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Minnesota Rolls Past Michigan, 30-14

Minnesota Rolls Past Michigan, 30-14

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Golden Gophers senior running back David Cobb rushed for 183 yards on 32 carries as Minnesota (4-1; 1-0 Big Ten) rolled past Michigan (2-3; 0-1 Big Ten) 30-14, in front of 102,926 fans at the Big House on Saturday.

Michigan got on the board first when sophomore running back De’Veon Smith scored on a 10-yard run to give the Wolverines a 7-0 lead with 11:10 left in the second quarter.

Minnesota proceeded to score 30 unanswered points, with the big blow coming late in the third quarter when sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner connected with sophomore tight-end Maxx Williams on a 1-yard TD pass to give the Golden Gophers a 27-7 lead.

During the game, Michigan fans chanted for the dismissal of head coach Brady Hoke and athletic director Dave Brandon. It’s the first time in the program’s 135-year history that they have ended September with three losses.

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Demetrious Johnson Maintains UFC Belt

Demetrious Johnson Maintains UFC Belt

Mark Kolbe/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — For the fifth time in his career, Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his UFC flyweight title at UFC 178 on Saturday night. Johnson submitted Chris Cariaso in the second round to improve to 21-2-1 in the mixed martial arts career.

The fighter known as “Mighty Mouse” was in cruise control from the start, scoring multiple takedowns in the first round. Johnson controlled the tempo throughout and landed an overhand right, coupled with a left knee to the chin, that dazed Cariaso (17-6) as time expired.

In the second round, Johnson immediately scored a double-leg takedown and worked to side control. After securing an arm bar, the 28-year-old switched to a kimura and finished the fight at 2:29 of the second round. It was the eighth submission of his career and improved Johnson to 6-0-1 since dropping to the 125-pound weight class.

Donald Cerrone (25-6) also picked up a win at UFC 178 by defeating Eddie Alvarez (25-4) by unanimous decision, while Conor McGregor (16-2) earned a knockout victory over Dustin Porier (16-4) in the first round.

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(6) Texas A&M Needs Overtime to Beat Arkansas

(6) Texas A&M Needs Overtime to Beat Arkansas

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — With Johnny Manziel on the sidelines, (6) Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill used a little “Johnny Football” magic to help the Aggies avoid a monumental upset on Saturday. Texas A&M (5-0) rallied from a 28-14 deficit to beat Arkansas 35-28 in overtime at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

Hill threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns in the win, leading a fourth quarter comeback that included two 50-plus yard scoring passes. His first was an 86-yard strike to Edward Pope just three minutes into the final frame. Hill then found Josh Reynolds for a 59-yard touchdown pass, knotting the game at 28-28 with 2:08 to play in regulation.

The Aggies had a chance to win the game in regulation, but let the clock run out when facing fourth down at midfield. They took their shot early in the extra session, scoring on the first play as Hill found Malcome Kennedy for a 25-yard score.

That forced Arkansas (3-2) to go for it on fourth-and-one to keep the game alive, but a defensive stand by Texas A&M sealed the victory. It was the 14th straight conference loss for the Razorbacks who did not score in the final 20:02 of regulation.

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Lucroy Sets Record in Brewers Win

Lucroy Sets Record in Brewers Win

Milwaukee Brewers/ML​B(MILWAUKEE) — With an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth, Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy set the Major League record for doubles by a catcher in a single season with 46. It also gave the Brewers (82-79) a 2-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs (72-89), a score they would later go on to win by.

The record was previously held by Texas’ Ivan Rodriguez who recorded 45 doubles in 1996. Lucroy has hit a total of 53 doubles this season with seven of them coming as a first baseman. The All-Star’s RBI hit also guaranteed Milwaukee of a winning season.

Wily Peralta (17-11) struck out 13 batters, a career high, in seven innings to pick up the win. Closer Francisco Rodriguez moved into the top-10 all-time in saves, picking up the 348th in his career.

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Missouri Upsets (13) South Carolina on the Road

Missouri Upsets (13) South Carolina on the Road

Banana Stock/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — One week after losing a game in the waning moments, the Missouri Tigers used a late drive to knock off No. 13 South Carolina on Saturday. The Tigers (4-1) trailed 20-7 in the fourth but scored twice in the final seven minutes to complete the upset.

“When things got tough, we stayed positive. The defense kept us in it but we stayed totally positive with the offense the whole time,” said head coach Gary Pinkel.

