Ryan Blaney wins on roval when Jimmie Johnson wrecks out of playoffs

CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney won the debut race on the “roval” at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a chaotic finish in which he slid past leaders Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson when they wrecked racing for the victory. Johnson, who wrecked while trying to snap a 58-race winless streak, was eliminated from NASCAR’s playoffs. The seven-time Cup champion has struggled all season and headed to Charlotte, where he’d won eight points races on its traditional speedway, below the cutoff line for NASCAR to trim the playoff field from 16…

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Charlie Blackmon of Colorado Rockies hits for first career cycle

DENVER — The Colorado Rockies‘ Charlie Blackmon completed a cycle by hitting an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday in a 12-0 victory. Blackmon doubled down the first-base line off Washington Nationals reliever Kyle McGowin. It was the ninth cycle in the Rockies’ 26-year history and the first of Blackmon’s career. Charlie Blackmon went 4 for 5 with three RBIs en route to his first career cycle and a Rockies victory. Dustin Bradford/Getty Images Blackmon tripled in his first at-bat and homered into the right-field seats in…

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Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia says he won’t be back for 2019

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Scioscia stepped down as manager of the Los Angeles Angels after 19 seasons Sunday, ending the longest current tenure in the majors with a come-from-behind victory. He guided the Angels to the franchise’s only World Series title in 2002. The Angels sent him out a winner in his last game, rallying to beat the playoff-bound Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Taylor Ward‘s two-run, ninth-inning homer. Scioscia was in the final year of his contract, and his departure had been expected. He said he talked to his wife,…

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NHL – Preseason power rankings

Oct 1, 2018 Emily KaplanESPN The 2018-19 NHL season opens Wednesday, including the Stanley Cup banner raising for Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals. Here’s how our panel stacks up all 31 NHL teams, plus a reason for optimism for every fan base. Note: These rankings reflect which teams the voters think would win head-to-head matchups. Higher-ranked teams would be favored against lower-ranked teams. The Jets were a wagon in last season’s playoffs and only seem to be gaining momentum. Patrik Laine, playing for a new contract and reportedly 14 pounds…

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In Ryder Cup, Europe Leaves Egos at Door. Those of U.S. Slam the Door.

He said he had conveyed to Furyk his desire to be paired with Spieth, who is not a good friend but with whom he has a chemistry that is hard to pinpoint, much less replicate. Spieth was his first choice, Reed said. His second choice, he said, was Woods, whom he said he loved. But Reed fully expected to be paired with Spieth, and he felt blindsided, he said, when Furyk decided to pair Spieth with Justin Thomas, who starred with Rickie Fowler in last year’s Presidents Cup. Spieth and…

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From gumti to posh hotel: Avesh Khan’s life turns around at full pace

Written by Devendra Pandey | Vadodara | Published: October 1, 2018 3:59:09 am After making waves with the Under-19 team, Avesh Khan went on to play for India A and in the Indian Premier League. (Express file) Avesh Khan is sitting in a posh hotel in Vadodara after a four- wicket haul against the visiting West Indies side in a warm-up game. On a pitch which welcomed batsmen with open arms, Avesh looked different. Had someone asked Avesh six years ago whether he will be staying at such a fancy…

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BCCI airdrops curators at Rajkot, SCA cries foul

Written by Devendra Pandey | Vadodara | Published: October 1, 2018 3:55:12 am The board has sent curators Daljit Singh and Vishwajit Padiyar, who will oversee preparation of pitches. With a month to go for the tour to Australia, the Indian team management has asked for bouncy wickets for the two Tests against the West Indies. The Indian Express understands that as a result of this request, the BCCI curators will be responsible for pitches. The team management wants to see how the young team handles the challenge and with…

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Tale of two friends – Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair

Written by Sandip G | New Delhi | Updated: October 1, 2018 11:52:05 am Long overlooked in favour of the established openers Murali Vijay, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal finds himself on the brink of living his dream. (Express file) In February this year, in the middle of a surreally prolific domestic season, Mayank Agarwal was caught up between hope and fear. Fear that all his runs, 2,000-plus and counting then, could go rudely unrequited. Hope that he could live his biggest dream, to play for his country,…

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Inability to protect Carson Wentz costs Philadelphia Eagles – Philadelphia Eagles Blog

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz spent his afternoon under siege. The Tennessee Titans‘ pass rush was coming over the walls from every direction, harassing Wentz from the front side, the blind side and right up the gut. The inability to protect the franchise quarterback, who is coming off a multi-ligament knee injury, is a big reason why the Eagles’ 17-3 advantage evaporated, leading to an eventual 26-23 loss in overtime. The Eagles struggled to protect Carson Wentz against the Tennessee pass rush on Sunday. EPA/Rick Musacchio The defense…

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2018 Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Day at Santa Anita

2018 Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Day at Santa Anita 2018 Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Day at Santa Anita Joel Rosario celebrates aboard Accelerate after winning the 2018 Awesome Again Stakes Date: 09/29/2018 The highlight race of the Santa Anita fall meeting is the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (G1), featuring the best older horses of the west coast going 1 1/8 miles on the main track, and is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Just 16,801 fans came to…

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