Newton, July 20 (AP/UNB) — IndyCar points leader Josef Newgarden has spent much of the season holding off a hard-charging Alexander Rossi.
Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud looks poised to make the chase for the championship a three-car affair.
Pagenaud moved 22 points closer to Newgarden, his Team Penske teammate, after leading 80 of 85 laps in a dominant win in Toronto last weekend. Pagenaud now trails Newgarden by just 39 points and Rossi by 35 heading into Saturday night's race at Iowa Speedway.
Pagenaud put further pressure on Newgarden and Rossi by winning the pole Friday for the second week in a row.
The 35-year-old Frenchman beat Will Power, also of Team Penske, and Newgarden to capture his third pole of 2019 and his 13th overall.
"I'm definitely happy to be ahead of my teammates," Pagenaud said. "Josef is my competition this year, so I've got to grab any points I can get. Be aggressive, show authority."
Pagenaud hit a bit of a wall following his memorable win at the Indianapolis 500 in late May. He went four straight races finishing no better than sixth, a run that threatened to nullify the points advantage he picked up in Indianapolis.
But the No. 22 team found something in last weekend's performance in Canada, and Pagenaud could be tough to beat if he can bring the speed he had in qualifying to Saturday's race.
Iowa will be just the third oval of the season, with Pagenaud (Indianapolis) and Newgarden (Texas) taking the first two races. No one has ever won an IndyCar race from the pole in 12 tries at Iowa's 0.875-mile short track, but Pagenaud is on a roll heading into the race.
"I've been saying that I want to live in the moment this year," Pagenaud said. "Do it step by step and just be in the moment as much as I can, and it's working. So just now, I'm at the level I've always wanted to be in."
Newgarden wasn't happy on Friday despite qualifying third in a performance that he flatly said "wasn't good enough."
Newgarden has had plenty of success at Iowa though — including one of the most dominant runs in recent memory. He led 282 out of 300 laps, a record that still stands, to win in Newton three years ago for Ed Carpenter Racing. Newgarden was the third-fastest in qualifying despite having issues coming through the opening turn.
Turn "1 was probably the tough one for us. We didn't have the balance that we needed through there," Newgarden said. "But the car was good. I think the Hitachi car has been fast. Chevy has done a tremendous job. We should have what we need, I think, for tomorrow."
Rossi will start sixth in his No. 27 Honda, which was four MPH slower than Pagenaud's pace. But Rossi has been nearly as hot as Pagenaud of late, winning at Road America on June 23 before finishing third a week ago.
"The Penske cars have looked really strong, which is unfortunate," Rossi said.
La Mongie, July 20 (AP/UNB) — The first super-tough 2,000-meter (6,500-foot) climb of the Tour de France proved to be no obstacle for Julian Alaphilippe, the race leader who kept his yellow jersey while defending champion Geraint Thomas struggled up the Tourmalet pass and lost time on Saturday.
Thibaut Pinot won Stage 14 up the legendary ascent in the Pyrenees, making amends for a disaster on Stage 10, when he lost lots of time.
Thomas cracked on the final inclines to the top of the pass and couldn't stay with Pinot and Alaphilippe, who increasingly appears to be justifying French hopes that he could become France's first Tour winner since 1985.
"Since the start of the Tour I had this stage in the back of my mind. The Tournalet, it's mythical," said Pinot, who now has three career stage wins at cycling's greatest race.
Pinot said he's fuelled by anger at all the time he squandered on Stage 10, when he was part of a group that got separated from other title contenders in cross-winds.
"I have this rage inside me, because in my opinion it was an injustice," said Pinot, a podium finisher in 2014.
Dhaka, July 20 (UNB)- Bangladesh National Hockey team finished 7th among 10 nations in the 8th AHF Men's Asian Indoor Hockey 2019, crushing Chinese Taipei by 9-0 goals in the place-deciding match at Chonburi in Thailand on Saturday.
Ashraful Islam, Md Milon Hossain and captain Farhad Ahmed Shitul scored two goals each while Rasel Mahmud Jimi, Mainul Islam Koushik and Khorshedur Rahman netted one goal each for Bangladesh.
Ashraful opened the account for Bangladesh converting a penalty corner correctly in the 5th minute (1-0).
In the 15th minute, Milon put Bangladesh ahead of the opponents netting a field goal (2-0) while Ashraful widened the margin converting his second penalty corner in the 18th minute (3-0).
Just before the half time, Milon and Jimi consecutively bagged two more goals for the Bangladeshi side in the 20th minute (5-0).
Bangladesh continued their domination over Chinese Taipei within the opening minute of the second half.
In the 26th minute, captain Shitul raised the margin with a field goal for Bangladesh scoring his first goal of the tournament (6-0).
Then, Mainul Islam Koushik, who made double hat-trick against the Philippines on Wednesday, scored his eighth goal of the tournament in the 28th minute (7-0).
Shitul netted his second goal converting a penalty corner in the 32nd minute (8-0) while Khorshedur Rahman sealed the fate of the match scoring the 9th goal of the match in the 33rd minute (9-0).
Earlier, Bangladesh finished 4th in the 5-team Pool A securing 3 points from four matches with one win and three defeats.
They posted their first win in the tournament beating the Philippines by 9-0 goals on July 17 while suffered 0-6 goals defeat to Malaysia on July 15, 0-8 goals defeat to holders Iran on July 16 and 1-3 goal defeat to hosts Thailand on July 18.
The team are expected to return home on Monday (July 22).
Top Bangladeshi scorers: Mainul Islam Koushik (8), Ashraful Islam (3), Rasel Mahmud Jimi (3), Md Milon Hossain (2), Farhad Ahmed Shitul (2), Khorshedur Rahman (1).
Bangladesh Squad: Rasel Mahmud Jimi, Mainul Islam Koushik, Fazle Rabbi Hossain, Ashim Gope (GK), Imran Hasan Pintu, Ashraful Islam, Farhad Ahmed Shitul (C), Khorshedur Rahman, Sarwar Hossain, Roman Sarkar, Milon Hossain, Abu Sayed Nippon (GK).
Gwangju, Jul 20 (AP/UNB) — Matthew Carter and Maddison Keeney of Australia won mixed 3-meter synchronized springboard diving at the world championships, with China scratching after winning gold in the first 11 events.
Carter and Keeney totaled 304.86 points in Saturday night's final in Gwangju. They edged Francois Imbeau-Dulac and Jennifer Abel of Canada, who finished 0.78 points behind for silver.
Lou Massenberg and Tina Punzel of Germany took bronze at 301.62.
It was Keeney's second medal of the competition. She finished third in women's 3-meter springboard Friday.
Tom Daley and Grace Reid of Britain were fourth, two years after they earned silver in the event.
The American duo of Briadam Herrera and Maria Coburn was fifth.
China has a chance to win a 12th gold later Saturday in men's 10-meter platform, the final event of the meet.
Portrush, Jul 20 (AP/UNB) — Royal Portrush had all of Saturday morning to recover from the reality that Rory McIlroy is no longer part of this British Open.
In a second round so packed with emotion that it felt like Sunday, McIlroy nearly recovered from his opening 79 by coming up one birdie short of making it to the weekend. McIlroy, one of three players from Northern Ireland celebrating the return of the Open after a 68-year absence, says he has never felt such support.
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Shane Lowry of Ireland and J.B. Holmes were tied for the lead at 8-under 134, one shot ahead of Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood. Among those within three shots of the lead were Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth.