Cubs outlast Giants 2-0 in rain-shortened game (Yahoo Sports) - Anthony Rizzo slammed a two-run homer, Tsuyoshi Wada pitched five strong innings, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0 on Tuesday night in a game that was halted after 4 1/2 innings because of unplayable field conditions following rain at Wrigley Field. When the rain and the wind intensified in the middle of the fifth inning, home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt stopped play. The Giants lost for the seventh time in 10 games and fell 4 1/2 games behind Los Angeles in the NL West race. Rookie Javier Baez walked with one out against Ryan Vogelsong in the first inning before Rizzo homered over the right-field bleachers for his 29th shot of the season. Nationals win 8th straight, beat Diamondbacks 8-1 (Yahoo Sports) - After three straight walk-offs, the Washington Nationals went for a cakewalk instead, scoring six runs in the third inning Tuesday night as they ran their winning streak to eight games with an 8-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Stephen Strasburg (10-10) allowed one run and three hits over a season-high eight innings, and Asdrubal Cabrera's bases-clearing double blew the game open to give the Nationals an overdue breather in what is now their longest winning streak since August 2012. He did just what the Nationals needed him to do: eat up innings to give an overtaxed bullpen some rest. The Nationals sent seven batters to the plate in the third before the Diamondbacks could record an out. Ramsey red card unbelievable - Wenger - Arsene Wenger describes the decision to send off Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey in the Champions League draw at Besiktas as 'unbelievable'. Rodriguez nets as Real held by Atletico - New signing James Rodriguez scores his first goal for Real Madrid but an equaliser from Raul Garcia levels the aggregate score. GB's basketballers live on '£15 a day' - Great Britain forward Kieron Achara and his team-mates are existing on "£15 a day" as they try to reach the European Championships. Ohio State: Injured QB Miller done for the season (Yahoo Sports) - Ohio State says quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season after reinjuring his throwing shoulder. Miller, a two-time Big Ten player of the year, left practice in pain Monday after making a throw. Ohio State said Tuesday Miller will require surgery. Browns not ready to name starting quarterback (Yahoo Sports) - Browns coach Mike Pettine has not picked his starting quarterback. Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel haven't convinced him they deserve the job. Pettine had been expected to announce whether Hoyer or Manziel, the hyped rookie, would start the Sept. 7 opener at Pittsburgh. Pettine's decision became tougher after Hoyer and Manziel played poorly in an exhibition loss at Washington on Monday night. Nationals' McLouth (shoulder) out for season (Yahoo Sports) - Washington Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth is out for the season because of an injured right shoulder. Manager Matt Williams said Tuesday that McLouth will have surgery Thursday for a torn labrum and is expected to recover in time for spring training. Williams says McLouth has had discomfort in his throwing shoulder all season. McLouth last played Aug. 1 and is on the 15-day disabled list. Bournemouth 1-2 Nottingham Forest - Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt score as Nottingham Forest win 2-1 at Bournemouth to move top of the Championship. European golds for Peacock & Cockroft -

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Power builds points lead after winning Milwaukee (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 18, 2014, 7:48 am]
Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Kanaan finally caught up with Milwaukee Mile winner Will Power at the post-race celebration, lathering his head with cream puffs. After coming into Milwaukee with a four-point lead, Power heads to the road course at Sonoma next week with 602 points, 39 more than fellow Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves. Before he could slip away to California, Power had to clean himself up at the Mile.

Pole-sitter Power wins at Milwaukee Mile (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 17, 2014, 10:12 pm]
Pole-sitter Will Power fended off Juan Pablo Montoya to win Sunday at the Milwaukee Mile, giving a huge boost to Team Penske's IndyCar season title bid. The 33-year-old Australian added to the slim lead he had in the standings over teammate Helio Castroneves. Tony Kanaan was third. After coming into Milwaukee with a four-point lead, Power heads to the road course at Sonoma next week with 602 points, 39 more than Castroneves.

Hunter-Reay signs extension, stays with Andretti (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 17, 2014, 5:32 pm]
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) -- Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay is sticking with Andretti Autosport.

IndyCar leader Will Power takes pole at Milwaukee (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 16, 2014, 11:18 pm]
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) -- IndyCar points leader Will Power will start from the pole Sunday at the Milwaukee Mile.

