Chase Briscoe finally has a pole to go with his first NASCAR Cup Series victory earlier this season. The second-year driver for Stewart-Haas Racing drove through a bobble at the end of the backstretch at the Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill., just outside of St. Louis, and turned a lap of 138.274 miles per hour Saturday, giving himself the best starting spot for the first time in his 51st career start … Road-course ace A.J. Allmendinger survived the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ wet and wild Portland International Raceway debut with a victory. Allmendinger raced to his Xfinity-record eighth victory on a road course and 12th overall series win. He crossed the finish line in the Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 2.879 seconds in front of Myatt Snider … Josef Newgarden won the pole for IndyCar’s Detroit Grand Prix, a race that will be held Sunday on Belle Isle for the final time. The race will return to downtown Detroit, where it started in 1982 as a Formula One event, next season. For now, Newgarden can give Chevrolet its 100th victory since the manufacturer returned to IndyCar in 2012, four years before the American driver partnered with the brand. Newgarden has won a pair of championships with Chevy, and he’s IndyCar’s only two-time winner this season.
Ukraine plans to resume competitive soccer in the country in August despite being under attack by Russia after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave approval. Andriy Pavelko, the president of Ukraine’s soccer federation, revealed details to the Associated Press about his talks with Zelenskyy and the heads of FIFA and UEFA about finding a safe way of playing men’s and women’s matches on home soil. Ukraine was forced to abandon its leagues in February when Russia began its invasion. As Russian forces have been redeployed to the east and south, fighting has subsided in the area near the capital Kyiv and elsewhere. There is optimism sport can resume to lift the spirits of the nation.
France men’s team and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema dropped his appeal against a conviction for complicity in blackmail in a sex-tape case that rocked French soccer. The Versailles court gave Benzema a one-year suspended jail sentence and a fine of $80,000 in last year’s trial, convicting him of involvement in an attempt to blackmail France teammate Mathieu Valbuena in 2015. Benzema was also ordered to pay Valbuena 80,000 euros in damages. Benzema’s lawyer Hugues Vigier told the Associated Press that the player decided to abandon his appeal but continues to deny wrongdoing. The initial scandal put Benzema’s international career on hold for more than five years, though he has since returned to playing for France.
England’s men slumped to their first loss to Hungary in six decades, 1-0, in the Nations League in Rome. Dominik Szoboszlai converted a second-half penalty after being fouled by Reece James. The last time Hungary beat England came at the 1962 World Cup, with England having gone 15 matches unbeaten against Hungary since then. Excluding penalty shootouts, it was England’s first defeat in 23 matches. Also Italy and Germany drew 1-1 with Lorenzo Pellegrini and Joshua Kimmich trading goals three minutes apart in the second half in Bologna.