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U.S. Open Cup, Chicago Fire vs St. Louis FC

Chicago Fire forward Nemanja Nikolic, left, pressures St. Louis FC defender Sam Fink, right, as Fink clears the ball during a U.S. Open Cup game at Lindenwood University in St. Charles on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com)

The host Ottawa Fury FC scored a pair of first-half goals and held on for a 2-1 win over St. Louis FC on Saturday afternoon in Canada. Ottawa improved to 10-4-9.

STLFC (6-9-8) played most of the second half a man down after Oscar Umar picked up his second yellow card in the 47th minute. STLFC’s goal, on a Sam Fink penalty kick in the 71st minute, came after Kyle Greig was taken down in the penalty area. Ottawa’s Carl Haworth scored 10 minutes in; Hadji Barry made it 2-0 with a goal in the 34th minute.

STLFC returns home for its next three games: Sept. 1 against Hartford Athletic, Sept. 4 against Ottawa and Sept. 7 against Nashville. (Joe Lyons)

Bell wins Xfinity race in Wisconsin: Christopher Bell pulled away from the field on a restart with two laps to go, then held on to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America on Saturday in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

It was the sixth win of the season for Bell, who is expected to make the jump to the Cup Series next season.

Austin Cindric finished second at the 4.048-mile road course in central Wisconsin, followed by Tyler Reddick, Noah Gragson and Kaz Grala. (AP)

Louisiana, Curacao in LLWS final: Louisiana and Curacao will meet in the title game of the Little League World Series on Sunday after they both won on Saturday in South Williamsport, Pa. Louisiana, the first team to reach the championship after dropping its opener, won 9-5 against Hawaii after Curacao beat Japan 5-4. (AP)

Code of Honor takes Travers: Code of Honor won a stretch duel with Tacitus and Mucho Gusto, holding off hard-luck Tacitus by three lengths in a stirring stretch run to win the $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

Trained by Shug McGaughey, who won his fourth Travers, and with jockey John Velazquez aboard, the chestnut son of Noble Mission covered the 1¼ miles in 2 minutes, 1.05 seconds and paid $10.80, $5.20 and $3.80 on a sunny day with temperatures in the mid-70s. Tacitus paid $3.70 and $2.80, and Mucho Gusto returned $3.80. (AP)

Golf roundup: Fred Couples made a hole-in-one in a round of 9-under 63 and built a five-shot lead after two rounds of the PGA Tour Champions Boeing Classic. ... Top-ranked Jin Young Ko shot a 7-under 65 to grab a share of the lead with Nicole Broch Larsen heading into the final round of the CP Women’s Open. ... South African Erik van Rooyen birdied five of his last six holes to shoot a 6-under 64 and take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Scandinavian Invitation. (AP)

Linette takes Bronx Open: Magda Linette won her first WTA title, outlasting Camila Giorgi 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the Bronx Open in New York. (AP)

Kovalev wins by KO: Sergey Kovalev knocked out Anthony Yarde in Chelyabinsk, Russia, to retain the WBO light heavyweight title. Kovalev (34-3-1) was rocked by heavy punches from the British challenger in the eighth round but Yarde (18-1) tired, allowing Kovalev to floor him with a left jab in the 11th. (AP)

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