BASKETBALL

Solomon’s surgery may keep him out 8 months

• New Orleans forward Solomon Hill 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.

He was diagnosed and operated on by California-based surgeon Michael Gerhardt after consultation with the Pelicans’ medial staff. The Pelicans open the regular season Oct. 18 at Memphis.

The 6-foot-7 Hill, who has played four seasons in the NBA, was acquired as a free agent before last season. He played in 80 games for the Pelicans with 71 starts, averaging seven points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in nearly 30 minutes per game.

cycling

Froome victorious in ninth

stage of Spanish Vuelta

• Chris Froome moved to the front in the final climb to win the ninth stage of the Spanish Vuelta and increase his overall lead.

The Tour de France winner took the lead with about 500 meters (yards) to go and held on to win the 174-kilometer (108-mile) stage from Orihuela to El Poble Nou de Benitatxell in southeastern Spain.

“It’s such a good feeling to get to the end of this first block with the red jersey and a decent gap,” Froome said. “The legs felt great today and it feels good to be in this position.”

It was Froome’s first stage win in a grand tour this season. He clinched his fourth Tour de France earlier this year without any stage victories.

formula one

Schumacher’s son drives laps for 25th anniversary

• Marking the 25th anniversary of Michael Schumacher’s first Formula One win, his teenage son Mick drove demonstration laps in an old F1 car ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

Schumacher, who is 18, drove a 1994 F1 model of the Benetton B194 that his father drove that year to the first of his record seven world championships. The German driver’s 91 wins and 68 pole positions are also records, although Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton equaled the qualifying mark on Saturday.

“It was awesome,” Mick said after applause from the crowd in Spa. “To be able to drive the F1 car is amazing and I’m really honored.”

• Lewis Hamilton celebrated his record-equaling 68th pole position with victory at the Belgian Grand Prix, trimming championship leader Sebastian Vettel’s lead to seven points.

Hamilton clinched his fifth win of the season and 58th overall, having equaled Michael Schumacher’s pole record.

Vettel finished second, about 2 seconds behind Hamilton.

“Sebastian was very, very close. He was very consistent throughout,” said Hamilton, after his 200th GP. “That’s what racing’s about.”

Hamilton was in good form all weekend, topping every part of qualifying.

— From wire reports