Bell becomes favorite after eking into Xfinity Series finale

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Christopher Bell’s last race could prove more daunting than his next one.Bell faced a must-win scenario in the semifinal round of the Xfinity Series playoffs at Phoenix last week, needing to beat 39 other…

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Cricket: Black Caps capitulate as Pakistan dominate opening day of first test

Test cricket is back, but after their opening day, the Black Caps will be wishing it wasn’t.Following seven months without pulling on the whites, the Black Caps were summarily rolled for a measly 153 on their return, as Pakistan’s…

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Ogier in driver’s seat for World Rally Championship title

COFFS HARBOUR, Australia (AP) — Thierry Neuville finished the sixth stage of Rally Australia on Friday without a rear left tire, damaging his chances of catching five-time defending champion Sebastien Ogier for the World Rally Championship…

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England leads Sri Lanka by 278 runs on 3rd day

KANDY, Sri Lanka (AP) — England put itself in a strong position Friday on the third day of the second test against Sri Lanka before play was suspended by bad light.The English reached 324-9 and lead by 278 runs. Play was stopped…

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Pakistan reaches 59-2 after New Zealand bowled out for 153

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan reached 59-2 after New Zealand collapsed to 153 all out against seam and spin on the opening day of the first test on Friday.New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who earlier top-scored…

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NZ wins toss, elects to bat in 1st test against Pakistan

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat Friday in the first cricket test against Pakistan.Ajaz Patel, a 30-year-old left-arm spinner, earned his first test cap for…

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As it happened: Black Caps v Pakistan, first test, day one

All the action from day one of the first test between the Black Caps and Pakistan. For the full scorecard, wagon wheel and Manhattan/Worm click here:

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Live cricket updates: Black Caps v Pakistan, first test

Follow live updates as the Black Caps play their first test of the season against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. For the full scorecard, wagon wheel and Manhattan/Worm click here:

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Cricket: Explosive new book reveals the extreme pressure Steve Smith felt ahead of ball tampering scandal

He was top of the world, with numbers bettered only by Don Bradman, then Australian cricket captain Steve Smith led his team into one of the biggest controversies ever to have happened in Australian sport – a cheating scandal that…

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Moffitt, Gragson, Sauter, Haley race for NASCAR Truck title

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The biggest rivalry in the Truck Series this season had nothing to do with the guys behind the wheel.Put this on the promotional poster: It’s engine vs. engine.NASCAR has provided teams with cheaper, spec…

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