Sports Digest: Hamilton outduels Verstappen for fifth straight Spanish Grand Prix title


Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen in a thrilling duel to win the Spanish Grand Prix and increase his championship lead over his top rival on Sunday.

Verstappen’s Red Bull edged the pole-sitting Hamilton to the first curve to snatch the early lead. But Mercedes’ use of two pit stops to give Hamilton fresher tires down the final stretch paid off and allowed him to overtake the Dutchman with six laps remaining.

Hamilton followed his 100th career pole on Saturday by taking his 98th win. He also tied Michael Schumacher’s mark of six victories at the Spanish Grand Prix, including the last five in a row.

Hamilton increased his lead to 14 points over Verstappen, who grabbed a bonus point for the fastest lap.

Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas steered his Mercedes to a third-place finish.


EUROPEAN TOUR: Garrick Higgo made a hole-in-one on his way to a 7-under 64 as he won the Canary Islands Championship in Tenerife, Spain, for his third European Tour title – and second in three weeks.

The 21-year-old South African matched Tiger Woods for the fewest number of events needed to claim three European Tour or PGA Tour wins since 1990. Higgo was playing in his 26th event.

LPGA: Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 9-under-par 63 in the final round to win the LPGA Thailand by one stroke And become the first home winner of the tournament in 14 years.

Jutanugarn’s overall total of 22-under 266 just edged out her fellow Thai, Atthaya Thitikul, 18, who missed a four-foot birdie putt on the last hole.


BASEBALL: Collin Duffley pitched a two-hitter in Game 1 and Cam Climo drove in four runs in Game 2 as UMass Lowell (15-24, 14-16 America East) swept a doubleheader against Maine (16-17, 11-14), beating the Black Bears 1-0 and 10-3 in Orono.

Alex McKenney took the loss in the opener despite giving up only two hits. Jimmy Sullivan led off the second inning with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cedric Rose.

Sean Lawlor got both hits for Maine.

Climo’s three-run homer capped a five-run third inning for the River Hawks in Game 2. Joey Castellanos added three RBI.

Scout Knotts went 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored for Maine in the second game.

• Cabot Maher hit a grand slam and went 3 for 5 with seven RBI as Colby (12-10) ended its season with a 20-3 win over Bates (1-7) in Lewiston.

The Mules finished with 19 hits, including four by Charlie Furlong. Brady O’Brien had three hits and four runs scored, and Noah Reichman hit a home run.

Christian Beal was 4 for 5 with two RBI for Bates.


MADRID OPEN: Alexander Zverev continued his impressive form going into the French Open by winning his second Madrid Open title.

After beating top-seeded Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals and fourth-ranked Dominic Thiem in the semifinals, Zverev rallied to defeat Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (8), 6-4, 6-3 for his second title this season. The sixth-ranked German also won the Mexican Open in Acapulco in March.


ENGLAND: Manchester United beat Aston Villa 3-1, leaving rival Manchester City still needing three points to reclaim the Premier League title.

• West Ham’s dream of a first-ever finish in the Premier League’s top four faded after a 1-0 loss at home against Everton. West Ham remained five points behind Leicester with three games remaining.

• Chelsea retained the Women’s Super League title and became the all-time record champion by beating Reading, 5-0.

It’s the fourth league title for Chelsea, which has one more than Arsenal since the first WSL season in 2011.

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