McLaughlin roars to crucial Pukekohe win

Scott McLaughlin has laughed last and loudest after a dramatic Supercars weekend at Pukekohe, winning Sunday’s race to restore a buffer at the top of the championship standings. McLaughlin won a strategic battle with Jamie Whincup to wrest control of the race, holding the pacy polesitter at bay for more than 30 laps in front of a buoyant home crowd. The battle was fierce during the final stages as Whincup, less than a second behind McLaughlin, sought any angle or opportunity to pass. McLaughlin held firm, re-asserting his championship credentials…

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Whincup beats McLaughlin to Pukekohe pole

Reigning Supercars champion Jamie Whincup has upstaged this season’s title fighters to snatch pole position for the Sunday race at Pukekohe Park. Whincup will be joined on the front row by Scott McLaughlin after pipping the Kiwi by less than two-hundredths of a second in a red-hot shootout at the New Zealand circuit. McLaughlin’s sole rival for the 2018 championship, Shane van Gisbergen, will begin from the second row after coming third. The two Kiwis traded blows in a dramatic Saturday race, which included a five-second penalty to van Gisbergen…

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Reynolds takes Pukekohe provisional pole

All five Kiwis in the field have qualified for the top 10 shootout ahead of Sunday’s Supercars race at Pukekohe Park, with David Reynolds on provisional pole. Title-chasing New Zealanders Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen were next fastest but it was the presence of three other locals that gave fans plenty to cheer. Fabian Coulthard and Richie Stanaway put dramatic Saturdays behind them to finish sixth and eighth, while Andre Heimgartner shocked when he put his Altima 10th in the dying seconds of qualifying. Heimgartner bumped Craig Lowndes to…

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Bryson DeChambeau tied for Shriners Open lead entering final round

Here’s a recap of the third round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. LEADING: Bryson DeChambeau shot 6-under 65 to move into a tie for the lead alongside Peter Uihlein at 16 under entering the final round. DeChambeau has a chance to win his third tournament in the last three months after he took home back-to-back victories in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. That would make it five career wins for the 25-year-old, who is on some kind of tear right now. Uihlein shot 3-under…

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Tiafoe For Mayor: Affable American Finds His Focus In 2018 | ATP World Tour

Frances Tiafoe is a bit too busy to be launching any political campaigns. But when the 20-year-old, who’s making his Next Gen ATP Finals debut this week, finds the time and energy to devote to politics, one of the people who knows him best thinks Tiafoe might be a natural for the field. Nearly three years ago, when trainer Paul Kinney started working with Tiafoe, the teen-aged American was playing ATP Challenger Tour events. Tiafoe’s outgoing and laid-back personality endeared him to nearly everyone – players, officials and organisers –…

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Alex de Minaur, Always The Best Version Of Himself | ATP World Tour

Alex de Minaur has been undoubtedly one of the breakout players of the ATP World Tour these past 11 months. The 19-year-old #NextGenATP Aussie has enjoyed a season that could well be defined as a whirlwind. He started the year being World No. 208 and has improved his position a total of 18 times (!) to reach his best ATP Ranking yet, at No. 31. His season has not gone unnoticed by anyone, and the Sydney native has been nominated for two awards at the ATP World Tour Awards Presented…

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Joel Embiid of Philadelphia 76ers — ‘On my way to build more’ real estate in Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond’s head

Following his team’s 109-99 victory Saturday, Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid continued his trolling of Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond. I own a lot of real estate in @andredrummondd head and I’m on my way to build more 🏘🏘🏘 #Bum #TheProcess pic.twitter.com/Mrf2NcNL4r — Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) November 3, 2018 Though Embiid used the wrong Twitter handle to reach out to Drummond, his trolling of the Pistons big man this season began after the 76ers lost to the Pistons on Oct. 23. “I think I own a lot of real…

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Oakland Raiders to release DE Bruce Irvin

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders have told defensive end Bruce Irvin they will release him, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, ending a star-crossed 2½-year tenure with the team. Irvin was not on Saturday’s NFL wire, meaning he cannot be released until 4 p.m. ET Monday. When he is released, he will then go on waivers. The Athletic first reported that Irvin was being released. Jon Gruden stood by his claim that players are “dying” to play for the Raiders in 2019, saying, “I know it’s not looking…

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Paris 2018 Doubles Saturday | ATP World Tour

Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau advanced to their third tour-level championship match of the season on Saturday, beating Mike Bryan and Jack Sock 6-1, 7-5 at the Rolex Paris Masters. The Dutch-Romanian duo advanced after one hour, winning 83 per cent of service points (40/48) en route to victory. Rojer and Tecau are seeking their third tour-level title of the season after title runs in Dubai and Winston-Salem earlier this year. Bryan and Sock were also bidding to reach their third tour-level championship match of the season, following Grand Slam…

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Federer: ‘I Have Some Regrets’ | ATP World Tour

Despite admitting to some regrets after falling in a final-set tie-break to Novak Djokovic in the Rolex Paris Masters semi-finals on Saturday, Roger Federer remained upbeat about his progress, as he looks to end his season on a high at the Nitto ATP Finals in London. The 37-year-old Swiss, who was aiming to move one win from collecting his 100th tour-level title, was making his first tournament appearance in the French capital since 2015, but eventually fell to his great rival after three hours and two minutes. Federer’s outside chance…

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