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Who won the NASCAR race yesterday? Complete results from dirt race at Bristol



NASCAR lineup at Bristol: Starting order, pole for Sunday's race without qualifying

The winner of Monday’s NASCAR Cup Series dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway had to survive a two-lap overtime sprint to the checkered flag.

Joey Logano drove away for the win on the final restart of the rain-delayed Food City Dirt Race. Logano first put away Denny Hamlin, who lost a lot of ground as he tried to pass Logano from the high lane, and then held off a late challenge by a closing Ricky Stenhouse Jr.   

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The extra laps capped a chaotic race that was marked by tire wear, poor visibility and multiple wrecks on restarts. The crashes prompted NASCAR to switch to single-file restarts in Stage 2. 

Despite all of that, NASCAR announced before the end of the race that it would run another dirt race at Bristol in spring 2022. Prior to this year, NASCAR’s top national series last raced on dirt in 1970.

Below is more about Logano’s win, plus the complete results of Monday’s race.

Who won the NASCAR race yesterday?

Joey Logano became the seventh winner in the first seven races of the NASCAR Cup Series 2021 season. He joins Michael McDowell, Christopher Bell, William Byron, Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney in that group. All seven automatically qualify for NASCAR’s playoffs.

“Nothing like winning at Bristol, but putting dirt on it and being the first to do it is really special,” Logano told Fox Sports’ Jamie Little in his on-track postrace interview.

Logano was getting ready to put away Hamlin for the win when Mike Marlar cut a tire with four laps to go, forcing the overtime. Because of the change to single-file restarts, Hamlin restarted behind Logano instead of next to him. Rather than trying to bump and run, Hamlin went high while Logano stayed low, and it cost him.

Hamlin said in his pn-track interview that he “cut the 22 (Logano) too many breaks” while Logano was “cutting us off” in the final stage . 

“He’s doing what he has to do to protect the lead and I’m trying to get it from him,” Hamlin said later in his postrace Zoom call with media (per Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass). “I just wasn’t aggressive enough. I should have just kind of shoved him out of the . . . when I had position on the bottom I should have just moved up and got him in the dust and got rid of him. But I wanted to pass him clean, and I didn’t, and so I didn’t win.”

Truex dominated the first half of the 250-lap race after winning the Truck Series race earlier in the afternoon. He won Stage 1 but lost the lead in Stage 2 and never recaptured it. Logano went on to win Stage 2.

NASCAR results from Bristol

Logano, Stenhouse and Hamlin finished 1-2-3. The third was Hamlin’s sixth top-five finish in seven races. The rest of the top 10: Daniel Suarez, Ryan Newman, Byron, Tyler Reddick, Blaney, Erik Jones and Chase Elliott.

Truex finished 19th after cutting a tire on the final restart.

The Cup Series will now take a week off for Easter and then return on April 10 for more short-track racing at Martinsville (7:30 p.m.; FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

NASCAR at Bristol results

Position Driver
1 Joey Logano
2 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
3 Denny Hamlin
4 Daniel Suarez
5 Ryan Newman
6 William Byron
7 Tyler Reddick
8 Ryan Blaney
9 Erik Jones
10 Chase Elliott
11 Brad Keselowski
12 Michael McDowell
13 Matt DiBenedetto
14 Chris Buescher
15 Kevin Harvick
16 Kurt Busch
17 Kyle Busch
18 Ryan Preece
19 Martin Truex Jr.
20 Chase Briscoe
21 Austin Dillon
22 Alex Bowman
23 Stewart Friesen
24 Cole Custer
25 Quin Houff
26 Ty Dillon
27 Bubba Wallace
28 JJ Yeley
29 Kyle Larson
30 Josh Bilicki
31 Mike Marlar
32 Cody Ware
33 Chris Windom
34 Christopher Bell
35 Ross Chastain
36 Aric Almirola
37 Shane Golobic
38 Corey LaJoie
39 Anthony Alfredo

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White Sox’s Carlos Rodon completes no-hitter after losing perfect game in 9th to HBP



White Sox's Carlos Rodon completes no-hitter after losing perfect game in 9th to HBP

Carlos Rodon went through elbow surgery two years ago and shoulder issues last year. The White Sox non-tendered him last offseason and then re-signed him about two weeks before the start of spring training.

He was perfectly healthy for his second start of 2021, to the point he almost made history.

Rodon on Wednesday threw a no-hitter against Cleveland, beating the Tribe 8-0 on a 45-degree night in Chicago. He was two outs away from becoming the 24th MLB pitcher to throw a nine-inning perfect game.

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Unfortunately for him, he lost the perfecto when he hit Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez on the foot with a breaking ball with one out in the ninth. Perez did not make much of an effort to avoid the pitch but there was no argument from the White Sox.

