Safe standing backed by Lib Dems - The Liberal Democrats want to change the law and allow Premier League and Championship clubs to introduce safe standing at stadiums. Lineker: What MOTD means to me - Player, pundit and presenter: Gary Lineker on 50 years of Match of the Day. Angels get 2B Beckham from White Sox (Yahoo Sports) - The Los Angeles Angels have acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. Beckham has struggled offensively this year, but he gives the AL West-leading Angels another sure-handed infielder with six seasons of major league experience. The White Sox, who selected Beckham with the eighth overall pick in the 2008 draft, will receive a player to be named or cash in Thursday's trade. Beckham made his major league debut in 2009 and hit .270 with 14 homers and 63 RBIs in 103 games with the White Sox. England women qualify for World Cup - England secure their place at the 2015 Women's World Cup with a resounding win over Wales in Cardiff. Goalkeeper Tim Howard taking break from US team (Yahoo Sports) - Star goalkeeper Tim Howard is taking a one-year break from the U.S. The 35-year-old Howard will continue to play for Everton in the English Premier League. So I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.'' Howard starred in this year's World Cup in Brazil, particularly in a second-round 2-1 loss to Belgium in which he made 15 saves. ''I told him as long as he is the same Tim Howard that we always see performing well, he will be welcome back with open arms and right back competing for a spot. KSC Lokeren 1-0 Hull City - A mistake by Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor gifts Lokeren a narrow first-leg advantage in the Europa League play-off. Goalie Giguere retires after 16 seasons in NHL (Yahoo Sports) - DENVER (AP) -- Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere is retiring after 16 NHL seasons in which he won 262 games, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup championship. Rays get just 1 hit off Price, beat Tigers 1-0 (Yahoo Sports) - ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- David Price allowed only one hit in his first start against his former team, an RBI triple to Brandon Guyer, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep. Keeper Tim Howard taking break from US team (Yahoo Sports) - Star goalkeeper Tim Howard is taking a one-year break from U.S. Howard is not retiring from international play, however; Howard, 35, will continue playing for Everton in the English Premier League. Klinsmann and Howard had extensive conversations about Howard taking a break. Mackay apologises over text row -

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MRTI: Championships to be decided in trio of Sonoma doubleheaders [NBC Sports: August 21, 2014, 9:33 pm]
Mazda Road to Indy titles will be decided in Sonoma this weekend.

Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson pace NNS practices; Milka Duno seeks to become first Latina to qualify for a NASCAR event [NBC Sports: August 21, 2014, 9:29 pm]
Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson topped Thursday afternoon's pair of Nationwide Series practice sessions at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Cameron Hayley's Truck Series debut set (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 8:49 pm]
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Latest edition of the Penske Files: You wanted more bloopers, you’ve got ‘em! [NBC Sports: August 21, 2014, 8:06 pm]
After the popularity of the team's drivers, the next most popular thing around Team Penske is The Penske Files, especially editions that contain bloopers. Check out the latest edition of TPF bloopers!

WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 6:30 p.m. ET — Steve Letarte, Tennessee racing history, Truck race highlights [NBC Sports: August 21, 2014, 7:37 pm]
Thursday's edition of NASCAR America, which airs LIVE at 6:30 pm ET, will cover a lot of ground, including Dale Earnhardt Jr. crew chief (and future NASCAR on NBC analyst) Steve Letarte, breaking down and the history of Bristol Motor Speedway and lots more.

Brad Keselowski gets 1st NASCAR Truck Series win (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 6:35 pm]
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- Brad Keselowski earned his first NASCAR Truck Series on Thursday, becoming the first father-son duo to do so.

Top jockey Spencer set to retire (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 6:14 pm]
Leading jockey Jamie Spencer is to retire at the end of the current flat-racing season in England, the 34-year-old Irish rider announced Thursday. Spencer is to take up a a management role at Qatar Racing, headed up by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, for whom he is currently the retained rider. His new post will see Spencer, twice champion jockey in Britain and once in Ireland, working alongside Sheikh Fahad and his bloodstock advisor, David Redvers. "This is a fantastic opportunity and if I have learnt anything in my riding career it is that you should take such opportunities when they come along," Spencer said.

