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Rookie Chris Buescher Wins N’Wide Race in Ohio

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ohio) — Chris Buescher became the third rookie to win a Nationwide Series race this year by taking the checkered flag at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Saturday.

The 21-year-old Buescher took the lead with 22 laps to go and never lost it from there despite running low on fuel.

“We do have a fuel-pressure gauge in the car and I think it was with two (laps) to go it started flashing at me,” Buescher said. “On certain areas of the track, (the car) was just starving for fuel. I spent the last lap just kind of shaking (the car) back and forth a little bit to make sure we got all the fuel we could into the pickup. It was nerve wracking to say the least.”

The win was Buescher’s first in 30 Nationwide Series races.

Regan Smith came in second, followed by Brian Scott, Chase Elliott and Alex Tagliani.

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Sutherland Shoots a Championship Tour Record 59

ThinkStock(ENDICOTT, N.Y.) — Kevin Sutherland drained 12 birdies en route to shooting the first 59 in Champions Tour history, Saturday at En-Joie Golf Club.

Sutherland had a chance on the 18th hole to shoot a 58, which would’ve made him the first player ever to do that in a PGA Tour sanctioned event, with a par. He had a six-foot putt to set the record but just missed.

The 50-year-old Sutherland started the day with seven birdies and an eagle on his first eight holes, firing a 13-under 58. He leads the tournament by one stroke over Steve Lowery.

Sutherland is looking to win his second career PGA Tour title. He won the Match Play Championship in 2002.

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Reds Place SP Bailey on DL

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DENVER) — Starting pitcher Homer Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Cincinnati Reds Saturday with a strained right elbow.

Bailey had an MRI that revealed he had a flexor mass injury in his elbow. He will not need surgery and is expected to return to the mound this season.

The 28-year-old Bailey has pitched 145 2/3 innings this season, compiling a 9-5 record, 3.71 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 45 walks and 124 strikeouts.

The Reds promoted pitcher Dylan Axelrod from Triple-A Louisville to take Bailey’s place.

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Reds Place SP Bailey on DL

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(DENVER) — Starting pitcher Homer Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Cincinnati Reds Saturday with a strained right elbow.

Bailey had an MRI that revealed he had a flexor mass injury in his elbow. He will not need surgery and is expected to return to the mound this season.

The 28-year-old Bailey has pitched 145 2/3 innings this season, compiling a 9-5 record, 3.71 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 45 walks and 124 strikeouts.

The Reds promoted pitcher Dylan Axelrod from Triple-A Louisville to take Bailey’s place.

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Bears Agree to Deal with Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Chicago Bears are rolling the dice on a potential big return as ESPN is reporting the team has agreed to terms on a deal with wide receiver Santonio Holmes.

The 30-year-old Holmes spent the past four seasons with the New York Jets, but has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons.

He appeared in just four games in 2012 due to a lisfrank injury, and never fully regained his old form.

The team decided that it was time for both sides to mutually part ways as he didn’t figure into the teams future plans.

In 11 games last season, Holmes caught 23 passes for 456 yards and one touchdown. He appeared in all 16 regular season games just once during his time with the Jets.

With the Bears set at wide receiver with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, Holmes figures to be a complimentary part of an already explosive Bears offense under second-year head coach Mark Trestman.

In 2014, the Bears had the eighth ranked offense in the NFL.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/16/14

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: New York Yankees 3 (62-59) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (61-62)

Cleveland Indians 6 (62-60) – Baltimore Orioles 0 (69-52)

New York Mets 7 (59-65) – Chicago Cubs 3 (52-70)

Miami Marlins 2 (61-62) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (53-70)

San Francisco Giants 6 (64-58) – Philadelphia Phillies 5 (54-69)

Washington Nationals 4 (68-52) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (64-59)

Atlanta Braves 4 (63-60) – Oakland Athletics 3 (73-50)

Detroit Tigers 4 (66-55) – Seattle Mariners 2 (66-56)

Toronto Blue Jays 6 (64-60) – Chicago White Sox 3 (58-65)

Miami Marlins 2 (61-62) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (53-70)

Cincinnati Reds (61-61) – Colorado Rockies (47-75) – Postponed

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Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka Making Progress Towards Return this Season

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG) — The New York Yankees are still holding out hope that starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka can return this season.

