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Buescher claims victory in Iowa

In Iowa City, Iowa, James Buescher took control during a second green-white-checkered finish and held on to win the NASCAR Trucks series race at Iowa Speedway on Sunday.

It was the second win in four races for Buescher, the defending series champion.

Buescher grabbed the lead from the outside position and edged out pole sitter Ross Chastain for his sixth career victory.

Chastain, denied his first career win, was followed by Ty Dillon, Johnny Sauter and Darrell Wallace Jr.

• In Monza, Italy, Sebastian Vettel withstood a tricky start from the pole position to win the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday and extend his championship lead over Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who finished second.

Vettel locked his tires on the first turn as the Ferrari of Felipe Massa pressured him from behind, but after that the German consolidated his advantage to beat Alonso and Red Bull teammate
Mark Webber
, who finished third.

With seven races remaining, it looks increasingly likely that Vettel will clinch a fourth consecutive Formula One title – unless he has an alarming drop in form or Ferrari finds a way to get faster.

WNBA

Surging Mercury knock off Dream

In Atlanta, Diana Taurasi scored 25 points, Candice Dupree added 15 and the Phoenix Mercury won their third consecutive game with a 79-71 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday.

Angel McCoughtry finished with 25 points and Erika de Souza had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Dream (17-14). The loss ended Atlanta’s three-game winning streak.

Sailing

Oracle makes up ground in Race 4

In San Francisco, Oracle Team USA came flying out of the fog around Mark 4 and stayed ahead of Emirates Team Zealand in a heart-stopping sprint to the finish to win Race 4 of the America’s Cup by 8 seconds Sunday.

Finally, there were backslaps and smiles from the beleaguered defending champions.

It was the first victory of the regatta for Oracle, which still has a long way to go to keep the oldest trophy in international sports.

Owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison, of Oracle Corp., Oracle Team USA was docked two points by an international jury in the biggest cheating scandal in the regatta’s 162-year history. That meant the Americans started at minus-2.

Oracle needs to win 10 more races to keep the silver trophy.

Team New Zealand won Race 3 earlier in the day.

Soccer

Zambia’s ‘false’ claims reported

The Ghana Football Association says it will report Zambia’s FA to FIFA for “false” claims that its squad was forced to train in a car park outside the stadium before the countries’ crucial World Cup qualifier Friday.

Ghana won 2-1 in the southern city of Kumasi to progress to Africa’s decisive 10-team playoffs, eliminating the Zambians from World Cup contention.

The GFA said the problems on the eve of the match arose after Zambia’s squad arrived to train at Baba Yara Stadium two hours late and “opted” to work out near their team bus and close to a group of Ghana supporters because the venue was locked.

The GFA accused the FAZ of a “desperate bid to paint Ghana in a bad light” and attempting to provoke home fans.


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