The race at the Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday officially determined the four drivers who qualified for the Sprint Cup Championship finale. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr. joined early qualifier Jeff Gordon to the Chase after the results of the shortened race that was delayed due to severe storms. Gordon secured the first spot even before the race because of a win in Martinsville.
When the race started under the lights, it rained once again, prompting NASCAR to end it only after 218 laps, to which at that point Harvick was running second to eventual winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. The two other qualifiers, Busch and Truex, finished the Phoenix race at fourth and 14th, respectively.
Because of the rain and delays, drivers saw themselves caught up by several stops and starts around the pit road. They were seen going into their cars several times and then forced back into the garage once again. It was not a pretty scene at all. more >>
The New England Patriots continued their winning ways after surviving a thriller against the New York Giants, 27-26 in Week 10. However, the team might found themselves in trouble in their next games after wide receiver Julian Edelman suffered a foot injury.
According to reports, Edelman broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot. Adam Schefter reporting for ESPN first revealed that the 29-year-old will be undergoing surgery to repair the badly broken foot. However, he is expected to return before the end of the regular season.
After the game, he was seen in crutches, while his left foot had a boot in it. The team originally announced that he is questionable to return to the game, but that was later changed to "would not return." After getting looked at by the team's medical staff, he eventually went to the locker room limping. more >>
It is official: WWE NXT trainer Billy Gunn was fired by the WWE after testing positive for high levels of testosterone during a powerlifting event last July 25. Monty Sopp (his real name) had a drug testing result that yielded 37-1 testosterone/epitestosterone ratio, which is way over the accepted limit of 4-1. There are also reports coming in that he too was in fact suspended from powerlifting because of substance abuse.
Adding insult to injury is that the WWE seemed to have been caught off guard because they didn't know that Sopp was actually an active participant in powerlifting. The entertainment company also didn't know that he was banned from another sport due to related drug offenses, something that certainly makes the WWE look bad.
Due to injuries to fellow Manchester United player Michael Carrick and Leicester City standout Jamie Vardy, Jess Lingard has been tapped to play for England in Tuesday's friendly against France to be played at Wembley Stadium.
In a statement released Sunday, the FA said that Lingard is called up in order to help the English squad that lost to Spain, 2-0 on Friday, to redeem itself and hopefully win against a French side that won against Germany earlier amidst terrorist attacks in Paris. The expected stint is the first time for the 22-year-old Lingard in the senior squad. He, however, did represent England at the under-21, as well as the under-17 teams.
Lingard is currently enjoying a breakthrough season for Manchester United; highlighted by a goal against West Bromwich Albion the last time out. He appeared seven times for the club so far, but some say he still isn't ready for the responsibility of carrying the country's flag in international competition. The young player has played a little over 193 minutes in the Premier League, which is actually quite short. more >>
Super middleweight champion Andre Ward pulled out of the highly anticipated fight card between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez due to a knee injury, but his withdrawal won't be that much of a miss for this pay-per-view event after it was announced that former super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux has been added to the undercard.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist will be going up against Filipino contender Drian Francisco on Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Rigondeaux sports an incredible amateur career and a professional record of 15-0, with 10 KOs, while Francisco has an impressive record to show as well, 28-3-1, with 22 KOs.
The affair will be a 10-round super bantamweight bout where the Cuban is expected to shake off some rust due to inactivity; he actually hasn't fought in almost a year, the last one being a stoppage win against Japanese fighter Hisashi Amagasi. more >>
Peyton Manning is a great quarterback — no one's going to argue with that — but his recent setback with injuries is one sign that the 39-year-old is feeling the effects of being a veteran quarterback in the NFL. Before their game on Sunday against Kansas City, the Denver Broncos pulled some changed in the final injury report after finding out that Manning is also suffering from a rib cage injury.
The starting quarterback was placed on the team's injury report last week when he complained of a right shoulder problem, which was followed by another injury this week on his foot.
Both prevented him from joining the Broncos' practice last Wednesday. And if that is not enough, the five-time league MVP was once again placed on the injured list after the team revealed that he has a "rib cage injury," although he still is listed as probable to play. more >>