After that, the 28-year-old left-hander struck out Yu Chang and retired Jordan Luplow on a ground ball to third baseman Yoan Moncada to complete the no-hitter. Rodon threw 114 pitches (75 strikes), his highest pitch count since throwing 116 on July 29, 2018 (per 

Rodon almost lost his perfecto bid on the first batter of the ninth. Josh Naylor hit a slow bouncer to first baseman Jose Abreu, who slid into the bag to barely beat a diving Naylor. First base umpire Brian Knight, who was no Jim Joyce on this night, called Naylor out. A rapid replay review upheld the call.

“That was a hell of a play, man, hell of a play,” Rodon told the White Sox TV crew in an on-field interview.

Rodon rejoined the Sox on Feb. 1 — he said it was a “pretty easy” decision to come back, knowing that Chicago was set up to win now — and then pitched his way into the rotation in spring training. Wednesday’s start was just his fourth since suffering the elbow injury that led to Tommy John surgery in May 2019. He threw 95 pitches over five innings in his 2021 debut, April 5 vs. the Mariners.

He almost became the fourth White Sox pitcher to throw a perfect game; he would have joined Philip Humber (2012), Mark Buehrle (2009) and Charlie Robertson (1922). Instead, he completed the 20th no-hitter in franchise history (rotation mate Lucas Giolito no-hit the Pirates last Aug. 25).

And he threw the second no-no in MLB in less than a week. Joe Musgrove threw the first no-hitter in Padres history Friday night against the Rangers in Texas.

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PSG star Neymar wants to be professional poker player when he retires from football



PSG star Neymar wants to be professional poker player when he retires from football

PSG star Neymar has expressed his desire to become a professional poker player when he retires from football.

The 29-year-old started playing poker during the 2014 World Cup and has developed a passion for the game since then. 

Neymar said he played with Gerard Pique during his time at Barcelona and now counts Keylor Navas and Leandro Paredes among his poker rivals at PSG.

What was said?

When asked by CNEWS if his goal was to be a professional poker player when he retires from football, Neymar said: “It’s true, it’s true. It’s one of the things I love to do the most. 

“I feel very comfortable and I think that after playing football I will be able to do tournaments, travel to play tournaments that I have always wanted to participate in and could not do because of my agenda and my career. 

“So when I finish my football career, that’s one of the things I’m going to do, travel to play this type of tournament.

“Among the similarities between poker and football, I think focus is one of them. The way you read your opponent and the game is also very important. 

“I think one of the most important things in football, and what I do on the pitch, is to read the game, read your opponent, and see where you can attack, where you can move to create a chance for your team. 

“And in poker it’s the same, you have to read the game, read your opponents and know the right time to attack your opponent.”

What’s next for Neymar?

The Brazilian still has plenty to accomplish on the pitch before his playing days are over, starting with his quest for a treble with PSG this season.

Neymar helped PSG past Bayern Munich in the Champions League this week, setting up a semi-final clash with Manchester City.

PSG are also three points back of first-place Lille in Ligue 1, while they have a French Cup quarter-final date with Angers later this month.

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‘Heading into one’s arm is not punishable’ – Dortmund boss Terzic slams penalty decision vs Man City



'Heading into one's arm is not punishable' - Dortmund boss Terzic slams penalty decision vs Man City

Borussia Dortmund manager Edin Terzic hit out at a crucial penalty call that went against his side on Wednesday in their Champions League elimination against Manchester City.

With Dortmund leading 1-0 on the night and poised to advance to the semi-finals on away goals, Emre Can was whistled for a handball in the box 10 minutes into the second half. 

Can headed the ball off his outstretched arm, which Terzic insisted meant the spot kick should not have been awarded. Riyad Mahrez would convert the ensuing penalty to send City on their way to the last four.

What was said?

“To be fair, you have to congratulate Man City,” Terzic told Sky Germany. “They played brilliantly and deservedly go one round further.

“After three of four halves, however, we were through – then it’s annoying that we end up conceding two goals like this. At the referee training it is clearly stated that heading into one’s arm is not punishable.

“Let me put it this way: We weren’t very lucky with decisions in the two games. We had a big dream, it is now unfortunately over.”

What other decisions went against Dortmund?

Jude Bellingham had what appeared to be a valid goal taken away in the first leg after he stole the ball from Ederson and rolled it into an empty net.

The referee ruled the teenager had fouled Ederson and blew his whistle before Bellingham put the ball into an empty net, meaning the play could not be reviewed by VAR. 

Replays showed that Bellingham had robbed the ball in mid-air from Ederson while hardly making contact with the goalkeeper.

What happened after Mahrez’s goal?

The Algerian drew City level on the night after Bellingham’s opener for Dortmund, and his spot kick put City ahead 3-2 on aggregate. 

City would then go on to control possession as they looked to take away the Germans’ chances of equalising.

With 15 minutes to play, Phil Foden then grabbed another goal to put the tie out of reach for Dortmund as City advanced with a 4-2 aggregate win.

What’s next for both teams?

Dortmund will face Werder Bremen on Sunday as they continue their pursuit of a top-four spot in the Bundesliga, currently sitting in fifth place. 

City take on Chelsea in a FA Cup semi-final on Saturday before they face PSG in the Champions League semi-finals later in April.

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