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Jimmie Johnson Wins Chase Event at Charlotte

Hemera/Thinkstock(CONCORD, N.C.) — Jimmie Johnson is headed to the third round of the Chase.

He won the Sprint Cup Series’ Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday. The event had been postponed by one day due to rain from Hurricane Matthew.

Johnson led 155 laps en route to his third victory of the season.

The race marked the start of the second round of the Chase, NASCAR’s version of the playoffs.

Here are the top 10 drivers in the Bank of America 500, held at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina:

1. Jimmie Johnson
2. Matt Kenseth
3. Kasey Kahne
4. Ryan Newman
5. Kyle Larson
6. Kyle Busch
7. Brad Keselowski
8. Kurt Busch
9. Tony Stewart
10. Jamie McMurray

Here’s an updated look at the standings:

1. Jimmie Johnson — 3,045 points.
2. Matt Kenseth — 3,040 points.
3. Kyle Busch — 3,036 points.
4. Brad Keselowski — 3,034 points.
5. Kurt Busch — 3,033 points.
6. Carl Edwards — 3,029 points.
7. Martin Truex Jr. — 3,028 points.
8. Denny Hamlin — 3,012 points.
9. Austin Dillon — 3,009 points.
10. Chase Elliott — 3,009 points.
11. Joey Logano — 3,006 points.
12. Kevin Harvick — 3,004 points.
13. Kyle Larson — 2,109 points.
14. Tony Stewart — 2,106 points.
15. Jamie McMurray — 2,084 points.
16. Chris Buescher — 2,070 points.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 10/9/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Toronto 7, Texas 6, 10 Innings (Toronto wins series 3-0)
Cleveland at Boston (postponed)


Washington 5, L.A. Dodgers 2


Pittsburgh 31, N-Y Jets 13
Minnesota 31, Houston 13
Washington 16, Baltimore 10
Detroit 24, Philadelphia 23
Indianapolis 29, Chicago 23
New England 33, Cleveland 13
Tennessee 30, Miami 17
Atlanta 23, Denver 16
Buffalo 30, Los Angeles 19
Oakland 34, San Diego 31
Dallas 28, Cincinnati 14
Green Bay 23, N-Y Giants 16


L.A. Sparks 78, Minnesota 76

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Former Boxing Champion Aaron Pryor Dies at 60

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Former boxing champion Aaron Pryor died of heart disease Sunday morning at the age of 60, according to ESPN.

An all-time great junior welterweight, Pryor is rememberd for two famous knockouts he had over Alexis Arguello. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996, according to ESPN.

Pryor is survived by wife, Frankie, two sons, a daughter, and three grandsons. Aaron’s widow, Frankie, released a statement on his passing.

“We are heartbroken and sad to announce that our beloved Aaron passed away at home surrounded by his family at 5:57 a.m. He was known around the world as ‘The Hawk’ but to our family he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. We appreciate the outpouring of condolences and sympathy and ask that our family be allowed time to grieve and mourn his loss. We will announce plans for a public memorial shortly.”

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Arizona State Kicker Zane Gonzalez Sets New NCAA Record

iStock/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) — Arizona State Sun Devils kicker Zane Gonzalez kicked his 89th career field goal, setting an NCAA-record, in the team’s 23-20 win over the UCLA Bruins on Saturday.

The Texas native converted three field goals in the win and passed former Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins for the most converted career field goals. Hopkins had 88 while playing for Florida State from 2009-12.

Arizona State and UCLA play in the PAC-12 conference. Gonzalez broke the conference record for field goals the week prior, previously held by former UCLA kicker Kai Forbath (85).

Gonzalez is 89 for 111 attempting field goals in his career (80.2 percent).

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Cam Newton Ruled Out for Week 5 Matchup with Buccaneers

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN(CHARLOTTE, N.C). — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will not play in the team’s Monday night game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he recovers from a concussion.

Newton sustained the concussion in the team’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. Falcons linebacker Deion Jones delivered an illegal hit on Newton in the fourth quarter and he was unable to finish the game.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera told reporters after Saturday’s practice, “We’ve done this before. It’s that next man up mentality. We’ve done it before.”

Newton has missed just two games since joining the league in 2011. He will be replaced by backup quarterback Derek Anderson, who will be making his third career start as a Panther.

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Basketball Star Derrick Rose Testifies in Rape Lawsuit Trial

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — NBA star Derrick Rose entered a Los Angeles courthouse on Friday to testify in a case in which he and two friends are accused of raping his ex-girlfriend.

A central issue in the lawsuit concerns consent. Rose says he interpreted a text message he received from the woman to have sex with her later that night as consent.

Rose testified, “I was assuming that all of us going over there that she wanted to have sex with all of us.”

He further claims the woman only said, “Stop” after the three men headed to the bedroom in her apartment.

The 30-year-old woman’s account of that night differs significantly from Rose’s. Her testimony lasted a day and a half. She claims she blacked out, recalling “flashes” of the night after reading text messages she was sending despite being drunk and possibly drugged.

Rose and the two men, both of whom are friends of his from adolescence, deny her allegations.

Rose, 28, was traded to the New York Knicks this offseason after spending the first seven years of his career with the Chicago Bulls. The star won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award in 2011.

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Tiger Woods to Return for 2017 Season Opener

Allen Kee/ESPN(NEW YORK) — Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf next week. The PGA Tour announced Friday Woods will play at the Safeway Open in Napa, California, the Tour’s season-opening event, which begins next Thursday.

Woods hasn’t played competitive golf since August 2015. He’s been recovering from two back injuries he had last fall.

It will mark his first appearance playing on the Tour in 417 days.

Woods’ world ranking has been in steep decline in recent years. He was number one in the world for a record 683 weeks, according to an ESPN report. He now ranks 767th.

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Fan Suspected of Throwing Beer at Player Turns Himself in

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN(TORONTO) — A male fan who allegedly threw a beer at Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during the American League Wild Card Game has turned himself in.

41-year-old Ken Pagan was charged with mischief after reporting to authorities Thursday evening. Pagan has since been released and is scheduled to appear in court in late November.

ESPN reports Pagan contacted police after a picture of him was released on Wednesday.

Pls RT~Man to ID for tossing beer can on field at @RogersCentre #WildCard game @BlueJays @Orioles~Info call Toronto Police 416-808-5200 ^sm

— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) October 5, 2016

Police spokeswoman Meaghan Gary says following the arrest, “We are confident we have made a positive ID, and we will continue to work with the Rogers Centre to further the investigation.”

Pagan suggests he may not be the man who threw the beer, saying he was drinking out of a cup. A can of beer was tossed into left field in the direction of the Orioles outfielder.

The Blue Jays have apologized to the Orioles and say the organization is working to tighten its security and alcohol policies.

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Second Round of NASCAR’s Chase Begins This Weekend

Hemera/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — The second round of the Sprint Cup Series’ Chase begins this weekend with a night race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The North Carolina track will host the Bank of America 500 Saturday night. NBC’s coverage of the race will get underway at 7 p.m. ET.

Twelve of the original 16 Chase drivers remain alive in NASCAR’s version of the playoffs. They are: Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch and Austin Dillon.

Truex won two races during the first round of the Chase, while Harvick took one race.

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