Carpenter, Fisher to merge IndyCar teams in 2015 (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 16, 2014, 10:25 pm]
Two of the IndyCar series' smaller teams are planning to merge in 2015. Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing said Saturday they will unite to form CFH Racing. The Indianapolis-based teams will be headquartered at Fisher Hartman offices a few blocks from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carpenter's team has victories this season with driver Mike Conway at Long Beach and Toronto, and owner-driver Carpenter at Texas Motor Speedway.

Andretti hopes to draw more IndyCar fans to Mile (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 16, 2014, 8:54 pm]
The IndyCar stop at the Milwaukee Mile has a new date in a series with a tight driver leaderboard. Now if the 250-mile race could attract a few more fans, promoter and team owner Michael Andretti would feel more secure about the future of a race at the 111-year-old track. It's second only to (Indianapolis) in terms of tradition, and so I feel it should be part of the IndyCar series,'' Andretti said. It nearly fell off the schedule again in 2012 before Andretti's group took over at the last minute.

Kimball teams with Wilkins on diabetes awareness (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 15, 2014, 10:46 pm]
Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins plans to take a spin around an IndyCar track. It's no career change for Wilkins, just a visit this weekend to the Milwaukee Mile ahead of Sunday's race and part of an effort to promote diabetes awareness along with driver Charlie Kimball. Both Wilkins and Kimball have diabetes, and both serve as spokesman for Novo Nordisk, which also sponsors Kimball's No. 83 car. It will be a far different meeting from their usual encounters, pacing the halls of Congress to meet with senators and representatives about diabetes awareness.

IndyCar reviews safety for drivers on track (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 15, 2014, 10:21 pm]
The collision involving NASCAR star Tony Stewart that killed a driver during a sprint car race in New York prompted a review of safety protocols by the IndyCar racing series. The guidelines instruct IndyCar drivers to stay in their vehicles after a track incident and follow safety guidelines until a safety team arrives, so long as there is no fire or other extenuating circumstance, an IndyCar spokesman said. NASCAR on Friday added a rule barring its drivers from approaching the track or moving cars after accidents, less than a week after the driver Kevin Ward Jr. was killed after getting hit by Stewart's car. ''IndyCar's safety guidelines and post-incident protocol are very reflective of what NASCAR put out today,'' IndyCar spokesman Mike Kitchel said Friday.

Harrington misses cut, loses US PGA Tour card (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 15, 2014, 9:26 pm]
Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington missed the cut Friday at the Wyndham Championship, losing his US PGA Tour card for next season. The Irishman was four-over par after two rounds at Sedgefield Country Club, well outside the projected cut line of two-under with the second round winding down. Harrington, won British Open titles in 2007 and 2008 and the PGA Championship in 2008 -- but that PGA triumph was his last on the US Tour. He can use his one-time exemption for being in the top 50 on the career money list to maintain his playing privileges on the PGA Tour next year, but indicated he would instead seek sponsor exemptions later this year for some of the lower-key events that open the 2014-15 season.

Springsteen sees daughter boss Nations Cup (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 8, 2014, 7:59 pm]
Dublin (AFP) - Rock legend Bruce Springsteen watched daughter Jessica lead the United States to victory in a Nations Cup show jumping event in Dublin on Friday.

Dixon takes worst-to-first IndyCar win (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 4, 2014, 1:41 am]
New Zealand's Scott Dixon, the defending IndyCar season champion, started last in a field of 22 but battled to the front to win the Indy 200. Dixon collected his 34th career IndyCar triumph, his fifth career victory at Mid-Ohio and his third at the course in four years. It was Dixon's first triumph of the year and also the first of the season for Chip Ganassi Racing, whose drivers have won six in a row at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn layout. Canada's James Hinchcliffe was third with Colombian rookie Carlos Munoz fourth and American Graham Rahal fifth.

