DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR is back - and so is Juniormania. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won pole position for the Daytona 500 with a speed of 186.089 mph in qualifying Sunday. It's a boost for Earnhardt, who is coming off a disappointing 2010 season and has spent Daytona speedweeks facing questions about the 10-year anniversary of his father's death at the track. ...Read more
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Aaron Rodgers has turned the Green Bay Packers into Super Bowl champions once again. Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and Nick Collins returned an interception for another score, leading the Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. This was Green Bay's fourth Super Bowl title. The Packers won the first two Super Bowls with Vince Lombardi coaching Bart Starr, and captured another with Brett Favre in January 1997. The Steelers trailed 21-3 before halftime. ...Read more
ATLANTA (AP) - Less than 48 hours after Bobby Cox wrapped up his managing career, the Atlanta Braves introduced former Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez as his replacement. The announcement Wednesday was widely expected since Gonzalez was fired in June by the Marlins. Cox had said more than a year ago this would be his final season. ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - David Pearson has been selected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The Silver Fox was controversially left out of last year's inaugural class despite 105 career wins. There was an outcry among race fans at his exclusion in favor of longtime NASCAR chairman Bill France Jr. ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Roy Halladay has thrown the second no-hitter in postseason history in the Philadelphia Phillies' dominating 4-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of the NL division series. Halladay, who threw a perfect game at Florida on May 29, dominated the Reds with a sharp fastball and a devastating slow curve in his postseason debut. ...Read more
EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson is taking a break from his chase for a fifth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championship to visit a middle school in his hometown. Johnson dazzled several hundred students at Emerald STEM Magnet Middle School when he pulled up in a replica of his No. 48 car. ...Read more
Tampa Bay vs. Texas
Wednesday, Oct. 6
Texas (Lee 12-9) at Tampa Bay (Price 19-6), 1:37 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 7
Texas (Wilson 15-8) at Tampa Bay (Shields 13-15), 2:37 p.m.
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU, Alabama and Florida have more than their unbeaten records in common. They're also the top three defensive teams in the Southeastern Conference. The SEC has long had a reputation for teams that win championships with defense. Numbers bear out the popular idea that the conference produces many of the best defensive players in the country. ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Roy Halladay became Philadelphia's first 20-game winner in 28 years, Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer and the Phillies increased their lead in the NL East to five games with their ninth straight win, 5-3 over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. ...Read more
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte Motor Speedway plans to install the world's largest HD video board in time for next year's Coca-Cola 600. The screen will be 200 feet wide, 80 feet tall and weigh more than 165,000 pounds. That size will make it larger than the $40 million screen at Cowboys Stadium in Texas, which is currently billed as the world's largest. ...Read more