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The Latest Sadler Begins Another Quest For Elusive Title



The Latest on Daytona 500 media day (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Elliott Sadler is ready for another shot at an elusive championship.

The 42-year-old Xfinity Series driver has finished second four of the last seven years, including back-to-back seasons. He finished fourth or better in six of those seven years.

He drives for close friend Dale Earnhardt Jr. at powerful JR Motorsports.

Sadler has being striving for a championship since breaking into the national series in 1995. He drove 12 full-time seasons in the Cup Series, finishing as high as ninth in 2004, and has driven nine full-time seasons in the second-tier, Xfinity Series.

He knows the day is coming that he will hang up his helmet, but he doesn’t want it to be until after a title. He watched Earnhardt and fellow 40-something drivers Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth walk away over the last three years.

“I’ve talked to them guys,” Sadler said. “When do you know deep down in your heart that, ‘Hey, it’s time for me to do something else?’ I have that in mind. I understand what that feeling is probably going to be like.

“Right now, I don’t have it. I still want to race and I still want to be competitive. I still want to do the things it takes to be a good race-car driver. I want to be in the gym. I want to watch film. I want to do those things. I think once that day comes where, ‘Ah, I don’t feel like going to the racetrack, then I’ll know it’s time to step away. But right now it has not come to that point.”

— Mark Long


2 p.m.

Defending Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. believes NASCAR’s new pit rules are the pits.

The sanctioning body reduced the number of crewmembers allowed over the wall from six to five, meaning fewer people making changes when every second counts. NASCAR also instituted a universal air wrench that is heavier and slower. The new rules made their debut in the Clash at Daytona last weekend.

“I didn’t see any pit stops the other day that were very good,” Truex said. “Ours were awful. I’m sitting there like, ‘Oh my God. This is way worse than I anticipated.’ I felt like was sitting there for a minute. And then I came out with the three guys I came in with, so I’m like, ‘OK, so we all sucked.'”

The loss of a crew member is expected to add at least a couple seconds to a typical pit stop. The additional time also allows teams to get creative with how to perform the same work with fewer people. An unexpected byproduct is more injuries from pit crews handling a heavier workload.

“All I’ve heard all offseason is how difficult it is, how many guys are getting hurt, the guns are so slow, the guns are this,” Truex said. “It’s going to be bad. I feel it’s going to take a while to figure out.”

— Mark Long


1:45 p.m.

Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson has no retirement date in sight.

Johnson has watched fellow 40-something drivers Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. all leave the sport over the last three years. But he’s not ready to join the NASCAR star exodus quite yet.

“For me, I feel like, sure, I could stop; I’ve accomplished so much,” Johnson said at Daytona 500 media day. “But what else am I going to do? I’m going to find something else to race. I am a racer at heart and I want to compete and I feel like I can accomplish more in the sport and win more races and compete for more championships and win more championships. I don’t feel that it’s time yet.

Johnson said his desire to compete is as “intense as ever” as he continues his chase of a record eighth NASCAR Cup championship. Johnson, who won the 2016 crown, is coming off the worst season of his career. He won only three races — none after June — and finished 10th in the final points standings.

— Mark Long


1:15 p.m.

The Daytona 500 has gone dry.

Former NASCAR champions Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick, who usually sport beer brand sponsors logos on their hoods, have non-alcoholic sponsors for the Daytona 500.

The Daytona 500 will be the first once since 1982 without a beer-sponsored car in the race.

Miller Lite will still serve as primary sponsor for Team Penske and the No. 2 car driven by Keselowski at select races. Same with Busch and Harvick’s No. 4 Ford.

“It’s not like they’re not active,” Harvick said. “You go everywhere in this town and Busch has pretty much taken over the town. You would never know Busch is not on the car when you drive around town and look around the racetrack.”

— Dan Gelston


1:10 p.m.

He Said It:

“Joey is one of those guys you could kick in the (groin) and he’d walk away smiling.”

— Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski on eternally optimistic teammate Joey Logano.

— Dan Gelston


1:05 p.m.

It’s a thorny issue for Brad Keselowski. Does it matter that he is the favorite to win the Daytona 500?

Keselowski can’t bet on himself.

“I’d be Pete Rose,” Keselowski said. “I don’t think it should be illegal to bet for yourself. It should be illegal to put against yourself.”

But is their pressure as the favorite?

“No, because I don’t have any money on it,” Keselowski said, laughing.

— Dan Gelston


12:30 p.m.

Kevin Harvick has high expectations for budding star Chase Elliott.

The 2014 NASCAR Cup champion called Elliott the “biggest tie to our grass-roots NASCAR fan.” Elliott is the 22-year-old son of Hall of Fame driver Bill Elliott. Both hail from Dawsonville, Georgia.

“I feel like he’s one of the most important ingredients in what NASCAR racing does going forward because of his family name,” Harvick said at Daytona 500 media day. “He has the legacy that’s already been built in this sport by his dad. He’s come into this sport with a great name and already proven that he’s going to be competitive. He has those southeast, NASCAR ties to those core fans that none of the rest of us will ever have. He’s the guy.”

Elliott, entering his third full season at Hendrick Motorsports, in winless in 77 career Cup starts. He has 12 top-five finishes last year, including five runner-ups.

“When he wins the first time, you’re going to see things that you haven’t seen in a long time from fan reaction and just enthusiasm about this sport,” Harvick said. “And when that happens, it’s going to be good for all of us.”

— Mark Long


11:45 a.m.

The green flag is about to drop on Daytona 500 media day.

There’s plenty to talk about heading into Sunday’s race. The field has undergone a dramatic youth movement, and new stars seem to be the sport’s focus. Alex Bowman is on the pole for the season-opening race and fellow Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron is set to make his Cup series debut.

