Wales ready to submit Euro 2020 bid - Uefa Super Cup can act as a platform for Cardiff's bid to be one of the Euro 2020 host cities says FAW chief Jonathan Ford. Newcastle must strengthen - Ameobi - Striker Shola Ameobi defends Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and says the squad must be strengthened this summer. Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4-3 in OT (Yahoo Sports) - Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece. Kane carried the puck down the left side as teammates Ben Smith and Brandon Saad rushed toward the net, and beat Ryan Miller with a well-placed wrist shot for his 32nd career postseason goal. Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell also scored for defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, which blew a 2-0 second-period lead. Jonathan Toews had two assists and Corey Crawford made 30 saves. Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105 (Yahoo Sports) - LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points and Damian Lillard made six free throws down the stretch to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 112-105 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night and a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Aldridge has made the most of the return to his home state and put the Trail Blazers in control heading home for Game 3 in Portland. He's also the first player Trail Blazers history to have to 40-point games in the postseason. James Harden knocked down a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds left to get the Rockets within 3. Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1 (Yahoo Sports) - Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using a foreign substance less than two weeks after appearing to get away with it in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday night. The right-hander was thrown out in the second inning when plate umpire Gerry Davis found a shiny substance on the right side of Pineda's neck after Red Sox manager John Farrell asked him to check. Pineda walked from the mound without protest. ''Our awareness was heightened, given what we had seen in the past.'' Pineda (2-2) had nothing on the right side of his neck in a photo of him on the mound in his tough first inning, when four of the first six batters reached on hits. Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1 (Yahoo Sports) - SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Monta Ellis scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece. Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win (Yahoo Sports) - Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The Blue Jackets overcame a 3-0 deficit for their first home playoff victory in the franchise's 13 seasons, sending the series back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2. Craig Adams, Chris Kunitz, James Neal scored in a span of 5:01 of the first period to stake the Penguins to a 3-0 lead. Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97 (Yahoo Sports) - LeBron James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Miami Heat held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series. Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, and had a steal in the final seconds to help seal the win for Miami. Mario Chalmers added 11 for the Heat. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 22 points for Charlotte, which got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Al Jefferson, who played through a left plantar fascia strain and shot 9 for 23 from the floor. Wild's Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension from NHL (Yahoo Sports) - ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke has been suspended for seven games by the NHL for a knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. Blues C Backes scratched for Game 4 (Yahoo Sports) - St. Louis center David Backes was scratched Wednesday night for Game 4 of the Blues' first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to an upper-body injury. Backes did not participate in St. Louis' morning skate, but coach Ken Hitchcock did not rule him out for the game. The final word came when Backes was on the list of scratches on the pregame roster report. Forward Brenden Morrow also was scratched after Hitchcock said earlier in the day that he would miss the rest of the series.

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Swan Racing sells 2 cars, keeps Kligerman in fold (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 2:36 pm]
STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Troubled NASCAR team Swan Racing has found a home for driver Cole Whitt and is keeping Parker Kligerman under contract.

Richard Petty set to return to track at Richmond (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 1:29 pm]
Trent Owens, crew chief for Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola and Petty's nephew, believes being back at the track in Richmond, Va., will be good for ''The King.'' ''I think it will be good medicine,'' Owens said Wednesday. ''When something like that happens, you kind of want to hide for a little bit and just get your feelings straight.

RG3 to be honorary pace car driver at Richmond (The Associated Press) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 10:55 am]
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will drive the pace car before Saturday night's NASCAR race at Richmond.

Wallace Jr. jumps at chance for JGR Nationwide gig (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 10:38 am]
Darrell Wallace Jr. will be making his first Nationwide Series start since 2012 -- driving the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 ToyotaCare Toyota in the Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3, the team announced Wednesday. Although Wallace would tell you the opportunity is a long time coming, the actual deal came about rather quickly -- a story Wallace tells with a laugh. Wallace has set a high standard for himself in his limited Nationwide Series action in 2012. "We're excited to be able to provide this opportunity for Darrell in Talladega," said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing.

Richmond another short-track chance for Almirola (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 10:12 am]
"You know, in years past at Richard Petty Motorsports our mile?and?a?half program has really been our strong suit and I've kind of dreaded going to the short tracks," Almirola said Tuesday. "It's kind of flip-flopped on us," said Almirola, who enters Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 24th in points. Away from the short tracks, Almirola's best result this season has come at Texas Motor Speedway, where he finished 12th.

'The King' looks to make his return at Richmond (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 10:05 am]
"I've spent quite a bit of time with him over the last few weeks," Aric Almirola, driver of the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford, said Tuesday. "All the guys on the race team, myself included, look up to him and enjoy having him at the race track, having him inside the hauler, talking to us after practice, getting his perspective on what he sees with other race cars and with our race cars throughout practice and stuff like that.

