In Brief | Nation and World June 17


Hunter-Reay wins IndyCar race at Milwaukee

WEST ALLIS, Wis. — Ryan Hunter-Reay found his way back to victory lane at the Milwaukee Mile, holding off Tony Kanaan on Saturday.

It was the sixth career victory and first this season for Hunter-Reay, who brought home a victory for the man who brought the historic but financially troubled Milwaukee track back to IndyCar — car owner Michael Andretti, who served as the race promoter.

Hunter-Reay also won at the track in 2004 in the now-defunct Champ Car Series.

Kanaan was second, followed by James Hinchcliffe, Oriol Servia and E.J. Viso.

The start of the race was delayed about an hour and a half because of rain.

Ambrose takes Sprint Cup pole at over 203 mph

BROOKLYN, Mich. — The last time anyone was this fast in qualifying in NASCAR’s top series, Richard Petty was still driving.

He’s an owner now, but when Marcos Ambrose won the Sprint Cup pole at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday for Richard Petty Motorsports, the Hall of Famer was on hand to put the accomplishment in perspective. Ambrose posted a speed of 203.241 mph, the first time since 1987 the 200 mph mark was broken during Sprint Cup qualifying.

Joey Logano races to 5th Nationwide win of year

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Joey Logano followed up his Sprint Cup victory at Pocono last weekend with a win on the Nationwide Series on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

Logano held off James Buescher for his fifth Nationwide win of the year and 14th of his career. He has won four of the last five races in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Kurt Busch, back from a one-week suspension, finished third.

Federer faces Haas in Halle, goes for record 6th win

HALLE, Germany — Roger Federer will face wild card Tommy Haas of Germany in a bid to win the Gerry Weber Open for a record sixth time today.

The 87th-ranked Haas defeated defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (5), 7-5 on Saturday. Federer eased past Mikhail Youzhny of Russia by 6-1, 6-4 to reach his seventh final.

“To be able to play Federer again is simply top,” said Haas, the oldest player in the singles draw at 34.

Federer is aiming to win his 75th tour title, only two behind all-time leader John McEnroe.

“That would be nice but I want more titles. If I only get three more, then the years ahead don’t look too good for me,” Federer said, joking.

After winning the first set on a tiebreaker, Haas got the decisive break in the 11th game of the second set to lead 6-5 before wrapping up the match.

China’s Zheng Jie into Aegon Classic semifinals

BIRMINGHAM, England — Zheng Jie of China overcame the rain and a busy schedule to beat Roberta Vinci 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 and reach the semifinals of the Aegon Classic on Saturday.

Zheng completed the quarterfinal win against the 20th-ranked Italian in the grass-court warmup for Wimbledon after four sessions of play across two rain-drenched days.

The rain returned to delay the second quarterfinal, between former top-ranked player Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Misaki Doi of Japan.

Zheng has recovered from two wrist operations, and she has endured more than her share of difficulties this week, coming through qualifying and having to deal with three weather delays that broke her rhythm.

By wire sources