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It’s ‘Jeff Gordon Day’ at Indy for record 5th time
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, July 27, 2014 8:00 PM

By JENNA FRYER

Associated Press

 

INDIANAPOLIS — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.

Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.

Gordon’s first win came before the celebratory kissing of the Yard of Bricks was en vogue, before he became a household name, while Sprint Cup Series rookies Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon were still in diapers. Now a family man with an aching back, Gordon used Sunday to show he’s still at the top of his game.

“If you can do it here, you can do it anywhere,” said Gordon, who has led the Sprint Cup Series standings for 13 of the last 14 weeks. “It’s certainly going to be a huge confidence boost for this team. We recognize the significance of this.

“We saw we were points leaders, we won at Kansas but I don’t know if we believed we were capable of winning this championship this year. We do now.”

To prove it to himself, to his Hendrick Motorsports team and to his ardent fan base, Gordon needed a vintage close to Sunday’s race.

 
Metcalfe's Musings — The more things change …
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, July 26, 2014 8:01 PM | Updated ( Sunday, July 27, 2014 7:41 PM )

By JIM METCALFE

DHI Media Sports Editor

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I just hate when I am right.

Actually, not really, but I have to be humble about this.

I refer to my column a few weeks back regarding the pressure being put to bear on Washington Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder to change to name of his NFL team to — whatever.

Now, the Atlanta Braves apparently are in the hot seat about their nickname/mascot.

What did I tell you?

 
Hall call: Thomas, Glavine and Maddux enter shrine
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, July 25, 2014 9:02 PM

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Frank Thomas was always driven to excel and that sure served him well.

"I was never that blue-chip prospect," he said. "I had to outwork my opponents."

Hard to imagine now that Thomas was ever anything except a huge star.

For Thomas, the 6-5, 240-pound former Chicago White Sox slugger known as the Big Hurt, life has come full circle — from awe-struck rookie in 1990 to baseball royalty.

 
Montoya back at Indy intent on winning for Penske
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, July 25, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

INDIANAPOLIS — Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske.

The Colombian is entered in the Brickyard 400 for the explicit purpose of winning at Indy in NASCAR and giving team owner Roger Penske one of the few trophies missing from his collection.

Montoya is not looking for a good points day Sunday and doesn't care about a top-10 finish.

It's checkered flag or bust.

 
7-shot lead for Langer at Senior British Open
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, July 25, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

BRIDGEND, Wales — Bernhard Langer has a 7-stroke cushion to take into the third round of the Senior British Open after shooting a 5-under 66 Friday to add to his opening 65.

The German is on 11-under 131 overall at a sunny Royal Porthcawl with Scotland's Colin Montgomerie and South African-based Englishman Chris Williams tied for second on 4-under 138.

Montgomerie shot 66 while Williams added a 70 to his opening 68.

Spaniard Pedro Linhart (69) was a further shot back in fourth, while Americans Bob Tway (73) and Tom Watson (66) shared fifth on 2-under 140.

 
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