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Staying Positive: Martin Truex Jr.'s Journey is a NASCAR Story That Holds Water

Tom Bowles goes “Through the Gears” following Truex’s inspiring victory at Pocono
Staying Positive: Martin Truex Jr.’s Journey is a NASCAR Story That Holds Water

It’s been a busier than usual news week for NASCAR as it settles into its summer swing. A P1 penalty for Jimmie Johnson was rescinded Tuesday, Michael Waltrip Racing swapped personnel within its two Cup programs and NASCAR CEO Brian France expressed his support of a driver-organized council, one whose goal is to improve competition. At this point, Sunday’s race winner should be an afterthought.

 

Nationals Draft Mariano Rivera Jr, Son of the Great Yankees Closer

Once drafted by the Yankees, the younger Rivera looks to pitch his own legacy.

Athletic ability is at least part genetic and how you grow up, and that rings certain in the Rivera household. Mariano Rivera Jr, son of the greatest closer in MLB history, Mariano Rivera, was drafted by the Nationals in the fourth round of the MLB Draft as a pitcher. The Yankees, the team his father played for, were very high on him, after drafting him last season in the 29th round. However, Rivera took a gamble to spend another season at Iona College, which paid off well, being taken 25 rounds earlier than last year.

 

Giants Pitcher Chris Heston No-Hits Mets, But Hits Three Mets

In the first no-hitter of the season, rookie Chris Heston has his best game both pitching and at the plate.

Chris Heston came into last night’s game against the Mets with some flashes of brilliance but also shaky inconsistency in several starts. He wasn’t even supposed to start this season in the majors, but an injury to Matt Cain brought him into the rotation.

 

SEC Football 2015 All-Conference Team

Athlon honors the best in the SEC for 2015.
SEC Football 2015 All-Conference Team

It’s no secret college football’s best talent resides in the SEC. While the talent at quarterback is down this year, there’s no shortage of potential All-America candidates on defense and at running back.

Conference USA Football 2015 All-Conference Team

Athlon honors the best in C-USA for 2015.
Conference USA Football 2015 All-Conference Team

Could Conference USA have a contender for the Group of 5 bowl spot among college football’s top postseason destinations? WKU is a team to watch as the Hilltoppers return an explosive offense behind quarterback Brandon Doughty. The senior headlines the All-Conference USA team, along with two other members from WKU’s offense on the first team.

Big Ten Isn't "Back" Until West Division Finds Quality QBs

Can Tommy Armstrong develop into a star quarterback?
Big Ten isn't "back" until West Division finds quality quarterback play

Traditionally, the Big Ten has had excellent quarterback play.

 

Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Brian Hoyer, Kyle Orton and Drew Stanton all threw for at least 1,700 yards in the NFL last season.

 

Chris Sale Shuts Down Astros, Continues Dominant Streak

The White Sox lefty ace has been incredible recently, striking out batters at a ridiculous rate.

While Carlos Correa may have garnered some of the attention during the Astros-White Sox game, nobody forgot that Chris Sale was on the mound. Sale, who has progressed into one of the MLB’s top pitchers, has been on a roll recently, allowing only one run in his past 22.2 innings of work. Almost more impressively, he has recorded 10+ strikeouts in five of his past six starts, with a season-high 14 punch-outs yesterday. He went eight strong innings, allowing just one run over the game and lowering his season ERA to 3.04.

 

Carlos Correa Debuts in MLB, Gets a Unique First Hit

Carlos Correa, initially called out on a grounder, ends up with infield single after replay challenge.
Carlos Correa Debuts in MLB, Gets a Unique First Hit

In one of the most anticipated debuts of the season, Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa did something nobody else has probably ever done. In his second at bat, he grounded a ball to the shortstop and sprinted towards first base. On a bang-bang play, he was called out, prompting outrage from him and his friends and family visibly yelling from the stands.

 

Kansas City Royals Dominating All Star Voting

The Royals are on track to send seven players to starting roles on the AL All Star team, in addition to a couple reserves.

Usually powerhouse teams with the largest fan bases, such as the New York Yankees, can force players into the All Star Game. However, the Kansas City Royals are shocking the baseball world right now, with an astounding seven players leading in starting roles. Seven starters would be an all time record if they are able to keep up these vote leads. On top of that, Omar Infante only trails Astros second baseman Jose Altuve by around 160,000 votes, and Alex Rios is fourth in the outfielder race (Mike Trout is in second for voting).

 

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