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  • Joe Gibbs Racing to appeal NASCAR penalties

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    Joe Gibbs Racing had three cars finish top-four at the Brickyard 400, but they couldn't celebrate as Denny Hamlin and his team were penalized after their car failed a post-race inspection. Under the new penalty system, Kyle Petty and Jeff Burton believe the punishments are fair.

    The plates are meant to keep fluids, smoke, and fire from entering the driver’s compartment but if airflow is provided through the plates, it can help the car’s aerodynamics.

    Two days later, NASCAR has dropped the hammer on the 11 crew for the post-race infraction, which goes under a P5 penalty in the 2014 NASCAR rule book. The P5 penalty covers:

    "Approved parts that fail or are improperly installed to fail in their intended use of great importance (e.g.; rear wheel well panels that fail and allow air evacuation in the trunk area; oil box cover that fails and allows air evacuation in the driver compartment; shifter boot cover that fails and allows air evacuation through the floor pan)."

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  • Raiders ownership eyeing move ... to San Antonio

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports11 hrs ago

    After a recent trip by owner Mark Davis to San Antonio, the Raiders' future in Oakland is being questioned once again. Mike Florio believes that in order for the Raiders to move, Davis would have to sell his controlling interest in the team.

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  • Josh Gordon's suspension has a real chance to be shortened

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports11 hrs ago

    After two seasons and two failed drug tests, Browns receiver Josh Gordon faces a year-long suspension from the NFL. With Gordon appealing the suspension, Mike Florio thinks the young wideout has a chance to have the ban reduced. With Ray Rice's two-game suspension and new standards set by the World Anti-Doping Agency, Josh Gordon could be on the field this season in Cleveland.

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  • Jordy Nelson discusses his $40M extension with Packers

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    Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson joins The Dan Patrick Show to discuss his recent extension with Green Bay. Nelson discusses working on his personal farm and addresses Patrick's question about whether or not he is a "real" farmer. The Packers receiver says Greg Jennings was really instrumental in helping him develop into the player he is today.

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  • Rory McIlroy wanted to quit golf at 16; not focused on Jack's 18

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    Believe it or not, there was a time when Rory McIlroy decided he didn’t want to pursue a career in professional golf.

    It lasted all of three days.

    “I was ready to give it up when I was 16,” he recalled Tuesday in advance of this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “I remember the drive. I just won the Mullingar Scratch Cup, and I remember the drive home with my dad. It was like a three‑hour drive. And I said to him, ‘I don't like this anymore. I don't enjoy it. I just won, and I don't know, I'm not happy, I'm not excited.’”

    McIlroy didn’t play for three days, and then came to the realization that he really does love the game.

    Explaining it now, he called it “just an impulsive teenager going through hormonal issues.”

    That instance remained his lone act of teenage rebellion against the game.

    “That was like the only time,” he said. “Apart from that, I love the game of golf. It's been great to me over the years, obviously. As I said, this is what I always wanted to do. I'm really enjoying it.”

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  • Exploring the Phillies Cole Hamels-to-Dodgers trade possibility

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports17 hrs ago

    National reports surfaced Monday night that the Phillies "have made Cole Hamels available" and the Dodgers are interested. It makes sense since L.A. is one of few teams -- maybe the only team -- equipped with the finances and elite prospects to pull off a blockbuster for the Phils' lefty ace. But, as colleague Jim Salisbury has said all along, the Phillies will need to be bowled over to trade Hamels. The Dodgers have a package that may force the Phillies to listen. They have an outfielder, an infielder and a young southpaw who, if acquired, would likely become the Phils' top three prospects. Back on July 16, we ran the following piece (updated with current stats) examining the Dodgers' top prospects and why they'd make sense for the Phillies:

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  • Red Sox scratch Lester from start as deadline nears

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports17 hrs ago

    Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan wrote Tuesday afternoon that “sentiment among competing executives is unanimous” that the Red Sox will trade left-hander Jon Lester before Thursday’s July 31 deadline.

    And this news will only add to that thought.

    Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that Lester has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night against the Blue Jays, with right-hander Brandon Workman getting the call from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his rotation spot.

    The Pirates, Dodgers, Brewers, Blue Jays, Cardinals, and Orioles are all thought to have interest in acquiring Lester, who can become a free agent after this season. He boasts a 2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 149/32 K/BB ratio through 143 innings in 2014.

    - Drew Silva, NBC Sports

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  • Report: Dallas Cowboys fear Demarcus Lawrence has a broken foot

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    For a defense that couldn’t afford to take any more hits after the loss of Sean Lee to injury earlier this offseason, the Dallas Cowboys had to watch another key defensive piece get carted off the practice field.

    Second-round defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was taken off the field by cart after going down with an injury during Tuesday’s practice.

    According to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram , the Cowboys fear Lawrence has suffered a broken foot.

    While the extent of the damage is still uncertain, it is an injury that can require a substantial recovery period.

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  • What do Cowboys need to do to go better than 8-8?

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports17 hrs ago

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    ProFootballTalk: The PFT crew discusses everything going on in Dallas, from Tony Romo's back to Dez Bryant's contract to how the team's defense needs to improve.

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