Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. have been under the radar all season, never mistaken for one of NASCAR’s superstars.
Clint Bowyer nipped Martin Truex Jr. for the pole Friday in qualifying for the opening race of NASCAR’s Chase for the Nextel Cup championship.
Cardinals infielder Scott Spiezio was activated from the restricted list on Friday, about five weeks after leaving the team to undergo treatment for substance abuse. Spiezio said he received daily treatment on an outpatient basis. The rehabilitation process began on Aug. 10, the day after the Cardinals removed him from the active roster.
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he met earlier this week with baseball officials to answer questions about human growth hormone. Major League Baseball had requested a meeting after a New York Daily News report that Ankiel received eight shipments of HGH in 2004.
Jeremy Roenick spent the last 2 1/2 years building his dream retirement home in Arizona, and he finally moved into it three weeks ago. After that, the San Jose Sharks’ newest forward couldn’t wait to get out of town. The talkative veteran already was a hit among his new teammates as the Sharks formally opened training camp with a scrimmage Friday.
Daniel Briere’s hands were stiff as he whizzed around the ice at what felt like 100 mph, feeling lost early, and slow to contribute on a team that failed to score. And the new Flyers center’s assessment of his debut? “Exciting,” he said. Briere practically felt like a rookie again when Philadelphia opened training camp Friday, learning new players, new plays and what second-year coach John Stevens…
Eric Mangini was once Bill Belichick’s protege, a bright and eager assistant who soaked up every bit of football knowledge he could from the New England coach. There were late nights of gameplanning, storytelling and developing strategy while preparing for the next opponent, a mentor-student bond that was solidified by winning three Super Bowls together.
Eli Manning took some snaps with the New York Giants’ first unit on Friday for the first time all week, but the team is still cautious about the fourth-year quarterback’s injured throwing shoulder. Manning split time with Jared Lorenzen, who will make his first NFL start on Sunday if Manning is unable to.
Shaun Alexander bobbled a short pass from Matt Hasselbeck in practice — and it was the best thing Mike Holmgren saw all day. “I’m glad that happened,” the Seahawks coach yelled across the field Friday to his star running back. Holmgren was happy Alexander was getting to test the usefulness of the soft, padded cast he was wearing over his left wrist, halfway up his forearm.
In a pre-2004 world, Jeff Gordon would be heading into Sunday’s NASCAR Nextel Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway with a 312-point lead over runner-up Tony Stewart.
Matt Kenseth was the first winner in this Chase for the championship, pocketing $60 from his rival drivers by correctly guessing how late the group would be in leaving for their first appearance.
More than two months after abruptly stepping down as manager of the Seattle Mariners, Mike Hargrove has decided to take over the semi-pro summer team in southwest Kansas he played for more than 30 years ago. Hargrove, 57, will manage the Liberal BeeJays, one of the nation’s most successful summer teams for college-age players in Liberal, Kan., about 50 miles from where he grew up in Perryton,…