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SPORTS DIGEST || Pikunas, Austalosh win at Mill Creek Park

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pikunas, Austalosh win at Mill Creek Park


Area golfers cleaned up at the NOPGA Junior Tour event at Mill Creek Park on Saturday.

Boardman’s Jacinta Pikunas tied for the lowest score regardless of gender or age with a 71 to win the girls 16-19 category. Her former high school teammates, Britney Jonda and Jenna Vivo took third and fourth respectively. Ursuline’s Sydney Heinbaugh took fifth and Poland’s Jenna Jacobson and Lisbon’s Samantha Tinsley tied for ninth.

Campbell’s Dean Austalosh shot a 75 to win the boys 16-19. Boardman’s Bryan Kordupel tied for second and Cardinal Mooney’s Ken Keller tied for sixth. Brookfield’s Nathaniel Smoot was eighth.

In the boy’s 13-15, Brookfield’s Justin Atkinson was the highest placing local, shooting 80 to take seventh place.

Meet and greet with supercross driver set


Johnny K’s Powersports of Niles will welcome motocross legend Ryan Villopoto for a meet and greet on Thursday from 1-3 p.m.

Villopoto, a four time AMA World Supercross Champion and 10-time motocross/supercross racing champion, will be on hand to sign autographs, take pictures and talk with fans.

Sharapova to miss Wimbledon

Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova has pulled out of Wimbledon qualifying because of an injured left thigh.

Sharapova says Saturday that the muscle tear she got at the Italian Open last month will not allow her to compete at grass-court tournaments she was scheduled to play.

Sharapova received a wild-card entry for the event at Birmingham in June, and she was supposed to enter qualifying for Wimbledon.

The former No. 1 player recently returned from a 15-month doping ban.

Her ranking is still too low for direct entry into main draws, but she was denied a wild card for the French Open. The women’s final in Paris was Saturday.

US faces tense qualifier against Mexico tonight

mexico city

Getting three points, not heightened political tension between the United States and Mexico, is the focus of American players going into tonight’s World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium.

“When these guys are bearing down on you, Donald Trump is the last thing on your mind,” U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard said Saturday at the cavernous stadium.

Mexico upset the U.S. 2-1 at Columbus on the opening day of the final round of qualifying in November and is in position to sweep the Americans in a qualifying cycle for the first time 1972. El Tri leads the North and Central American and Caribbean region with four wins and a draw at the halfway point and with a victory could pretty much make certain a seventh straight World Cup berth.

Mexico leads the hexagonal with 13 points, followed by Costa Rica (eight), the U.S. (seven), Panama (six), Honduras (four) and Trinidad and Tobago three. The top three advance to next year’s World Cup in Russia, and the fourth-place team faces Asia’s No. 5 nation in a playoff.

Hamilton wins pole for Canadian Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton has won the pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix for the third year in a row.

It’s the sixth pole position in Montreal for Hamilton and the 65th in his career, tying him with Ayrton Senna and just three behind Michael Schumacher’s record of 68.

Hamilton steered his Mercedes to the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday. The five-time Montreal champion completed the 4.361-kilometer (2.71-mile) circuit in 1 minute, 11.459 seconds. That was about three-tenths of a second faster than Formula One points leader Sebastien Vettel in his Ferrari.

Valtteri Bottas was third in his Mercedes, followed by Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari.

Staff/wire report