Nick Bromberg

  • Denny Hamlin will start first at Dover

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 14 hrs ago

    Denny Hamlin will lead the field to green at Dover on Sunday for the third time.

    Hamlin was the fasted in the third round of Friday's qualifying session, the 21st pole of his career. He'll start alongside Martin Truex Jr. Hamlin ran a lap of 160.121 MPH while Truex ran a lap of 159.723 MPH.

    Kyle Larson starts third, Matt Kenseth starts fourth and Joey Logano will start fifth.

    It was the second straight week a Hendrick Motorsports car didn't make the final round of qualifying. Jimmie Johnson will start 14th while Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start 16th.

    Hamlin's two other poles came in the fall of 2012 and the spring of 2013. He finished eighth in 2012 and was 34th in 2013 after a crash.

    Points leader Kevin Harvick will start sixth and the possible resurgence of Roush Fenway Racing continued during Friday's qualifying. Greg Biffle, who started second in the All-Star Race and finished second in the Coca-Cola 600, will start seventh and his teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start ninth.

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  • Is the site of Martin Truex Jr.'s first win going to be his first win of 2015?

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 16 hrs ago

    If you've been paying attention to the Sprint Cup Series at all in 2015, you know that Martin Truex Jr. has been good. Really good. But you also know that he's currently winless through the season's first 12 races.

    Sunday's race is at Dover. Truex won there in 2007, his first of two Sprint Cup Series wins. Is it his next best chance for win No. 3?

    “I really enjoy coming here," Truex said Friday. "This is one of my favorite tracks. That is usually a good sign to start off with. Honestly, just between that and the way our cars have been running, the job the team has been doing, I feel like last year we were off quite a bit. We came here and we still ran in the top 10 both races, really had a good run here for us last year.  I kind of was looking back at that and thinking about that thinking ‘okay imagine what we can do there now.'"

    He finished sixth and seventh at Dover in 2014.

    Truex finished last season 24th in the points standings and had one top-five finish and five top-10 finishes. And the 24th was buffered by marked improvement at the end of the season.

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  • Meyer: Miller playing for OSU in '15 and throwing up to 35 yards

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 17 hrs ago

    If you were harboring any thoughts that Braxton Miller would make a late transfer from Ohio State, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer shut your brain up on Friday.

    “He’s playing for Ohio State (this) fall," Meyer said via the Columbus Dispatch.

    Friday was Meyer's first time meeting with the media since spring practice concluded, and thus his first press conference opportunity to reiterate his belief that his quarterback would be staying at Ohio State.

    Ohio State is going to have a three-person quarterback competition in 2015. Since Miller would have the opportunity to be a graduate transfer at another school and play immediately, he was the most likely quarterback to depart in the eyes of many.

    Meyer said Miller had begun throwing and ruled out a possible position change.

    “He’s starting to throw (a football) now, I think he’s up to 35 yards,” Meyer said.

    Ohio State's fall camp opens in August.

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  • Art Briles teases new Baylor uniforms for 2015 (Photo)

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 18 hrs ago

    Did Art Briles give us a sneak peek of a new set of Baylor uniforms for 2015?

    The Baylor coach tweeted this picture Friday.

    #YB #B2B #LetsEat pic.twitter.com/zjOqrRl3rI

    #SteelGrey from @usnikefootball https://t.co/AAvtE5ZETu

    If they're real, we hope they're a lightly-used alternate in 2015. While we can always endorse chrome – like Baylor's awesome gold helmets – we're not sure about mostly gray uniforms. Especially with the green sleeves. If you look closely, it appears that the bear claw feature that is stylized on the shoulderpads is still there.

    Here are some of the uniforms Baylor wore in 2014.

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  • SEC schools reportedly getting more than $30 million each

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 19 hrs ago

    SEC schools are reportedly receiving an approximately 30 percent increase in revenue from 2013-2014.

    According to ESPN, SEC schools are set to get $31.07 million apiece from the conference. The last payout was approximately $21 million.

    The SEC actually made a record $455 million in total revenue based on the revenue-sharing plan for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which ends Aug. 1. However, $20 million was retained by institutions that participated in bowl games last season.

    By comparison, the Big Ten distributed $338.9 million during the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to IRS filings, the most recent data available.

