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NASCAR America at 5 p.m. ET: Kentucky preview, Chase Elliott's Darlington scheme

Today’s episode of NASCAR America airs from 5-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN and continues to preview this weekend’s racing at Kentucky Speedway. Rutledge Wood hosts with Kyle Petty and Dale Earnhardt Jr. from the Big Oak Table in Charlotte. On today’s show: It’s Wednesdays with Dale Jr. live from the Big Oak Table in Charlotte. We’ll discuss the upcoming weekend ...

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Bob Elliott's Baseball: Braves' Bourjos has deep connection to Blue Jays

Like all men, Chris Bourjos is adept at clicking from one station to another. For 18 seasons, starting in the fall of 1984, Bourjos scouted for the Toronto Blue Jays. Now, at times he comes across a game televised from Rogers Centre. “At times I don’t even want to watch, I turn it off,” said Bourjos from Scottsdale, Az. “The ...

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NASCAR Roundtable: Is Chase Elliott's winless streak about to end?

Veteran NASCAR reporter Kenny Bruce joins the NASCAR Roundtable panel this week along with Jim Utter, Nick DeGroot and Tim Southers. Chase Elliott has four Cup starts at Michigan with three runner-up finishes. Could this be the week he finally breaks through and captures that elusive first Cup win? Jim: I say yes, but I’ve been saying that for a ...

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Bob Elliott's Baseball: Mississauga's Noah Naylor ready to follow brother Josh in MLB draft

On Feb. 22 of this year, San Diego Padres scout Murray Zuk walked into a Mississauga household. Zuk, the longest-serving Canadian scout, walked out of the cold and into the warm home owned by Jenice and Chris Naylor.  “You know … I think … I think, I’ve been here before,” deadpanned Zuk as he looked around. The Naylor family has been talking to the same scouts, crosscheckers and scouting directors who visited ...

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Bob Elliott's Baseball: Phenom Shohei Ohtani continues to amaze

Away back during the courtship period — long before free-agent Shohei Ohtani signed with the Los Angeles Angels — we asked a scout about the player’s best attribute? “His speed,” said the scout who had been to Japan. His velocity? “No, he’s fast, I saw him break late to cover first and he still beat a quick runner to take the throw ...

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Bob Elliott's Baseball: Joey Votto's actions have always spoken louder than his words

A few days after the tragic Humboldt bus crash, Joey Votto reached out asking if I could help him acquire a Humboldt Strong T-shirt. One-dimensional me, I contacted a few people in the hockey world and some baseball people in Saskatchewan. No success.  It didn’t matter. When the Cincinnati Reds visited the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis on April 27, there was Votto in the dugout, being ...

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Bob Elliott's Baseball: Solarte a smashing success with the Jays

Jeff Smith doesn’t want to say Yangervis Solarte was a smash from the first day he managed him with a class-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins in 2008. But… “First year I put his name on a Fort Myers lineup card, right after he was promoted, I had him in the No. 3 hole and we were in Daytona,” Smith ...

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Bob Elliott's Baseball: James Paxton's no-hitter thrills family and friends

A month before last Christmas, James Paxton’s mom walked into The Sport Gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver looking to buy a picture of her son’s favourite pitcher, Andy Pettitte. How many mothers of Canadian youngsters will enter stores this shopping season seeking pictures of Paxton? The native of Ladner, B.C., nicknamed The Big Maple, became the first Canadian to ...

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