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Longtime NASCAR driver Mike Wallace has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for a violation of the sanctioning body's behavioral rules. NASCAR did not specify what led to the penalty as is customary. According to Fox Sports, Wallace was suspended for a social media post.
The NFL's practice squad rules, like everything else in 2020, is much different than it's been in the past. Practice squads can hold 16 players, instead of the traditional 10 that coaches and general managers are used to. Two players can be promoted to the active roster each week, but they can only get promoted twice in a season.
NASCAR issued an indefinite suspension to driver Mike Wallace on Thursday for a social media post that violated its member conduct guidelines. According to the penalty report, Wallace violated NASCAR Rule Book Sections 12.1, 12.8 and 12.8.1.e (Member Conduct Guidelines), the last of which states: “Member actions that could result in a fine and/or indefinite suspension, or termination: “Public statement and/or communication that criticizes, ridicules, or otherwise disparages another person based upon that person's race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, or handicapping condition.
As a weary Serena Williams packed her bags and left Flushing Meadows in the early hours of Friday morning, her latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title snuffed out in the semi-finals of the US Open, one question was left hanging in the balmy night air: if not now, when? For nearly four years, Williams has been trading groundstrokes with Father Time as she attempts to add one more Grand Slam title to her collection, cementing her claim to be the greatest women's tennis player ever seen. Certainly, throughout her career, be it returning from serious illness to dominate her sport, or from continuing to compete at the highest level at an age when most of her contemporaries have long since retired, Williams has repeatedly demonstrated that writing her off is a mug's game.
The NBA is reportedly investigating whether Rockets forward Danuel House let a female coronavirus tester into his hotel room. Both House and Tyson Chandler missed Houston's Game 3 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday for what were called “personal reasons.” A female entered the Rockets' team hotel on Monday night, passing multiple security checkpoints before being flagged for her entry, sources said.
The New England Patriots announced their team captains ahead of Week 1 and Julian Edelman didn't make that list. He's the most experienced wide receiver, and the most experienced player on the offensive side of the ball in New England. Edelman, 34, is heading into his 11th season and he's never earned the prestigious title.
Phillies pitcher out with freak pants-related injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia As if another late-game collapse wasn't bad enough for the Phillies on Thursday night, now one of their best starting pitchers has a health issue that has forced the team to alter its pitching schedule. Moments after the Phillies' awful 7-6 loss to the Miami Marlins, manager Joe Girardi announced that Zack Wheeler would not make his scheduled start Saturday night against Miami. Wheeler suffered some type of an injury to his right middle finger.
A section of supporters within the stadium jeered loudly as players from both teams linked arms before kick-off for what the league had described as "a moment of silence dedicated to the ongoing fight for equality in our country". "How can you be more upset about bringing awareness to racism than racism itself?" Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III wrote on Twitter. Fewer than a quarter of the stadium's seats were occupied due to COVID-19 restrictions but a scatter of boos mixed into cheers were audible to Texans' defensive end J.J. Watt.
Apparently, the USGA is concerned about the rough at Winged Foot, which a week before the 120th U.S. Open is dominating the pregame chatter. “There were plans to just let it go after Sept. 3rd and just see if they could get it six inches on certain holes,” said Winged Foot member and NBC commentator Dan Hicks, who is back on the call Sept. 17-20. “I expect a lot of whining,” said David Feherty, who took part in a U.S. Open preview on Wednesday along with Hicks and fellow NBC on-course reporter Roger Maltbie.
There isn't much danger long for those players looking to go for the par-5 18th green in two shots this week at the ANA Inspiration. “I was actually thinking about what 18 would be like without the bleachers, because visually, that is just a protector for most of us,” said Madelene Sagstrom, who shot 67. First-round leader Nelly Korda said that fellow competitor Megan Khang threw a ball underneath the structure and it still rolled into the water behind the green.
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You could feel it in LeBron James' flailing, fighting layup over his shoulder and through three Houston Rockets. The steamrolling Lakers are now one win from the Western Conference finals after an overpowering 110-100 victory Thursday over the beaten-into-submission Rockets. Meanwhile, the equally steamrolling Clippers are also one win from the Western Conference finals with their first clinching opportunity Friday against the clearly gassed Denver Nuggets.
It was getting on to midnight when Serena Williams slung her big red racket bag over her shoulder and walked off the Arthur Ashe Stadium court Thursday night, another Grand Slam ending having gone all wrong. The protocols have worked superbly, but they couldn't change the ending for Williams, the sport's greatest champion. It was the first semifinal ever contested between mothers, the second match of a remarkable night of women's tennis, coming after Naomi Osaka and Jennifer Brady put on a shotmaking show in the opening match.
One came late in regulation, when Jayson Tatum drove and passed… directly to Toronto coach Nick Nurse, who was standing near Celtics center Daniel Theis in the corner. Nurse was hunched over and touching the out-of-bounds lines – maybe even crossing them at one point. Tatum, via Darren Hartwell of NBC Sports Boston: “That was my fault.
The Broncos are scrambling for a replacement for Von Miller, and at least one of their options has told them “No, thanks.” According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, former Rams and Packers linebacker Clay Matthews sent word to the Broncos he was not going to play. There was a report of interest from the Seahawks in early August, otherwise things have been quiet in terms of Matthews actually playing again.
The Dallas Cowboys are working dilligently to prepare for the eventual Dak Prescott contract standoff in 2021. One way they can do this is to create cap space in 2020, with the intention to roll it over after the season. Dallas has added a voidable year and restructured Lawrence's deal to change his 2020 base salary into a bonus that hits the cap across five seasons.
Serena Williams already was struggling to keep up in a fast-paced U.S. Open semifinal when she stopped behind the baseline after a third-set point and leaned over. While Williams took a medical timeout for a tape job for what she later said was an Achilles issue - her latest bid for a 24th Grand Slam singles title seemingly slipping away - her opponent, Victoria Azarenka, sat in a sideline seat, eyes closed, calm and composed as can be. After a delay of about five minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium, action resumed, and while Williams raised the force of her shots and volume of her shouts, it was Azarenka who finished off a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory Thursday to return to a major championship final for the first time in seven years.
Running back Phillip Lindsay (DEN): The Broncos get a home tilt this week against the Titans, who had 23.7 percent of the targets against them last season go to running backs. That was good for the fifth-highest rate in the league. Tennessee allowed 8.25 targets per game to opposing running backs while the team's secondary largely shut down receivers and limited tight ends.
The slow-burning fight for the Tour de France's yellow jersey erupted in earnest on the remains of a once-giant volcano on Friday, with race leader Primoz Roglic using its punishing slopes to grow his overall lead. One of the big losers of the day was Egan Bernal, last year's champion from Colombia who was unable to match Roglic's pace on the arduous ascent of the Puy Mary. Bernal tumbled from second to third in the overall standings and slumped exhausted across his handlebars at the top.