Top jockey Spencer set to retire (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 6:14 pm]
Leading jockey Jamie Spencer is to retire at the end of the current flat-racing season in England, the 34-year-old Irish rider announced Thursday. Spencer is to take up a a management role at Qatar Racing, headed up by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, for whom he is currently the retained rider. His new post will see Spencer, twice champion jockey in Britain and once in Ireland, working alongside Sheikh Fahad and his bloodstock advisor, David Redvers. "This is a fantastic opportunity and if I have learnt anything in my riding career it is that you should take such opportunities when they come along," Spencer said.

Top jockey Spencer set to retire (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 6:14 pm]
Leading jockey Jamie Spencer is to retire at the end of the current flat-racing season in England, the 34-year-old Irish rider announced Thursday. Spencer is to take up a a management role at Qatar Racing, headed up by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, for whom he is currently the retained rider. His new post will see Spencer, twice champion jockey in Britain and once in Ireland, working alongside Sheikh Fahad and his bloodstock advisor, David Redvers. "This is a fantastic opportunity and if I have learnt anything in my riding career it is that you should take such opportunities when they come along," Spencer said.

Top jockey Spencer set to retire (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 6:14 pm]
Leading jockey Jamie Spencer is to retire at the end of the current flat-racing season in England, the 34-year-old Irish rider announced Thursday. Spencer is to take up a a management role at Qatar Racing, headed up by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, for whom he is currently the retained rider. His new post will see Spencer, twice champion jockey in Britain and once in Ireland, working alongside Sheikh Fahad and his bloodstock advisor, David Redvers. "This is a fantastic opportunity and if I have learnt anything in my riding career it is that you should take such opportunities when they come along," Spencer said.

Elliott: Winning title for Ives 'on me' (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 6:06 pm]
Chase Elliott and Greg Ives have exactly one year to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series title together. "If that doesn't happen, I think it's on me," Elliott said Thursday in advance of the first practice on the 0.533-mile high-banked oval. Elliott has extended his points lead after a difficult stretch of back-to-back races, with the Nationwide Series visiting consecutive roadcourses in Watkins Glen International and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Elliott finished sixth and fourth, respectively, in those events and increased his lead in the standings from two points to 10 in that time.  This week's return to Bristol is one in which Elliott seeks retribution.

Sochi street circuit approved ahead of Russian GP [NBC Sports: August 21, 2014, 6:00 pm]
Russian Grand Prix set to be held in Sochi in six weeks' time after the track is given a license.

Sochi street circuit approved ahead of Russian GP [NBC Sports: August 21, 2014, 6:00 pm]
Russian Grand Prix set to be held in Sochi in six weeks' time after the track is given a license.

Sochi street circuit approved ahead of Russian GP [NBC Sports: August 21, 2014, 6:00 pm]
Russian Grand Prix set to be held in Sochi in six weeks' time after the track is given a license.

Chase Elliott heads first Nationwide practice (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 6:00 pm]
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Elliott, Larson top Nationwide practices at Bristol (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 6:00 pm]
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Off The Grid: Budapest – Our favorite city on the F1 calendar (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: August 21, 2014, 5:45 pm]
Catch this sneak preview of Off The Grid: Budapest ahead of tomorrow's premiere.

Off The Grid: Budapest – Our favorite city on the F1 calendar (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: August 21, 2014, 5:45 pm]
Catch this sneak preview of Off The Grid: Budapest ahead of tomorrow's premiere.

Off The Grid: Budapest – Our favorite city on the F1 calendar (VIDEO) [NBC Sports: August 21, 2014, 5:45 pm]
Catch this sneak preview of Off The Grid: Budapest ahead of tomorrow's premiere.

Three trucks have issues in post-race inspection (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: August 21, 2014, 5:38 pm]
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The trucks of three drivers that finished in the top 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway, including that of race winner Brad Keselowski, had issues during post-race technical inspection here Thursday.





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