Gordon races to first win at Michigan since 2001

It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon’s last victory at Michigan – which came during the same season as his most recent championship Josh McCown Jersey on NASCAR’s top series. One of those droughts is finally over. Can the 43-year-old driver end the other as well? ”Certainly things are going well – there’s no doubt about that,” Gordon said. ”I’m as shocked as anybody else.” Gordon raced to his third Sprint Cup victory of the year, holding off Kevin Harvick on Sunday for his first win at Michigan International Speedway since 2001. Gordon broke the track qualifying record Friday when he took the pole at 206.558 mph. He followed that up with his third Cup victory at MIS – and took over the points lead from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. After a series of cautions, Gordon came off the final restart well and led with 16 laps remaining. He fought off a challenge from Joey Logano and maintained a comfortable margin over Harvick, winning the 400-mile race by 1.412 seconds in his No. 24 Chevrolet. ”Joey, as we rolled up to some of the restarts – not that last one, but some of the other ones – as guys were starting to sort of anticipate it, he was slowing down, and when he slowed down, everybody got bottled up, and then he’d take off,” Gordon said. ”That last one, I thought he had a good start, but I had a good one, too.” Harvick was second, followed by Logano, Paul Menard and Earnhardt. Gordon completed a sweep at MIS for Hendrick. Jimmie Johnson won the June race on the two-mile oval. ”I think all of our teams are running well, but this is a big, big win,” owner Rick Hendrick said. ”It’s great to see Jeff so happy. He’s like a little kid again, so I think it’s going to be really, really important for the momentum he’s carrying right now into the Chase.” Logano was second to Gordon in qualifying. He led 86 laps and Gordon was in front for 68. ”We can win a championship. I really feel we can do that. That’s the message I want to put out there,” Logano said. ”We’ve got to find a little bit more speed to keep up with one car today – 24 car was the best, only because he was good on the long run. We weren’t as good on the long run. There were eight cautions, including a fairly early one when Danica Patrick’s car spun and Justin Allgaier crashed into her. Nine cars were caught up in that incident, including Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 Toyota. Kenseth never really recovered, finishing 38th. Brad Keselowski rubbed against the wall with about 32 laps remaining http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Josh_Mccown_Jersey and finished eighth, remaining winless at this track in his home state. Johnson overcame some problems of his own to finish ninth, his first top-10 showing in six races. Jeff Burton was 37th after replacing Tony Stewart in the No. 14…




Sam clears waivers, meets with Fisher

Michael Sam was probably never an ideal fit with the St. Louis Rams and it had absolutely Will Blackmon Authentic Jersey nothing to do with his sexual orientation. They’re just too well-stocked at defensive end, Sam’s position. Sam showed up for his face-to-face exit meeting with coach Jeff Fisher Sunday, a few hours after clearing waivers. He arrived via the media entrance at Rams Park still looking right at home clad in a T-shirt, shorts and flip flops. He shook hands with two reporters and accepted well wishes but declined further comment before heading upstairs to see the coach who wasn’t afraid to add the first openly gay player to the roster. Or to cut him loose. Fisher said numerous times during his post cutdown-day news conference Saturday that releasing the SEC co-defensive player of the year was a ”football decision.” Sam was outplayed in the preseason by Ethan Westbrooks, the Rams’ top target when signing undrafted free agents. The coach pointed out four other late-round picks were released, and thought it a sign the franchise is on the upswing. There were no regrets. Fisher and Sam both said it was never a distraction, and the coach believed that would be the case if Sam landed with another team. ”There were no issues, that’s the thing,” Fisher said. ”No issues in the team meeting room, on the field, anyplace.” All 21 players released Saturday cleared waivers. ”Some may be coming back,” Fisher said. ”You may see them Sunday on the practice squad, and some you may never ever see again.” The meeting with Sam was postponed a day so he could attend Missouri’s opening victory over South Dakota State. The Rams appeared unlikely to re-sign Sam to the 10-player practice squad because the defensive line is their strongest unit. Sam had three sacks, one more than Westbrook. But most of the preseason, he was playing http://www.officialjaguarsnflstore.com/Will_Blackmon_Jersey with the second- and third-stringers. Westbrooks was the Division II defensive player of the year when he had 19 1-2 sacks for West Texas A&M, a school the Rams tapped a few years earlier for quarterback Keith Null. ”He was very productive and played all four spots,” Fisher said. ”He is a very, very talented young player that I think has a really good future.” Fisher noted only one defensive lineman had more preseason snaps than Sam, so he got a full shot. And that there were more than enough pass rushers with Robert Quinn and Chris Long starting plus productive backups William Hayes and Eugene Sims. Tackles Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald, the latter a first-round pick this year, also are sack threats. ”It’s the strength of our team,” Fisher said, adding carrying nine defensive linemen was a ”significant number.” ”If you go with 10, then you’re going to be short someplace else, and we’re just not there.” They’re not as deep in the secondary, minus cornerback Will Blackmon Nike Jerseys Trumaine Johnson (knee) for probably the first month. They need numbers at…