    The money from the conference comes from the SEC Network, bowl games, the football championship game, the SEC basketball tournament and more, including other TV contracts. The Big Ten and Pac-12, with their own television networks, have a similar setup.

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  • Cal QB Jared Goff catches ground-rule double at Giants game

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 20 hrs ago

    Cal quarterback Jared Goff may have been more excited Thursday night at the San Francisco Giants game than he is when he throws a touchdown pass.

    Goff caught a ground-rule double off the bat of Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford who, coincidentally, went to UCLA.

    Nice catch and celebration by @JaredGoff16 of @bcraw35 ground-rule 2B at tonight's @SFGiants game #GoBears #GoGiants pic.twitter.com/tfu89b6j20

    Goff was sitting in the front row of left field and easily made the catch on the big hop off Crawford's hit.

    Out here pic.twitter.com/k25ZtGlHSD

    We do give Goff props for still wearing the Tim Lincecum jersey. Some folks would have jumped ship after Lincecum's recent struggles. He was also so proud of his accomplishment that he made sure to tell CSN Bay Area reporter Amy Gutierrez that he caught the ball.

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  • Protection order against Kurt Busch upheld

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    The protection order against Kurt Busch has been upheld by a Delaware judge.

    Busch was appealing the decision in favor of his ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscollthat came the week before the Daytona 500. After commissioner David Jones' findings were released on Feb. 20, Buschwas indefinitely suspended by NASCAR.He unsuccessfully appealed the suspension and ended up being suspended for three races.

    Busch was reinstated before the Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix following a decision by the Delaware department of justice to not press criminal charges citing a lack of evidence.

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  • Report: Big 12 to sanction schools who show 'controversial' replays

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    A day after the Big 12 said it was going to punish schools whose fans storm the field, the conference is reportedly going to crack down on another practice and punish schools who repeatedly show 'controversial' replays in-stadium.

    Part of the Big 12's new sportsmanship policy: Schools can be subject to penalty if they show controversial replays too much in a venue.

    Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said replays weren't banned entirely, however. The Big 12 has not yet issued a statement defining what it would deem excessive use of replay or how it would determine what would cross the line into too much.

    They're not banned, Ian McCaw said. Just have to balance entertainment value with further inciting an angry crowd.

    Punishments could be in the form of a fine, similar to the possible punishments for teams whose fans rush the field.

    No matter the intentions, it feels like a rule for the sake of a rule. And when are rules to address not-so-outstanding problems ever a good idea?

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  • Taylor Swift will be on Tony Kanaan's car at Detroit

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Taylor Swift is going to be on an IndyCar at Detroit this weekend.

    No, she's not going to be riding on the top of it (think of the TV ratings if she was), but her picture will be on the side of Tony Kanaan's car for the IndyCar Series' doubleheader races in Detroit. Kanaan's car is sponsored by her "1989" tour.

    The Swift (no pun intended) sponsorship is because Kanaan's Chip Ganassi Racing team has a sponsorship agreement with Big Machine Records. His teammate Sage karam will have Rascal Flatts on his car this weekend.

    Swift is also performing in Detroit on the same day as the first race. The IndyCar race starts at approximately 4 p.m. ET and Swift has a concert later that night at Ford Field. Maybe she'll show up to the race before her concert.

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    Nick Bromberg is the editor of From The Marbles on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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  • Happy Hour: What race did you prefer last weekend?

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Throughout the week you can send us your best questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com or @NickBromberg. We'll post them here and have a good time.

    Have you recoverd from Sunday? It was a fantastic day of racing, if we say so ourselves. Sometimes the longest and greatest day in racing can be a drain. Sunday didn't seem like it was one. We were ready for another race after the 600 was over.

    OK, maybe that's an exaggeration. But the point is made.

    Before we get to the fun, we've got some penalty news to report. Jimmie Johnson's team was penalized for sideskirt modifications in the All-Star Race. The penalty? The No. 48 team got the last choice of pit stalls after qualifying on Friday. The team has now appealed the penalty, which means the punishment is deferred until when or if the penalty is upheld.

    Even if the No. 48 team doesn't think it has a case, appealing is a good move. Johnson is the best driver at Dover and pit selection is more important there than at Pocono and Michigan.

    We're going to go through J.T.'s email graph by graph here. Because it's quite fun.

    Possibly both?

    Oh, where to begin...