February 2016


Tony Stewart will likely finish his career 0-17 in the Daytona 500. But the three-time Sprint Cup Series champion has won every other NASCAR race at Daytona and has 48 career Sprint Cup Series wins. Is he a NASCAR Hall of Famer? Yahoo Sports' Jay Busbee and Jay Hart debate the topic. Stewart is missing the 2016 Daytona 500 and out indefinitely because of a fractured vertebra suffered while driving a sand buggy in late January. He's being replaced in the No. 14 car for the race by Brian Vickers, who could also replace Stewart in some races later in the spring before Stewart returns. 2016 is Stewart's last Sprint Cup season as Clint Bowyer is set to take over his No. 14 car in 2017. Stewart's Daytona 500 career has included some near wins. Here's a breakdown of all 17 of his Daytona 500s. You'll have to watch the video to see what Jay and Jay think, but in my book, Stewart is surefire first-ballot Hall of Fame driver. - - - - - - - Nick Bromberg is the editor of From The Marbles on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @NickBromberg
The last week of training is always the worst for Donald Cerrone. It’s the dragging-on of it all, the waiting. For a guy who once fought six times in less than a year, the idea of sitting around and waiting for a fight is unnerving. So he occupies himself like any martial artist should, catching matinee showings of "Enter the Dragon," starring Bruce Lee, in between training sessions. The fan favorite will face Alex Oliveira in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Just weeks ago, Cerrone found himself in his very first UFC title fight against lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. Cerrone lost the fight at 1:06 of the first round – just his fourth UFC loss in 19 fights. It was his first with UFC gold on the line, and it admittedly stung. “Yeah, that night sucked,” Cerrone admitted to Yahoo Sports. “Sure, you can dwell on it, and be pissed off. But you just choke it up, get back on, and do it again.” Cerrone, 32, is infamous for his no-frills approach to fighting, and lack of excuse making. And the loss to dos Anjos highlights these traits perfectly. He prefers fighting as often as possible, but Cerrone had to wait almost seven months before his fight with dos Anjos. Yet, despite this fact, and the fact Cerrone chose to not use an IV to rehydrate even with an official exemption – “I just didn’t want anyone to say I’m cheating., so, [expletive] it” – he's not offering many excuses for his disappointing performance.
Freeman has scored 24 or more points in nine of his last 10 games. Freeman set a career high with 37 in a loss to Marshall on Jan. 23, then had 38 in an overtime win at Charlotte on Feb. 6. Jones and his staff have never had to rein in Freeman in because he rarely takes bad shots.
After signing one of baseball's best pitchers in Zack Greinke, the Arizona Diamondbacks begin spring training with justifiable optimism. Manager Chip Hale could see the difference during informal workouts in recent weeks. Pitchers and catchers reported on Wednesday, and Hale said pretty much all the position players have arrived, too.
Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension for cross-checking a linesman has been upheld by the NHL.
Something about blowing a 21-point lead at Tennessee appears to have struck a nerve with Kentucky, which is once again dominating opponents. Saturday's 89-62 victory over the Gamecocks was especially impressive considering coach John Calipari watched the final 37 minutes of it from the locker room after being ejected. Kentucky turned a competitive game into a blowout after his exit.
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Reuters sports schedule at 0001 GMT on Thursday: FIFA FIFA Ethics Committee sanctions Franz Beckenbauer ZURICH - FIFA's ethics watchdog imposed a warning and 7,000 Swiss francs fine on German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer, the former World Cup-winning player and coach, for stonewalling an investigation. (SOCCER FIFA/BECKENBAUER, moved, 350 words) Argentina judge releases ex-soccer official in FIFA probe BUENOS AIRES - A judge in Argentina on Wednesday ordered the release of a former top South American soccer official who has been charged by U.S. ...

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