Froome completes rare Tour-Vuelta double

Chris Froome paraded into Madrid to clinch his first Spanish Vuelta title and secure the elusive Tour de France-Vuelta double on Sunday, while Spanish great Alberto Contador celebrated the end of his remarkable career in front of his home crowd.

Froome had virtually secured victory with a solid performance in the difficult climb up the Alto de l’Angliru on Saturday, which marked the last competitive stage of the three-week race.

Italian Matteo Trentin won the final sprint to clinch his fourth stage victory in this year’s Vuelta.


OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY: Dennis Spencer Jr. of Oxford earned his second Super Late Model victory of the season Saturday night, while Alan Tardiff of Lyman prevailed in a tiebreaker to win his first victory in the track’s premier racing class.

Spencer started 11th and held off Ryan Robbins of Dixfield for the victory.

Tardiff finished third after starting 12th. He started the race eight points behind TJ Brackett off Buckfield, who finished seventh. Both drivers had two wins this season, so Tardiff won on the second tiebreaker, earning one more runner-up finish than Brackett.

Other winners Saturday were: Billy Childs Jr. of Leeds in the Street Stock feature; Jamie Heath in the Bandits race; Gerry Freve of Buckfield in the Outlaws feature; John Childs in the Runnin’ Rebels feature; Varney in the Cruisers feature; Danny Wear of Buxton in Trucks; and Maggie Ferland of Auburn in the Ladies’ division.

Other track champions are: Childs Jr. in Street Stock; Brandon Varney of Auburn in Bandits; Ron Moon of North Yarmouth in Outlaws; Cody Childs of Auburn in Runnin’ Rebels; Phil Knowlton in Cruisers; Ryan Farrar of Oxford in Trucks; and Ferland in the Ladies division.


EUROPEAN TOUR: Matthew Fitzpatrick made a safe par 4 on the third extra hole to win the European Masters in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, after firing a 6-under 64 to force a playoff.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Colin Montgomerie made all the putts he needed on Narita Golf Club’s huge greens to win the Japan Airlines Championship – the first PGA Tour Champions event in Japan.

The 54-year-old Scot two-putted for par from 50 feet on the par-4 18th, hitting his first to 11/2 feet, for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke victory over Billy Mayfair and second-round leader Scott McCarron.


NHL: Hall of Fame defenseman Pierre Pilote, a three-time Norris Trophy winner who helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 1961, has died. He was 85.

Pilote was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.


WNBA: Brittney Griner had 26 points and nine rebounds, Diana Taurasi added 23 points, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Connecticut Sun 88-83 to reach the semifinals of the playoffs, in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Kristi Toliver scored 32 points, hitting a playoff-record nine 3-pointers, to lead the Washington Mystics to an 82-68 victory over the host New York Liberty.

Connecticut’s Curt Miller is the WNBA’s Coach of the Year and the Sun’s Jonquel Jones earned the league’s most improved player award on Sunday, the league announced.

– Staff and news service report