Nascar News
  • NASCAR falls flat in follow-up to Daytona 500 (The Associated Press)
    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:07:29 PST

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    NASCAR did not have its finest weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the follow-up to the Daytona 500 began with the theft of a race car and a parked SUV rolling into Denny Hamlin's motorhome. Qualifying was a debacle for the second week in a row, rain delayed the start of Sunday's race and Jeff Gordon once again managed to crash into a concrete wall that lacked an energy-absorbing barrier. By the time Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag to close a cold and wet weekend, everyone was ready to get out of Atlanta. It was a momentum-killing weekend for NASCAR, which had staged a strong season-opener one week earlier only to fall flat at one of the more historic tracks on the circuit.


  • Joe Gibbs Racing picks 3 drivers for Busch's Xfinity car (The Associated Press)
    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:35:18 PST

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Joe Gibbs Racing has planned for at least 14 Xfinity Series races that Kyle Busch will miss as he continues to recover from a broken right leg and broken left foot.


  • Regan Smith to again replace Busch for Stewart-Haas Racing (The Associated Press)
    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:10:33 PST
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Regan Smith will again replace Kurt Busch this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Comcast to sponsor Carl Edwards in 4 races this season (The Associated Press)
    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:50:30 PST

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    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Comcast will sponsor Carl Edwards in four races this season, beginning this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


  • Kurt Busch to follow guidelines toward NASCAR reinstatement (The Associated Press)
    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:43:06 PST

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    Kurt Busch has agreed to follow NASCAR's recommended guidelines to be eligible for eventual reinstatement. The 2004 champion was indefinitely suspended Feb. 20 after a Delaware judge said he believed Busch likely committed an act of domestic violence against a former girlfriend and there was a ''substantial likelihood'' of him doing it again. Busch lost two rounds of appeals for reinstatement before the season-opening Daytona 500 and has missed the first two races of the season. Regan Smith has replaced him in the No. 41 Chevrolet.


IRL News
  • National anthem row adds to Eoin Morgan's woes (AFP)
    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:04:09 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-HKG-Hkg10153439-1-1-0.jpg" width="130" height="130" alt="England captain Eoin Morgan during the Cricket World Cup match against Sri Lanka in Wellington on March 1, 2015 (AFP Photo/William West)" align="left" border="0">

    As if England captain Eoin Morgan did not have enough to worry about leading his stumbling side at the World Cup, he has become caught up in a row over his failure to sing the national anthem. Asked to explain his decision, Morgan added: "It's a long story.


  • South Africa bat against Ireland (AFP)
    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:26:06 PST

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    Canberra (AFP) - South Africa captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat against Ireland in the World Cup Pool B match at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Tuesday.


  • De Villiers looms large for Ireland in Cricket World Cup clash (AFP)
    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:04:12 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-HKG-Hkg10152484-1-1-0.jpg" width="130" height="130" alt="South Africa's AB de Villiers celebrates reaching his 150 against the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground on February 27, 2015 (AFP Photo/Saeed Khan)" align="left" border="0">

    Ireland go into Tuesday's World Cup clash against South Africa in Canberra faced with a question that even fanciful Test nations have struggled to find an answer for. How does one tame the rampaging AB de Villiers before he destroys the rivals' bowling attack, dents their morale and leaves them dumbstruck by what just hit them? The West Indies once more suffered at the hands of the South African captain who, despite a stomach illness, smashed an audacious 162 off 66 balls with 17 boundaries and eight sixes in Sydney on Friday to fashion a 257-run win. The Proteas, one of the pre-tournament favourites, needed the brutal attack by their 31-year-old captain to steady the ship after they were stunned by India by 130 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground a week ago.


  • Ireland won't be intimidated by South Africa, says captain (AFP)
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 23:03:03 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-HKG-Hkg10151398-1-1-0.jpg" width="130" height="130" alt="Ireland's Kevin O'Brien celebrates after taking the wicket of UAE batsman Swapnil Patil during the Cricket World Cup match in Brisbane on February 25, 2015 (AFP Photo/Indranil Mukherjee)" align="left" border="0">

    Ireland captain William Porterfield is confident his team will not be overawed by the mighty South Africans in Canberra on Tuesday, saying they had made good plans to contain AB de Villiers' side. Ireland's hopes will rest largely on how they keep the rival batsmen quiet, especially de Villiers, who smashed an audacious 162 off 66 balls against the West Indies in Sydney last week. Porterfield admitted it will be a challenge to bowl to the South African captain and other batsmen like Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis, but added the task to contain them was not impossible. Ireland have won both matches so far in the tournament, chasing down the West Indies' 304-7 with four wickets and 25 balls to spare before edging past the United Arab Emirates in a final-over thriller.


  • Mountain fires worry Steyn ahead of landmark match (AFP)
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:28:01 PST

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    South African fast bowler Dale Steyn plays his 100th one-day international on Tuesday looking to regain top form despite being distracted by mountain fires raging near his home in Cape Town. "Massive fire behind my house in Stonehurst! Plz be safe and watch out for the mountain animals trying to escape it, porcupines, tortoises," Steyn tweeted. Teammate Faf du Plessis had the same worries too, tweeting "Crazy mountain fire near my new house. Steyn was slated to address the pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday's Pool B match against Ireland at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, but was replaced by Farhaan Behardien at the last minute.


