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Who won the NASCAR race yesterday? Complete results from Talladega race

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The winner of the spring Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway led just one lap Sunday — the one where they wave the checkered flag at the end.

Brad Keselowski drove to the lead on Lap 191 (of a scheduled 188) at the GEICO 500 and held off William Bryon for the victory.

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In Keselowski’s mind, the victory was gift-wrapped for him when Matt DiBenedetto tried to protect his lead by moving to the high lane and left the bottom lane wide open.

“Merry Christmas!” Keselowski told Fox Sports as he described his thoughts when he saw clear track ahead of him.

Below is more about Keselowski’s win, plus the complete results of the Sunday afternoon race.

Who won the NASCAR race yesterday?

Brad Keselowski became the ninth different winner in 10 Cup Series races this season with the victory in the GEICO 500. He also captured his sixth win at Talladega, tying him with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon for second-most at the 2.66-mile superspeedway in Alabama. Dale Earnhardt won 10 times at the track.

“I would have never dreamed I’d tie Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. here. That’s something. Those guys are really legends,” Keselowski said. “I’m just really proud of my team. We had an accident there early, and they recovered and got it fixed up to where I could keep running. My crew chief, Jeremy Bullins, had a lot of confidence.”

Keselowski’s car took damage during a frightening wreck at the end of Stage 1. Joey Logano’s car went upside down and slid along the track after contact with Denny Hamlin’s car.

NASCAR results from Talladega

Brad Keselowski earned his first win of the 2021 Cup Series season and the 35th win of his career Sunday. William Byron, Michael McDowell, Kevin Harvick and Matt DiBenedetto completed the top five.

McDowell had another strong run on a superspeedway after winning the Daytona 500 in February.

The Cup Series will be back on a 1.5-mile intermediate track next weekend when it goes to Kansas Speedway for the Buschy McBusch Race 400 (3 p.m. ET; FS1, TSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). 

Material from the NASCAR Wire Service was used in this report.

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

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Twitter reacts to Russell Westbrook’s NBA-record 182nd career triple-double

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Russell Westbrook made history Monday night, notching his 182nd career triple-double — and moving past Oscar Robertson for the all-time NBA record.

Robertson’s record lasted 47 years, from 1974 through Monday night when a fourth-quarter rebound in front of a reduced-capacity crowd in Atlanta gave Westbrook sole possession of the record. It took him 12 years to surpass Robertson’s record after he achieved his first triple-double (17 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds) in 2009 as a rookie with the Thunder.

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Monday’s triple-double was Westbrook’s 36th of the year. That insane output is helping him average, for the fourth time in his career, a triple-double over the course of the season. The previous such campaigns came in 2016-17 through 2018-19.

Westbrook finished with 28 points, 21 assists and 13 rebounds in the Wizards’ 125-124 loss to the Hawks; the loss dropped Washington to 32-37 on the season, but the team still ranks 10th in the Eastern Conference standings. The Wizards’ playoff hopes pale in comparison to the history Westbrook made, however.

He even made sure to get the game ball from officials so he could be certain to commemorate the historic achievement.

Here are some of the best reactions to Westbrook’s history-making feat:

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Kenny Mayne’s ESPN cover letter was perfect precursor to his incredible career

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ESPN’s Kenny Mayne, one of the most recognizable talents in sports broadcasting, is leaving the network, he announced on Monday.

The 27-year ESPN anchor broke the news on Twitter, describing his exit from the worldwide leader in sports as a “salary cap casualty.” Naturally, he could only include some of the dry humor that helped him become a beloved presence in the studio and on millions of sports fans’ TVs.

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The longtime “SportsCenter” host’s final day will be on May 24, bringing to an end a 27-year stint at ESPN that began in 1994. His absence will undoubtedly be noted among fans who appreciated his humor and presence in ESPN’s studios — but his Monday announcement is as good a reason as any to remember the incredible cover letter that first landed him the gig in 1994.

Mayne sent a short and sweet cover letter to ESPN’s John Walsh in 1994, offering him three checkboxes in the former’s bid to land a job with ESPN:

Unsurprisingly, Mayne made Walsh smile. Walsh wouldn’t be the last person to smile at Mayne’s humor and creativity.

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Jaylen Brown injury update: Celtics star out for rest of season with torn wrist ligament

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Jaylen Brown injury update: Celtics star out for rest of season with torn wrist ligament

The Celtics will have to fight for a playoff spot without one of their most important players.

Boston announced Monday night that All-Star forward Jaylen Brown has suffered a torn scapholunate ligament in his left wrist and will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season. He is expected to undergo surgery later this week.

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The Celtics offered no specific timetable for Brown’s return to the court, but as The Athletic’s Jared Weiss noted, Boston guard Romeo Langford suffered the same injury last year and took about six months to recover. If Brown stays roughly on that timeline, he should be available to rejoin the lineup for the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

Brown dealt with injury and COVID-19 issues throughout the season, but the 24-year-old still managed to earn his first All-Star selection with some of the best individual numbers of his career. He averaged a career-high 24.7 points per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from 3-point range.

Without Brown available, Boston will rely heavily on Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker to produce offensively. The Celtics will also need more from trade deadline acquisition Evan Fournier, who most recently scored 30 points in a loss to the Heat on Sunday — his highest scoring output since joining the team.

Even if other players step up in Brown’s absence, the Celtics, currently the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference standings, are unlikely to make a deep run in the 2021 NBA playoffs. They would face an uphill battle in a potential first-round series against the 76ers, Nets or Bucks, the top three seeds in the Eastern Conference.

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