July 23, 2014

2014 NHL Draft: Capsules on the first-round NHL picks

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  (PhatzRadio / USA Today)    —   Kyle Woodlief, the chief and publisher of Red Line Report, provides analysis of the 30 players taken in the first round on Friday in Philadelphia. 1. Florida Panthers – D Aaron Ekblad Big, strong defenseman who covers a lot of ice. Very complete package: high hockey IQ, great size/strength, [...]

Cycling: Lance Armstrong finally grilled under oath

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    Story Highlights SCA Promotions paid Armstrong’s Tour de France bonuses from 2002 to 2004 and wants its money back The former cyclist lied about doping in a previous legal proceeding against the same company Armstrong’s attorneys had tried to avoid this day by making appeals to Texas courts but were rejected   (PhatzRadio [...]

NFL News and Notes: Wes Welker not returning $14,000 to Churchill Downs

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    Story Highlights Churchill Downs spokesman says tote error caused overpayment Welker said he had a wad of winning tickets NFLer gave out $100 bills to strangers (PhatzRadio / USA Today)    —   The last we saw Wes Welker, the NFL receiver was walking out of Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day with stacks of [...]

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 [...]