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Nurburgring 24 conditions “the worst” of winner Yelloly’s career

Nurburgring 24 Hours winner Nick Yelloly described the inclement weather that caused the race to be red-flagged for nine hours on Saturday evening as “the worst conditions I have experienced”.

The BMW factory driver joined ROWE Racing team-mates Alexander Sims and Nicky Catsburg to score BMW’s 20th success in the event, 50 years on from its victory in the maiden 24 Hours in 1970, and its first since 2010 with a GT2-spec M3 E92 after a barren stretch in the current GT3 era.

Their #99 M6 GT3 overhauled the #3 Car Collection Audi R8 LMS as the track dried on Sunday morning, before taking the lead when the rain returned in the closing stages in what BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt called a “a magnificent comeback”.

It came after the two leading Mercedes, the #4 Haupt Racing Team and #9 GetSpeed entries driven by Manuel Metzger and Raffale Marciello both

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NASCAR Playoffs at Las Vegas results: Kurt Busch capitalizes on wild finish for first career Las Vegas win

“Hometown hero, way to make it happen,” were the words Kurt Busch heard over the radio from his crew chief as he crossed the start-finish line as a winner at Las Vegas for the first time in his career, when he took the checkered flag at the South Point 400 in the NASCAR playoffs. Busch had never won at his hometown track in 21 Cup series starts. 

The win becomes that much sweeter for Busch as he now advances to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs. The 2004 Cup Series champion was the last of the playoff drivers in the standings entering the opening race in the Round of 12. 

“This is my hometown and I have so many people to thank,” said Busch, who celebrated the win without fans in attendance. “Yes it’s a bit empty but my heart is full. I’ve won at my hometown track.”

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Colts’ Rivers throws 400th career touchdown pass

Philip Rivers became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to throw 400 career touchdown passes when he connected with Indianapolis Colts teammate Mo Alie-Cox on a 1-yard scoring pass in the second quarter against the New York Jets on Sunday.

The pass to his tight end on first-and-goal from the Jets 1-yard line gave Indianapolis a 14-7 lead with 14:13 left in the first half.

Rivers also became the sixth player to reach 60,000 career passing yards when he completed an 11-yard pass to Nyheim Hines on the Colts’ final offensive play of the first half. He finished with 217 passing yards and the one TD pass in the Colts’ 36-7 rout of the Jets, leaving him with 60,065 passing yards.

Rivers is in his first season with the Colts after spending 16 seasons with the Chargers — the first 13 in San Diego, the last three in Los Angeles.

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From Microsoft VP to law student: What this exec’s career transition says about AI and the law

Mike Angiulo, a former Microsoft vice president, is now in his third year at the University of Washington law school. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)

Mike Angiulo worked at Microsoft for 25 years as an engineering manager and vice president for products including Windows PCs, Microsoft Outlook, Xbox, Surface, and cloud and artificial intelligence technologies. But it was actually not the work Angiulo originally envisioned doing. He had planned to be a lawyer, delaying those plans after he started at Microsoft in his early 20s.

Now, at age 47, nearly three decades later, he’s circling back to his original plan — going back to school and preparing for a second career, as a lawyer focused on some of the most interesting and difficult questions facing the same types of technologies that he helped to create for so many years.

“I am a big believer that just the prevalence of big

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Tanner Houck eager to make his first career appearance at Fenway Park

That it comes against the Yankees, in arguably the greatest rivalry in all of sports, adds another layer to this. It’s beneficial that Houck gets to experience it so early into his career. An outing against such a formidable lineup like the Yankees will require Houck to emphasize his attention to detail. The Yankees have hit 20 homers in their past four games. The Yankees aren’t the Marlins, but Sox manager Ron Roenicke feels good about Houck’s chances.

“He should have a lot of confidence,” Roenicke said. “This is a very righthanded lineup. That should work to his advantage. But we also know that he has to make pitches. [Friday] night you saw Martin [Perez] pretty much command all of his pitches and we know you need [him] to. We hope he gets through innings and keeps us in ball games.”

