Schumacher, Wilkerson speed to NHRA wins

Racing on a 1,000-foot strip for the first time in NHRA history, Top Fuel dragster Tony Schumacher and Funny Car driver Tim Wilkerson won their respective classes Sunday at the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.

Schumacher didn’t need the extra 320 feet of track to get his dragster up to speed, reaching 304 mph in his win over Antron Brown in the finals.

Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) won for a third straight week, and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) defended his Bandimere title. Both of those events were run at a quarter-mile.

Also: Toshiki Yoshioka of Japan won the inaugural Formula Drift event early Sunday morning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s dragstrip before an estimated crowd of 7,000.

Yoshioka defeated fellow Japanese driver Daijiro Yoshihara in the championship race.

Samuel Hubinette of Sweden finished third.

Yoshioka won the D1 Grand Prix drifting event at the speedway two years ago.


Italian wins Tour stage; Kirchen retains lead

Italian Riccardo Ricco showed his strength in the Pyrenees by winning the ninth stage of the Tour de France, and Luxembourg’s Kim Kirchen kept the yellow jersey.

It was Ricco’s second stage victory in three mountain stages run so far in cycling’s premier event.

Ricco started with a sore right knee from a crash Saturday. He struck when his rivals appeared vulnerable, bolting from the pack in the steepest part of the final ascent on the 139-mile ride from Toulouse to Bagneres-de-Bigorre, France.

Kirchen, of Team Columbia, retained his six-second lead over Australia’s Cadel Evans.


Lightning’s Lecavalier inks $85 million deal

NHL All-Star center Vincent Lecavalier signed an 11-year, $85 million contract extension that he hopes will keep him in a Tampa Bay Lightning uniform for the remainder of his career.

New owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie will join Lecavalier at a news conference Tuesday that will be followed by an autograph signing for season ticket holders and a town hall meeting featuring the owners, Lecavalier and new coach Barry Melrose.

The 28-year-old forward, who helped Tampa Bay win its only Stanley Cup championship four years ago, had one season left on a four-year, $27.4 million contract. The new deal begins after next season.

Also: Amy Rodriguez scored in the 71st minute to give the U.S. women’s soccer team a 1-0 win over Brazil in an exhibition match in Commerce City, Colo.

The U.S., which has posted shutouts in its last six games, is now 20-0-1 in 2008. The two teams meet again Wednesday in San Diego in their last match before the Olympics start next month in Beijing. The U.S. faces Norway on Aug. 6 in its first Olympic match.

Usain Bolt, the 100-meter dash world-record holder, ran the fastest time in the 200 this year, winning in 19.67 seconds at the Tsiklitiria Athens Grand Prix in Athens Greece.

The 21-year-old Jamaican is now the fifth-fastest man of all time in the 200. His time was the sixth best ever, with world-record holder Michael Johnson having twice run faster.

Second-seeded Fabrice Santoro captured his second straight Hall of Fame Tennis Championships title in Newport, R.I., beating Prakash Amritraj 6-3, 7-5 to become the second player since 1990 to win an ATP event after his 35th birthday.

Frank Acker won the Southern Nevada Golf Association Senior Championship, shooting 70 and 67 for a 137 total at Boulder Creek Golf Club. Cody Bell won the net division at 133.

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