Early NASCAR failings ‘humbled’ 2018 Cup champion Logano

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Chevrolet: New 2018 Camaro, young talent influx caused NASCAR slump

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NASCAR Cup champion Logano gives new 2019 Ford Mustang first outing

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Red Sox must pony up nearly $12M US in luxury tax

Boston should be happy to pay this tax bill. The World Series champion Red Sox owe $11,951,091 US in luxury tax for having baseball’s top payroll, according to final calculations by the commissioner’s office obtained by The Associated Press. The only other team that owes is the Washington Nationals, who must pay $2,386,097, their second straight year with a bill. Because Boston was more than $40 million over the tax threshold, it became the first team to incur a new penalty put in place for the 2018 season: the top Red Sox selection in next June’s amateur draft will be

Return of baseball to Montreal looking ‘pretty good,’ says Stephen Bronfman

Efforts to bring a baseball team back to Montreal are moving forward, but the businessman spearheading that project is trying to temper expectations. Stephen Bronfman was careful when talking about the progress his group has made, but did say his group wants to build something that will last.  “We’re going to do everything in our power to make sure that this is sustainable, that this is real and that we’re in it to win it,” he told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak. On Thursday, the so-called Montreal Group released a report suggesting Montreal has everything required to support a major league baseball over the long-term. The Expos left town in 2004

Manchester & London on five-city ATP Finals shortlist

Highlights: Dominant Zverev beats Djokovic to win ATP Finals Manchester has joined current hosts London on a five-city shortlist to stage the ATP Finals from 2021. Singapore, Tokyo and Turin have also made the cut after more than 40 cities expressed an initial interest in hosting the season finale. Manchester lost out to the Chinese city of Shenzhen earlier this year in its attempt to host the WTA Finals – the women’s equivalent of the ATP Finals. A decision on the ATP Finals host will be made by March 2019 at the earliest. London has hosted the event since 2009

Chargers shock Chiefs with wild comeback to clinch playoff berth

Arrowhead Stadium was already emptying by the time Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers jogged to the locker room, triumphantly waving his hand as a satisfying cascade of boos washed over him. He had finally beaten the Kansas City Chiefs. It sounded perfect. Rivers led Los Angeles on a feverish fourth-quarter comeback Thursday night, capped by a debatable pass-interference call, a tense video review of the last touchdown and the gutsy decision to try a 2-point conversion. And for the first time in years against Kansas City, everything turned out perfectly for Rivers and the Chargers in a 29-28 victory that clinched

Tiger Woods: Phil Mickelson clash slammed by legend Greg Norman

‘The Match’, as it was billed, drew praise but also plenty of criticism as Mickelson walked off with the cool $9million (£7m) pay-out in the scrappy encounter. The double Open-winning Norman was asked whether he watched the Las Vegas showdown ahead of this week’s PNC Father-and-Son Challenge in Orlando. “Never watched it and besides I’d rather buy two shares of General Electric and invest those and have a long-term investment than pay $20 to watch,” said the 63-year old. But while the ‘Great White Shark’ was no fan of ‘The Match’ he is a fan of Tiger Woods acting as

Wimbledon expansion plans set to advance after golf club votes to sell

The home of Wimbledon was first established as the All England Croquet Club in July 1868 Wimbledon’s expansion plans have taken a step forward after a neighbouring golf club voted to sell its land. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) made a £65m offer to buy the Wimbledon Park Golf Club land. AELTC says a vote has gone in its favour with the transfer – pending court approval – set to go through on 21 December. The deal will see AELTC’s land roughly triple in size. It means qualifying will be held on the site by the middle of

Edwin Encarnacion traded to Seattle in 3-team deal

Slugger Edwin Encarnacion has been traded to Seattle and first baseman Carlos Santana has returned to Cleveland in a three-team deal that also involved Tampa Bay. The Rays got infielder Yandy Diaz and minor and minor league right-hander Cole Slusser from Cleveland. Cleveland also acquired first baseman Jake Bauers. The swap came Thursday at the close of the winter meetings. CBC.ca

Ryder Cup 2018: Rory McIlroy finds form at BMW Championship

While McIlroy finished joint runner-up in this year’s Open Championship, it’s been too long since the golfer affectionately known as ‘Rors’ did some serious roaring.

The current world No 8 sounds excited and there’s enthusiasm not only in his eyes but in his manners and his speech in a rain-affected BMW Championship.

McIlroy will tee-up early Sunday local time, weather permitting, heading into day four of the $9million sharing second place on 16-under par and just a stroke behind European Ryder Cup colleague, Justin Rose who produced a 64 to lead at 17-under on the rain-softened Aronimink course in suburban Philadelphia.

McIlroy brilliantly regrouped after a standard second day 69, to grab a ninth hole eagle and seven birdies in his score of 63.

His eagle 3 at the par-5 ninth hole came after he had birdied seven and then for a third day running making a mess of the par-3 eighth hole, in taking a double-bogey after two earlier bogeys.

“I was in between a 3-wood and 5-wood so I cut a 3-wood in there, I thought I left it a little far right but with the course softened-up, it landed up on the high part of the hill there, it stopped pretty quickly,” he said.

“So, it was nice to hit that shot and obviously nice to hole this putt after making the double bogey on the 8th hole and, yes, it was nice to close out the front-9 like that.”

McIlroy’s inward half was blemish-free with birdies at the 13th, 16th and 18th holes that saw him head to the scorer’s hut in third place at 16-under par but when Xander Schauffele, and playing in the last group, bogeyed the last, McIlroy founh himself up into a share of second with a round to play.

“The putt at the last I said to my caddy, Harry (Diamond), it reminded me of the putt I holed in Abu Dhabi earlier this year up the hill left to right,” he said.

“I guess I had good sort of good vibes and good memories and it was nice to see it go in. It was hit a little bit firm. No, it was very good.

“Overall, I had missed a couple of shots ones on Friday but today I made the putts I needed to while I also hit more fairways that gave myself more opportunities.

“But then it was a weird day as they put a lot of the tees forward and while the course was very wet from all the rain we had last night, if you didn’t shoot 65 you were losing ground.

“So, it was just one of those days you had to stay aggressive.”

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