Cart News
  • South Africa bat against Ireland (AFP)
    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:26:06 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-HKG-Hkg10152524-1-1-0.jpg" width="130" height="130" alt="South Africa captain AB de Villiers plays a shot during the Cricket World Cup Pool B match against the West Indies in Sydney on February 27, 2015 (AFP Photo/Saeed Khan)" align="left" border="0">

    Canberra (AFP) - South Africa captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat against Ireland in the World Cup Pool B match at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Tuesday.


  • De Villiers looms large for Ireland in Cricket World Cup clash (AFP)
    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:04:12 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-HKG-Hkg10152484-1-1-0.jpg" width="130" height="130" alt="South Africa's AB de Villiers celebrates reaching his 150 against the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground on February 27, 2015 (AFP Photo/Saeed Khan)" align="left" border="0">

    Ireland go into Tuesday's World Cup clash against South Africa in Canberra faced with a question that even fanciful Test nations have struggled to find an answer for. How does one tame the rampaging AB de Villiers before he destroys the rivals' bowling attack, dents their morale and leaves them dumbstruck by what just hit them? The West Indies once more suffered at the hands of the South African captain who, despite a stomach illness, smashed an audacious 162 off 66 balls with 17 boundaries and eight sixes in Sydney on Friday to fashion a 257-run win. The Proteas, one of the pre-tournament favourites, needed the brutal attack by their 31-year-old captain to steady the ship after they were stunned by India by 130 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground a week ago.


  • Ireland won't be intimidated by South Africa, says captain (AFP)
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 23:03:03 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-HKG-Hkg10151398-1-1-0.jpg" width="130" height="130" alt="Ireland's Kevin O'Brien celebrates after taking the wicket of UAE batsman Swapnil Patil during the Cricket World Cup match in Brisbane on February 25, 2015 (AFP Photo/Indranil Mukherjee)" align="left" border="0">

    Ireland captain William Porterfield is confident his team will not be overawed by the mighty South Africans in Canberra on Tuesday, saying they had made good plans to contain AB de Villiers' side. Ireland's hopes will rest largely on how they keep the rival batsmen quiet, especially de Villiers, who smashed an audacious 162 off 66 balls against the West Indies in Sydney last week. Porterfield admitted it will be a challenge to bowl to the South African captain and other batsmen like Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis, but added the task to contain them was not impossible. Ireland have won both matches so far in the tournament, chasing down the West Indies' 304-7 with four wickets and 25 balls to spare before edging past the United Arab Emirates in a final-over thriller.


  • Mountain fires worry Steyn ahead of landmark match (AFP)
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:28:01 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-HKG-Hkg10150354-1-1-0.jpg" width="130" height="130" alt="South Africa's Dale Steyn prepares to bowl during the Cricket World Cup match against India in Melbourne on February 22, 2015 (AFP Photo/Saeed Khan)" align="left" border="0">

    South African fast bowler Dale Steyn plays his 100th one-day international on Tuesday looking to regain top form despite being distracted by mountain fires raging near his home in Cape Town. "Massive fire behind my house in Stonehurst! Plz be safe and watch out for the mountain animals trying to escape it, porcupines, tortoises," Steyn tweeted. Teammate Faf du Plessis had the same worries too, tweeting "Crazy mountain fire near my new house. Steyn was slated to address the pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday's Pool B match against Ireland at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, but was replaced by Farhaan Behardien at the last minute.


  • Mooney delves into medieval history for helmet boost (AFP)
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:41:58 PST

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    Ireland fast bowler John Mooney has delved into medieval history to improve his own batting helmet at the World Cup in the aftermath of the Phillip Hughes tragedy, Irish media reported on Monday. "It's a very simple idea and it's designed to attach to existing helmets," Mooney told the Irish Independent.


  • South Africa's Birrell bats for Ireland future (AFP)
    Sun, 01 Mar 2015 03:48:26 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-HKG-Hkg10153378-1-1-0.jpg" width="130" height="130" alt="Cricket chiefs have come under fire for the proposal to reduce the number of teams taking part in the 2019 World Cup from 14 to 10 (AFP Photo/Indranil Mukherjee)" align="left" border="0">

    South Africa's assistant coach Adrian Birrell wants the decision to cut the next World Cup to 10 teams from 14 to be reversed, saying he did not want his former wards at Ireland to be left out. Birrell, who coached Ireland for four years from 2007 to 2011, said the non-Test playing nation had come a long way since his time with them. "It's definitely not fair to kick them out," he said ahead of Tuesday's Pool B clash between South Africa and Ireland at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. "When I started in Ireland there was probably one or two players who were fully professional, now they're all professionals.


  • Ireland on course, says match-winner Wilson (AFP)
    Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:04:19 PST

    http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-HKG-Hkg10151560-1-1-0.jpg" width="130" height="130" alt="United Arab Emirates wicketkeeper Swapnil Patil (R) looks as Ireland batsman Gary Wilson plays a shot during their 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match in Brisbane on February 25, 2015 (AFP Photo/Indranil Mukherjee)" align="left" border="0">

    Ireland's Gary Wilson said the side had done all that could be asked of them ahead of their World Cup clash against South Africa after they made it two wins out of two with a thrilling victory over the United Arab Emirates. Wilson's composed 80 and a quickfire 24-ball fifty from Kevin O'Brien revived Ireland, who had been faltering at 97 for four and 171 for five, in pursuit of a target of 279 set by their fellow non-Test nation. Wilson couldn't quite seal the deal, his 69-ball innings including nine fours ending when Ireland were in sight of victory. This result left Ireland, who started the tournament with a four-wicket win over the West Indies, third in Pool B and on course for the quarter-finals.


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