After Russell Hansbrough scored in the first quarter to give Missouri a 7-0 lead, the Gamecocks (3-2) held their opponnent of the board until the fourth. Meanwhile, South Carolina reeled off 20 straight points to take a commanding lead late. 

Pharoh Cooper caught a 23-yard pass from Dylan Thompson to give the Gamecocks a 13-point lead with 7:25 remaining. Just 36 seconds later, Maty Mauk and the Tigers completed their first scoring drive of the rally with a Hansbrough one-yard touchdown run. Missouri got the ball back and again watched as Hansbrough bullied his way into the endzone for the go-ahead score.

The running back finished the game with three rushing touchdowns, carrying the ball just 10 times for 43 yards.

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Scoreboard Roundup 9/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup 9/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 56 (4-0) – NC State 41 (4-1)

(5) Auburn 45 (4-0) – Louisiana Tech 17 (2-3)

(6) Texas A&M 35 (5-0) – Arkansas 28 (3-2) In Overtime

(7) Baylor 49 (4-0) – Iowa State 28 (1-3)

(8) Notre Dame 31 (4-0) – Syracuse 15 (2-2)

(9) Michigan State 56 (3-1) – Wyoming 14 (3-2)

(10) Mississippi 24 (4-0) – Memphis 3 (2-2)

(12) Georgia 35 (3-1) – Tennessee 32 (2-2)

Missouri 21 (4-1) – (13) South Carolina 20 (3-2)

(16) Stanford 20 (3-1) – Washington 13 (4-1)

(17) LSU 63 (4-1) – New Mexico State 7 (2-3)

(18) USC 35 (2-1) – Oregon State 10 (3-1)

(19) Wisconsin 27 (3-1) – South Florida 10 (2-3)

(21) Nebraska 45 (5-0) – Illinois 14 (3-2)

(22) Ohio State 50 (3-1) – Cincinnati 28 (2-1)

(25) Kansas State 58 (3-1) – UTEP 28 (2-2)

MLB: Boston Red Sox 10 (71-90) – New York Yankees 4 (83-78)

Cincinnati Reds 10 (75-86) – Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (88-73) – 10 Innings

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (83-78) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (95-66)

Washington Nationals 5 (95-66) – Miami Marlins 1 (77-84)

San Francisco Giants 3 (87-74) – San Diego Padres 1 (77-84)

Tampa Bay Rays 2 (77-84) – Cleveland Indians 0 (84-77)

Minnesota Twins 12 (70-91) – Detroit Tigers 3 (89-72)

Atlanta Braves 4 (78-83) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (73-88)

New York Mets 2 (78-83) – Houston Astros 1 (70-91)

Milwaukee Brewers 2 (82-79) – Chicago Cubs 1 (72-89)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (64-97) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (89-72)

Texas Rangers 5 (67-94) – Oakland Athletics 4 (87-74)

Chicago White Sox 5 (73-88) – Kansas City Royals 4 (88-73)

Seattle Mariners 2 (86-75) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (98-63) 11 Innings

Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (93-68) – Colorado Rockies 5 (66-95) 12 Innings

NASCAR: Nationwide Series: Kyle Busch wins Dover 200 at Dover International Speedway

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Spurs Not Thinking Repeat Yet

Spurs Not Thinking Repeat Yet

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — The Spurs are not thinking about repeating as NBA champions this year.  

After beating the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, head coach Gregg Popovich is stressing to his team that this is the start of a new season and nothing else matters.

“Just to be clear, we’ve never had any goals whatsoever in the sense of winning ‘X’ number of games or this year is our year to win a championship,” Popovich said Friday at the team’s media day.

“All we’ve said is that we want to be the best team we can be at playoff time and that starts with the very first practice and it’s a building block sort of thing.”

Spurs All-Star Tim Duncan, who is entering his 18th season, understands his head coaches philosophy.

“I’m sure Pop can put together film of what went wrong, that’s the way he works,” Duncan said. “We still start with watching film even in the wins. We celebrate our wins, too. I have no idea if [Popovich] will start us off down that road or we’ll just go from square one and try to put that behind us like we put last year behind us.”

Popovich is looking forward to seeing Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard develop even more this year.

