Denny Hamlin wins Busch Pole Award for playoff race at Talladega
Denny Hamlin won the Busch Pole Award for Sunday’s YellaWood 500 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs race at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The lineup was determined using NASCAR’s competition-based formula, which is a total number based on the previous event: 15% of a fastest lap time […]RELATED: Learn more about the new lineup formula | ADVANCING through the playoffs
Kyle Larson has been tearing up the dirt racing world since his suspension from NASCAR in April. While many have speculated he would not return for the 2021 season, Larson might be on his way to rejoining NASCAR with a top organization. © Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson is currently suspended.
According to The Athletic’s Jordan Bianchi, Larson is viewed as the leading candidate to replace Jimmie Johnson at Hendrick Motorsports in 2021.
Hendrick Motorsports promotes Knaus, who will leave crew-chief role after 2020
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While it does not mean he will take over the famed No. 48 car, it indicates Larson may replace a NASCAR legend after all of the controversies since his suspension.
Why would Hendrick Motorsports pick Larson?
If Hendrick Motorsports decided to sign Larson, it would be met with a tremendous PR hit. With other options such as Erik Jones and Bubba Wallace available, it could be argued that there are easier targets. However, the 28-year-old from Elk Grove, Calif., has the talent that no current free agent can replicate.
Jones and Wallace have their appeals, but Wallace might be headed to Gaunt Brothers Racing. If the move happens, it leaves Jones as the easy plug-in driver. However, Jones has struggled at Joe Gibbs Racing. That team's equipment has been better than Hendrick Motorsports, but it hasn’t translated to playoff success for the 24-year-old driver.
Chad Knaus, one of NASCAR's most successful crew chiefs, on his decision to leave the pit box
Jimmie Johnson retiring at the end of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season isn't the only major change in Hendrick Motorsports' future. Chad Knaus is leaving the pit box to become an executive with the team, Hendrick announced Tuesday. Working together from 2002…Working together from 2002 to 2018, Knaus and Johnson were an unparalleled and dominant duo and won seven championships together. But after the 2018 season, the iconic pair broke up, and Knaus became the crew chief for William Byron and Hendrick’s No. 24 Chevrolet team.
With no sponsorship, Jones hasn’t shown enough to land the ride. Larson is the only driver who contains the abilities to mask the sponsorship concerns. He has six wins with Chip Ganassi Racing, which is typically viewed as having mid-tier equipment. Outside of the controversy surrounding him, many view Larson’s skills as a once-in-a-generation talent.
How would this work with Chevrolet dropping him?
Chevrolet terminated its relationship with Larson due to his iRacing incident in April. This does not mean he's forbidden from driving for the team again. In fact, if there is an owner who can convince Chevrolet to let Larson drive for it, it’s Rick Hendrick.
If Hendrick really wants him, it would be hard to say no to one of the sport’s most prominent figures.
It seems unlikely that Ally would want to tag along with Larson if he were to come to Hendrick Motorsports due to its emphasis on diversity. Perhaps the easier solution would be sliding over Alex Bowman or William Byron into the No. 48, with Ally and giving Larson the vacant seat. Larson could bring sponsorship with him to Hendrick Motorsports, or Hendrick could fund it out of his pockets. Eventually, Larson could gain sponsorships if he runs at the level people think he can. Winning solves a lot of issues.
NASCAR lineup at Las Vegas: Starting order, pole for Sunday's race without qualifying
The starting lineup and pole for Sunday night's NASCAR race at Las Vegas were set by a specific formula. Here are the results.The starting grid for Sunday's race at Las Vegas, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET and broadcast live on NBCSN, features some of this season's top drivers at the front of the field. It is the result of a relatively new formula that takes into account finishing position from the previous race, team owner points standings and the fastest lap from the previous race to set the lineup.
Larson’s potential reinstatement shouldn’t be an issue. Once he formally asks to be reinstated, the process will be quick. He completed his sensitivity training for NASCAR and has been trying to learn from his mistake behind the scenes. After the 2020 season, Larson will have served a 32-race suspension.
The bottom line
Hendrick Motorsports needs to figure out what it is doing for the future. Hiring the wrong driver to replace seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson could set the team back for years to come.
Hendrick knows it needs to make a splash this offseason. The team cannot remain complacent and settle for a driver who does not fit. The driver needs to be cheap, talented and compete for a championship right away.
Kyle Larson checks off what Hendrick Motorsports needs to return to dominant form, and it might believe that too.
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The most notorious sports feuds of all time
Rarely does a year go by without an athlete kicking off a nuclear-sized feud with his team. This is our list of the most notorious sports feuds of all time.
