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#SportsReport: Takuma Sato Becomes First Japanese Winner Of Indy 500

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Indianapolis 500:

A little history was made at the Brickyard on Sunday. Takuma Sato became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 as he denied Helio Castroneves a record-tying fourth victory. Castroneves briefly took the lead in the closing laps but couldn't make it stick. Sato grabbed it back and gave Andretti Autosport its second consecutive win at the Brickyard.

The margin of victory was just over 0.2 seconds and served as redemption for Sato, who crashed while trying to beat Dario Franchitti on the final lap of the 2012 race. Ed Jones finished third, followed by Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan. It was only the second IndyCar victory for Sato, who won driving for A.J. Foyt at Long Beach in 2013. Sato is a regular driver on the Formula One circuit.

An Andretti driver has now won the 500 three times in the last four years, and five times since the late Dan Wheldon captured the 2005 race. Fernando Alonso had a spectacular race before falling victim to his engine late in the race. Pole-sitter Scott Dixon suffered an ankle injury in a spectacular crash, one of several wrecks that left just 19 cars on the track at the end of the race.

NBA:

On Thursday, the NBA finals start when Cleveland goes up against the Golden State Warriors for the third time in a row.

NHL:

The Stanley Cup playoffs get underway tonight when Nashville faces the Penguins in Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. It’s the Predators first appearance in a Stanley Cup.

MLB:

Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics. Michael Pineda tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start.

Boston's six-game winning streak is finished after Christian Bergman scattered four hits over seven innings of Seattle's 5-0 shutout of the Red Sox. Bergman was aided by four double plays from his infielders before three relievers completed the combined five-hitter. Robinson Cano smacked a two-run homer and Guillermo Heredia added a solo shot as the Mariners won for just the second time in nine games.

The Mets got six strong innings from Matt Harvey in winning the rubber match of their three-game set in Pittsburgh, 7-2. Harvey gave up a run and six hits over a season-high six innings to win his second consecutive start. Asdrubel Cabrera and Jay Bruce each hit two-run doubles to help Harvey put together his first winning streak since last April.

The Houston Astros are a major league-best 35-16 after completing a three-game sweep of Baltimore. George Springer homered while the Astros put together a six-run second in an 8-4 pounding of the Orioles. Lance McCullers is 6-1 after allowing two earned runs and five hits while striking out eight over six innings.

Angels outfielder and major league home run co-leader Mike Trout suffered a sprained left thumb during Sunday's 9-2 loss at Miami. Trout injured the thumb while stealing second base in the fifth inning. X-rays were negative, and Trout is scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday when the team returns to Los Angeles.

Pawtucket's mayor says he plans to continue pushing for a bill that would help finance a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium. The Providence Journal reports Mayor Don Grebien said Friday that he will keep advocating "in the best interest of Pawtucket" for the legislation. The Democrat has been pushing a bill that calls for the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency to borrow $71 million to build the ballpark. The plan asks the state to pay off $23 million. The team would pay $33 million and the city would pay $15 million.

NCAA:

Caroline Steele had six goals and an assist, Taylor Hensh scored three times and top-seeded Maryland beat Boston College 16-13 Sunday in the NCAA women's lacrosse championship game. Jen Giles, Megan Whittle and Kali Hartshorn each had two goals for the lady Terrapins.

Marist qualified for an automatic bid into the NCAA baseball tournament over the weekend when they won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship over Iona 5-1. Central Connecticut qualified for an automatic bid when they won the Northeast Conference championship over Sacred Heart 6-3.

NASCAR:

A late gamble allowed Austin Dillon to win NASCAR's longest race, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dillon finished ahead of Kyle Busch after staying out instead of pitting late in the race. It was Dillon's first NASCAR Cup victory and returned the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet to victory lane.

Tennis:

Angelique Kerber is the first No. 1 women's seed in the Open era to lose in the opening round at the French Open, falling 6-2, 6-2 to 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova. Kerber has dropped four of her last six matches, leaving her just 19-13 this year. Petra Kvitova made a winning return to tennis, less than six months after she was stabbed at her home in the Czech Republic.

MLS:

Miguel Almiron scored twice in the first 23 minutes and Atlanta United beat New York City FC 3-1 Sunday night. Jack Harrison scored in the 71st minute for NYCFC.

WNBA:

Jonquel Jones scored 19 of her career-high 23 points in the second half and finished with 21 rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky 97-79 Sunday night. Jones, who set her previous career best of 20 rebounds on May 13, became the 12th player in WNBA history with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game. Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals and Lynetta Kizer scored 16 with seven rebounds for Connecticut.

PGA:

Kevin Kisner held off a late-charging Jordan Spieth to capture the Colonial. Kisner birdied the first three holes on the back nine and closed with a 4-under 66 for a 10-under total. He capped the tournament with a clutch par save following a wayward tee shot to finish one shot ahead of Spieth, Sean O'Hair and Jon Rahm. The 33-year-old Kisner got his second PGA Tour victory in 148 starts since his debut in 2011.

Bernard Langer has broken Jack Nicklaus' record by winning a ninth senior major title. The 59-year-old Langer closed the Senior PGA Championship with a 4-under 68 for an 18-under total that left him one stroke ahead of third-round leader Vijay Singh. The Senior PGA had been the lone major to elude Langer. Miguel-Angel Jimenez and Billy Andrade tied for third at 13 under.

LPGA:

Shanshan Feng shot a 4-under 68 to win the LPGA Volvik Championship by one stroke over Minjee Lee and Sung Hyun Park. Feng earned her first victory of the season and seventh of her career.

Horse Racing:

Preakness winner Cloud Computing won't run in the Belmont Stakes, leaving the final leg of the Triple Crown without the winners of the first two races. Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming also won't run in the 1½-mile Belmont on June 10th in New York. Trainer Chad Brown confirmed Sunday that Cloud Computing would skip the Belmont, which had been expected. The Belmont field is limited to 16 horses.

Vermont City Marathon:

Tyler Andrews of Arlington, Virginia has won the men's division of the Vermont City Marathon, and Huntington's Kasi Enman took first place among women for a third time. The Burlington Free Press reports that Andrews finished with an unofficial time of 2:19:41, while Enman finished at 2:50:27. The marathon started an hour earlier this year following last year’s race where several runners suffered from heat exhaustion. 

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