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Ryan Blaney secures top spot in final practice at Kansas – Nascar

Saturday, October 21, 2017

RELATED: Final practice results | Consecutive 10-lap averages | Full schedule for Kansas Ryan Blaney nestled the Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 Ford into the top spot in final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice Saturday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. Blaney logged a fast lap of 182.057 mph in the 50-minute session. It came one day after his speed in Coors Light Pole Qualifying was disallowed because of a technical infraction,…

Atlanta’s Tata Martino: US Soccer must focus on player development – MLSsoccer.com

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Following Bruce Arena’s resignation as US men’s national team manager in the wake of the USMNT’s failure to qualify for the World Cup earlier this month, the rumor mill has churned out the names of several managers who might take over the position. One name that’s emerged repeatedly among the soccer punditocracy? Atlanta United manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino. He’s certainly got the resume to take charge of the USMNT. The…

Gran Turismo Sport review: A brilliant, but very new, direction for the … – Ars Technica

Saturday, October 21, 2017

reader comments 35 Game Details Developer: Polyphony DigitalPublisher: SonyPlatform: PS4Release Date: October 17thPrice: $59.99Links: Official website  Gran Turismo Sport is a great racing game. What it’s not is a simple PS4 port of the last GT game. Almost everything about this latest release is different from every game that has come before it in the series. There are way fewer selectable cars than the competition (and previous GT games). There aren’t many tracks. You won’t spend hours…

Three former NASCAR champs, facing elimination, have one race to save themselves – Charlotte Observer

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Three drivers, nine combined NASCAR championships … but probably not three playoff berths. That’s the reality Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth are facing this weekend at Kansas Speedway. The three former Cup Series champions – Kenseth won in 2003; Busch in 2015; and Johnson every year from 2006 to 2010, plus 2013 and 2016 – are essentially competing for one spot in the next round of the playoffs….

The Charlotte ‘roval’ isn’t quite ready for NASCAR, but it’s getting there – ESPN

Saturday, October 21, 2017

10:00 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment CONCORD, N.C. — Martin Truex Jr., who has been able to pass just about anything and everything this year, didn’t have an answer for how he will make a pass in the 2018 opening-round elimination race next season. That race will take place on the 2.42-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway “roval” — a road course that uses nearly all of…

Most surprising driver in NASCAR playoffs says he can take it all the way to Homestead – Charlotte Observer

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Scrolling over the NASCAR leaderboard, you’ll find plenty of familiar faces. Atop the standings is Martin Truex Jr., who has been the man to beat all season long. Then there’s Brad Keselowski, the former Cup Series champ who won last week at Talladega to secure a spot in the third round of the playoffs. Keep going, and you’ll find a litany of other high-profile names: Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle…

The Charlotte ‘roval’ isn’t quite ready for NASCAR, but it’s getting there – ESPN

Saturday, October 21, 2017

10:00 AM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment CONCORD, N.C. — Martin Truex Jr., who has been able to pass just about anything and everything this year, didn’t have an answer for how he will make a pass in the 2018 opening-round elimination race next season. That race will take place on the 2.42-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway “roval” — a road course that uses nearly all of…

Win at ‘home’ on Sunday would buoy Emporia’s Clint Bowyer during frustrating NASCAR season – Kansas City Star

Friday, October 20, 2017

Emporia, Kan., native Clint Bowyer has not had the season he had hoped for heading into this week’s homecoming at Kansas Speedway. In his first year with Stewart-Haas racing, Bowyer finished the regular season 17th in the points race, just one spot shy of making NASCAR’s Monster Energy Series playoffs. His winless streak has continued through the year, and he still hasn’t reached victory lane since October of 2012 at…

British soccer fan throws punches during on-field brawl while holding a small child – Washington Post

Friday, October 20, 2017

Everton and Lyon, exchanging pleasantries. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson) Things got a little chippy during Thursday’s Europa League group-stage match between English club Everton and French side Lyon in Liverpool. In the 64th minute, Everton captain Ashley Williams appeared to shove Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes into the sideline advertisement boards as he retrieved the ball from the corner. The usual pushing and shoving commenced along the edge of the field, close…

DraftKings Rankings: Kansas – Nascar

Friday, October 20, 2017

RELATED: Play DraftKings today Driver rankings for Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway are based on a mixture of expected output and DraftKings’ NASCAR salaries for that day. The ordering is not based on highest projected fantasy totals, but rather by value of each driver. (FPPK = average fantasy points per $1,000 of salary.) 1. Martin Truex, Jr. ($10,800) — Nothing has changed: He’s still the NASCAR daily fantasy…

