Weekend Sports In Brief

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Carli Lloyd lives for the big moment. She had her biggest on Sunday night – and gave the United States its record third Women’s World Cup title.

Lloyd scored three times as the U.S. jumped to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, and the Americans overwhelmed defending champion Japan 5-2 for the team’s first World Cup championship since 1999.

A sellout crowd of 53,341 that included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden roared in approval for Lloyd’s hat trick, the first in a Women’s World Cup final.

When it was over, Lloyd – awarded the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament – collapsed to her knees and pumped her fists. Forward Abby Wambach bear-hugged teary-eyed coach Jill Ellis, lifting her off the ground.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Days after a gut-wrenching loss, England finished its deepest run in the Women’s World Cup with an uplifting victory. No last-minute heartbreak this time around. Just a solid all-around performance for Steph Houghton and company.

Houghton’s nifty legwork prevented an own goal and Fara Williams scored on a penalty kick in the 108th minute, leading England to a 1-0 victory over top-ranked Germany in the third-place game Saturday.

Karen Bardsley stopped seven shots as England rebounded quite nicely from Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Japan. That semifinal was decided in the final minute of second-half stoppage time when Laura Bassett directed the ball into her own net.

AUTO RACING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, which ended at 2:41 a.m. Monday with a horrific last-lap accident that sent Austin Dillon sailing into the fence.

The outcome wasn’t in doubt as Earnhardt dominated the race. But as the pack of cars chased him on a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish, contact in traffic sent Dillon’s car sailing upside down into the fence.

The car tore down a section of fencing and Dillon sailed back onto the track. His mangled car landed on its roof and crew members from several teams raced to check on Dillon.

The crew members quickly waved to alert that Dillon was fine, and the grandson of team owner Richard Childress ultimately climbed from the car and raised his arms in the air.

It appeared a handful of fans in the stands were being treated for minor injuries sustained from debris from the car that flew into the seats.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Steven Rebenstorf has numerous flags flying atop his canopy tent inside Daytona International Speedway. The Confederate flag is front and center.

It’s been like that for years. And the 57-year-old Rebenstorf has no plans to take it down – not even if NASCAR decides to ban the embattled flag from its racetracks.

Rebenstorf and others staunchly defended their Confederate flags at NASCAR’s first race in the South since the racing series and its tracks urged fans to no longer wave the banner. Dozens were scattered throughout the vast infield all weekend leading to Sunday’s race.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) – The All-Star Game will have a Kansas City flavor, just not as much as it appeared last month. And the hometown Reds can celebrate a starter, too, despite Cincinnati’s sorry season.

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City’s Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game.

Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier leapfrogged St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter and will be in the NL starting lineup for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park, according to final results.

AL champion Kansas City will be represented in the starting lineup by outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Escobar. Four players ties the AL record for fan-elected starters, achieved nine times previously.

Kansas City had not had any starters since outfielder Jermaine Dye in 2000.

GOLF

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) – Danny Lee was overcome with nerves after qualifying for a four-man playoff at The Greenbrier Classic. By the time he walked to the first playoff tee, he was ready.

Lee earned his first PGA Tour victory when he parred the second hole of the sudden-death playoff, eliminating David Hearn after Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb faltered on the first playoff hole.

Lee, Hearn, Kisner and Streb were tied at 13 under after four rounds on the Old White TPC course.

Lee, the South Korean-born New Zealander, earned $1.2 million and became the ninth first-time winner on the tour this season.

TOUR DE FRANCE

NEELTJE JANS, Netherlands (AP) – In ferocious winds and thunderous rain, Chris Froome and Alberto Contador managed to use the conditions to their advantage on the second stage of the Tour de France.

That gave them the early leg up on main rivals Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana.

Froome and Contador are more than a minute ahead of defending champion Nibali and Quintana after both rivals fell behind when the peloton split up in the heavy winds. Froome crossed the line in seventh place, 1 minute 28 seconds ahead of Nibali and Quintana, while Contador gained 1:24 on those two after placing 13th.

The action-packed trek swept along the spectacular Dutch coastline, with Andre Greipel winning a sprint to clinch a seventh Tour stage victory.