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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last run at Talladega will start from the front – ESPN

Sunday, October 15, 2017

1:00 PM ET Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Dale Earnhardt Jr. has announced that he will retire from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after the 2017 season. As the Hendrick Motorsports driver prepares to climb into the race car for the final time at each track — or at least likely for the last time, as he has left the door open for possible one-off races…

Now a German soccer team is kneeling – New York Post

Sunday, October 15, 2017

BERLIN — Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga home game on Saturday. “We wanted to make a stand against racism,” Hertha captain Per Skjelbred said after their 2-0 loss to Schalke. Hertha’s starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the pitch, while Pal Dardai’s coaching staff, general manager Michael Preetz, club officials and substitutes took a knee off it…

Nemechek escapes Talladega with Round of 6 playoff spot – Nascar

Sunday, October 15, 2017

RELATED: Full results | Playoff standings TALLADEGA, Ala. – John Hunter Nemechek wasn’t in every wreck that unfolded during Saturday’s fred’s 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. It just felt that way. The NEMCO Motorsports racer was involved in only one of the day’s four multi-truck incidents, and it nearly knocked him out of the playoffs. But in the end, the 20-year-old skated through most of the…

German Soccer Team Kneels in Solidarity With NFL Players’ Protests – New York Times

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Photo Players of Hertha Berlin knelt before their German Bundesliga soccer match against Schalke in Berlin on Saturday to show solidarity with N.F.L. players who have protested against social injustice. Credit Michael Sohn/Associated Press BERLIN — Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga home game on Saturday. Hertha’s starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the soccer field, while Pal…

German Soccer Team Kneels in Solidarity With NFL Players’ Protests – New York Times

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Photo Players of Hertha Berlin knelt before their German Bundesliga soccer match against Schalke in Berlin on Saturday to show solidarity with N.F.L. players who have protested against social injustice. Credit Michael Sohn/Associated Press BERLIN — Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga home game on Saturday. Hertha’s starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the soccer field, while Pal…

NASCAR Talladega 2017 qualifying results: Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Alabama 500 pole – SB Nation

Sunday, October 15, 2017

You didn’t need to look at the scoring pylon to tell you who was fastest — the loud cheer emanating from the grandstand told exactly which driver had topped qualifying Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway. In his final race at the track where he’s won six times and is revered among fans, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is seeking a final win before he retires at the end of the current Monster Energy…

Wiebe: Charting the next steps for US Soccer after World Cup disaster – MLSsoccer.com

Saturday, October 14, 2017

On Friday morning, in a conference call that followed Bruce Arena’s inevitable resignation, Sunil Gulati took responsibility for the United States national team’s World Cup qualifying failure. US Soccer’s long-time president did not, however, resign from his post or rule out a fourth and final run in next spring’s presidential election. You can find Gulati’s comments plastered all over this website and everywhere else the beautiful game is covered in the…

Could another U.S. city host the Olympics before L.A. gets a chance … – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Only a month after Los Angeles was officially named host of the 2028 Summer Games, U.S. Olympic Committee officials expressed their desire to put forth another American bid in the near future. “I think I put a stake in the ground and said we are interested in hosting the Winter Games,” USOC Chairman Larry Probst said in a teleconference on Friday. The next Olympics up for grabs would be 2026,…

Sunil Gulati Says He Won’t Resign as President of US Soccer – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

“We’ve got a lot of things on our agenda, including a World Cup bid that is due in the end of March, and a decision in June,” Gulati said when asked, repeatedly, why he was not resigning. “And so I don’t plan to do that.” Arena’s departure, which was revealed Friday morning in a statement from the coach, was hardly a surprise. He was under contract only through next summer’s…

Denny Hamlin won’t be getting a raise based on NASCAR’s downturn economics – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

NASCAR’s business model keeps downsizing to the scale of Groupon and Overstock.com, with a dash of the Dollar Store. Everyone wants to pinch pennies. Faced with drops in sponsorships, the inability to pay top drivers, sagging attendance and drops in TV viewership, NASCAR is in scramble mode going into the 2018 season. But that’s not just me talking. NASCAR Chairman Brian France admitted over the weekend that the sport could…

NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth may have a surprising new gig for next … – Autoweek

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Matt Kenseth is a master of deflection—and he’s had plenty of practice heading into Sunday’s Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC). Ever since Kenseth announced at Kentucky Speedway in July that he wouldn’t be driving for Joe Gibbs Racing after the 2018 season, the 2003 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion has been the subject of rampant rumors and speculation. For his part, Kenseth…

Could another US city host the Olympics before LA gets a chance? – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Only a month after Los Angeles was officially named host of the 2028 Summer Games, U.S. Olympic Committee officials expressed their desire to put forth another American bid in the near future. “I think I put a stake in the ground and said we are interested in hosting the Winter Games,” USOC Chairman Larry Probst said in a teleconference on Friday. The next Olympics up for grabs would be 2026,…

Sunil Gulati Says He Won’t Resign as President of US Soccer – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

“We’ve got a lot of things on our agenda, including a World Cup bid that is due in the end of March, and a decision in June,” Gulati said when asked, repeatedly, why he was not resigning. “And so I don’t plan to do that.” Arena’s departure, which was revealed Friday morning in a statement from the coach, was hardly a surprise. He was under contract only through next summer’s…

Denny Hamlin won’t be getting a raise based on NASCAR’s downturn economics – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

NASCAR’s business model keeps downsizing to the scale of Groupon and Overstock.com, with a dash of the Dollar Store. Everyone wants to pinch pennies. Faced with drops in sponsorships, the inability to pay top drivers, sagging attendance and drops in TV viewership, NASCAR is in scramble mode going into the 2018 season. But that’s not just me talking. NASCAR Chairman Brian France admitted over the weekend that the sport could…

With NASCAR as unifying force, Julian Maha helps reshape ‘Kulture’ – Nascar

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four feature stories on this year’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide finalists. Julian Maha’s story is interesting and inspiring — and quite unique. A Malaysian who became an Alabaman with an evolving affinity for NASCAR as part of the deal, Maha is one of four finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by…

Sunil Gulati Says He Won’t Resign as President of US Soccer – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

“We’ve got a lot of things on our agenda, including a World Cup bid that is due in the end of March, and a decision in June,” Gulati said when asked, repeatedly, why he was not resigning. “And so I don’t plan to do that.” Arena’s departure, which was revealed Friday morning in a statement from the coach, was hardly a surprise. He was under contract only through next summer’s…

Denny Hamlin won’t be getting a raise based on NASCAR’s downturn economics – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

NASCAR’s business model keeps downsizing to the scale of Groupon and Overstock.com, with a dash of the Dollar Store. Everyone wants to pinch pennies. Faced with drops in sponsorships, the inability to pay top drivers, sagging attendance and drops in TV viewership, NASCAR is in scramble mode going into the 2018 season. But that’s not just me talking. NASCAR Chairman Brian France admitted over the weekend that the sport could…

With NASCAR as unifying force, Julian Maha helps reshape ‘Kulture’ – Nascar

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four feature stories on this year’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide finalists. Julian Maha’s story is interesting and inspiring — and quite unique. A Malaysian who became an Alabaman with an evolving affinity for NASCAR as part of the deal, Maha is one of four finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by…

Forget the World Cup. There’s a more exciting international team sport than soccer to watch next summer – Quartz

Saturday, October 14, 2017

American soccer fans were stunned this week when their men’s team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia—the first time since 1986 the US men’s national team will sit out the event. While the US women’s team, the defending Women’s World Cup champions and the far more important American squad, are a lock to qualify for their 2019 cup in France, the men’s failure was a complete…

US Women’s Soccer’s Argument for Equal Pay Just Got Stronger – Bloomberg

Saturday, October 14, 2017

U.S. Soccer has long justified paying the men’s national team more than the women in part because, it argues, the men’s team earns more money. That rationale took a beating this week, when the men’s team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, a shocking result that also hurts U.S. Soccer’s bottom line. “The women have always been doing the same job as the men, for the same employer,…