Kurt Busch will try to defend his Daytona 500 championship, and Martin Truex Jr. opens defense of his 2017 series title.

Darrell Wallace Jr. will make history as the first black driver since 1969 to start the Daytona 500.

Danica Patrick is still around, at least for one more race. She’ll make her final NASCAR start as part of the “Danica Double” that has her ending her career back in open-wheel racing at the Indianapolis 500.

— Dan Gelston


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The Latest Nc State Had Cut Ties With Former Nba Agent




The Latest on the corruption scandal in college basketball (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

North Carolina State athletic director Debbie Yow says the school in 2012 disassociated itself from a former NBA agent at the center of a federal probe into college basketball corruption.

According to a Yahoo Sports report Friday, players and family members allegedly received cash, entertainment and travel expenses from Andy Miller and his agency.

A balance sheet from December 2015 lists several payments under “Loan to Players,” including $43,500 to Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith, who played at N.C. State last season.

N.C. State had sent Miller and his businesses a 10-year disassociation letter, citing NCAA reports that indicate the agent worked closely with an AAU coach and saying that “creates a vulnerability” for the school “that we cannot tolerate.”

Yow says the school will fully cooperate with any investigations.


10:20 a.m.

Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.

Yahoo said Friday that the documents obtained in discovery during the investigation link current players including Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Duke’s Wendell Carter and Alabama’s Collin Sexton to potential benefits that would be violations of NCAA rules. According to the report, players and family members allegedly received cash, entertainment and travel expenses from former NBA agent Andy Miller and his agency ASM Sports.

NCAA president Mark Emmert says in a statement Friday the allegations “if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America.”

A balance sheet from December 2015 lists several payments under “Loan to Players,” including $43,500 to Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith, who played one season at North Carolina State in 2016-17.


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Olympic Curling Standings: Team Gb Fixtures, Results, Tables, Final, Bronze Medal Match And Schedule For The Women’s And Men’s Teams At Winter Olympics




WINTER OLYMPIC curling is back and Team GB will be looking to be among the medals again.

In a hugely impressive performance in Sochi, the men picked up the silver medal as they finished runners-up to Canada.

PA:Press Association Eve Muirhead is looking to improve on a bronze medal in Sochi

And the women added a bronze, beating Switzerland in the 3rd/4th place match.

Here are all the dates for your diary as both teams look to do even better in Pyeongchang.

Team GB women’s curling fixtures and results

14/2/2018: 5.05am: Great Britain 10 OAR 3

15/2/2018 – 12.05am: Great Britain 4 United States 7

15/2/2018 – 11.05am: Great Britain 8 China 7

17/2/2018 – 12.05am: Great Britain 7 Denmark 6

17/2/2018 – 11.05am: Great Britain 4 South Korea 7

18/2/2018 – 5.05am: Great Britain 6 Sweden 8

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19/2/2018 – 11.05am: Great Britain 8 Switzerland 7

20/2/2018 – 5.05am: Great Britain 8 Japan 6

21/2/2018 – 12.05am: Great Britain 6 Canada 5

23/2/2018 – 11.05am: Great Britain 5 Sweden 10 – Semi-final

24/2/2018 – 11.05am: Bronze medal game

Team GB women will compete in the bronze medal game after losing to Sweden in the semi-final

Team GB men’s curling fixtures and results

14/2/2018 – 12.05am: Great Britain 6 Switzerland 5

14/2/2018 – 11.05am: Great Britain 4 Canada 6

15/2/2018 – 5.05am: Great Britain 6 Japan 5

16/2/2018 – 11.05am: Great Britain 6 Sweden 8

17/2/2018 – 5.05am: Great Britain 5 South Korea 11

18/2/2018 – 11.05am: Great Britain 7 Italy 6

19/2/2018 – 5.05am: Great Britain 7 Denmark 6

20/2/2018 – 12.05am: Great Britain 10 Norway 3

21/2/2018 – 5.05am: Great Britain 4 United States 10

22/2/2018 – 12.05am: Great Britain 5 Switzerland 9 – Tie-breaker

Men’s curling table

The dream is over for Team GB men after they lost their tie-breaker to Switzerland

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Great Britain Vs Sweden Curling Result: Did Team Gb Make It Into Winter Olympics 2018 Final?




TEAM GB were back in curling action as the girls continued their quest for gold.

Eve Muirhead led her team to a bronze medal in Sochi and was aiming to go one better as the Brits took on Sweden in the semi.

Reuters Eve Muirhead is looking to improve on the bronze won in Sochi

The women’s team are now the last hope of a medal in the sport after the men lost their tie-break to Switzerland.

When was Team GB vs Sweden curling?

Great Britain took on Sweden in the curling semi-final on Friday, February 23.

The match will began at 11.05am (8.05pm South Korean time).

What TV channel was Team GB vs Sweden curling on?

The semi-final will be shown live on BBC.

Coverage will begin on BBC One and then switch to BBC Two when the news comes on at 1pm.

You can also live stream the match on the BBC iPlayer.

Full Team GB curling fixtures, results, standings and schedule for Winter Olympics 2018

Who played in the other semi-final?

Hosts South Korea secured a dramatic win over Japan in the other curling semi-final.

The Japanese dramatically forced an extra end with a steal at the death, but it was the Koreans who ultimately triumphed 8-7 in end 11 by the finest of margins.

What was Great Britain vs Sweden curling result?

Great Britain were beaten 10-5 in the curling semi-final.

Eve Muirhead’s team were unable to respond to an excellent Swedish performance, which featured a three-shot steal in the seventh end.

Team GB will now be back in action in the bronze medal match against Japan on Saturday, as they look to repeat their performance in Sochi.

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