Seamus McFadden: USD’s ageless soccer wonder – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Friday, October 20, 2017

The University of San Diego has had an intercollegiate men’s soccer program for 39 seasons. It has had one head coach. Think about that for a moment. For that, the university can thank the foresight of Tom Burke for hiring Seamus McFadden to start the program in 1979, and the longevity and work ethic and recruiting prowess and tactical acuity and teaching skill and raw competitiveness and nurturing demeanor of…

UK may consider electric vehicle subsidy to increase cycling – The Guardian

Friday, October 20, 2017

The UK government could potentially consider providing subsidies for electric bicycles and electric cars as part of a concerted policy effort to get more people cycling, the roads minister, Jesse Norman, has said. With the UK facing health crises from pollution and inactive living, other plans could include using electric cargo bikes to deliver packages from internet retailers rather than vans, Norman told the Guardian. Saying his ambition was to…

American soccer made its home at aging, funky RFK Stadium – Washington Post

Friday, October 20, 2017

The scene at RFK for a World Cup qualifier between the United States and Honduras, Sept. 1, 2001. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) We don’t have a national soccer stadium, and because of our country’s size and diversity, frankly we don’t need one. The pulse of the sport, performed at the highest levels, reverberates across time zones, from the South Ward at Red Bull Arena to The Cauldron in Kansas City…

NASCAR Can Start Touting Someone Other Than Dale Earnhardt Jr. Now – Forbes

Friday, October 20, 2017

Dale Earnhardt Jr., stands on the grid with his wife, Amy, prior to a NASCAR race at Brooklyn, Mich., on Aug. 13. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) Dale Earnhardt Jr. (who else?) made the biggest news in NASCAR this week when he said he and his wife, Amy, are expecting their first child, a daughter. This caused the crew at the “Glass Case of Emotion” racing podcast to playfully suggest…

South Korea stresses safety of Pyeongchang Olympics to diplomats, companies – Reuters

Friday, October 20, 2017

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s foreign ministry stressed the Pyeongchang Olympics will be safe from North Korean provocations in a briefing to diplomats and executives at foreign companies in the country on Friday, as concerns persist over tensions with the North. Officials and executives from around 120 embassies and companies in South Korea were hosted by the ministry to explain the government’s efforts for a safe Olympic Games scheduled for…

South Korea to stress safety of Pyeongchang Olympics to diplomats, companies – Reuters

Friday, October 20, 2017

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s foreign ministry stressed the Pyeongchang Olympics will be safe from North Korean provocations in a briefing to diplomats and executives at foreign companies in the country on Friday, as concerns persist over tensions with the North. Officials and executives from around 120 embassies and companies in South Korea were hosted by the ministry to explain the government’s efforts for a safe Olympic Games scheduled for…

British Cycling allows resignation of doctor at centre of Jiffy bag scandal – The Guardian

Friday, October 20, 2017

The doctor at the centre of the Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins Jiffy bag scandal has resigned from his position at British Cycling with the chief executive, Julie Harrington, admitting she was concerned his failings could come back to haunt the organisation in the future. Doctor Richard Freeman, who worked for both Team Sky and British Cycling between 2009 and 2015, has walked away from his position without a pay-off….

Review: Life is Soccer, and Soccer is Life, in ‘/peh-LO-tah/’ – New York Times

Friday, October 20, 2017

Photo Marc Bamuthi Joseph, left, and Amara Tabor-Smith in “/peh-LO-tah/” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Credit Rebecca Greenfield A line in the dance-theater show “/peh-LO-tah/” hits a timely raw nerve: “The Defender explains why Americans suck at soccer.” When these words flash on the back wall of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, they are a biting reminder that the U.S. recently failed to qualify for the next…

Charlotte road course shaping up to be playoff wild card in 2018 – Nascar

Friday, October 20, 2017

CONCORD, N.C. – What will be the impact of next year’s Playoff race on the road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway? “I’m going to put this right there with Talladega,” Martin Truex Jr. said Wednesday during a break in testing at CMS. “I’m going to be hoping I win one of the first two (races) of that round.” Talladega, of course, is madness and mayhem. The Bank of America 500,…

Review: Life is Soccer, and Soccer is Life, in ‘/peh-LO-tah/’ – New York Times

Friday, October 20, 2017

Photo Marc Bamuthi Joseph, left, and Amara Tabor-Smith in “/peh-LO-tah/” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Credit Rebecca Greenfield A line in the dance-theater show “/peh-LO-tah/” hits a timely raw nerve: “The Defender explains why Americans suck at soccer.” When these words flash on the back wall of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater, they are a biting reminder that the U.S. recently failed to qualify for the next…