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Denny Hamlin wins at Bristol to spoil Matt DiBenedetto’s upset bid

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 17, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

Denny Hamlin spoiled Matt DiBenedetto’s shot at his first career victory – just days after DiBenedetto learned he’d been fired – with a late pass at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hamlin was the first Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing driver to start from the pole this season but his race was a roller-coaster that began when his car was damaged when he bounced off of Jimmie Johnson.
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Josef Newgarden gets Pocono pole after rain wipes out qualifying

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 17, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

IndyCar points leader Josef Newgarden will start on the pole at Pocono Raceway after rain washed out qualifying. The field has been set on points: Alexander Rossi starts second, followed by Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon. With four races left this season, Newgarden is 16 points ahead of Rossi in the championship standings.
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Shekinna Stricklen, Sun rally to beat Storm 79-78

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 8:46 p.m.

Shekinna Stricklen scored 24 points and made a pair of free throws with 4.3 seconds left to help the Connecticut Sun rally from a late seven-point deficit and beat the Seattle Storm 79-78 . Connecticut (18-8) was down 76-69 with 1:47 left before closing the game on a 10-2 run capped by Stricklen’s two free throws.
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Tyler Reddick drives from last to 1st to win Bristol

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 7:06 p.m.

Tyler Reddick drove from last to first and won the Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway after leader Justin Allgaier hit the wall late. Reddick, the Xfinity Series points leader, had to start last in the field because his car failed inspection four times before the race.
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Denny Hamlin wins 1st pole of season for Toyota and Gibbs

Denny Hamlin has won the pole for Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, a critical short-track showdown for drivers trying to qualify for the playoffs. The Daytona 500 winner turned a lap at 129.230 mph in his Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in Friday’s qualifying session.
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Drivers eyeing playoff spots and job security at Bristol

There is very little wiggle room in the race to make NASCAR’s playoffs. And as free agency hits full steam, drivers need to secure their futures as fast as possible. Among those on the bubble is Clint Bowyer. He was 12th in the Cup Series standings just seven races ago, but is now trying to hold off seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson as the series heads into Saturday night’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.
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IndyCar at Pocono Raceway faces uncertain future

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 4:25 p.m.

IndyCar and Pocono Raceway could be headed toward another split. The track has no deal for the open-wheel series to return for an eighth straight year in 2020, and another break could be on the horizon after Sunday’s race. IndyCar returned to Pocono in 2013 after a 24-year absence for the first race of a three-year contract.
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Top-seeded Brett Moffitt wins NASCAR Truck playoff opener

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 8:49 p.m.

Brett Moffitt pulled away won a restart with three laps to go and won the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series’ playoff opener at Bristol Motor Speedway to earn a spot in the Round of 6. Moffitt finished 0.743 seconds ahead of 17-year-old Chandler Smith for his 10th series victory and first at Bristol. The top seed and defending series champion won the pole and led 65 laps on the 0.533 oval.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes weekend off after plane crash near Bristol

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 5:36 p.m.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the three were involved in a plane crash as the family landed Thursday near Bristol Motor Speedway. The television analyst and retired driver was taken to a hospital for evaluation after the crash in east Tennessee.
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Around the WNBA: Liberty hosts third annual UNITY Day; Mystics sit atop poll

Tina Charles is pleased how the New York Liberty ownership group has continued to support the players’ activism involving social issues. The team hosted its third annual UNITY Day game this past weekend and had a series of events around the matchup with the Seattle Storm on Sunday that was played at Barclays Center. Meanwhile, the Mystics sit atop this week’s AP WNBA Power Poll and the Mercury’s Brittney Griner has been suspended three games for her role in a fight last week.
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WNBA suspends Brittney Griner 3 games for fight; 4 others punished

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

The WNBA has suspended Mercury center Brittney Griner three games for her role in a fight in the Dallas-Phoenix game Saturday that resulted in six players getting ejected. The league punished Griner for throwing punches, escalating the incident and pushing Wings forward Kayla Thornton’s face with an open hand. Dallas’ Kristine Anigwe and Thornton also were suspended two games. And Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi and Dallas’ Kaela Davis were suspended a game apiece.
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NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson-Ryan Blaney feud shows no signs of slowing down

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

Jimmie Johnson’s feud with Ryan Blaney is showing no signs of slowing down, heading into the NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. Johnson still wants Blaney to apologize for making contact from behind going into a turn nearly a week ago at Watkins Glen. The seven-time champion approached the 25-year-old Blaney after the race, pointing his index finger at him during a heated exchange. Blaney says he has no plans to say he’s sorry to Johnson.
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Brad Keselowski wins pole for NASCAR Cup race at Michigan

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 4:03 p.m.

Brad Keselowski has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. The Team Penske driver has three Cup victories this year. He was the fastest in qualifying with a lap of 190.471 mph around the 2-mile oval. Kevin Harvick will start second, followed by William Byron, Alex Bowman, Clint Bowyer and Chase Elliott. Points leader Kyle Busch will start 24th in the 38-car field. Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson qualified 12th.