Truex blasted to the top of the leaderboard Friday in the final round of knockout qualifying to claim the pole for Sunday’s TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway near Phoenix. Kyle Larson ended up second (136.643 mph), Chase Elliott third, Alex Bowman fourth and Joey Logano completed the top five. “Good execution and a fun day today.” Round 2 Larson, who was fastest in Friday’s lone practice session, edged out a pair of Hendrick Motorsports teammates in the 10-minute second qualifying session. Larson’s average lap speed of 136.364 mph just edged Elliott (136.333 mph). But we have a fast car for Sunday.” Johnson missed the final 30 minutes of practice Friday because his No. Round 1 Johnson bolted to the top of the leaderboard late in the first 15-minute session with an average lap speed of 135.624 mph. Because of using a backup car, Stenhouse was going to have to start Sunday’s race from the rear of the field regardless. “Just locked up the front tires. Not the way we wanted to start the weekend,” Earnhardt said. Kennington were in the middle of attempting their qualifying laps when the incident aborted their runs.
DeMarco Murray is not the same player who left the Dallas Cowboys after the 2014 season. Now, Murray is past the point in his career where starting for a good team is a realistic option. When Elliott is healthy, it may seem unnecessary to have a backup of Murray's stature on the team. In 2016, when Elliott was available all season, primary backups Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden didn't even combine for 100 carries. Playing behind the Dallas offensive line, even without Tyron Smith in the lineup consistently, helped Morris like look a starter again. Some other team is going to give him more carries. The Cowboys have more raw talent than the Titans on the line, even if they are solid in that area, and Dez Bryant is a better player even in his diminished state than any Titan receiver. Murray only has a few years of NFL usefulness left, and learning new systems when you aren't the same player physically you once were is daunting. Murray isn't his former self. But with Elliott in tow, the Cowboys don't need him to be.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods has won five PGA Tour events that he played for the first time. One of them he stopped playing 12 years ago (Tournament of Champions). He played in 1996, but he had some help. It was the old JC Penney Mixed Team Classic. Innisbrook is not the typical Florida golf course. Stenson first played with Woods in the final round of the American Express Championship in 2005. Stenson shot 68 and finished two shots behind. Spieth shot 63, Woods shot 71. Woods shot 82 and missed the cut. ”Even if it’s not 2000 Tiger, it’s still Tiger on a Sunday,” he said.
Coastal Carolina 292 288 290 870 4. Maryland 297 294 289 882 5. Virginia Tech 295 298 297 888 OU Golfers 1 2 3 Total The Sooners carded a three day score of 869 (+5) to finish three shots behind host Miami (866, +2) at the par-72, 6,150-yard Biltmore Golf Course. Oklahoma has finished second-or-better in four of its seven tournaments this season. Our attitudes and energy were great, but Miami made a few more putts than us down the stretch.” Four Sooners in the lineup finished in the top 17 of the individual standings, led by senior Rylee Pedigo, who tied for second place with a career-low-tying tournament score of 211 (-5). The finish tied a career best for Pedigo, who claimed second at the 2016 Clover Cup. The second place showing is the first top-five finish of Tanguay’s career. Senior Hannah Wood climbed 15 spots after shooting a 70 (-2) in her final round of play, finishing in 13th place overall. Junior Julienne Soo shot a three-over 75 and finished one stroke behind Wood with a tournament score of 221 (+5).
Cowboys free agents most likely to depart: Brice Butler wants to be a starter, and that’s unlikely in Dallas
The free agency period for NFL players begins on March 14 at 3 p.m., and the Cowboys won't try or be able to re-sign all 10 of their unrestricted free agents. 5 can be found here and No. 1: WR Brice Butler 2017 contributions: Butler totaled 15 catches for 317 yards, three touchdowns and a team-best 21.1 yards per catch, serving as the team's primary deep threat. He caught 15 of his 23 targets in 13 games. Butler arrived in Dallas via a trade from Oakland during the 2015 season. He signed a one-year deal with Cowboys before the 2017 season, hoping to parlay a strong season into a better contract in Dallas or elsewhere. Why Butler is unlikely to return: During a series of interviews after the season, Butler made it clear that he felt he deserved more opportunities among the Cowboys receivers and that he wants to be a starter going forward. While Butler pointed to a passing game that certainly had its problems last season, he hasn't been consistently reliable when the Cowboys did turn to him in key moments during his tenure. Dallas appears to be returning most of its current receiving corps in Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Noah Brown and Ryan Switzer. The Cowboys will likely look to free agency and/or the draft to add a new, speedy outside receiver instead of bringing back Butler.
Despite appealing to Goodell for leniency, Jones will have to pay a significant portion of the league’s legal fees, which paid for lawyers to defend six owners that Jones had threatened to sue. Jones and the commissioner met on Monday in Florida, where many owners were meeting. The league made its decision on Jones’s appeal on Wednesday. ESPN was the first to report the league’s decision. Last week, The New York Times reported that most owners wanted Goodell to penalize Jones for trying to derail negotiations to renew Goodell’s contract, and for his legal defense of Elliott, who was suspended after the N.F.L. investigated domestic-assault allegations. The Cowboys also added their name to court filings by the N.F.L. Players Association, which went to court to try to overturn Elliott’s suspension. A provision was added to the league’s constitution more than two decades ago that allows the commissioner to demand the reimbursement of legal fees from owners who cause legal problems for the league. Though Goodell wanted to avoid the appearance of seeking retribution against Jones for meddling in his contract negotiations, the commissioner had little choice but to uphold the league’s longstanding policy of making sure owners are penalized for taking legal action against the league or other owners.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. But somehow, miraculously in a lot of ways, Oklahoma was still in the game. The Cowboys ran away down the stretch, beating Oklahoma 71-60 and putting the Sooners' postseason fate in peril. “A lot of praying,” James said when asked about what his next four days would be like. “Let the chips fall where they may. We put ourselves in the hole the whole season. Oklahoma's problems magnified down the stretch — the Cowboys outrebounded the Sooners 10-2 in the final six minutes, which included four offensive rebounds. Kruger declined to lobby for his team, though did point out those marks that point to the Sooners getting in. “It's irrelevant, you know,” Kruger said when asked if he felt like his team would be in the tournament. But again, when you look at the nonconference schedule and the number of quality wins, you know, that's what the committee will do.” Young said the Sooners deserved to be in but left the Sprint Center feeling uneasy about things.
On Monday, Abrines and Huestis hosted a Family Fun Night at Jefferson Middle School for students and their family for an action-packed evening of Hispanic cuisine, carnival games and a spelling bee competition. “Playing bingo and being able be with the families talking in Spanish, we’re having a great time,” said Abrines. Taking turns with the mic, Abrines and Huestis served as moderators reeling off words from a list for the young challengers. “It was good to be on the other side of it.” The word “yachtsmen” derailed a 14-year-old Huestis. Nevertheless, eighth-grader Maria Tamayo emerged victorious as the spelling bee champion by the end of the night. “It’s a time to get together.” To celebrate Hispanic heritage on this night was just another way for the Thunder to find the ties that bind. “It’s good to be able to reach out them and show that the Thunder want to be part of the community in every way,” said Huestis. “We’re all one and we’re all part of the Thunder family.” Dinner time. Photo by Zach Beeker | OKC Thunder Cakewalk. Photo by Zach Beeker | OKC Thunder Watch: Thunder Family Night