“He’s made huge strides every year, but I’m probably going to talk to him more about consistency,” Popovich said. “He’s reached a certain level. If you look at those last three games he played, they were pretty special, but to be in that top echelon of players in our league, it’s a huge responsibility to come and do that every night. … In his case, he’s very special because he can bring it on both ends of the court.”

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Falcons Prepare for Vikings

Falcons Prepare for Vikings

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Falcons will travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings on Sunday.

Minnesota will be sending out rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for his first career start after veteran Matt Cassel was injured last weekend and ruled out for the remainder of the season.

“It’s a lifelong dream to play and start in this league,” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said of Bridgewater making his first start.  “It’s a really special day; it’s one that you’ll never forget.  I think Teddy will do a great job.”

Falcons head coach Mike Smith knows that facing a rookie quarterback will be tough for his defense.

“We’ve got a challenge in my mind with an athletic quarterback to be able to keep him in the pocket,” Smith said after Monday’s practice.

“He is very athletic. … He was able to make some plays with his feet. That’s another dynamic. … I think you’ll see they want to put the ball in his hands and give him some run-pass options. That’s one of his strengths, the ability to extend plays, and he did a great job as a college quarterback extending plays. We’ll have to do some different things in preparing for him, in regards to pass rush and pass-rush lanes.”

Atlanta is averaging 34.3 points per game this season and Ryan went 21 of 24 and threw three touchdowns in their 56-14 rout of the Rams last Thursday.

“They’ve got a lot of weapons,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said.  “We’re going to have to do a great job of being in the right place.  We have to make sure we’re in the right position of coverage all day.”

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Nationals, Angels Clinch Home-Field Advantage

Nationals, Angels Clinch Home-Field Advantage

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With just two days remaining in the regular season, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Washington Nationals each clinched home-field advantage through the playoffs in their respective leagues on Friday.

For the Nationals (94-66), their double header split with the Miami Marlins earned them the top seed in the National League. Washington got a complete game from Doug Fister in Game One, winning it 4-0 to wrap up home-field until the World Series. Fister allowed just three hits while striking out nine in the win. Miami (77-83) went on to win the nightcap 15-7 in a meaningless game for the Nationals.

The Angels (98-62) could clinch the top seed in the American League with a win over Seattle, but the Mariners hit three home runs and picked up a 4-3 victory. Los Angeles did get home-field advantage however due to Baltimore’s 4-2 loss in Toronto. Leading 4-0 after five innings, the Mariners (85-75) held off a late charge from LA to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Seattle sits two games back of Oakland for the second wild card spot.

This is the second time in three seasons that Washington has the top record in the NL while the Angels clinched the top spot in the AL for the first time since 2008. The American League has home-field advantage in the World Series thanks to a 5-3 win in the All-Star Game.

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Bobby Abreu Announces Retirement

Bobby Abreu Announces Retirement

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Before taking the field with the New York Mets, outfielder Bobby Abreu announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Friday. 

“I have a lot of fun,” Abreu said. “These young guys here are special. Even though I’m 40, they made me feel young. But I realize now that the game is for the next generation.”

The 18-year veteran made his debut in 1996 for the Houston Astros, managed by Terry Collins. His career will come to an end on Sunday, with Collins as his new manager, against the Astros at Citi Field. Adding to the symmetry of his career, Abreu’s first ever hit came against Bobby Jones of the Mets. 

Since then, the 40-year-old has tallied 2,469 total hits, ranking 10th all-time. Of all active players, only Derek Jeter has played more games than Abreu’s 2,423 contests. Abreu was a two-time All-Star and the active leader in career walks (1,475) and doubles (574).

“For sure, Bobby Abreu will be able to walk off the field with his head held high Sunday,” manager Terry Collins said.

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Jeff Taylor Put On Leave By Hornets

Jeff Taylor Put On Leave By Hornets

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Charlotte Hornets announced on Friday that they have placed Jeffery Taylor on leave while the NBA investigates his arrest on domestic violence charges. A third-year forward, Taylor will not be allowed to participate in team activities during the investigation.

“We have informed Jeffery Taylor that effective immediately he will not be participating in any team-related activities while the NBA is investigating his conduct in this matter,” the team said in a statement. “As an organization, we understand and appreciate the seriousness of this matter, and will assist the NBA and law enforcement in any way we can until this comes to an acceptable resolution.”

Taylor was charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property on Thursday by East Lansing police, stemming from an incident at the East Lansing Marriott. A prosecutor said the police report will not be released during the investigation.

