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Busch: ‘Streamlining’ two-car NASCAR Ganassi team size appealing

Kurt Busch says his move to the Chip Ganassi Racing NASCAR Cup series team for 2019 was appealing because it is a “streamlining” two-car outfit Busch has left the four-car Stewart Haas Racing squad, spearheaded by 2018 title contender Kevin Harvick, to make the switch. The new Ganassi recruit will partner Kyle Larson in 2019, replacing Jamie McMurray. The smaller squad means Busch is likely to have more dedicated resources available to him than would be available at a larger outfit. “The way that I look at Ganassi and all…

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Courtois: Wind to blame for sluggish Real Madrid showing

Real Madrid’s difficulties in seeing off a stubborn Huesca on Sunday were down to their failure to deal with the wind, according to Thibaut Courtois. Real scored early in the province of Aragon to see off the Liga newcomers, Gareth Bale giving the European champions a lead that they held onto without ever fully convincing. And goalkeeper Courtois – who made a series of fine saves to preserve the three points for Santiago Solari’s side – believes it was a matter of failing to get to grips with the weather…

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Ferrari must take ‘last step’ for title push – Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari must take the “last step” if it is to stand a chance of winning next year’s Formula 1 world championship. Vettel challenged Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes in 2018, enjoying strong form at various stages of the campaign, but its title bid faltered after the summer break for a second straight season. Hamilton secured his fifth world title with two rounds to spare while Mercedes put the constructors’ crown out of Ferrari’s reach at the penultimate event in Brazil. Asked at the FIA Gala in Russia about…

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Back in Miami: Now a coach, Mike Miller reflects on Heat era

MIAMI (AP) — The memories will be impossible for Mike Miller to ignore on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). He’ll be back inside AmericanAirlines Arena, where he helped the Miami Heat win the 2012 and 2013 NBA championships. He’ll see the banners and recall his best moments — the one-shoed 3-pointer against San Antonio as part of Miami’s Game 6 comeback in the 2013 NBA Finals, the seven 3s against Oklahoma City in the 2012 title clincher, the way he got mobbed when he returned as a visitor to get his…

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Sore knee to keep Oladipo out of Pacers’ lineup indefinitely

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo will be out indefinitely as he tries to recover from a sore right knee. Oladipo already has missed six straight games with the injury and the Pacers are 3-3 without him. Indiana finishes a four-game road trip Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) at Sacramento. The former Indiana University star leads the team in scoring with 21.4 points per game and steals at 1.56. He’s also second on the Pacers in assists (4.7) and rebounds (6.6) after winning the NBA’s steals title last season.…

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