Scott Dixon wins 5th Mid-Ohio IndyCar in 8 years (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 3, 2014, 10:27 pm]
Scott Dixon went from last in qualifying to capture his fifth win at Mid-Ohio in the last eight years, coasting in on low fuel to end Target Chip Ganassi Racing's victory drought in 2014. Target Chip Ganassi has won the last six races at the track, including Dixon's last four triumphs. Dixon took advantage of a gaffe by Josef Newgarden and his pit crew to pull away. Pole-sitter Sebastien Bourdais was a distant second, with James Hinchcliffe third, rookie Carlos Munoz fourth and favorite son Graham Rahal fifth.

Scott Dixon wins 4th Mid-Ohio IndyCar in 6 years (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 3, 2014, 10:12 pm]
Scott Dixon went from last in qualifying to capture his fourth win at Mid-Ohio in the last six years, coasting in on low fuel to end Target Chip Ganassi Racing's victory drought in 2014. Target Chip Ganassi has won the last six races at the track, including all four of Dixon's triumphs. Dixon took advantage of a gaffe by Josef Newgarden and his pit crew to pull away. Pole-sitter Sebastien Bourdais was a distant second, with James Hinchcliffe third, rookie Carlos Munoz fourth and favorite son Graham Rahal fifth.

Bourdais captures Mid-Ohio IndyCar pole (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: August 2, 2014, 11:55 pm]
France's Sebastien Bourdais handled wet track conditions and edged American Josef Newgarden in Saturday qualifying to win pole position for Sunday's Indy 200 race at Mid-Ohio. Bourdais's final lap of 1 min, 24.1610 secs brought him his second pole of the season after a victory from the pole two weeks ago at Toronto. "The last lap, I knew I was shy and needed some more, so I just went for it and made it stick," Bourdais said. It was Bourdais's 33rd career IndyCar pole, which moved him level with Scotsman Dario Franchitti for seventh on the series' all-time pole list.

Bourdais battles weather, other cars to get pole (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 2, 2014, 9:40 pm]
Others slipped and slid, but Sebastien Bourdais persevered and even flourished during IndyCar qualifying Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. A noon downpour turned the 2.25-mile, 13-turn circuit into a slippery strand of roadway, but Bourdais proved to be the best on rain tires. It is the second pole of the season for Bourdais and the 33rd of his American open-wheel career, tying him with Dario Franchitti on the all-time list. ''Obviously the conditions were really tricky,'' Andretti Autosport driver James Hinchcliffe said.

Bourdais battles weather, opponents to earn pole (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 2, 2014, 8:47 pm]
LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) -- Sebastien Bourdais got through rainy conditions in IndyCar qualifying Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and earned his second pole position of the season.

JPM interested in running The Double for Penske (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 1, 2014, 9:15 pm]
Juan Pablo Montoya would be willing to do ''The Double'' if team owner Roger Penske approved. Montoya finished fifth in the Indianapolis 500 this year in his first season driving for Team Penske in the IndyCar Series. He raced seven times in NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 and said Friday he'd be interested in running both races on the same day. ''Physically, I don't think it wouldn't be that hard,'' he said at Mid-Ohio.

Hunter-Reay tops after early Mid-Ohio practices (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: August 1, 2014, 8:44 pm]
If the IndyCar Series is going to make it 3 for 3 when it comes to caution-free races at Mid-Ohio, the drivers will need to clean it up before Sunday's Honda Indy 200. ''The first practice was fine,'' four-time Mid-Ohio winner Scott Dixon said. Hopefully, tomorrow goes a little bit smoother.'' Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport had the best time during the morning session. The pole winner for last year's Mid-Ohio race clocked a 1:06.5316 for an average speed of 122.18 mph in the morning session.

QPR defender Dunne calls time on Ireland career (AFP) [Yahoo! Sports: July 31, 2014, 9:01 pm]
Republic of Ireland defender Richard Dunne announced his retirement from international football on Thursday after a 14-year career which yielded 80 caps. The 34-year-old QPR player made his debut for his country in 2000 and his last appearance was against Kazakhstan in October, 2013. "Retiring from international football has been an extremely difficult decision for me to make," Dunne told the QPR website. "I will continue to support the team as they embark upon their new campaign under Martin O'Neill, and have every faith that they will qualify for France 2016 (the host of the next European championships).

IndyCar fines RLL for Toronto race violation (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: July 24, 2014, 9:03 pm]
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- IndyCar has fined Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing $5,000 for a weight violation in the car driven by Luca Filippi at Toronto.





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