6:56 PM ET Bob PockrassNASCAR Close • NASCAR writer for ESPN.com• 2009, 2013 NMPA Writer of the Year• More than 25 years experience covering motorsports SAN FRANCISCO — Defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. wasn’t surprised that NASCAR decided against changing any of the aerodynamic rules this year amid too much uncertainty as
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5:55 PM ET Ariel Helwani Former NFL player turned MMA fighter Greg Hardy suffered a knee injury in an arena football game Saturday night. Hardy, who also currently stars for the Richmond Roughriders of the American Arena League, was hurt in the first quarter of the Roughriders’ 57-43 win over the Carolina Energy. Hardy is
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3:41 PM ET The St. Louis Cardinals placed right-hander Michael Wacha on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday with a left oblique strain. Wacha exited his start Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies in the bottom of the fourth inning after 75 pitches. He gave up three runs, one earned, in 3⅔ innings. He’s 8-2 with
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3:34 PM ET Associated Press “Johnny Hockey” is getting an additional title: part owner. Barry Trotz, former coach of the Stanley Cup-champion Washington Capitals, has been named the new coach of the New York Islanders. Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils barely edged Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon for the Hart Trophy on Wednesday night, winning
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3:14 PM ET Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — The Alliance of American Football completed its awarding of franchises Thursday by placing a team in San Antonio. Former San Diego Chargers coach Mike Riley will be the head coach and former Dallas Cowboys fullback Darryl “Moose” Johnston is the general manager. San Antonio is the eighth
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9:00 AM ET Bob PockrassNASCAR Close • NASCAR writer for ESPN.com• 2009, 2013 NMPA Writer of the Year• More than 25 years experience covering motorsports SONOMA, Calif. — Trevor Bayne returns to NASCAR Cup Series competition this weekend at Sonoma Raceway (3 p.m. ET, FS1) after Roush Fenway Racing booted him from the car for
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2:15 PM ET Associated Press HALLE, Germany — Defending champion Roger Federer survived two match points against Benoit Paire to reach the quarterfinals of the Gerry Weber Open with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7) win on Thursday. Paire rallied after losing the first set to take the second, and the Frenchman defended two match points
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3:00 PM ET Tatenda Taibu, former Zimbabwe captain and their convener of selectors until March, severely criticised the current administration for their treatment of players – in particular Brendan Taylor – and called on cricketers in the country to band together. Taylor, who opted out of a Kolpak-deal with Nottinghamshire a year early to return
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3:17 PM ET Associated Press BERKELEY, Calif. — Wide receiver Demetris Robertson is leaving the California program after two years, he announced Thursday. Robertson tweeted that he has “decided not to continue my education and football career” at Cal due to personal matters. The tweet didn’t elaborate and it didn’t say what Robertson will do
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2:45 PM ET Eight-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard and the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to enter into buyout talks for his $23.8 million expiring contract. “I want to be in a situation where I have an opportunity to help a team win,” Howard said Thursday during a phone interview. “That’s my only goal. All I
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2:02 PM ET Ariel Helwani Bellator is getting into the superfight business. The promotion has booked a fight between middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi and welterweight champion Rory MacDonald on Sept. 29 in San Jose, Calif., multiple sources confirmed to ESPN. Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi will put his 185-pound belt on the line Sept. 29
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2:48 PM ET Bob PockrassNASCAR Close • NASCAR writer for ESPN.com• 2009, 2013 NMPA Writer of the Year• More than 25 years experience covering motorsports A father who pulled his son out of a burning race car faces some minimal discipline for going on to a racetrack during an event. South Boston (Va.) Speedway put
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2:13 PM ET The plan is in place for Claressa Shields, the face of women’s boxing in the United States. Now all she needs to do is execute it. She was the best female amateur boxer in the world for years, fashioning a 77-1 record (loss avenged) and becoming the only American fighter, male or
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