SOCHI, Russia — Lewis Hamilton’s toughest opponents in the Russian Grand Prix weren’t even on the track. They were in the stewards’ office.

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas cruised to the win Sunday after Hamilton, who was leading, was penalized 10 seconds for practicing his starts in the wrong place before the race.

Hamilton came into the race looking to match Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins in Formula One but had to settle for third behind Bottas and Max Verstappen. Bottas built a sizeable lead over Verstappen with ease and eased to his first win since the season-opening Austrian

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Unbeaten Israel Adesanya defended his middleweight title in style with a dominant second-round stoppage of Paulo Costa at UFC 253 on Sunday.

Poland’s Jan Blachowicz also stopped Dominick Reyes late in the second round to claim the light heavyweight title vacated by Jon Jones on Fight Island, the mixed martial arts promotion’s bubble performance venue in the Middle East.

Adesanya (20-0) carved up his previously unbeaten Brazilian opponent with flair and ease, battering Costa with leg kicks before ending it late in the second round. Adesanya crumpled Costa with a combination at the centre

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The best team won and LeBron James made sure of it.

With Anthony Davis limping on a sore ankle and the Denver Nuggets hanging around, James helped the favoured Los Angeles Lakers put the hammer down on the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter to punch a ticket to the Finals, awaiting either the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat.

James engineered a final surge that finally broke open a game they largely controlled but couldn’t close. He finished with 38 points — 16 in the fourth quarter — 16 rebounds and 13 assists and while Davis had 27 points. James’

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers will be without two of their starting defensive linemen for at least the next three games after placing defensive end Melvin Ingram and defensive tackle Justin Jones on injured reserve Saturday.

Ingram practiced on Wednesday and Thursday but did not go Friday due to a knee injury. Ingram and Joey Bosa have combined to form one of the league’s top pass rushing duos in recent years, but Bosa could be drawing more double teams after recording two sacks in the first two games.

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PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Adam Long went from trying to hit a fairway to a course so open it’s hard to miss. He went from grinding over pars to pouring in birdies.

One week after he toiled to a tie for 13th at Winged Foot in the U.S. Open, Long is loving life in the Caribbean.

Long ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch to grab the lead and finished with key par saves for an 8-under 64 that give him a two-shot lead over Hudson Swafford in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.

“Big contrast from

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