Campenaerts targeting WorldTour-level time trial wins in 2019

Reigning Belgian and European time trial champion Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) will continue to concentrate on time trial victories next season, but says that he also wants to try his hand at getting away in more breakaways. Related Articles Since taking the bronze medal in the elite men’s time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, in September – behind Australia’s Rohan Dennis and Dutchman Tom Dumoulin – Campenaerts has also made clear his intention to try to break Bradley Wiggins’ Hour Record of 54.526km, which was set…

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Jacob DeGrom of New York Mets wins NL Cy Young Award

New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom won his first Cy Young Award on Wednesday, taking home the National League edition after leading the majors in ERA. DeGrom received 29 first-place votes and 207 points in voting announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Washington‘s Max Scherzer got the other first-place vote and finished second while seeking a third straight Cy Young and fourth overall. The Mets ace took home his trophy with just 10 wins, the Rays hurler with just over 180 IP, so voters looked deeper at…

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MLB — Jacob DeGrom’s Cy Young-worthy season goes way beyond wins

The Cy Young Award is given to the best pitcher in each league. Voting for the 2018 National League award winner might codify how pitchers are assessed to be “the best” in this day and age of baseball analysis. Pitcher wins are no longer considered the be-all, end-all in terms of pitching stats, or even the second-most important along with ERA. There are far more ways to evaluate pitchers today. And if New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom wins the NL award Wednesday, it will be clear those other metrics…

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J.R. Todd wins first NHRA Funny Car season title

POMONA, Calif. — J.R. Todd wrapped up his first Funny Car season title Sunday during the first round of Funny Car eliminations in the Auto Club NHRA Finals and went on to win the event. Matt Smith won his third Pro Stock Motorcycle title in the final event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. All of the event winners won season titles, with Steve Torrence winning in Top Fuel and Tanner Gray in Pro Stock. Todd beat Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final with a 3.872-second run…

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Vijay Singh wins final event, giving Bernhard Langer a fifth Schwab Cup

PHOENIX — Bernhard Langer celebrated his fifth Charles Schwab Cup with his wife and friends, a glass of red wine in his hand. He might consider sending the best bottle to Vijay Singh. Both walked away winners Sunday, when Singh produced the best round of his PGA Tour Champions career, a 10-under 61 that turned a six-shot deficit into a four-shot victory in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and allowed Langer to claim another $1 million bonus for the season title. “At age 61 to do it is quite an…

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Vijay Singh’s closing 61 gives him four-stroke win, while Bernhard Langer again wins Charles Schwab Cup

It took Vijay Singh until his 40s to hit his stride on the PGA Tour, so maybe it should be no surprise that it has taken him to his mid 50s to hit his stride on the PGA Tour Champions. Singh, 55, began the final round trailing by six, but posted a 10-under par 61 to win the season-finale Charles Schwab Cup Championship by four at Phoenix (Ariz.) Country Club on Sunday. It was his third win of the season, yet only his fourth on the senior tour. Twenty-two of…

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Lee Westwood turns back the clock, wins the Nedbank Golf Challenge with closing 64

There was no getting away from the turn-back-the-clock feel to Lee Westwood’s performance at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Facts are facts, and the Englishman with the dry-wit and the gray stubble had not been victorious on the European Tour since April 2014, or anywhere for that matter since April 2015. The former World No. 1 had contended a time or three in the meanwhile, but at 45, now ranked 119th in the world and having seen his status in the game fall from name brand to also ran, most observers—including…

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Mexico’s Lopez wins maiden LPGA crown with China victory

Shanghai (AFP) – Mexico’s 136th-ranked Gaby Lopez celebrated the biggest victory of her career on Saturday when she triumphed at the $2.1 million Blue Bay LPGA in China. An emotional Lopez beat off world number one Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and a late challenge from France’s Celine Boutier for her maiden victory on the US-based LPGA Tour. Lopez carded a final-round 73 to go eight under for the tournament on the island of Hainan — where wind has been a factor all week — and a one-stroke win. She was…

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Man wins lottery prize by picking Red Sox jersey numbers

BRAINTREE, Mass. — A Massachusetts great-grandfather has won a $100,000 lottery prize by picking the jersey numbers of five members of the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox. The lottery said in a statement that 84-year-old Jim Aylward Jr., of Templeton, won the prize in Monday’s Mass Cash drawing using the numbers 11-16-19-22-25. He claimed his prize Wednesday. Those are the jersey numbers of Red Sox players Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rick Porcello and World Series MVP Steve Pearce. The numbers represent “two young stars, a dazzling outfielder,…

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