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Dave Roberts keeps Dodgers pointed toward World Series glory

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dave Roberts’ first two years as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager have gone by in an action-packed blur. He has watched 195 regular-season wins and survived one awful losing skid. He has won two NL West titles, three playoff series and a pennant. He persevered through his father’s death with almost no time to grieve last spring, ...

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Round of 8 playoff grid set as four drivers are eliminated at Kansas

Four drivers were eliminated from NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs at Kansas Speedway. Certainly, Kyle Larson’s departure was the most shocking of all. Larson, 25, had a break-out year with four wins, three poles, 14 top-fives, 19 top 10s and four stage wins in the first 31 races. He was a champion contender all season long — until his ...

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Horner confronted stewards over 'an appalling decision'

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner confronted the race stewards after what he described as “an appalling decision” to penalize Max Verstappen in the United States Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton moved to the verge of securing the drivers’ championship with victory at Circuit of The Americas, but the main talking point after the race was Verstappen’s final-lap pass on Kimi ...

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Justin Timberlake invited back to Super Bowl halftime show

Justin Timberlake has finally been invited back to the Super Bowl halftime show, 14 years after the “wardrobe malfunction” with Janet Jackson caused a national controversy. The NFL announced Sunday night that Timberlake will headline the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 4 in Minnesota. This will be Timberlake’s third Super Bowl halftime performance, the most for any entertainer. Timberlake performed ...

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Kenseth KO'd by pit crew miscue

Matt Kenseth was doing everything he needed to on the racetrack to advance in the playoffs. A mistake by his team on pit road negated the effort. Involved in an accident off Turn 2 on Lap 198 at Kansas Speedway, the No. 20 team had too many men over the wall working on Kenseth’s battered Toyota. Under the damaged policy ...

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Ryan Blaney: “We overcame a lot” to advance in NASCAR playoffs

Ryan Blaney defied the odds Sunday and still has a chance to win his first NASCAR championship. It was already going to be a difficult road to the NASCAR Playoffs’ Round of 8 for the Wood Brothers and Blaney even before they had their qualifying speed disallowed by NASCAR on Friday. That penalty pushed Blaney to last-place on the starting ...

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Hamilton wins in Austin ahead of Vettel and Räikkönen

Lewis Hamilton moved one step closer to a fourth Drivers’ Championship title with a convincing sixth career US Grand Prix win at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas. The win, ahead of the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen, allied to a fifth place for Valtteri Bottas also handed Mercedes their fourth Constructors’ Championship crown in a row. Hard-charging Vettel ...

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Pelicans hold off late Lakers rally for first win, 119-112 (Oct 22, 2017)

LOS ANGELES (AP) Anthony Davis scored 27 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 20 and the New Orleans Pelicans withstood a furious rally to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-112 on Sunday night for their first victory of the season. The Pelicans led by 22 points in the second quarter and were still up by double figures heading into the final period, ...

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Jimmie Johnson spins twice, but still escapes elimination at Kansas

Jimmie Johnson found his lucky horseshoe again. After wrecking twice on Sunday, the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team fought back and survived a 12-car wreck to finish 11th at Kansas Speedway.  More importantly, Johnson advanced to the Round of 8 with a shot of his eighth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.  “It’s just a roller-coaster ride you’re on,” said Johnson, ...

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