The Sports Xchange
HOMESTEAD, Fla.—Martin Truex Jr. claimed his eighth win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Series season Sunday in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With that win, Truex also won his first Cup Series championship. Truex had to battle another championship candidate, Kyle Busch, in the closing laps. Busch took runner-up honors. Kyle Larson finished third. The other two Championship Four drivers, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski, finished fourth and seventh, respectively. Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.
MARTINSVILLE, Va.—With most of the field wrecking behind him, Kyle Busch took the lead on the final lap and won the First Data 500 on Sunday, Oct. 29, at Martinsville Speedway. It was his fifth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the season and clinched a position among the Championship Four at the 2017 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 19. Busch led a race-high 183 laps. Martin Truex Jr. finished second, Clint Bowyer was third, Brad Keselowski took fourth and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.
The Green Bay Packers placed quarterback Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve Friday, one day after he underwent surgery to repair his broken right collarbone. Rodgers was injured in the first quarter of last Sunday's 23-10 loss at Minnesota after taking a hard hit from Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr. Though the Packers placed Rodgers on IR, they still could bring him back after eight weeks and give him a chance to return for the Week 15 game at Carolina on Dec. 17.
The Detroit Tigers will hire Ron Gardenhire to manage the club through what is expected to be a rebuilding phase. Multiple outlets reported late Thursday that Gardenhire will replace Brad Ausmus, whom the team chose not to retain when his contract expired at the end of the season. Terms of Gardenhire's contract were unknown. He also interviewed for the Boston Red Sox's vacant managerial job. Gardenhire, 59, comes with plenty of experience in the American League Central Division. He managed the Minnesota Twins for 13 seasons from 2002-14.
GREEN BAY, Wis.—It was the worst of times. Period. End of sentence. That's how the Green Bay Packers felt after learning Monday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers would need surgery for the broken right collarbone he suffered in a 23-10 loss to Minnesota Sunday, Oct. 15. When a displaced collarbone requires surgery, the average recovery time is approximately three months. If Rodgers needs that much time, his 2017 season is likely over.
Hall of Fame quarterback and 1963 NFL Most Valuable Player Y.A. Tittle died Sunday, Oct. 8. He was 90. LSU, his alma mater, confirmed on Monday that Tittle passed while surrounded by his family and friends.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings signed Stevan Ridley and placed fellow running back Dalvin Cook on injured reserve, the team announced Thursday, Oct. 5. Cook sustained a season-ending ACL tear in Sunday's 14-7 loss to the Detroit Lions. The rookie recorded 74 carries for 354 yards and two touchdowns in four games for the Vikings (2-2), who visit the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Ridley had brief stints with the Lions, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons in 2016 after playing in eight games with the New York Jets the previous season.
NEW YORK -- Luis Severino was knocked out just one out into the first inning, but Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first, and the New York Yankees stormed back for an 8-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the American League wild-card game on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Legendary pro wrestling manager and announcer Bobby "The Brain" Heenan died at age 73, World Wrestling Entertainment announced Sunday, Sept. 17. He had battled throat and lung cancer since 2002. Heenan most notably managed Nick Bockwinkel in the Minnesota-based American Wrestling Association before before joining the WWE. He later managed such stars as Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy and "Ravishing" Rick Rude.
MINNEAPOLIS -- No team ever homered in each of the first six innings of a game before Tuesday. The Minnesota Twins accomplished that feat, then homered in the seventh inning, too, as they routed the San Diego Padres 16-0. The seven homers were a Target Field record and a season high for the Twins.