April 24, 2014

NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson has sixth Sprint Cup title in sight / Kevin Harvick wins at Phoenix as tenure at RCR wanes

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Jimmie Johnson started from the pole Sunday and finished third at the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.(Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Johnson will take a 28-point lead over Matt Kenseth into next Sunday’s season finale Johnson has an average finish of 4.7 in the first nine of 10 Chase races this [...]

UFC / MMA: Why UFC history will be rewritten in Velasquez-JDS 3

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Cain Velasquez (top) strikes Junior Dos Santos (bottom) last December during UFC 155 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.(Photo: Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports) (PhatzRadio / MMA) — It’s strange what combat sports can do to your memory. I don’t mean that in the repeated concussions sense, though getting hit in the head for [...]

MLB – ALDS: Ortiz hits 2 HRs, Red Sox lead Rays 2-0 in ALDS / Vogt’s single in 9th lifts A’s over Tigers 1-0

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David Ortiz celebrates his first two-homer playoff game as the Red Sox take a 2-0 ALDS lead.(Photo: Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports) BOSTON (AP) — John Lackey has watched David Ortiz wreak destruction on playoff opponents before. He finally got a chance to see it from the same dugout. “I like it a lot better [...]

NHL Roundup: Power play leads Bruins past Red Wings

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Boston Bruins left wing Jordan Caron (38) celebrates a goal on Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) during the second period at TD Bankworth Garden. / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports BOSTON (AP) — Brad Marchand scored the tiebreaking goal 36 seconds into the second period and Tuukka Rask made 25 saves, lifting the Boston [...]

NCAA College Football: Condoleezza Rice, Archie Manning on playoff committee

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Former Ole Miss Rebels and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning is one of nine known members expected to be part of the College Football Playoff selection committee.(Photo: Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Ten members of the College Football Playoff committee appear to be set The group includes five athletics directors, Condoleeza [...]

NASCAR: History says Kansas can inject jolt to Chase

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Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson (48), second in the 2013 Sprint Cup standings, battled Carl Edwards (99) during the 2008 race at Kansas Speedway.(Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports) (PhatzRadio / USA Today) — If there ever were a Chase for the Sprint Cup begging for a magical visit to the Land of Oz, it’s [...]

Horse Rcaing Recap: Bradley hopes Groupie Doll goes to sale on win streak

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Rajiv Maragh aboard Groupie Doll, left, wins the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint(Photo: Richard Mackson, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Trainer Buff Bradley hopes his 5-year-old mare, Groupie Doll, is a repeat Breeders’ Cup winner Groupie Doll won last year’s Filly & Mare sprint at Santa Anita Saturday Groupie Doll defends her win [...]

Golf Recap: Does International team have to win to stay relevant?

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Adam Scott of Australia says of the International team, “We need to step up.”(Photo: Allan Henry,, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights The USA is 7-1-1 in the Presidents Cup and has been dominant recently Some of the International players are feeling the pressure “I’m sick and tired of getting killed in the matches,” Adam Scott [...]

UFC / MMA: Pettis sees Thomson as worthy title challenger

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Anthony Pettis, right, defeated Benson Henderson at UFC 164 in August.(Photo: Benny Sieu, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Anthony Pettis took the UFC lightweight title from Benson Henderson in August Pettis is set to meet Josh Thomson in December on UFC on Fox 9 (PhatzRadio / MMA) — Only one month removed from winning the [...]

NASCAR: Nelson Piquet Jr. fined, on probation for gay slur

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Nelson Piquet Jr. must attend sensitivity training.(Photo: Mike DiNovo, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Nelson Piquet Jr. has been fined $10,000 and ordered to attend sensitivity training Piquet used a gay slur in an instagram post to fellow driver Parker Kligerman NASCAR also issued a six-point penalty to Joey Logano’s Nationwide team (PhatzRadio / USA [...]