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NASCAR at Darlington 2014: Live Results, Analysis from Bojangles' Southern 500

Darlington was a rookies worst nightmare.<p>Three different rookie drivers would hit the wall, bringing out cautions for each one. the Lady in Black proved to be too tough for them to tame, but veteran drivers seemed to have better luck.<p>Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon dominated the race early on, but …

NASCAR at Darlington 2014 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

In one of the most entertaining races of the year thus far from the world-famous Darlington Raceway, it was Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 car that took the checkered flag and won the 2014 Bojangles' Southern 500.<p>Harvick was tough enough to tame The Lady in Black.<p>Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 team …

Sprint Cup Chase 2014: NASCAR Standings, Schedule After Bojangles' Southern 500

Kevin Harvick started out the Bojangles' Southern 500 in first place, and he ended the Bojangles' Southern 500 in first place, becoming the first driver since Dale Jarrett in 1997 to win at Darlington after starting on the pole, per NASCAR Stats:<p>Late in the race Saturday night, the victory looked …

From Slumping to Celebrating: Kevin Harvick Back on Track with Win at Darlington

It took the “Track Too Tough to Tame” to turn Kevin Harvick’s fortunes around.<p>An early season win at Phoenix, one that assured him a place in the 2014 Chase, appeared to justify Harvick’s move to Stewart-Haas Racing after 13 seasons with Richard Childress Racing—the only team he had ever driven for …

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Makes Up for Texas Debacle with Strong Race at Darlington

After finishing dead last at Texas following an embarrassing rookie-like mistake, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was left with enough egg on his face to make himself an omelet.<p>But five days later, Earnhardt got back to cooking the right way, not only earning his third runner-up finish of the season, but also a …

NASCAR at Darlington 2014: Winners and Losers from the Southern 500

It wasn’t unusual for Kevin Harvick to have the best car on any given race weekend this season.<p>He had the best car all weekend at Darlington Raceway. The No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS was fast in practice and fast enough in qualifying to win the pole.<p>But in 18 attempts, Harvick had yet to cross the …

NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Who Desperately Needed This Weekend Off

Finally. Some time off.<p>After a non-stop run of ten race weekends in a row, the teams of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series get to spend a weekend away from the race track.<p>It’s also Easter weekend, which has traditionally been an off weekend for all of NASCAR’s national touring series .<p>What do drivers and …

Why NASCAR Fans Don't Have Much to Complain About

Are NASCAR fans the greatest sports fans on the planet?<p>While you may get an argument from the stick-and-ball crowd, especially from the footballers over in Europe, you can say with confidence that...<p>NASCAR fans <i>are</i> the greatest sports fans on the planet!<p>They are extremely loyal, knowledgeable about …

What's Keeping Kyle Busch from Living Up to His Incredible Talent?

While doing some research on next Saturday's Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway, I stumbled upon an amazing stat:<p>Kyle Busch is just 30 laps shy of hitting 10,000 laps led in his Cup career.<p>Think about that for a minute.<p>At the still-young age of 28 (he turns 29 on May 2), the younger …

2014 Stock Watch for Drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Week 9 Edition

It's a new era in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series where wins, and not points, rule for at least the first 26 races of the season.<p>The new rules for qualifying for the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup that is the sport's postseason certainly have spiced up the season through its first eight races. The …

Meet Chase Elliott, the 18-Year-Old on the Fast Track to NASCAR Superstardom

Chase Elliott wanted to attend his high school prom last Saturday night. He really did.<p>The 18-year-old senior at a private school in Alpharetta, Ga., just couldn't afford to miss work to attend.<p>So the son of legendary NASCAR driver Bill Elliott, who drives for the NASCAR's most popular driver in …

Oklahoma Wins Sugar Bowl on a Sack, Katherine Webb and Adrian Peterson React

The Oklahoma Sooners stunned the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2014 Sugar Bowl, 45-31, and this strip-sack and score by Oklahoma's Geneo Grissom sealed it.<p>Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron's girlfriend Katherine Webb and mom Dee Dee Bonner were shocked.<p>Minnesota Vikings running back and Sooners alum …

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Report: NFL Considers Longer Extra-Point Kick

Members of the NFL Competition Committee are reportedly considering a significantly longer distance for extra-point kicks to spice up the game.<p>With …

The NFL Just Banned One Of The Best Touchdown Celebrations

Dean Blandino, the NFL head of officiating, was a guest on "The Dan Patrick Show" and explained the change.<p>"Using the ball as a prop, or any object as a prop, whether that's the goalpost or crossbar...will be a foul next season," Blandino told Dan Patrick.<p>Using the ball as a prop was previously …

NFL

Max Lapierre saves game for Blues in overtime

The biggest save of the night for St. Louis didn't come from Ryan Miller, it came from Maxim Lapierre.<p>Ryan Miller really started to settle in on Thursday night after getting lit up in the first period. He was his usual self over the second and third periods to help his team get to overtime.<p>But it …

SEC may place 11 teams in NCAA baseball tournament

We've got plenty of season left before the NCAA baseball regionals begin, but the SEC figures to have a healthy representation.<p><b>More MLB: Power</b> …

Golf's Future After Tiger Woods: Bleak

The Masters offered a peek at what golf will look like once Woods fully fades out of contention—and with golf participation dropping and no "next Tiger" solidly in place, the outlook is grim.<p>The golf world saw a glimpse of its not-too-distant future on Sunday: A final round was played at the …

2014 NBA 1st-round playoff matchups

NBA playoff capsules<p>WESTERN CONFERENCE<p><b>No. 1 San Antonio (62-20)</b><p><b>vs. No. 8 Dallas (49-33)</b><p><b>Season series:</b> Spurs, 4-0. Three of the four wins came by single digits, with the Spurs getting two nine-point wins (116-107 and 109-100) at Dallas, and a 112-106 win at home to go along with the only one-sided …