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

Tiger Woods posts incredible 8-under first round at BMW Championships after Ryder Cup pick

Jim Furyk named Woods, Phil Mickleson and Bryson DeChambeau as three of his four picks, waiting for the conclusion of this week’s BMW Championship before naming his fourth wildcard.

After a string of impressive performances prior to Furyk’s announcement, not many disputed Woods’ inclusion.

But if there were still any doubters as to whether the 14-time major winner still had his A-Game in the locker, he silenced them with an exceptional first round at Aronimink Golf Club.

The 42-year-old was in a group with Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth on the opening day in Philadelphia, but outshone his younger compatriots.

Woods began in the 35 degree heat with a birdie on the first, bringing back his trusted Scotty Cameron putter.

“It felt good [using the Scotty Cameron],” Woods said.

“My body remembered the feel of that putter and how it swings. I was just letting it rip on the greens.”

On the first nine, Woods came out three under shooting only one bogey.

He then nailed his driver on holes 12 and 13 to set up successive birdies, peaking on the 16th with an eagle on a par-5.

He finished on 62 shots, 8-under and tied with Rory McIlroy for the lead.

Not one to wear his heart on his sleeve, Woods remained reticent amid the hype over his first round.

On what sparked such a smooth first round, Woods replied: “I made a few putts today. Right out of the gate.”

The sweltering heat did affect the players, despite Woods’ scorecard, and the leader admitted: “Today I’m a little tired.

“It would be nice to hop into a little ice bath or some kind of cooling thing right now. I will do that here in a little bit.

“I lose quite a bit of water weight when I play in conditions like this. I’ve got to make sure I watch it.

“I have a hard time maintaining weight when I play golf tournaments anyway and it’s one of those things where it’s hard to eat enough calories out there.

“Weeks like this are tough on the body, and that’s where training comes into play.”

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