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Digest: Hamilton opens Grand Prix season with victory

Digest: Hamilton opens Grand Prix season with victory

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Hamilton opens Grand Prix season with winWorld champion Lewis Hamilton just managed to hold off Max Verstappen to win the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, in Sakhir, and gain the 96th Formula One win of his career on Sunday. The race was effectively decided when Verstappen overtook Hamilton on lap 53 of 56 but went too wide on a turn and off track limits. He was told by his team to give Hamilton the position back, as he risked a time penalty. Verstappen still had a few laps to catch Hamilton and he almost did, finishing .74 seconds behind the Mercedes driver.(AP)

U.S. wins soccer exhibition: Gio Reyna scored on a deflected shot in the first half, Christian Pulisic converted a penalty kick in the second and the United States beat Northern Ireland 2-1 in a soccer exhibition match at Belfast Sunday for the Americans’ first win at a European opponent since 2015.

Reyna received a pass from Tim Ream (St. Dominic/SLU) and scored his second international goal in the 30th minute. Pulisic, captaining the U.S. for the fourth time, made it 2-0 when he picked up his 15th international goal in the 59th minute.

Niall McGinn scored his sixth international goal in the 88th minute for the 2-1 final. (AP)

Watkins heads to Ravens: Wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who won a Super Bowl with Kansas City, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens. He must pass a physical exam before signing.

Entering his eighth NFL season, Watkins has been a solid target for Buffalo (2014-16), the Los Angeles Rams (2017) and the Chiefs (2018-20). He was the fourth selection in the 2014 draft by the Bills, who traded him to the Rams in 2017. Watkins joined the Chiefs in 2018 as a free agent. (AP)

Ambush bow out of MASL playoffs: The visiting Kansas City Comets scored the final three goals to break open a one-goal game and win 6-2 over the St. Louis Ambush in Major Arena Soccer League playoff action Sunday at Family Arena in St. Charles. The loss ended the season for the Ambush, who lost 7-4 Friday in the opening game of the series in Independence, Mo. Stefan Mijatovic and Max Ferdinand scored the Ambush goals Sunday. (Joe Lyons)

SEMO, Missouri State football teams win: Andrew Bunch threw for 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Zack Smith was the recipient of those scores and 173 receiving yards as Southeast Missouri State held off Tennessee Tech 24-21 on Sunday. The Redhawks, who snapped a three-game losing skid, improved to 2-4 overall and to 2-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Golden Eagles are 1-4 overall in and league play.

Also over the weekend, Jose Pizano booted a 33-yard field goal as time expired as the host Bears knocked off No. 10 Southern Illinois Carbondale 30-27. It was the third consecutive win over a ranked squad for the Bears (4-4), who moved to 4-1 and into a four-way tie atop the Missouri Valley Football Conference with North Dakota State, North Dakota and South Dakota State. SIUC slipped to 4-3 and 3-3. (News services)

SLU women roll to soccer win: Sophia Stramm scored twice and added an assist, and Hannah Friedrich assisted on three goals as the 20th-ranked St. Louis University women’s soccer team won 4-0 at St. Bonaventure in an Atlantic 10 game. The Billikens (4-0 in the A-10, 9-1 overall) scored three goals in less than four minutes early in the game to take control. (Stu Durando)

Tough-luck loss for SLU men’s soccer: Dayton’s Jake Feiner scored with seven seconds left in the second overtime to give Dayton a 1-0 Atlantic 10 soccer win over St. Louis University. SLU (7-4, 2-2) suffered its second straight loss in OT. (Stu Durando)

Billikens cruise in baseball: Cam Redding had three hits and was one of six St. Louis University players with multi-hit games in a 21-6 win in the final game of a nonconference series at Cincinnati. The Billikens (7-16) scored in seven innings, had 17 hits and were issued 11 walks to back starter Trevor Harris, who pitched six innings for the win. (Stu Durando)

Mizzou softball drops series finale: The No. 18 Missouri softball team lost the series finale to No. 24 Auburn 3-0 at Mizzou Stadium. After clinching the series Saturday, MU (24-7, 3-3 SEC) gave up all three runs in the sixth on three singles. Auburn held Mizzou to five hits. (Dave Matter)

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