Tommy Johnson Jr. tops Funny Car qualifying at NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway

CONCORD, N.C. — Tommy Johnson Jr. powered to the No. 1 qualifying position in Funny Car on Saturday in the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway. Johnson raced to his second straight No. 1 qualifier and the 17th of his career. He had a 3.873-second pass at 329.10 mph in a Dodge Charger in the final session. “We’ve got a really, really good race car right now and the guys are doing such a great job,” Johnson said. “You can just see it in their confidence. We’ve had a good…

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Jim Taylor, Hall of Fame Fullback for the Green Bay Packers, Dies at 83

Jim Taylor, the bruising fullback who played on four N.F.L. championship teams with the Green Bay Packers of the 1960s and became the first star in Coach Vince Lombardi’s dynasty to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died on Saturday. He was 83. He died at a hospital in Baton Rouge, La., the Packers said in a statement on Saturday. Taylor ran for more than 1,000 yards in five consecutive 12- or 14-game seasons and was named to the N.F.L.’s all-decade team for the ’60s. He also…

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Bernhard Langer, Gene Sauers share lead in SAS Championship

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Bernhard Langer birdied three of the final four holes Saturday for a 5-under 67 and a share of the SAS Championship lead with Gene Sauers. A day after nearly shooting his age with a 62 to match Sauers and Tom Lehman for the first-round lead, the 61-year-old Langer kept pace with Sauers at 15-under 129. Langer had six birdies and a bogey at Prestonwood Country Club, the tree-lined layout softened by heavy rain Thursday from Hurricane Michael. He won the Insperity Invitational in May in Texas…

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Bernal shows flash of Classics potential at Il Lombardia

Egan Bernal (Team Sky) confirmed his huge potential yet again at Il Lombardia with a brilliant move across to the break on the descent or the Sormano. However, the difficulties of the final 50km of racing showed that not even the most promising talent in the peloton can compete for victory after two months out of action due to injury. Bernal crashed hard at the Clasica San Sebastian in early August and needed nose and mouth surgery. He made a comeback at the Giro dell’Emilia last Saturday but was not…

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Jamey Johnson Helps Raise Thousands For Cancer Patients

Jamey Johnson could call his annual golf tournament a “hole-in-one” after raising nearly $400,000 for cancer patients with the help of country music pals Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann, Kellie Pickler, and Ray Scott; actor Dennis Quaid; and pro golfers John Daly and Boo Weekley. The seventh annual Jamey Johnson Golf tournament took place Sept. 30 at the Cottonwood Golf Club in Johnson’s hometown of Montgomery, Ala., and in addition to a round of golf, the event also featured a live auction and a multi-artist concert. Unfortunately, rain prevented the full concert…

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Girlfriend of suspended Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson says June incident ‘not an act of domestic violence’

4:49 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN The girlfriend of suspended Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson released a statement on Saturday saying the incident that occurred between the two in June “was not an act of domestic violence.” Watson pleaded no contest in July to a misdemeanor domestic assault charge. Watson initially received a 27-game suspension from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, though it was reduced to 18 games by a neutral arbitrator last week. On June 16, a witness flagged down a police officer to a gas station in Franklin, Tennessee, where…

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Plaza extends with Israel Cycling Academy

Ruben Plaza has signed on for another year with Israel Cycling Academy. The 38-year-old Spaniard announced his decision Friday with a presentation on Facebook Live. Plaza joined the team this season after three seasons with the Australian Orica WorldTour teams. Related Articles “When I signed with ICA for the 2018 season, I was really thinking that this is going to be my final year as a pro, but as the season progressed I realized that I am still very much motivated,” Plaza said in a statement released by the team. “The…

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MLB — Inside Kirk Gibson’s World Series home run 30 years later

The 1988 World Series wasn’t supposed to be memorable. It wasn’t supposed to etch a permanent place in baseball history before it was even over. It was supposed to serve as nothing more than a quick coronation for the heavily favored Oakland Athletics and the abrupt end of a storybook run for the underdog Los Angeles Dodgers. Then again, nothing during the 1988 season went as planned for the Dodgers, who ended up re-writing their unlikely script during an improbable season, which ultimately played out like a Hollywood movie. Game…

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Can Borna Slow Novak’s Chase For No. 1? | ATP World Tour

Can anyone stop Novak Djokovic? That task falls to Borna Coric on Sunday at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, where the 21-year-old Croatian will compete in his maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final. And if the two-time ATP World Tour champion hopes to lift his biggest trophy yet, he will have to solve what is arguably tennis’ toughest riddle at the moment. Djokovic, who is 10-0 in finals in China, has won 17 straight matches and 24 consecutive sets leading into the championship clash. The No. 2 seed is pursuing…

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