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  • Thursday's Sports In Brief

    The Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals at their own game Thursday night, relying on sharp pitching from Collin McHugh and stingy defense behind him for a 5-2 victory in the opener of their AL Division Series. McHugh (1-0) allowed four hits, including a pair of solo homers by Kendrys…

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  • Talladega adds more SAFER barrier to cover entire track

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Talladega Superspeedway said Thursday it will have energy-absorbing barriers around the entire track when NASCAR races there this month.

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  • Matt Kenseth wins pole once again at Charlotte

    Matt Kenseth is back in a familiar spot at Charlotte Motor Speedway - sitting on the pole. Kenseth will start up front Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race after turning a lap at 194.532 mph Thursday night to edge Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Kenseth also won the pole at the…

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  • Charlotte paints track to mark restart zones

    Charlotte Motor Speedway has painted lines on the race track to mark where the restart zone will begin and end Saturday night. The zone is typically marked by NASCAR with the lines on the outside wall that aren't seen by fans. Drivers have complained for the last several months about shenanigans…

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  • Earnhardt forced to make hard decisions for JR Motorsports

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. has tried for five years to push Josh Berry's career forward. ''We all but begged in that media center after the race,'' Earnhardt said. With 139 employees to support at JR Motorsports, Earnhardt has to make business decisions that often break his heart.

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  • Hendrick teams now guarding against parts failures in Chase

    Hendrick Motorsports took time in its weekly meetings to address the parts failure that cost Jimmie Johnson a shot at a seventh championship. Johnson was eliminated in the first round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship when an axle seal broke on his car Sunday at Dover. The failure…

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  • Syracuse's Moody Mile hosts its final stock car race

    Wesley Moody really doesn't want to think about it. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a car guy at heart, announced in September that the state will spend $50 million to transform the fair into a year-round destination. Moody staked his claim to local fame in 1970 when he became the first driver to…

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  • Gordon thinks new tire changer can give inside information

    Jeff Gordon believes his new front tire changer can improve his pit crew and give Hendrick Motorsports some inside information on the competition. Nick Odell, considered one of the best tire changers in NASCAR, was released from Joe Gibbs Racing after the opening race in the Chase for the Sprint…

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  • Column: Harvick advancing bad for everyone else in NASCAR

    No one would have blamed a championship contender for getting just a little bit excited when Kevin Harvick wrecked during the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Funny thing is, not a single driver in the Chase field counted Harvick out. Indeed, Harvick put on a clinic Sunday at Dover…

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  • Weekend Sports In Brief

    Ohio State remained No. 1 in The Associated Press college football Top 25 and tied a poll record despite lagging support from the voters.

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  • NASCAR driver Theriault injured in Trucks race

    STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- NASCAR driver Austin Theriault has suffered a compression fracture of his lower back in a head-on crash into a wall in a Truck Series race.

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  • Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EST on Sunday, Oct 4

    Oct 4 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Sunday: - - - - The duty editor is Steve Ginsburg, 202-898-8427 - - - - NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Manning back in action as Broncos host Vikings Quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will aim to build on their perfect 3-0 start…

  • John Wes Townley wins NASCAR Truck race at Las Vegas

    John Wes Townley won the NASCAR Camping World Truck race Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, an event marred by Austin Theriault's head-on crash into a wall. Theriault, driving Brad Keselowski Racing's Ford, made contact with teammate Tyler Reddick's truck on Lap 14 and hit the wall on a…

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  • Regan Smith wins Xfinity Series race at Dover

    Regan Smith could leave JR Motorsports with one heck of a parting gift. Smith wants to stay with his NASCAR Xfinity Series team in next year, but if he has to go, he'd gladly take a championship trophy with him. Smith strengthened his championship push with a victory Saturday at Dover…

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  • Jimmie Johnson hopes for Dover dominance in 500th start

    Jimmie Johnson was still only a prospect in NASCAR's developmental series when he tried to work up the nerve to talk to Jeff Gordon. Johnson wanted to introduce himself to Gordon and ask for career advice, a chance to pick the brain of one of racing's greats. What he didn't know during that…

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  • Kahne, Harvick top final speed charts at Dover

    With rain wreaking havoc on the Dover schedule, Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne topped the speed charts Saturday in the final practices. It's the first cutoff race of the Chase and the bottom four drivers of the 16 in the field will be eliminated from championship contention.

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  • Friday's Sports In Brief

    Louisville is investigating allegations that former Cardinals men's basketball staffer Andre McGee brought escorts into dorm parties, and paid for the women to strip and have sex with recruits, their fathers and players. Some details of the book were published on the Journal's web site, noting…

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