Kipchoge Sets Marathon Record
Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge smashed the marathon world record, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds on Sunday.
His feat came as Kevin Mayer set a decathlon world record with a total of 9,126 points in his native France, topping a previous best of 9,045 points set by American Ashton Eaton three years ago.
Organizers of the Berlin marathon initially put Kipchoge’s time at 2 hours, 1 minute, 40 seconds, but later reduced it by one second.
The 33-year-old broke the previous world record set in Berlin by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by 1 minute and 18 seconds.
Major win for Stanford
Angela Stanford ended her long wait for a first major title when her 3-under 68 was enough to win the Evian Championship in France by one shot after long-time leader Amy Olson made double-bogey on the 18th.
At age 40, Stanford’s wild final few holes gave her a 12-under total of 272.
Olson missed a six-foot putt for bogey on the 18th to force a playoff, while Stanford waited near the green signing autographs for dozens of young spectators.
Paul Broadhurst won The Ally Challenge for his PGA Tour Champions-leading third victory of the season, closing with a birdie to beat Brandt Jobe by two strokes in tour golf’s return to Warwick Hills.
The 53-year-old Englishman finished at 15-under 201 on the tree-lined layout that was the longtime home of the PGA Tour’s Buick Open. Tom Lehman bogeyed the 18th for a 70 to drop into a tie for third with Mark O’Meara (69) at 13 under.
Keselowski stays hot
Brad Keselowski has earned his third consecutive victory by winning the playoff-opening NASCAR race at Las Vegas, persevering through a wreck-filled afternoon and roaring away from the field in overtime.
Keselowski excelled on the final restart and secured team owner Roger Penske’s landmark 500th victory across all competitions.
Michael McDowell and Kurt Busch wrecked with just two laps to go, forcing a red-flag stop and overtime. After the drivers re-fired their engines for the two-lap shootout, nobody could keep up with Keselowski.
Kyle Larson was second, and defending Cup series champion Martin Truex Jr. was third.
Alvarez nips Golovkin
Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin fought 24 rounds in the space of a year, with little to pick between them.
When the scorecards were totaled Saturday night, though, the judges crowned a new middleweight champion of the world -- but just barely.
Alvarez won the 160-pound titles held by Golovkin by the narrowest of margins, taking a majority decision to hand the longtime champion his first loss as a pro in a spirited fight that had a sold out crowd roaring.
Two judges favored Alvarez 115-113, while a third had it 114-114. The AP scored it 114-114.
In Boston, Zane McIntyre made 21 saves in Boston’s 2-1 preseason victory over Stanley Cup champion Washington. Jakub Lauko scored for the Bruins in the first period, and Brett Connolly tied it in the second.
Boston’s Danton Heinen had the only goal in the shootout. ... Croatia -- just barely -- is going to the Davis Cup final. After eight hours of tennis, Borna Coric ended a sustained comeback bid from the United States by rallying from two sets to one down to beat Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-7 (11), 6-1, 6-3 in the fifth and decisive match of a topsy-turvy semifinal.