The 25-year-old is originally from Sweden but resides in North Carolina.

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Royals Clinch First Postseason Berth Since 1985

Royals Clinch First Postseason Berth Since 1985

Zoonar/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — For the first time in 29 years, the Kansas City Royals are heading to the playoffs. Kansas City clinched their first postseason berth since 1985 with a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night, ending the longest playoff drought in any of the four major North American sports.

Jeremy Guthrie (13-11) tossed seven scoreless innings for the Royals (88-72), who scored three times in the first inning. Norichika Aoki tripled, scoring Alcides Escobar, while a pair of RBI singles from Lorenzo Cain and Billy Butler added to the advantage.

It the White Sox (72-88) until the eighth inning before finally scoring, getting an RBI single from Alexei Ramirez. In the bottom of the ninth, Greg Holland retired the side in order, getting Michael Taylor to pop up to secure the win. The last time Kansas City was in the postseason, George Brett led the squad to a World Series title over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Royals are still in contention for the AL Central division crown. The Detroit Tigers sit just one game ahead in the standings with two contests left in the regular season.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/26/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/26/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – MLB: Washington Nationals 4 (94-65) – Miami Marlins 0 (76-83) – Game 1

Miami Marlins 15 (77-83) – Washington Nationals 7 (94-66) – Game 2

Cleveland Indians 1 (84-76) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (76-84)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (73-87) – Atlanta Braves 4 (77-83)

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (82-78) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (95-65)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (88-72) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (74-86)

Houston Astros 3 (70-90) – New York Mets 1 (77-83)

Minnesota Twins 11 (69-91) – Detroit Tigers 4 (89-71)

New York Yankees 3 (83-77) – Boston Red Sox 2 (70-90)

Kansas City Royals 3 (88-72) – Chicago White Sox 1 (72-88) 

Oakland Athletics 6 (87-73) – Texas Rangers 2 (66-94)

Chicago Cubs 6 (72-88) – Milwaukee Brewers 4 (81-79) 

Seattle Mariners 4 (85-75) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (98-62)

San Diego Padres 4 (77-83) – San Francisco Giants 1 (86-74)

St. Louis Cardinals 7 (89-71) – Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (63-97)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (92-68) – Colorado Rockies 4 (66-94)

 

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Diamondbacks Fire Manager Kirk Gibson

Diamondbacks Fire Manager Kirk Gibson

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — The Arizona Diamondbacks fired manager Kirk Gibson on Friday after hiring new general manager Dave Stewart.

Gibson won the NL’s manager of the year award three years ago after leading Arizona to the playoffs.

“Kirk has done an admirable job under difficult circumstances, and we are grateful for his professionalism and his dedicated service to the organization over the past eight years,” chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said in a statement.

“We feel like it is time for a fresh start, and with our recent restructuring in baseball operations, we want to get started immediately moving in a new direction. We are also appreciative of Alan Trammell for all that he has done for the D-backs and have great respect for what both men have accomplished in the game of baseball.”

Gibson had a 353-375 record during four seasons with the club.

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Diamondbacks Hire Dave Stewart as New General Manger

Diamondbacks Hire Dave Stewart as New General Manger

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — The Arizona Diamondbacks are turning to former starting pitcher Dave Stewart to help turn the franchise around as the team has hired him to become their new general manager.

Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa believes Stewart is the right man for the job.

“I’ve known Stew for nearly three decades,” La Russa said in the team’s statement, “and his diverse background includes championships on the field both as a player and coach, in the front office and in contract negotiations as a player representative.”

Stewart becomes the fourth general manager in franchise history. He is the only current general manager to play and coach in the majors, and is the fourth active general manager to have played in the Major Leagues.

The team also named De Jon Watson senior vice president/baseball operations.

The Diamondbacks have been an inconsistent franchise in recent years. In 2014, they are facing another lost season as they sit at 63-96 heading into Friday night, which is the worst record in all of baseball.

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Hurricanes Center Jordan Staal Out 3-4 Months with Broken Leg

Hurricanes Center Jordan Staal Out 3-4 Months with Broken Leg

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — The regular season hasn’t even begun and the Carolina Hurricanes are already dealing with a devastating injury to one of their best players as center Jordan Staal will miss the next three to four months with a broken bone in his right leg.

Staal suffered the injury Tuesday in the team’s preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres.