Tanaka was on the mound for the first time in five weeks as he threw his first bullpen session since July 9. He was placed on the DL with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament.

It was feared that Tanaka might need Tommy John Surgery at one point, but his recent progress shows he could at least avoid surgery.

“I felt very good,” said Tanaka. “I’m not going to go 100 percent on the first day of bullpens,” he said. “But I felt that I was able to throw the way I wanted to. Just the fact that I was able to get through it without any pain.”

If Tanaka is able to return to the mound, it would likely wouldn’t be for another month. The Yankees must weigh if it is worth pushing him to return.

In his rookie season, Tanaka has gone 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts.

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ESPN: Bears Agree to Deal with Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Chicago Bears are rolling the dice on a potential big return as ESPN is reporting the team has agreed to terms on a deal with wide receiver Santonio Holmes.

The 30-year-old Holmes spent the past four seasons with the New York Jets, but has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons.

He appeared in just four games in 2012 due to a lisfrank injury, and never fully regained his old form.

The team decided that it was time for both sides to mutually part ways as he didn’t figure into the teams future plans.

In 11 games last season, Holmes caught 23 passes for 456 yards and one touchdown. He appeared in all 16 regular season games just once during his time with the Jets.

With the Bears set at wide receiver with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, Holmes figures to be a complimentary part of an already explosive Bears offense under second-year head coach Mark Trestman.

In 2014, the Bears had the eighth ranked offense in the NFL.

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Sidney Crosby’s Feeling Good

Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images(ESTERO, Fla.) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said on Friday that his right wrist is feeling good.

Crosby won his second Hart Trophy last season and scored 104 points, but saw his team get knocked out of the playoffs by the Rangers in the first round.

“It’s good,” Crosby said of his treatment to the wrist. “You want to see how things progress throughout the summer once you start skating and get back to that regular routine. You want to see how it reacts so I’m happy with the way it’s gone.”

The Penguins hired general manager Jim Rutherford and coach Mike Johnston after cleaning house this offseason.

“We’re going to have some new faces in the dressing room trying to get that momentum and get a fresh start,” Crosby said. “We’re not happy with the way things ended last year.”

Crosby is ready to move on from the past and start to build something new with the people in charge.

“The organization is committed to winning,” Crosby said. “We have opportunities as players to be successful every year. As far as the team is concerned, I think we’re in a great position to win every year. We’ll do our best to do our part.”

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Jeff Gordon Wins Pole for Michigan

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(BROOKLYN, Mich.) — Jeff Gordon set the track record and won the pole for Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.

Gordon has two wins this season and had a speed of 206.558 mph for the record.

“I don’t know where to start,” Gordon said. “You can point at the repaving of the racetrack. This track is smooth — has a tremendous amount of surface area where the tire can get a lot of grip to it. The next thing is the cars.”

Joey Logano finished with the second fastest time and was followed by Carl Edwards.

“It has nothing to do with the racetrack picking up speed,” said Logano, who qualified second behind Gordon. “It has (to do with) what we’ve been doing to the race cars to go faster. … I believe it’s cooler out, too. So I think between those two things, that’s why we went faster again, but the racetrack itself isn’t picking up speed. The racetrack, if anything, is maintaining to getting slower. But it’s widening out, so it’s becoming a better race.”

Edwards, who has two wins this season, said that doesn’t mind the new paved track.

“It’s fast — that’s the simplest way to describe it,” Edwards said. “I wish you guys could ride in that car with me there. That is screaming.”

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