For a brief moment, Lewis Hamilton feared he had lost the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday in Spa-Francorchamps. Sebastian Vettel, on quicker tires with about 10 laps to go, drove up right alongside him on a long straight, and Hamilton thought, “this might be it.”
But the British driver fended off his rival heading into the corner.
“It worked out perfect. It was great to go into Turn 5 having just done enough,” Hamilton said. “He was able to get way too close. It was only just enough to stay ahead.”
Hamilton trimmed championship leader Vettel’s advantage over him to seven points, with eight races left. Hamilton’s fifth win this season was his 58th overall. Vettel finished about 2 seconds behind.
•Jeremy Clements battled Matt Tifft down the stretch at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., before pulling away to the finish line after the two leaders spun out near the end of the second-to-last lap for his first career Xfinity Series victory in his 256th start. Series leader Elliott Sadler finished 14th.
NHL: The New Jersey Devils landed college hockey’s top player by agreeing to sign defenseman Will Butcher to a two-year, $1.85 million contract. Butcher, 22, from Sun Prairie, Wis., capped his senior season by leading Denver to the national championship in April.
He had seven goals and a team-high 30 assists in 43 games in becoming just the seventh defenseman to win college hockey’s top honor, the Hobey Baker Award.
NBA: New Orleans forward Solomon Hill has had surgery to repair a left hamstring tear and could need six to eight months to heal. The Pelicans say the injury occurred while Hill was working out in Los Angeles. The 6-foot-7 Hill played in 80 games for the Pelicans with 71 starts, averaging 7 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Cycling: Tour de France winner Chris Froome got his first stage win in a grand tour this season, moving to the front in the final climb to win the ninth stage of the Spanish Vuelta and increase his overall lead. Froome took the lead with about 500 yards to go to win the 108-mile stage from Orihuela to El Poble Nou de Benitatxell in southeastern Spain.