“I’m concerned for sure. He’s a big piece of what we’re going to do moving forward,” Hurricanes’ head coach Bill Peters said before learning of the severity of the injury.

Staal is a two-player, who is entering his third season in Carolina. Last season, he played in all 82 games, and hasn’t missed a regular season game since  joining the team. He scored 15 goals and totaled 40 points, while finishing fifth among Hurricanes last season.

Staal’s brother Eric is also a member of the Hurricanes, and he’s also working his way back from an injury. He is expected to play in the team’s preseason game on Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.

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Giants Put Away the Redskins, 45-14

Giants Put Away the Redskins, 45-14

Elsa/Getty Images(LANDOVER, Md.) — The New York Giants offense was better than expected as the team took apart the Washington Redskins on Thursday night, 45-14.

Quarterback Eli Manning had his best game of the early season. Manning went 28 for 39 with 300 passing yards, throwing four touchdowns, and running for another.

Despite the big game for Manning, the star for the Giants was arguably un-drafted free agent tight end Larry Donnell. On Thursday night, he hauled in seven catches for 54 yards, including three touchdowns.

“That was the whole thing, to be able to leave here tonight and be 2-2 and 1-0 in the division. That was huge,” Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. “It’s exciting to be in the hunt, and by being able to come out of here with a win, hopefully we have a chance to be.”

As well as Manning played, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins struggled mightily. In his second start of the season, Cousins completed just 19 of 33 passes for 257 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions.

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Jeter Ends Career at Yankee Stadium in Dramatic Fashion

Jeter Ends Career at Yankee Stadium in Dramatic Fashion

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — No one was sure when Derek Jeter should be taken off the Yankee Stadium field for the last time, so Jeter handled the issue himself.

Jeter hit a walk-off RBI single to give the New York Yankees a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles in his final game in pinstripes Thursday.

It looked like Jeter’s night was going to end earlier. The Yankees went into the ninth inning with a three run lead, but Adam Jones hit a two-run homer and Steve Pearce tied the game with a solo blast, allowing Jeter the opportunity for one last at-bat.

Rookie Jose Pirela opened up the bottom of the inning with a single and was lifted for pinch-runner Antoan Richardson, who advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Brett Gardner. Jeter then came up and swung at the first pitch, lining it into right field and giving Richardson just enough time to score the winning run.

After celebrating with his teammates, Jeter shared pleasantries with former teammates Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez and ex-manager Joe Torre.

While Jeter’s career at Yankee Stadium is over, his time in the major leagues isn’t. Jeter and the Yankees finish out their season with three games against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –NFL: Giants 45 (2-2) – Redskins 14 (1-3)

Top 25 College Football: (11) UCLA 62 (4-0) – (15) Arizona State 27 (3-1) 

(24) Oklahoma State 45 (3-1) – Texas Tech 35 (2-2)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 5 (74-85) – Milwaukee Brewers 3 (81-78)

New York Mets 7 (77-81) – Washington Nationals 4 (92-65) – Game One

Washington Nationals 3 (93-65) – New York Mets 0 (77-82) – Game Two

Seattle Mariners 7 (84-75) – Toronto Blue Jays 5 (81-78)

Miami Marlins 6 (76-82) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (72-87)

New York Yankees 6 (82-77) – Baltimore Orioles 5 (95-64)

Detroit Tigers 4 (89-70) – Minnesota Twins 2 (68-91)

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (87-72) – Atlanta Braves 1 (77-82)

Boston Red Sox 11 (70-89) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (76-83)

Texas Rangers 2 (66-93) – Oakland Athletics 1 (86-73)

Kansas City Royals 6 (87-62) – Chicago White Sox 3 (72-87)

San Francisco Giants 9 (86-73) – San Diego Padres 8 (76-83)

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NASCAR’s Chase Continues at the Monster Mile

NASCAR’s Chase Continues at the Monster Mile

BananaStock(DOVER, Del.) — NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship continues this Sunday afternoon with the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. It’s the third race in the 10-race Chase.

Joey Logano won last week’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He will join his Team Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski, who won the opener at Chicagoland Speedway, with automatic bids into the second round.

Aric Almirola is currently 16th in the 16-driver Chase field. “Our goal is to transfer to that next round, but we can’t really worry about what everybody else is doing,” Almirola said during a teleconference. “All we can do is worry about ourselves.”

After the race, the field will be whittled down to 12 drivers.

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