Guarana one of three stakes winners at the Spa on Sunday

Guarana one of three stakes winners at the Spa on Sunday

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Guarana went wire-to-wire to win the Coaching Club American Oaks on Sunday, one of three stakes races at Saratoga Race Course.

The postponement of Saturday’s racing because of high temperatures was partly responsible for a 13-race card, featuring the 103rd running of the Grade I, $500,000 Coaching Club Oaks as the third race. Guarana paid $2.50 to win as the 1-5 favorite, keeping the horse unbeaten in three career starts.

Mominou went off at 29-1 and won the $200,000 Caress stakes, run as the 11th race on Sunday. The horse paid $61.50 to win under the ride of Kendrick Carmouche.

Golden Award won the Grade III, $200,000 Shuvee Stakes, run as the 13th race on the card, paying $8.50 to win.

Doubles champion McNamara dies

MELBOURNE, Australia — Peter McNamara, who won three Grand Slam doubles titles with fellow Australian Paul McNamee and reached a career-high No. 7 in singles, has died. He was 64.

His death at his home in Germany from prostate cancer was confirmed by David Law, a family friend and tennis commentator, on behalf of McNamara’s wife Petra.

McNamara formed a long and successful partnership with McNamee — the pair dubbed the “Super Macs” in Australia — to win the Wimbledon doubles titles in 1980 and ‘82 and the Australian Open title in 1979.

Herman wins Kentucky golf event

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — Jim Herman rode President Donald Trump’s putting advice to victory Sunday in the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship.

Taking advantage of playing partner Kelly Kraft’s two late bogeys, Herman finished with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory at Keene Trace. A shot ahead with three to play, Kraft bogeyed the par-3 16th and par-4 17th in a closing 70.

Trump’s regular golf partner while working as an assistant professional at Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey, Herman changed to a conventional putting grip and clubhead at the president’s suggestion following a recent round.

Isner captures Hall of Fame Open

NEWPORT, R.I. — John Isner lumbered toward the net and didn’t get to see his match-ending forehand winner down the line as he fell forward onto the extremely hot grass court.

The top seed used his blistering serve and a good passing shot after his opponent’s unconventional serve on match point to overcome the scorching conditions and win the title for the fourth time in Newport, beating No. 7 seed Alexander Bublik 7-6 (2), 6-3 on Sunday at the Hall of Fame Open.

“I had a feeling he was going to go to the underarm serve, and I was ready for it,” the 6-foot-10 Isner said, breaking into a smile.

Watt, Hopkins are out with injuries

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans have placed star defensive end J.J. Watt and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins on the physically unable to perform list.

Also going on the PUP list was wide receiver DeAndre Carter.

Watt, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, reportedly had knee surgery after last season. He shook off two years of injuries after he’d played just eight games total and earned All-Pro honors when he had 61 tackles.

Buccaneers sign first-round pick

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed first-round pick Devin White, the fifth overall selection out of LSU.

White was the 2018 Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top college linebacker and was a first-team All-American. He is expected to be an immediate starter at inside linebacker.

Ferro beats Cornet in final match

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Fiona Ferro beat her friend and French club teammate Alizé Cornet 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 in the Ladies Open Lausanne final on Sunday to win her first WTA singles title.

The 98th-ranked Ferro plays for the same club in Nice as No. 48 Cornet, who described her as “like my little sister on the tour.”

Ferro clinched the title with her seventh break of serve from nine chances when Cornet sent a forehand long.


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