Babe Ruth vs. Miller Huggins
Yankee legend Babe Ruth arrived in the Big Apple in 1920 and almost instantly clashed with Yankee manager Miller Huggins, an authoritarian who ran his dugout with a firm hand, something the gregarious slugger wasn't happy with in the least. Despite the pair's clashing, the Babe would spend the decade winning six pennants and three World Series championships, all with Huggins fining his best player for just about every infraction he could come up with along the way.
Billy Martin vs. George Steinbrenner
The relationship between Billy Martin and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was both loving and contentious, with public feuds spilling over into firings and subsequent rehirings, and despite their mercurial relationship, the pair managed to still be fond of one another, even as they threatened one another. After the tumultuous first stint of Martin as manager, Steinbrenner would bring Martin back to the Yankees four more times, each time ending with an acrimonious firing after Martin failed to get the Yankees to the playoffs. Despite that, at the time of Martin's tragic death in 1989, Steinbrenner was prepared to bring his frenemy back yet again for the following season.
Reggie Jackson vs. Billy Martin
Famously illustrated in books and film, New York Yankees manager Billy Martin was certainly one of the more colorful characters in Major League Baseball, but when free agent Reggie Jackson joined the team in 1977, it wasn't long before the All-Star and hot-headed manager found themselves at each other's throats. Martin's antics and passive-aggressive interviews where he'd openly take shots at Jackson led to the pair being restrained from one another on more than one occasion. That resulted in the first of many times Martin would be fired and rehired by the Yankees, but Jackson would be gone altogether by 1982.
Art Modell vs. Cleveland
After years of being unhappy with the condition of his stadium, Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell dropped a megaton bomb on the city of Cleveland in 1995 by announcing he was moving the team to Baltimore, a city that experienced a similar sense of loss when the Colts were moved to Indianapolis in the middle of the night back in 1984. Despite a successful last-ditch effort to give Modell the stadium funding he wanted the entire time, Modell was resolute in moving the team, breaking the hearts of a fan base already acquainted with losing. The fallout was massive, spurring the NFL to create a new franchise that would restore the team's name and records, but the damage is done, and to this day, Modell's name is still mud in Cleveland.
Jim Palmer vs. Earl Weaver
Sometimes the best of enemies can manage to make some magic. Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver was the definition of old school, with little patience for flamboyant stud ace pitcher Jim Palmer. Despite Palmer being the best pitcher in his bullpen from the late '60s through the early '80s, Weaver never cared much for him as a person, and the pair would publicly take shots at one another, with Palmer openly questioning Weaver's managerial ability and Weaver taking shots at his ace during his weekly radio show. Despite their enmity, the Orioles would win six AL East Division titles, four pennants and the 1970 World Series during their time together.
Barry Bonds vs. Jim Leyland
Before he was known as a hulking power hitter fueled by steroids and ego in San Francisco, Barry Bonds was simply a prodigy-level talent cutting his teeth under gruff manager Jim Leyland in Pittsburgh. In 1990, Bonds earned his first MVP for the Bucs, which went right to his head, something Leyland wouldn't stand for, especially as Bonds started dogging it during training drills, throwing his weight around and being a drag on the team in general. The tension came to a head as Leyland reportedly approached Bonds and read him the riot act in the most profane way possible, inviting him to quit the team, something free agency would take care of by 1992.
Latrell Sprewell vs. Golden State Warriors
While most feuds end poorly, few came to a head in a worse way than that of former Golden State Warriors star Latrell Sprewell and head coach P.J. Carlesimo. During the 1997-98 season, Sprewell became fed up with Carlesimo, leading to a confrontation that started with the power forward choking his coach, to later returning to punch him. For his effort, Sprewell found himself suspended for 10 games and later sidelined by the Warriors for the remainder of the season, without pay, effectively ending his tenure in Golden State.
Eric Lindros vs. Philadelphia Flyers
When Eric Lindros entered the NHL in 1992, he was looked upon as the second coming of Wayne Gretzky. As a center for the Philadelphia Flyers, the reality was unfortunately less than the legend tried to sell. While he nabbed early MVP honors, his very public clashes with general manager Bobby Clarke would come to a head in 1999 as Lindros' parents would accuse Clarke of "trying to kill" their son as his latest injury would land him in intensive care with a collapsed lung. Within a year, Lindros was done playing for the Flyers, famously sitting out for an entire season because the team wouldn't trade his rights as he requested.
Terrell Owens vs. every team he's ever played for
When it comes to feuds, few were as multidirectional as Terrell Owens. From his battles with 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci to his struggles with Eagles head coach Andy Reid, it seemed there wasn't a locker room Owens couldn't poison. As a player, Owens was innately talented, but for all his talent, his need for his coaches to recognize and praise that talent was equally as great. Coupled with his on-field antics and petty contractual disputes, Owens would eventually find himself as persona non grata at just about every stop throughout his career.
