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Allgaier wins Xfinity race at Phoenix International

Justin Allgaier held on to the lead in a restart with four laps to go and won the NASCAR Xfinity race at Phoenix International Raceway in scorching heat, his first win in five years.

Allgaier, who took four tires on his Kelley-Earnhardt-Miller Chevrolet in one of the late cautions, held off Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones.

Blaney, who started 33rd after missing qualifying, pulled ahead of Jones before the final lap to finish second.

Jones and Blaney won the first and second stages.

There were nine caution flags for 54 laps of the 200-lap race.

The temperature in the barren hills southwest of the city was 93 degrees at the start.


MLS: Maxi Urruti scored two second-half goals to get host FC Dallas get past the New England Revolution, 2-1.

The Revolution led for more than 60 minutes thanks to Lee Nguyen’s 10th-minute strike, but Urruti’s goals in the 71st and 77th dropped New England to 0-2.


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Roger Federer defeated Jack Sock 6-1, 7-6 (4) to reach the final in pursuit of his record-tying fifth title at Indian Wells, California.

Federer will play Stan Wawrinka in an all-Swiss final after Wawrinka eased past Pablo Carreno Busta, 6-3, 6-3.

Federer’s last Indian Wells title came in 2012. He owns a 19-3 edge over Wawrinka, including 14-0 on hard courts.

MIAMI OPEN: World No. 1 Andy Murray pulled out of the upcoming tournament, one he won in 2009 and 2013, because of a right elbow injury.


PGA: Charley Hoffman finished a lot better than he started, closing with three straight birdies for a 1-under 71 that allowed him to catch Kevin Kisner for a share of the lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Orlando, Florida.

Hoffman opened with two sloppy bogeys and had four bogeys on the day.

Kisner shot 68. He and Hoffman were at 11-under 205, three shots clear of Tyrrell Hatton, Marc Leishman and Matt Fitzpatrick.

Rory McIlroy birdied his last two holes for a 65 and climbed within five shots.

LPGA: Anna Nordqvist shot a tournament-record 11-under 61 in 95-degree heat to take a two-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis and Ariya Jutanugarn in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup at Phoenix.

Lewis and Jutanugarn each shot 66 playing together for the third straight day – with identical scores each day.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Steve Stricker shot a 10-under 63 in hot conditions to take a three-stroke lead in the Tucson Conquistadores Classic in Arizona, putting him in position to become the 19th player to win in his debut on the tour.


WORLD CUP: Petra Vlhova of Slovakia stole the show from new overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin, finding another speed near the bottom to win a slalom race at the World Cup finals in Aspen, Colorado.

Vlhova finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 32 seconds as she eclipsed the American by 0.24 seconds. Vlhova led Shiffrin by 0.07 seconds after the morning run.

The 22-year-old Shiffrin wrapped up the overall World Cup title when Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec didn’t race the slalom.

Marcel Hirscher of Austria rallied to a giant slalom victory at the men’s finals in Aspen, powering through a short course in a combined time of 1 minute, 49.79 seconds.

Hirscher already had clinched the season-long giant slalom title along with his sixth straight overall crown.

– Staff and news service report

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