He finished 38th and 20th in his first two Martinsville races and then 12th last October.

Los Angelenos with a laid-back reputation were on their feet for two-strike counts against Astros batters, a wave in Pantone 294 — also known as Dodger blue.

“We feed off the crowd, for sure,” Taylor said. “We feel we have a huge home-field advantage.”

Yuli Gurriel, who made a racist gesture toward Darvish in Game 3, was booed loudly during introductions and each time he batted, and Hill stepped off the rubber to allow the crowd extra time to jeer.

So the Jackets are winning without every gear turning in the same direction. Tortorella is already Tortsing all over this team, demoting goals leader Sonny Milano to the fourth line during a drought and stripping Brandon Dubinsky of his alternate captaincy in an effort to get him going. Yes, this is a bit like giving a thoroughbred the whip after the first quarter turn, but this is what Tortorella does.

He finished 38th and 20th in his first two Martinsville races and then 12th last October. In April, he finished third.

“He did a great job,” crew chief Alan Gustafson said. “This is a tough track for us to start. His rookie year, he didn’t have much success and ran good in the spring.

“The test was terrible for us two weeks ago. Just terrible. We took a different car, we did a lot of work, and he did a lot of work and came back and obviously had a car that could win.”

Gustafson said he expects drivers to have contact for the lead. Then they’ll try to get back on track Wednesday, when they host the Indiana Pacers, another supposed Eastern Conference cellar dweller that might not be an easy out, considering the way the Pacers upset the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. Whatever happens against the Pacers, the Cavs have put themselves behind the eight ball.ducks-009

Darvish did use a World Series ball in his bullpen session before Tuesday’s game and said his slider was better.

Saban’s idea of a good lunch is a hotly contested pickup basketball game at noon with his assistants and staff members. He has been doing it since his days at LSU and is always the point guard. Rumor has it that he’s also the commissioner and is usually the one to choose up sides. When he and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher were together at LSU, they had some epic battles, but Saban quipped, Jimbo always won because he was on my team. I was the point guard, and he was the shooting guard. — C.L.
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Among notable deflations in the rankings, Paul George is sacrificing a good bit of point production and is seeing a sizable downturn in complementary stats, such as rebounds and assists, while integrating into an offense that funnels through Russell Westbrook. There will be better days ahead for George, but I fear most of his value surfaces best in category formats, where his 2.7 steals and nice shooting clip translates to providing help at often scarce stats, whereas his loss of volume in a new role really curbs the appeal in points leagues.
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In Week 4, ESPN’s Monday night rating for the Kansas City-Washington game was 19 percent lower than the Detroit-Seattle Week 4 game in 2015. NBC’s Sunday night Indianapolis-Seattle rating was down 32 percent compared to the Dallas-New Orleans game in 2015. Now, you can say a lot about that second comparison, namely that any game Devonta Freeman Authentic Jersey with Dallas will get a good rating. But no matter what the matchup, to be down by a third, week over week, from two years ago is notable.

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Did we think it was gone? It had a good sound. But the reaction was muted all around. Even in center field, the fans seems to react late to it, rising like a wave only as center fielder Albert Almora Jr. gets close to the wall. Taylor sprints out of the box; Quintana adjusts his cup at the six-second mark.
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The second baseman points to the sky; pop up. The announcer calls it as a fly out most of the way, with just the slightest lift on the last half of the word high.

I am so glad the makers of the movie didn’t stick to sports. Stone is terrific capturing the personal side of King, who was married but unsure of her sexuality. The scenes of her falling in love with a woman are heartfelt and important. I really liked the movie. Carell’s magnificent in it.

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Orlando Magic. The magicians have souped up and sped up their offense, and the results have been auspicious. They rank second in offensive efficiency, but more importantly, this looks like a team of players who finally understand their roles.

The Celtics. I already thought they were a bit overrated going into the season, and had them pegged to finish behind the Raptors in the Atlantic. Then Gordon Hayward went down, seemingly ruining a season that began with high hopes. Now they’ve won five straight, even as an almost entirely new roster continues to jell.

