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    The last six weeks have been a whirlwind for Shane van Gisbergen. He revised his racing schedule, changed his travel plans, linked up with old acquaintances and, yes, continues to clarify the pronunciation of his last name. Winning his Cup debut on the streets of Chicago changed everything for the newest racing sensation from New Zealand.

      The Iceman became the Ironman of IndyCar. Capped it off with a win, too. Scott Dixon overcame a first-lap spin and then held off hard-charging Graham Rahal over the final 10 laps to win Saturday’s Indianapolis Grand Prix by 0.4779 seconds. Dixon extended his record to 19 consecutive seasons with a win. The victory on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the first of the season for Dixon, who passed Tony Kanaan when he started the race for most consecutive starts. 

        Australia has edged France on penalty kicks to reach the Women’s World Cup semifinals for the first time. Cortnee Vine took Australia’s 10th penalty from the spot and calmly converted to give the Matildas a 7-6 win in the shootout after the quarterfinal match finished 0-0 after regulation and extra time. The Australians missed two earlier chances to clinch a dramatic shootout but ultimately it didn’t matter as they ended a long curse for tournament hosts.

          PHILADELPHIA — Besides being one the league’s batting leaders for the first-place Philadelphia Phillies, our next guest also happens to be one of the game’s more colorful players. Folks, take a look at this video of him chewing gum. Please welcome, No. 29, John Kruk. — David Letterman, Sept. 23, 1993 No one disliked extra innings more than John Kruk, which explains why he had little interest ...

            Bills safety Damar Hamlin is preparing for the next step to resume his career by suiting up in Buffalo's preseason-opening game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. The game will mark the first time Hamlin appears in a competitive setting since the 25-year-old went into cardiac arrest and needed to be resuscitated on the field in Cincinnati in January. Coach Sean McDermott told The Associated Press that Hamlin is scheduled to play.

              Cameron Smith was determined to erase memories of his worst finish of the year last week. He did just that at LIV Golf-Bedminster. Smith shot 66 and has a one-shot lead over Charles Howell III at Trump National. Smith finished 35th last week at The Greenbrier. This is his first time playing the Trump course at Bedminster. The Australian didn't join LIV Golf until a month after the circuit played at Trump National last year.

              Lucas Glover is handling the mud and slop one day and oppressive heat the next. Glover shot a 64 and has a one-shot lead over Jordan Spieth in the FedEx St. Jude Championship. Spieth had four bogeys in his round of 68. There are 16 players within four shots of the lead. That includes the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy. Glover is coming off a win last week in the Wyndham Championship.

              IndyCar championship leader Alex Palou has changed his mind again and informed McLaren Racing he will not be joining the team at the end of this season. In a letter sent to the Arrow McLaren Racing employees by boss Zak Brown, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, Brown wrote that Palou “has no intention of honoring his contract with our Arrow McLaren IndyCar team for the 2024 season and beyond.”

              There’s a golfer hailing from America’s South and with a passion for hunting who is running away with the British Open thanks to precise driving and a red-hot putter. Ally Ewing is putting up a good impression of Brian Harman as she goes for a first major title this week at Walton Heath. The No. 39-ranked Ewing rolled in six birdies in her first 11 holes and shot 6-under 66 to establish a five-stroke lead at the end of the second round of the Women’s British Open.

              Some of the best competition in the NFL this summer takes place on practice fields. More teams are holding joint practices and holding their star players out of preseason games. It’s been a growing trend since the preseason schedule was shortened to three games. A total of 27 teams are scheduled to participate in joint sessions this year, up from 23 last season. Thirteen teams are holding joint practices with two clubs, up from seven last year. The joint sessions allow coaches to prepare their starters for the season in a more controlled atmosphere with less fear of injury.

              Gregg Popovich didn't want to be inducted into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame until the players that helped his teams win NBA championships had already gone in. With Tony Parker joining him, the NBA's winningest coach is ready to be celebrated for an impact on the sport that is now global. Popovich, a five-time NBA champion, Olympic gold medal-winning coach and the league’s all-time leader in coaching wins, will join fellow NBA champions Dwyane Wade, Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki and Tony Parker, along with longtime coaching mentee Becky Hammon as headliners of the 2023 Basketball Hall of Fame class.


              Salma Paralluelo has scored deep in extra time to give Spain a 2-1 win over Netherlands and send the sixth-ranked nation into the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup for the first time. The teenager struck in the 113th minute of an epic clash between European heavyweights whose men’s teams also have storied World Cup histories. The 19-year-old made her break down the left hand side, pivoted momentarily and from a difficult angle sent the ball into the back of the neck for an historic match-winner.

              Collin Morikawa is pledging $1,000 for every birdie he makes the next three PGA Tour events to help with relief for the deadly fires in Hawaii. For him, it’s personal. Morikawa's grandparents were born in Lahaina and owned a restaurant there. Lahaina is a historic town on Maui and a popular tourist destination. It was the hardest hit by fires that have claimed at least 36 lives and destroyed fabled Front Street.

              Jordan Spieth kept a clean card and clean pants in the rain-soaked opener to the PGA Tour postseason. Spieth chipped in for eagle on his way to a 63 in the FedEx St. Jude Championship. That gives him a one-shot lead over Tom Kim, who did what he could to stay clean. Kim rolled up his pants to make it look as though he were wearing capris. Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler each had 67. Top-seeded Jon Rahm shot 73.

              Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the U.S. Open. That means he will have missed all four Grand Slam tournaments this year. He reached his first major final at Wimbledon in 2022 and the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open. But the 28-year-old from Australia has participated in just one official match all of this season — a loss in June in Stuttgart, Germany. Soon after that he withdrew from Wimbledon because of an injured wrist. He also missed the Australian Open in January and the French Open in May. The U.S. Open begins on Aug. 28 in New York. Jan-Lennard Struff also pulled out on Thursday.

              The United States is seeking its third female major champion of 2023 at the AIG Women's British Open this week. Ally Ewing is leading the American charge to the likely surprise of many. Ewing made eagle from 5 feet at the par-5 16th to leapfrog a five-way tie for first place and parred the last two holes to shoot 4-under 68 for the solo lead at Walton Heath in the opening round. Ewing is ranked No. 39, missed the cut in two of the last three majors and her most recent top-10 finish in the biggest events in golf came at the Chevron Championship in early 2021. Former Women's U.S. Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 is among those in second place.

              The Indianapolis Colts will start rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson in Saturday's preseason opener at Buffalo, coach Shane Steichen announced Thursday. Richardson, the fourth overall pick in April's draft, has been working primarily with the starters over the past week and has shown glimpses of the raw talent that intrigued the team.

              Suspended NASCAR driver Noah Gragson has asked Legacy Motor Club to release him from his contract so he can work through the series' reinstatement process. Gragson was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR last Saturday after liking an insensitive meme with a photo of George Floyd's face. Floyd died in 2020 after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for 9 1/2 minutes. Legacy already has announced two-time Le Mans winner Mike Rockenfeller will replace Gragson in the No. 42 Chevrolet for the next two races. Legacy's statement says it's "proud" that Gragson is taking ownership of his actions.

              American cyclist Chloe Dygert's comeback from a career-threatening injury culminated with a world title in the women's time trial on Thursday. Dygert crashed heavily in the same event at the 2020 worlds in Italy, leaving her with serious injuries to her left leg. She also dealt with illness and other injuries over the past three years, often keeping her off the bike for months at a time. But she stamped herself as the favorite for next year's Paris Olympics by holding off Australia's Grace Brown by six seconds to win the gold medal. Christina Schweinberger of Austria won the bronze medal.

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