Power wins Iowa Speedway pole
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Will Power won the pole for Sunday’s IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway. This is his fourth pole of the season.
Power was fastest in Saturday’s single-car, two-lap runs on the oval.
J.R. Hildebrand qualified second, followed by Helio Castroneves, Ed Carpenter and Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato.
Series leader Scott Dixon will start 17th after a disappointing qualifying run on the oval of just under nine-tenths of a mile.
Power has already won twice this season.
He will try to give Team Penske its first win in Iowa in 11 tries.
Dixon picks up minor penalties
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — The IndyCar series has penalized Scott Dixon and his No. 9 team after they won at Road America on June 25.
The series announced Saturday that the Chip Ganassi Racing team was cited for three minor violations after Dixon’s Honda entered the track roughly a minute after the end of a morning warmup practice ahead of the Kohler Grand Prix in Wisconsin.
The team was fined an unspecified amount and docked 20 minutes of practice time Saturday at the Iowa Speedway.
MLS announces All-Star fan picks
(AP) NYCFC’s David Villa, Toronto’s Michael Bradley and Chicago’s Bastian Schweinsteiger are among the fan selections for next month’s Major League Soccer All-Star Game.
Schweinsteiger was on Germany’s 2014 World Cup team. He is joined on the MLS squad by Chicago Fire teammate Nemanja Nikolic as first-time All-Stars. The MLS team will face Real Madrid and possibly star Cristiano Ronaldo on Aug. 2 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
Nikolic, who joined the Fire this season, leads MLS with 16 goals through 19 games.
Atlanta United defender Greg Garza and teammate Miguel Almiron are also first-time All-Stars.
Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the Chicago Rapids will anchor a back line that includes fellow U.S. national players DaMarcus Beasley of the Houston Dynamo and Graham Zusi of Sporting Kansas City.
Orlando’s Kaka completes the 10 fan selections. The 11th starter is Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco, who was picked in a vote tied to EA Sports’ FIFA 17 video game.
The All-Star XI along with MLS team affiliation:
Goalkeeper: Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids).
Defenders: Greg Garza (Atlanta United), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo).
Midfielders: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire), Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United), Kaka (Orlando City SC), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC).
Forwards: David Villa (New York City FC), Nemanja Nikolic (Chicago Fire), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC).
10 Russians banned for doping
MOSCOW (AP) — Ten visually impaired Russian athletes in powerlifting have been banned for doping in a case linked to claims that some of them may have been doped without their knowledge.
The 10 athletes made up almost the entire national team.
Nine of them were medalists at the 2015 world championships for blind and visually impaired powerlifters, and only three of the 13-strong Russian team from that competition remain eligible to compete.
The Russian anti-doping agency said in a statement Thursday that eight athletes were banned for four years, with two earning eight-year bans. It didn’t give further details of their offenses.
The agency says the sanctions were backdated to May 2015, the time of the championships, meaning the athletes stand to lose their medals.
Documents released by a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation into Russian drug use show that in May 2015 the then-head of Moscow’s drug-testing laboratory complained that blind powerlifters were being exploited by unscrupulous coaches.
That followed a string of positive tests for steroids.
Calling the situation “a disgrace,” laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov wrote that coaches were “picking on the blind … they can’t even see what people are giving them.”
Those documents haven’t been independently verified by The Associated Press.
Vermont governor wins car race
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s stock-car-racing governor is back in victory lane.
Republican Gov. Phil Scott won the 50-lap feature Thursday at Barre’s Thunder Road, taking home a total of $1,200.
Scott, a part-time racecar driver, is the all-time winningest driver in the top division at Thunder Road. The win was his 30th and his first since becoming governor in January.
He can now add to his list of accomplishments that he is the first sitting governor to win a Vermont stock car race.
Scott easily won two preliminary heats Thursday before starting the feature in the pole position at the head of the pack. He led for the entire race.
Scott previously served three two-year terms as Vermont’s part-time lieutenant governor.