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Game 7 a fitting conclusion for Astros, Dodgers

Yeah, I think it seems fitting, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said when asked about this World Series going seven games. You’ve got the two best teams in baseball going head to head.
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The Dodgers will aim for their seventh World Series title all time, while the Astros are looking to lock down their first. In Houston’s only other World Series appearance, the Chicago White Sox emerged with a sweep in 2005.

Hinch announced after the Game 6 defeat that Lance McCullers Jr. would be his starter for Game 7. The right-hander gave up three runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings while earning the victory in Game 3, but he was not satisfied with that performance. He said he was far from sharp and had to grind to get through the outing.

We’re the two best teams in baseball, and I think that has been solidified by how amazing this series has been, McCullers said. And I expect all of our guys to come to the park ready to win tomorrow, just like I would expect all of (the Dodgers) to come into the park ready to win tomorrow. Which is what I think is what makes this series so great, is you’ve got two teams with a bunch of dogs in the clubhouse. No one is afraid to back down. And I expect a great Game 7.

That’ll leave a playoff-level roster with a lot of money still left to spare looking for a quarterback.

With the 49ers out of the way, this seems like the new match made in heaven for Cousins.

Salary cap space isn’t great in Arizona and it’s part of the reason the team lost important players like Calais Campbell and Tony Jefferson in free agency. But the Cardinals would have a lot more room to work with if Carson Palmer retires after the year, nullifying his $20.625 million cap hit.

But, Jarrett Jack hit a long jumper and Lee added two free throws and the Knicks were able to hold on down the stretch.

“Fourth quarter, too many mental breakdowns. Lack of discipline to give Tim Hardaway Jr. three straights 3’s and he was the one guy we were supposed to be running off the line,” said Nuggets’ Head Coach Mike Malone. “So, just poor game awareness.”

They are, however, 0-2 at home this season, falling to Boston and Houston despite holding second-half leads.

Rookie guard/forward Ben Simmons generated 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to lead seven players in double figures in Monday’s rematch with the Rockets. Center Joel Embiid finished with 22 points, nine boards and five assists.

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Dario Saric added season highs of 17 and 14 points, respectively, but the Sixers committed 21 turnovers and saw the Rockets cut a 14-point third-quarter deficit to one with 3:06 left in the game.

With both teams skating 4-on-4 in the third period thanks to penalties on Calvert and Brad Marchand, Torey Krug caught Bobrovsky moving side to side and made it 3-2 at 10:26. Assists went to Kevan Miller and Pastrnak.

It’s little wonder the Cavs held a lengthy team meeting prior to practice Tuesday to clear the air.

The young season has been a clunker for a team picked by just about everyone to represent the East in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season.
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Right now, guys are not having fun, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

They stayed close until Wentz’s TD pass to Ertz was followed by Mills’ interception. Mills picked Beathard’s pass at the 37 and ran it back, zig-zagging his way to the end zone. Wentz connected with Jeffery on a 2-point conversion to make it 17-0.

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Nothing will change with Fox Sports’ production, which is the largest in the network’s 24-year history. The network will air 350 hours of World Cup programming including half of the games airing on over-the-air FOX. There will be more matches on broadcast television than the last four World Cups combined. Daytime and late-night studio coverage will air from a set in Moscow’s Red Square. There will be three studio shows鈥擶orld Cup Live (airing at 6 a.m. ET); World Cup Today (prior to matches) and World Cup Tonight (airing after matches). The network said it will air 15 original series on FOX Sports Go and has partnered with National Geographic for a multi-platform visual experience. But the dollars lost will be huge. The Group Stage represents 48 of the tournament’s 64 matches. That is a ton of advertising inventory.

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The father of Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has died. Lewis D’Antoni was 103.
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Rockets radio play-by-play announcer Craig Ackerman announced on Twitter that Lewis D’Antoni died Saturday. D’Antoni’s daughter, Kathy D’Antoni, confirmed the death to The Register-Herald of Beckley.