The Yankees lineup features, really, just one

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Lynn hails “biggest win of my career” at Le Mans 24 Hours

Alex Lynn hailed his class victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours as the “biggest win of my career” after triumphing in the GTE Pro division for Aston Martin.

The British driver set the fastest GT lap of the race as the #97 Aston Martin Vantage he shared with regular World Endurance Championship team-mate Maxime Martin and Harry Tincknell had a faultless run to claim Aston’s first win at Le Mans since 2017.

The #97 car led for 189 laps of the 346 lap-distance and beat the #51 Ferrari of James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Daniel Serra by 1m33s to move into second in the WEC GTE Pro Drivers championship with one round to go in Bahrain.

Lynn’s CV includes sportscar success in the 2017 Sebring 12 Hours, the 2013 Macau GP and the 2014 GP3 title, but when asked by Autosport how these compared to Le Mans, he

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Justin Verlander to undergo Tommy John surgery, but vows that his career isn’t done

DETROIT — Justin Verlander, who made only one start this season before being shut down due to an injury, will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery and likely miss the entire 2021 season.

The former Detroit Tigers starting pitcher made the announcement on his Instagram page.

Verlander, 37, spent 13 years with the Tigers before being traded to the Houston Astros. He helped his new club win the World Series with a dominating September and October performance.

Verlander won the American League Cy Young Award in 2019 after finishing as runner-up in 2018. He signed a two-year, $66 million extension with the Astros last year that carries him through the 2021 season.

Here’s what he wrote on his Instagram page:

After consulting with several of the best doctors, it has become clear that I need Tommy John surgery. I was hopeful that I would be able to return to competition in

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Pirates lose series finale to Cardinals

PITTSBURGH — The details were different, but the story was the same.
A day after the Pirates squandered six hitless innings from Mitch Keller in a loss to the Cardinals, they couldn’t capitalize on a dominant 11-strikeout start by Joe Musgrove. Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty baffled the Bucs’ bats with

PITTSBURGH — The details were different, but the story was the same.

A day after the Pirates squandered six hitless innings from Mitch Keller in a loss to the Cardinals, they couldn’t capitalize on a dominant 11-strikeout start by Joe Musgrove. Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty baffled the Bucs’ bats with 11 strikeouts of his own, and left-hander Derek Holland gave up a homer to Yadier Molina in the seventh inning of Pittsburgh’s 2-1 defeat on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.

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The Pirates entered this series with two quality starts on the year. Steven Brault, Keller and Musgrove

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Liverpool boss Klopp says Thiago made ‘perfect start’ to Reds career in Premier League win at Chelsea

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp hailed the impact of new signing Thiago Alcantara, a player he said made the “perfect start” to his Reds career in their win over Chelsea on Sunday. 

The Spanish international was named on the bench for the game at Stamford Bridge, just two days after joining from Bayern Munich in a deal which could cost the Reds up to £27 million ($35m).

Klopp decided to introduce the midfielder at half-time as the Reds looked to take advantage of a red card from Andreas Christensen just before the break. 

The visitors did just that as a pair of Sadio Mane goals – the second aided by another error from Kepa Arrizabalaga – gave the defending champions a 2-0 win on the afternoon.

Thiago made a major impact in his debut, as he completed more passes (75) than any Chelsea player managed in the entire match.

His

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Orioles top Rays, 2-1, avoid sweep as John Means strikes out career-high 12

BALTIMORE — A month ago, it was fair to wonder whether John Means would even have a start he felt good about this season, let alone pitch like the All-Star he was last year.

Now, it’s worth wondering if he’s ever been better.

Means turned in the Orioles’ best start of a season that increasingly has plenty of candidates for that distinction, striking out a career-high 12 batters and tying a franchise record with seven straight strikeouts at one point in a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays that prevented a five-game series sweep in Sunday’s home finale at Camden Yards.

“That was one of his better performances I’ve seen from him here in a year-plus,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Thought he had four pitches working. I thought he was aggressive in the strike zone. … Just a great job of pitching. I thought we pitched well all series.

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