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Stenhouse shines on track with 2nd-place finish
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:16 PM


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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — During the long rain delay at Bristol Motor Speedway, Danica Patrick encouraged the broadcast team to interview her boyfriend.

The Fox Sports team had requested a few moments of time on live television with Patrick and she wanted Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to receive the same attention. He got some air time after the commercial break, then in the closing laps of Sunday night’s race when he grabbed a career-best second-place finish.

Although he’s a 2-time Nationwide Series champion and the more accomplished driver in NASCAR’s most prolific romance, Stenhouse is largely recognized outside of racing circles for being Patrick’s boyfriend. More finishes like Sunday’s could help him change the conversation.

Harrington had no problem playing with John Daly
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:15 PM


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ORLANDO, Fla. — All signs — and particularly the numbers — pointed to another meltdown by John Daly.

He hit three balls into the water on the 16th hole at Innisbrook and made a 12, still only the fourth-highest score he has made on any one hole on the PGA Tour. And when he missed a 4-foot bogey putt on the last hole, he signed for a 90. Daly has had at least one round at 80 or higher every year since 1996.

So what was it like to be in the middle of this? Not a problem for Padraig Harrington.

“He was perfectly fine to play with — very respectful, no issues at all in terms of golf,” Harrington recalled.

NCAA Women's Tournament Glance
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Monday, March 17, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Monday, March 17, 2014 8:19 PM )

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First Round

Saturday's Games

At Durham, N.C.

Duke (27-6) vs. Winthrop (24-8), 11 a.m.

DePaul (27-6) vs. Oklahoma (18-14), 1:30 p.m.

At Los Angeles

Nebraska (25-6) vs. Fresno State (22-10), 4 p.m.

N.C. State (25-7) vs. BYU (26-6), 6:30 p.m.

Sunday's Games

At Storrs, Conn.

Georgia (20-11) vs. Saint Joseph's (22-9), 5:30 p.m.

UConn (34-0) vs. Prairie View (14-17), 8 p.m.

At College Station

Gonzaga (29-4) vs. James Madison (28-5), 5:30 p.m.

Texas A&M (24-8) vs. North Dakota (22-9), 8 p.m.

Second Round

Monday's Games

At Los Angeles

N.C. State-BYU winner vs. Nebraska-Fresno State winner, TBA

At Durham, N.C.

DePaul-Oklahoma winner vs. Duke-Winthrop winner, TBA

Tuesday, March 25

At Storrs, Conn.

UConn-Prairie View winner vs. Georgia-Saint Joseph's winner, TBA

At College Station

Gonzaga-James Madison winner vs. Texas A&M-North Dakota winner, TBA

Regional Semifinals

Saturday, March 29

At Lincoln, Neb.

UConn-Prairie View-Georgia-Saint Joseph's winner vs. N.C. State-BYU-Nebraska-Fresno State winner, TBA

DePaul-Oklahoma-Duke-Winthrop winner vs. Gonzaga-James Madison winner-Texas A&M-North Dakota winner, TBA

Regional Championship

Monday, March 31

Semifinal winners, TBA


College Glances
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Monday, March 17, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Monday, March 17, 2014 8:19 PM )

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NCAA Tournament Glance


At UD Arena

Dayton, Ohio

Tuesday's Games

Albany (N.Y.) (18-14) vs. Mount St. Mary's (16-16), 6:40 p.m.; N.C. State (21-13) vs. Xavier (21-12), 30 minutes following

Wednesday's Games

Cal Poly (13-19) vs. Texas Southern (19-14), 6:40 p.m.; Iowa (20-12) vs. Tennessee (21-12), 30 minutes following


NFL Free Agent Roundup
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Monday, March 17, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Monday, March 17, 2014 8:19 PM )

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Bengals re-sign Taylor Mays

CINCINNATI — The Bengals re-signed safety Taylor Mays on Monday, a week after he became an unrestricted free agent.

Mays is a 4-year veteran who played in the first eight games last season before dislocating his shoulder, ending his season.

The 49ers drafted Mays in the second round in 2010. Cincinnati got him in a trade the following year. Mays has played 50 games overall, starting 10 of them.

Seattle, K Steven Hauschka agree to new deal

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks and kicker Steven Hauschka have agreed to terms on a new multi-year contract after the best season of his career.

The team confirmed the agreement on Monday. Terms of the contract were not released. NFL.com reported it's a 3-year deal worth up to $9 million.

Hauschka was a standout last season for the Seahawks. He missed only two field goals during the regular season, one of which was blocked. He made 33-of-35 kicks overall, was perfect from beyond 50 yards and made all of his extra point attempts. Hauschka also improved his kickoffs with a career-high 48 touchbacks.

In the postseason, Hauschka was a perfect 8-of-8 on field goal attempts.

Hauschka finished his third season with the Seahawks. Before coming to Seattle in 2011, Hauschka kicked for both Baltimore and Denver.