Part-time anchorman Kenseth hopes to be big story (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 9:54 am]
Staying classy throughout a guest appearance at the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, Kenseth did more than sign autographs and take photos with fans within eyeshot of the Capital dome. "I'm a big Will Ferrell fan," said Kenseth, who also spent nearly 30 minutes in a talk show setting at the Newseum's Knight Theater, tackling the questions from Richmond International Raceway president Dennis Bickmeier (an Ohio University School of Journalism grad who served as program host) as well as inquisitive fans. "I feel like Jimmy Fallon," said Bickmeier, whose track sponsored Kenseth's appearance at the Newseum -- an interactive museum of news and journalism -- ahead of Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 at RIR. The Newseum is full of serious stuff, from part of the Berlin Wall to a piece of radio tower from the World Trade Center -- the centerpiece of a stunning and thought-provoking 9/11 exhibit.

Swan breakup leaves Kligerman without ride (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 8:00 am]
The beleaguered Swan Racing organization has shed both its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars, a move that keeps rookie driver Cole Whitt in a ride but leaves former teammate Parker Kligerman in limbo heading to Richmond International Raceway this weekend. Less than a week after admitting it lacked the funds to effectively operate, Swan Racing announced Wednesday that one of its two cars will move to BK Racing, where former Swan minority partner Anthony Marlowe will be the listed owner. BK Racing will arrive in Richmond as a suddenly expanded three-car operation, with the No. 26 car and Whitt -- both formerly of the Swan stable -- joining the No. 23 of Alex Bowman and the No. 83 of Ryan Truex. Several members of the existing No. 30 team, including crew chief Stephen Lane, will also make the move to Cohen's team, according to Swan Racing owner Brandon Davis.

Safety-Kleen renews official partnership with NASCAR (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 7:58 am]
Daytona Beach, Fla. (April 23, 2014) -- NASCAR announced today it has reached a multi-year agreement to renew its official partnership with Safety-Kleen, and is among several companies renewing their commitment to NASCAR in 2014. The company will continue as the Official Environmental Services Supplier of NASCAR.

Nationwide Series Paint Scheme Preview: Richmond (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 23, 2014, 7:00 am]
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Goodyear multi-zone tread hits Richmond (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 2:32 pm]
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Entry list out for Denny Hamlin's charity race (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 10:54 am]
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JRM adds new part-time driver to No. 5 team (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 10:49 am]
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Richmond fallout different for all parties involved (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 10:03 am]
Audio and video evidence analyzed by NASCAR in the hours and days following the Richmond race suggested that Michael Waltrip Racing had tried to "manipulate" the race outcome -- and in turn the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field -- to ensure both its full-time drivers, Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr., were in the postseason. NASCAR deftly and decisively handled the situation, doling out a suspension to a Michael Waltrip Racing executive and historic fines and points penalties to the team itself. The fate of the five drivers most involved with the situation -- Truex, Bowyer, Brian Vickers, Newman and Gordon -- has been varied since their last laps at the 0.75-mile Richmond oval. Fallout from Richmond cost him a position in the postseason and cost him (and MWR) the NAPA sponsorship, which ultimately cost the driver a job at MWR.

Daniel Su�rez ready for 'awesome opportunity' (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 22, 2014, 7:00 am]
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday morning that Su�rez will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in Friday night's ToyotaCare 250 (7 p.m. ET, ESPNews) at Richmond International Raceway. The 22-year-old native of Monterrey, Mexico, will wheel the team's No. 20 Toyota with sponsorship from Silent Circle and Telcel in his first NASCAR national series start. "It's an awesome opportunity," said Su�rez, who has four wins already in NASCAR regional and touring series competition this season. Friday night's venture into the Nationwide circuit will create a logistical challenge for Su�rez, who also competes full-time in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series.

NASCAR names two new hires as part of growth segment marketing team (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 21, 2014, 12:58 pm]
NASCAR announced two new hires today as part of the company's commitment to implementing strategic growth plans for several critical segments, including youth, millennial and multicultural. Peter Jung joins NASCAR as Senior Director of Growth Segment Marketing, reporting into Managing Director of Brand and Consumer Marketing Kenny Mitchell. Jung, most recently from MasterCard International, served as vice president of global consumer marketing, responsible for youth segment strategies and programs designed to drive a greater preference for the MasterCard brand. In this role, he oversaw the delivery of global consumer insights, innovation and marketing plans that supported youth segment priorities in the U.S. and several international markets. Jung led the launch of core consumer marketing platforms Priceless Surprises and Priceless Music, targeting millennials and other multicultural segments.

Stats advance: Analyzing the Toyota Owners 400 (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 21, 2014, 11:57 am]
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Toyota Owners 400 entry list (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 21, 2014, 11:48 am]
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NASCAR TV schedule: Week of April 21-26 (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 21, 2014, 11:42 am]
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Season in review: NASCAR.com experts make picks (NASCAR.com) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 8:10 am]
Best race, I don't know, but the finish was a thrilling conclusion to a wild afternoon at Auto Club in March with Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart dicing it up on a green-white-checkered sprint along with rookie Kyle Larson and the day's winner, Kyle Busch. Whether it was the new rules package or the rush to beat the weather, it all produced a mesmerizing 500 miles in NASCAR's biggest event. Kyle Busch's happiness melded with Jeff Gordon's despair after seeing one get away.





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