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Daytona 500 underway...Justin Thomas has 4-shot lead...Canada beats US in women’s hockey

February 17, 2019

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Daytona 500 is underway, with William Byron leading the 40-car to the green flag. The 21-year-old Byron and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman, 25, made up the youngest front row in the 61-year history of the “The Great American Race.” Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears had to drop to the back of the field because of unapproved changes to their cars.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Kenny Goins had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 11 Michigan State finished the game with a 20-2 run, beating Ohio State 62-44. Matt McQuaid scored 14 points for the Spartans and Cassius Winston added 13. Michigan State pulled into a first-place tie with rival Michigan atop the Big Ten, holding Ohio State to 13 points in the second half.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Thomas has finished off his third round at the Genesis Open with a 6-under 65, giving him a four-shot lead over Adam Scott and J.B. Holmes going straight into the final round. The start of the tournament was delayed seven hours by rain Thursday, throwing the schedule out of whack for 2½ days.

DETROIT (AP) — Canada has won the inaugural Rivalry Series in women’s hockey, beating the Americans 2-0 today in Detroit. Brianne Jenner and Blayre Turnbull scored and Shannon Szabados made 38 saves. Alex Rigsby made 15 saves for the U.S. The Americans won the opener 1-0 on Tuesday, and Canada evened the three-game series with a 4-3 victory Thursday.

ARE, Sweden (AP) — Marcel Hirscher says he has likely skied in his last world championships and could even decide to retire at the end of this season. The Austrian says he will compete in 10 more races this season and then assess his options. Hirscher spoke after leading an Austrian sweep in the slalom today for a record-tying seventh career gold medal at the world championships.