinch her second WTA Tour title after winning the Prague Open in May.


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