Allen Iverson vs. Larry Brown
Philadelphia may be known as the City of Brotherly Love, but there was certainly no love lost between 76ers superstar Allen Iverson and coach Larry Brown. Many thought pairing Iverson with the legendary Brown would be a match made in heaven, but their styles clashed immediately as Brown's structured approach toward the game turned Iverson off, especially when it came to the concept of practice. While the pair was able to turn the Sixers into playoff contenders, the relationship was damaged from the start and only got worse until Brown left the team in 2003. Ironically, Iverson would go on to say that Brown was the best coach he ever had.
Brett Favre vs. Green Bay Packers
In 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, quarterback Brett Favre amassed an impressive resume, earning three MVP trophies and a Super Bowl championship. 2007 may have been his best season, but rumors abounded that Favre looked toward retirement, prompting general manager Ted Thompson to turn to second-year QB Aaron Rodgers as the future of the franchise upon Favre's retirement in 2008. As Favre had a change of heart, Thompson refused to return him to the starting spot, nor release him, spurring a bitter feud between the former Packer hero and a team that seemed to want to move on from the legend who made the franchise relevant again.
Randy Moss vs. Minnesota Vikings
Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1998, Randy Moss quickly became a fan favorite. For seven seasons, Moss redefined the role of wide receiver, putting up insane numbers until his 2004 departure. After stints with the Raiders and Patriots, Moss famously returned to the Vikes in 2010, and what was supposed to be a happy reunion quickly turned sour as Moss immediately became a locker room cancer as his toxic behavior forced head coach Brad Childress to cut him with little to no explanation, although most believe it was Childress' attempt to appease quarterback Brett Favre, who had no use for Moss either.
Alex Rodriguez vs. New York Yankees
Alex Rodriguez went to New York as a conquering hero of sorts in 2004. A player at the peak of prowess, and the missing piece that would help the Yankees into a new dynasty, A-Rod didn't actually get the Yanks to the Promised Land until the 2009 season. Whether it was disagreements with former Yankees manager Joe Torre, who criticized him for his lack of production in postseason play, to his 2009 positive test for steroids and subsequent year-long suspension, A-Rod's relationship with the Bronx Bombers was tumultuous, finally coming to an end in 2016.
Kobe Bryant vs. Phil Jackson
Winning can bring teams together, but it can also drive them apart. Despite returning the Los Angeles Lakers to greatness, injuries and an early playoff loss led to a rift between star teammates Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, causing head coach Phil Jackson to eventually jump into the fray, causing an even bigger rift between Jackson and Bryant. Bryant routinely began to flex his muscles against Jackson, often deviating from Jackson's plays, choosing instead to do things his way, to often mixed results. Jackson, fed up with his rebellious star, left the team soon after, writing a memoir that included a scathing critique of Bryant that alienated the pair further — that is until Jackson returned to the team, leading Bryant to another couple of NBA championships.
Jim Harbaugh vs. San Francisco 49ers
When Jim Harbaugh was coaxed from his rather secure position at Stanford to coach the woeful San Francisco 49ers in 2011, he immediately revitalized the flaccid franchise, shocking the entire league as the Niners found themselves in the NFC championship game after finishing the previous season below .500. The team's success would continue the next year, culminating into a Super Bowl appearance. But Harbaugh's frenetic style rubbed GM Trent Baalke the wrong way, creating a war of words that would spill out publicly, turning a success story into a nightmare that also sucked in owner Jed York, ending in the Niners collapsing almost as soon as they rose, with Harbaugh departing for Michigan in 2015 and Baalke being fired one year later.
Colin Kaepernick vs. NFL
What started as a silent act of protest from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick turned into an overt act of blackballing the activist QB from the league entirely, even though the league refuses to acknowledge that teams continue to treat him as if he's radioactive. Yet a league settlement to Kaepernick would almost confirm those very suspicions. While public opinion from some sectors painted Kaepernick as an anti-American heel for kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality in America, the league itself did little to protect him, with owners refusing to sign him despite numerous openings coming up in the last three seasons.
Antonio Brown vs. Oakland Raiders
The 2019 NFL preseason focused almost solely on the antics of Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, who after being traded by the Steelers, began causing misery for the silver and black almost instantly after reporting to training camp with frostbitten feet and a surly attitude. Disputes over helmets and other issues led to a number of disciplinary fines (over $200k), a verbal altercations with general manager Mike Mayock, a threat of suspension, an exasperated head coach Jon Gruden, a volcanic eruption, bizarre social media videos and a demand to be released that the Raiders agreed to all in the course of 48 hours. After being picked up by the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, there are reports that this may have been Brown's plan all along.
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