Danica Patrick to drive Daytona 500 for Premium Motorsports
Danica Patrick will have a familiar face working with her in her final Daytona 500.
Patrick will drive for Premium Motorsports and have Tony Eury Jr. as her crew chief for her final NASCAR race. The No. 7 car will use that team’s charter (the No. 15 car last year) to have a guaranteed spot in the field Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.
Eury was crew chief for Patrick in the Xfinity Series during her partial schedules in 2010 and 2011 seasons and most of her full season in 2012.
The good news that is something with Daytona, and even something like the Indy 500, is that the number of drivers that have an opportunity to win the race tends to be higher with both of those races just as a matter of what race it is and what it entails as well as the length of time that you spend [at the track], Patrick said Thursday.
I’m in good shape.
Although eligible for the preseason Clash at Daytona thanks to her 2013 Daytona 500 pole, Patrick will not compete in that exhibition event scheduled for Feb. 11 after Daytona 500 qualifying.
The Bulls, coming off a 7-point home loss to defending NBA champion Golden State three days ago, have won four of five and 15 of 23. They never trailed, taking an 11-point lead midway through the first quarter on Lopez’s dunk and going up 17 on Markkanen’s dunk in the closing seconds of the first half.
The closest Atlanta got in the third was 10 points on John Collins’ dunk. The lead swelled to 25 midway through the fourth on Portis’ 3.
I thought that we really played a complete game tonight, Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said. I thought that we played with the right mentality.
Dennis Schroder scored 18 points and Dewayne Dedmon had 11 for Atlanta, which showed why it’s spent the season at or near the bottom of the NBA standings.
Aric Almirola more involved in social media after taking break
Since joining Stewart-Haas Racing during the offseason, Aric Almirola has increased his presence on social media.
Part of that is the social media strategy of the race team, but it also has been Almirola deciding to take a break from social media in 2017, which ended up being a frustrating final year at Richard Petty Motorsports.
So Almirola decided he would just focus on racing and not deal with the second job of social media.
It has been somewhat liberating, to be honest, Almirola said. But now, new team and trying to make sure we get the sponsors as much bang for their buck and as much exposure as we can. … this has been a great avenue for us.
Turner spoke up on Lillard’s behalf.
He’s been playing at a high level, Turner said. An All-Star level. They screwed him the last two years, right? When’s the make-up call? They owe him a couple. That’s case enough.
Trail Blazers: Matthews left the Blazers for Dallas following the 2014-15 season, but he’s still popular in Portland, as fans warmly cheered him during pregame introductions. … Last season, Lillard averaged 28.3 points in three games against the Mavericks.
The game got chippy down the stretch, with three technical fouls during the final five minutes. The most prominent happened after Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic and Dallas’ Salah Mejri became entangled under the basket. As the two released, Mejri flew to the ground. After consulting the television monitor, Nurkic was assessed a technical.
NFL promises to spell out excessive celebration rules in a video, is mocked
Never, in the history of humankind, has anyone given more thought to anything than the NFL has given to the celebrations and, hold on, because there’s a more lot more thinking going on.
Earlier this month, there was hope that the NFL might relax the rules concerning celebrations. ESPN reported that there was momentum for a framework that would allow harmless and spontaneous celebrations. It would continue, though, to ban what it considers to be excessive, prolonged or vulgar demonstrations. There is the expectation that some guidelines would be adopted during the annual owners’ meetings next week in Phoenix. So it makes sense that there would be a dos and don’ts video coming.
He can be characterized as out this week, Tomlin said. I don’t want to frame it any other way. It’s simply too early to tell. We’ll see what the future of it holds at the top of next week.
Here are other injuries we’re monitoring on Tuesday:
1. New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead sprained his knee on Sunday, Rapoport reported per a source. However, Rapoport notes that the Patriots are optimistic Burkhead will be available for the postseason.
2. The Denver Broncos are placing outside linebacker Shane Ray on injured reserve. Ray, who played with a cast this season, had wrist surgery last Friday to remove screws that were inserted after injuring his wrist back in training camp.