LONG POND, Pa. — Kyle Busch overcame starting from near the rear of the field because of a penalty for failing post-qualifying inspection, an out-of-sorts car early in the race and several late-race restarts to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., on Sunday, July 29. The victory in the Gander Outdoors 400 was the sixth of the year for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver and tied him with Kevin Harvick—who also failed post-qualifying inspection and was penalized to the back of the field—for the most in the series.
ST. PETERSBURG—Samuel Umtiti's 51st-minute header sent France into the World Cup final with a ruthless 1-0 win over Belgium in an absorbing first semifinal on Tuesday. Didier Deschamps' side will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time following their triumph on home soil in 1998. In an enthralling, albeit highly tactical rather than incident-packed match, it was once again a set-piece that proved decisive with Umtiti's near-post header from an Antoine Griezmann corner settling matters.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Dustin Johnson three-putted the final hole to fall into a four-way tie for the lead with fellow Americans Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger and Tony Finau after the third round at the U.S. Open on Saturday, June 16. Johnson carded a 7-over-par 77 but still found himself sharing the lead after surviving brutal conditions as Koepka set himself up for a shot at successfully defending his title.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Dustin Johnson moved closer to a second U.S. Open victory in three years, shrugging off the worst of the conditions to take a stranglehold on the U.S. Open with a four-shot second-round lead at Shinnecock Hills on Friday. The overnight joint leader jumped clear with an assured 3-under-par 67 on a day when the tournament lost considerable star wattage as Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods missed the cut.
ELMONT, N.Y. - Justify won the 150th Belmont Stakes on Saturday in Elmont, N.Y., becoming the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown and only the second undefeated champion to achieve racing's most prestigious accomplishment. Starting out of the No. 1 post, jockey Mike Smith navigated Justify from the rail through a field of nine challengers to give trainer Bob Baffert his second Triple Crown winner in the last four years. Baffert also trained American Pharoah, who won the Triple Crown in 2015, ending a 37-year Triple Crown drought.
CLEVELAND—The Golden State Warriors repeated as NBA champions with a 108-85 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday to extend a stunning run that has included three titles in the last four seasons. The fourth consecutive NBA Finals matchup between the two rivals proved to be the most lopsided as the Warriors won the latest best-of-seven series in four games. It also could mark the end of James's second tenure with the Cavs.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Justin Thomas improved to third in the world rankings and enhanced his reputation as clutch performer when he won the Honda Classic in a playoff against Luke List in Florida on Sunday, Feb. 25. Thomas birdied the first extra hole, sinking a 3-foot putt at the par-5 18th at PGA National to edge Thomas as darkness descended rapidly over Palm Beach Gardens. Earlier, Thomas (68) and fellow American List (69) finished regulation at 8-under 272, one stroke ahead of Swede Alex Noren (67).
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—South Korea brought the curtain down on its "Peace Games" on Sunday, Feb. 25, with winter sports athletes dancing and singing together at a vibrant closing ceremony, though there was little warmth between dignitaries from the United States and North Korea. South Korea President Moon Jae-in, who hopes to use these Games as an opportunity to engage with the North, warmly greeted U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka before offering a brief handshake to North Korean delegation leader Kim Yong Chol.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea—Ryan Donato scored twice to help the United States ease to a 5-1 win over Slovakia and book a spot in the men's Olympic ice hockey quarter-finals on Tuesday. After a scoreless first period, the U.S. raced clear with three goals in the second as Donato set the ball rolling when he snapped in a loose puck past goaltender Jan Laco after Troy Terry's errant shot had come back off the boards.
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Professional golfer Bill Haas escaped serious injury when he was involved in a fatal three-car collision on Tuesday in Los Angeles, but will drop out of a tournament as a result, his manager and local officials said on Wednesday. Haas, a six-time PGA Tour winner, was scheduled to play in the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades that begins Thursday, but will withdraw to recover at his home in Greenville, South Carolina, his manager said.