Hwang, Choi lift S. Korea past Chicago to win LLWS

In the giddy moments after South Korea won the Little League Mark Barron Authentic Jersey World Series, outfielder Don Wan Sin realized how he wanted to celebrate. ”I want to go to the Blue House – the White House of Korea – and meet the President,” Sin said, breaking up his teammates. Just maybe Sin, who scored twice and hit a solo homer, will indeed get his wish to meet Park Geun-hye. He’s famous back in his homeland – along with all of his teammates. Jae Yeong Hwang drove in two runs and combined with Hae Chan Choi, who weathered a late Chicago rally, to lead the Asia-Pacific Region champions to an 8-4 win in Sunday’s LLWS championship game. Hwang, who was removed because he wasn’t feeling well, gave up one hit in two-plus innings while striking out four. He also drove in his team’s first two runs as they built an 8-1 lead before Jackie Robinson West made it close. ”I’m very joyful. It’s a wonderful feeling,” Hwang said. ”I don’t know why I’m even here; I didn’t play very good today.” Choi, who had a homer and scored twice, pitched the last four innings for South Korea, which won its third title after back-to-back championships in 1984 and ’85. But even he got a little nervous at the end after Chicago collected four of its six hits and scored three times. ”I knew I could allow some runs,” he said. ”After I got the second out, I thought I could do it. But after I gave up the three runs I was (worried).” International teams have won the last three and four of the last five titles. Brandon Green went 5 2-3 innings for Chicago, which had survived four straight knockout games before the final. After the final out, a force play, the Seoul team’s bench emptied and the players dumped cups of water on their teammates near the mound. The players took a victory lap, waving and laughing. The win meant a lot to the people of South Korea, who had to watch it or get updates in the middle of the night. ”We know the time difference and that a lot of people were cheering http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Mark_Barron_Jersey for us,” said manager Jong Wook Park. ”We appreciate the people back in Korea. I told the kids that in a speech.” The game was played in bright sunshine and temperatures in the high 70s before a crowd of 28,671 at Lamade Stadium. South Korean fans, brightly dressed in flowing satin robes of yellow and electric blue, danced with large fans in the latter innings. Chicago, the Great Lakes Region champions, came back from 3-0 and 5-4 deficits to beat favored West champ Las Vegas Mountain Ridge 7-5 in the U.S. title game on Saturday. Earlier, South Korea, the Asia-Pacific Region winner, rolled over Japan, 12-3. But they couldn’t come back against the powerful South Koreans, who asserted themselves early. Leadoff hitter Choi drilled the very first pitch over the…




Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr to start vs. Seahawks

Oakland Raiders fans will get a close look at their past and future at quarterback in Thursday night’s exhibition Lavonte David Authentic Jersey finale against the Seattle Seahawks. Rookie Derek Carr will start and get ample playing time in place of injured Matt Schaub for the Raiders, while last season’s opening game starter in Oakland, Terrelle Pryor, should get significant playing time as he fights for a roster spot with the Seahawks. After a promising start to last season, Pryor’s struggles eventually led him to lose his starting job in Oakland and then get traded to Seattle for a seventh-round pick in May’s draft. With Pryor out of the picture, the Raiders traded for Schaub to take over as starter and drafted Carr as his heir apparent. With Schaub struggling in the first three exhibition games and nursing a sore elbow, Carr might have a chance to speed up that process. ”Every day is an opportunity, a huge opportunity,” Carr said. ”You have to go out and prove yourself every day.” Carr has impressed the coaching staff ever since he arrived as a second-round pick out of Fresno State. He has adjusted to a pro-style offense after running the spread in college the past two seasons and has deep knowledge of the position having watched older brother David’s NFL career. Carr played well in the second exhibition game against Detroit, leading three scoring drives before leaving with a concussion and sore ribs. He sat out as a precaution last week in Green Bay but figures http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Lavonte_David_Jersey to get plenty of playing time against the Seahawks. ”The guy’s comfortable in the huddle,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. ”The game’s not too big for him. I still believe that he sees the field very well. I don’t think the game’s too fast for him, which a lot of times, that’s a big concern with a rookie quarterback. But he’s done some really nice things in some of the preseason games in terms of his pocket presence.” Pryor has not fared as well this summer in Seattle and is fighting to remain on the roster after cut-down day Saturday. He threw a bad interception late last week against Chicago after he was surprised to get put into the game. ”I thought I was sitting out the whole game,” he said. ”You have to own up to those things and I’ll play better this week. That’s a definite.” He has completed just 10 of 22 passes for 147 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions this preseason. But he has rushed for 85 yards on 12 carries, including a 44-yard TD against San Diego two weeks ago. With Tavaris Jackson entrenched as Russell Wilson’s backup, Pryor needs to show enough to persuade coach Pete Carroll to keep a third quarterback on the roster this season. ”He’s been a really good student of the game,” Carroll said. ”He just dove into it, taking great pride in commanding in the huddle. Right from the start, he…




The New York Jets

The New York Jets rookie quarterback Gene Smith to see through the struggle of 2013 season, the final completion of the lowest rated passer Lions Golden Tate III Jersey in the NFL. But the situation is changing, according to wide receiver David Nelson jet. In the 2014 season, the genetic version of what is the difference? “His maturity. Not necessarily as a passer, but as a quarterback,” Nelson told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “And I mean that by saying all of the above. It means walking into the huddle, commanding attention in the huddle, calling a play with authority, calling out blitzes with authority. “He is taking authority over the offense and taking command over that group. When you see that, you see guys who want to play for him and you see a bunch of guys start to embrace him. You’re going to see a much more cohesive unit this year because of his maturity and because of his understanding of the offense and how the NFL works as a whole.” You will see a more cohesive unit this year because of his maturity, because he understood how to attack and the NFL’s work as a whole. “He and execution after he got bearings, Nelson got hot in the final month of the regular season completed 36 times 423 yards and two touchdowns. After he got the bearings, Nelson got hot in the final month of the regular season completed 36 times 423 yards and two touchdowns. Aircraft began a 8-8 record, just one win from a playoff spot. But we are now in a new season, while Smith has made great strides, jet veteran quarterback Michael Vick also brought on the free-agent deal. Although Smith began to hold still working, Vick’s presence in the locker room must have felt. “I really think he’s been his experience in the field to the locker room a huge component. “I really think he’s been Lions Eric Ebron Jersey his experience in the field to the locker room a huge component, he went through a lot to overcome a lot of the real thing, he put him and he will not let little things for him in football game , “Nelson said. He has even taken it upon himself to counsel some of the fighters when young players, “the man think to do something cool, say something cool.” Vick, in his leadership role, will say, “Hey, you might think you are who influenced you to do.” Nelson said the plane had strict locker room, the results are displayed in the field. “I really believe this team we are 8-8 in last year’s game from the playoffs every year, you will see sixteen or fifteen seeds, won the whole thing, why not us? Why not it? we have the talent, we definitely have the ability, now it’s just a problem together. ” What people do not particularly care about the jet in Buffalo Bill in his first three seasons in…


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