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The Browns are looking for a deep-ball threat who can spread the field for the offense, as well as help for the running game, which has struggled all season.

Hue Jackson’s Cleveland team is 0-7 entering Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings in London. Its offense ranks second worst in the league in points per game (14.7).

The Browns’ receiving unit lost second-year player Corey Coleman to a broken right hand in Week 2, and Kenny Britt Jason Jones Womens Jersey has been a free agent bust. Duke Johnson Jr., who is listed as a running back, leads the Browns in receptions (32) and receiving yards (314). In the backfield, Isaiah Crowell has failed to duplicate a strong 2016, amassing only 287 yards on 91 carries (3.2-yard average) on the year.

The lack of weapons hasn’t helped the quarterback play. Rookie DeShone Kizer has been pulled from two of his past three starts but will get the nod behind center against Minnesota.

Collins is Baltimore’s top running back and might have earned the job as the full-time starter.

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The fans will keep paying attention if the Rams can maintain this level of play for an entire season, and there’s ample to reason to think it can happen.

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Baldwin on the altercation with Cable: I lost my cool. It’s 100 percent my fault. At that moment, I was really frustrated with the offense as a whole. Not the coaching staff the players.. Y’all know I love Cable to death. Me and Cable have one of the best relationships from coach to player. That was 100 percent my fault. I already apologized to him.

Hundley’s outlook on the rest of the season: As a backup learning here for three years, all I can say is don’t write us off. That’s the biggest thing. We have to get better, and we will get better, but we’re not out.

For now, though, the team will settle for making huge progress early in games.

Ezekiel Elliott’s career game against the 49ers was just what the Cowboys needed

Ezekiel Elliott’s second NFL season was shaping up to be a disappointment, until he ran all over the 49ers on Sunday.

It came at the perfect time for the Cowboys. Dallas was coming off a two-game skid and needed to bounce back against the winless 49ers. The Cowboys were able to get the offense going again thanks to Elliott’s 219-yard, three-touchdown game.

Yes, Trubisky had an impressive 101.8 QB rating Sunday. But that one pass to Cohen accounted for most of his 107 yards passing. He was sacked four times, and most were because he was admittedly conservative.

The Carolina Panthers are next best team in that category with 24 sacks.

After a 2-yard run, Carson Wentz hurled a ball up for grabs that wasn’t close to his receiver and was easily intercepted. Considering the Eagles were backed up near their own goal line, his 57-yard heave wasn’t that bad.

Colts rookie safety Malik Hooker, who had energized the team’s secondary, is apparently done for the season after reportedly suffering a torn ACL and MCL in Sunday’s loss to the Jaguars.

“I hated London, hated it,” Britt said via ESPN’s Pat McManamon. “I hated it with a passion.”

DeShone Kizer isn’t worried about seeing the sights. Kizer won the starting job back for Week 8 after being benched multiple times for costly turnovers. He’s just focused on holding on to the starting job.49ers_119_a76617449c3552c0-150x150

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Cooper caught 11 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown in last week’s win. Oakland heads cross country to Buffalo this week to play the Bills, who are just a half-game behind the Patriots in the AFC East.

Julio Jones caught eight of 12 targets for 93 yards and one touchdown against New England on Sunday night. Jones was a strong candidate for regression to the mean (2.8 OTD) and finally found the end zone for the first time this season.
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Flacco instantly lost the ball, but was ruled down because he had given himself up as a defenseless player. Flacco was not unconscious, but was noticeably woozy and immediately placed in the concussion protocol. The Ravens ruled Flacco, whose ear was also cut on the play, out before the start of the second half.

Alonso was hit with an unnecessary roughness penalty, but was not ejected from the game. Ravens coach John Harbaugh had to be separated from Alonso, who was knocked down by Ravens offensive lineman Ryan Jensen following the hit.

Flacco was 10 of 15 for 101 yards and an early touchdown to Jeremy Maclin before the injury. Ryan Mallett replaced Flacco and finished the Baltimore drive with a 2-yard pass to tight end Benjamin Watson to give the Ravens a 20-0 lead.