Some history was made this weekend on NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series. In Saturday’s UNOH 175 in Loudon, New Hampshire,16-year-old Cole Custer took the checkered flag to become the youngest driver to win a race in Camping World Truck Series history. It was only his seventh start on the tour, and he led for 148 of the race’s 175 laps.
"I've been coming to these races since I was really young," Custer said after his victory. "I've looked up to this series and everybody who races in this series, and I couldn't even imagine racing here and even winning a race. I can't even explain how amazing this is."
One of the drivers Custer defeated was Erik Jones, who had held the youngest-driver-to-win record. (Jones was 17 when he won a race in Phoenix last November.)
Here’s some footage of this historic final laps:
Injuries have created a wealth of opportunities, mostly for backup running backs, as well as huge holes in fantasy starting lineups. Last week, Jamaal Charles, A.J. Green, Ryan Mathews and DeSean Jackson were started in about 100 percent of fantasy leagues. All of them left their respective games with injuries, and only Jackson appears likely to start this week. Robert Griffin III, Mark Ingram and Knowshon Moreno are also on the shelf, leaving their owners scrambling to find replacements.
All that tumult makes for a very interesting week of start/sit decisions. Do you immediately trust Knile Davis in Kansas City and Donald Brown in San Diego? Is Khiry Robinson worth a shot against the Vikings this week? Could Mohamed Sanu be a sneaky play if Green is forced to sit because of his foot injury? All of that and more will be answered in SI.com’s recommendations on who to start and who to sit for Week 3.
The following recommendations are based on 12-team leagues that start one quarterback, two running backs, two receivers, one RB/WR flex, one tight end and one defense. However, to accommodate slightly deeper leagues, they extend to 14 quarterbacks and tight ends, 30 running backs and 40 receivers.
When the Pittsburgh Penguins hit the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers on October 22, they’ll be wearing sweaters that haven’t been seen in more than 20 years.
Today, the Pens unveiled their new third jersey: a retro black-and-gold look that calls back to the team’s glory days of the late 1980s and early '90s:
Sure, this might be an ad for Jase Boards. But it’s still an awesome video of skateboarders pulling tricks and riding through a sea of 5001 balloons. And then there’s the sounds the balloons make while they’re riding through them. So, so cool.
Every MLB season is a big one. But the 2014 campaign has been especially exciting: No-hitters all over the place. A crazy amount of crazy opening pitches. And, of course, the Derek Jeter Retirement Tour. And a good way to gauge just want moments connected with fans the most is to look at social media.
Our friends at Spredfast recently shared a chart with us tracking Baseball Chatter on Twitter from March through the middle of August. It’s an interesting look at what generated the most chatter online, from the start of the season in Australia to Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter to Jeter’s last All-Star Game.
Here’s the chart. Click on it to open a larger version:
Major League Soccer will celebrate it’s 20th season in 2015, but it’s already getting the party started. Today, MLS unveiled a new league logo as part of its MLS Next campaign. The updated logo is more of a crest in the spirit of other soccer organizations around the world. It’s simpler, cleaner, and way more in line with football fans’ expectations.
Between Week 1 and Week 2, most fantasy football owners were a little reluctant to shake up their roster -- and rightfully so -- for a lackluster group of guys who may have been one-week wonders. But following Week 2, the waiver wire has suddenly turned into a battle zone for the best available players because of how many injuries/suspensions we saw this past weekend.
Owners of Jamaal Charles, Maurice Jones-Drew, Doug Martin, Knowshon Moreno and DeAngelo Williams will all look for waiver-wire warriors. While Adrian Peterson is supposed to play in Week 3, his owners would be wise to buy some fantasy insurance, too. Also, owners of Eric Decker, A.J. Green and DeSean Jackson will be in an add/drop frenzy, too, looking for wide receiver help.
If you don’t own any of the above players, consider buying a lottery ticket. You should still be active on the waiver wire, especially if you have a player or two ready for dumping (looking at you, Cecil Shorts’ owners). By grabbing some of the most valuable waiver-wire replacements, you could gain major trade pieces, even if you don’t plan on starting the player you pick up.
Last week, we steered you right on Bobby Rainey, Brian Quick and Larry Donnell, but we missed the boat on Jake Locker, Benny Cunningham and the Dolphins defense. Let’s correct that.