Find out where your favorite driver rolls off for Coors Light Pole qualifying at the Monster Mile READ: Post-Coca-Cola 600 Driver Reports READ: Pit crew key as Hamlin claws back READ: Kenseth, Johnson hopes wrecked in 600 Track Qualifying Record:Driver Date Time SpeedJeremy Mayfield 6/06/04 22.288 161.522# Car Driver Team Time Speed Time Speed1 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 2 39 Ryan Newman Haas Automation Chevrolet 3 51 Austin Dillon(i) Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 4 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 5 14 Tony Stewart Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 6 83 David Reutimann Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 7 29 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s Chevrolet 8 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 9 44 Scott Riggs No Label Ford 10 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 11 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Royal Teak Toyota 12 7 Dave Blaney SANY Chevrolet 13 99 Carl Edwards Subway Ford 14 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row/Sealy Chevrolet 15 32 Timmy Hill # OXY Water Ford 16 30 David Stremme Widow Wax Toyota 17 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 18 33 Landon Cassill(i) Bicycle NASCAR Playing Cards Chevrolet 19 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight/Autism Speaks Toyota 20 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt/Ace/CMN Ford 21 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 22 27 Paul Menard Menards/Libman Chevrolet 23 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 24 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 25 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 26 55 Mark Martin Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 27 16 Greg Biffle RiteAid/Ace Ford 28 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Energizer Chevrolet 29 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s/Monsters University Chevrolet 30 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical Toyota 31 1 Jamie McMurray Parade Media Group Chevrolet 32 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 33 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Best Buy Ford 34 24 Jeff Gordon AARP Credit Cards from Chase Chevrolet 35 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy Chevrolet 36 31 Jeff Burton Cheerios Chevrolet 37 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver’s Ford 38 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 39 47 Bobby Labonte Scott Products Toyota 40 36 JJ Yeley DOHS Click it or Ticket Chevrolet 41 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 42 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 43 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Toyota * Required to qualify on time, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this seriesREAD MORE: READ: Harvick’s late charge leads to 600 win ___________________________________________________________________________________________Comments are currently unavailable. We’re working on the development of a NASCAR fan forum – please stay tuned.
Behind the strong play of sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter, the No. 16 USC women’s volleyball team (3-1) swept its third straight match (25-22, 25-19, 25-15) of the young season, defeating Florida Gulf Coast (1-3) to open the Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitation at the Galen Center.Jupiter took charge in the 3-0 sweep, landing 16 kills and blocking two shots in a match where the Women of Troy seemed to get better as each minute went by.Sweet 16 · Alex Jupiter lead USC with 16 kills on Thursday. – Eric Wolfe | Daily Trojan“We were going too fast early. We were too excited,” coach Mick Haley said of his team during its home opener. “We just came out and tried a little too hard early.”After the first game, one in which USC and the Eagles combined for nine ties and six lead changes before the Women of Troy pulled away, Haley’s team dominated the rest of the way behind Jupiter.“She’ll continue to get better. She’s just a whole different player right now,” Haley said. “We really like the way she’s blocking and serving.”Senior outside hitter Jessica Gysin chipped in with five kills and 12 digs for the Women of Troy, and sophomore setter Kendall Bateman continued to set the table USC as she piled up 35 assists.On the opposite side, junior outside hitter Jelena Simic carried the Eagles, firing 11 kills and blocking one shot, but it wasn’t enough for Florida Gulf Coast, which has lost three of its first four matches to start the season.USC shot .287 compared to the Eagles’ .092.After dropping the first match of the season 3-2 to Michigan State last weekend, the Women of Troy have responded with three consecutive sweeps over North Carolina, Albany and the Eagles.“We have to just know that we didn’t play very well in the first match, and we’d like to keep this going, but we know it’s going to be very tough,” Haley said.The Women of Troy continue tournament play tomorrow at 7 p.m. against No. 21 Pepperdine at the Galen Center. Pepperdine should provide USC with its toughest match to this point in the season.“They always give us a battle,” Haley said.Following tomorrow’s game, USC will wrap up the tournament facing Northern Arizona on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Luke Rafferty | Staff Photographer 2. Michael Gbinije is human after allWith 13 points on Wednesday, Gbinije remains the only ACC player to have scored in double-figures in all of his team’s games this season. He also finished with seven rebounds, tied for a team-high, and five assists.But a string of uncharacteristic mistakes stood out in an otherwise solid performance for the SU point guard, who appeared bothered by Louisville’s pressure at times and rushed his shot when granted slivers of space.Gbinije missed three layups with varying degrees of “openness”, one of which was completely uncontested and came when Syracuse was trying to claw back in it in the second half. He also threw an errant pass way over the head of Roberson at the start of the second, which energized the home crowd coming out of the halftime break.“Mike didn’t play as well as he’s been playing,” Boeheim said, on a rare occasion that he pinpointed a pair of Gbinije mistakes after a game. Related Stories Syracuse gets dominated down low in 72-58 loss to No. 18 LouisvilleWatch Jim Boeheim’s press conference after Syracuse falls to No. 18 LouisvilleGallery: Syracuse drops matchup with Louisville, 72-58Storify: Syracuse community reacts to loss against LouisvilleGrade Syracuse’s performance in its loss to Louisville and vote for the player of the game Published on February 17, 2016 at 10:56 pm 3. Frank Howard isn’t just a stopgap guardWith solid court vision and a calm approach to playing point guard, Howard is making himself a regular part of Syracuse’s rotation in recent games.The freshman played a season-high 23 minutes in the loss to the Cardinals, and his services were needed against a Louisville team that likes to full-court press guards. Howard finished with six assists, tying a season- and career-high, and Boeheim was encouraged by his performance before adding that he has improvements to make on defense and in creating scoring opportunities for himself.“It definitely helped me learn a lot playing against guards who picked up 94 feet,” Howard said of the Louisville game. “It definitely helped me learn how to protect the ball, and going forward I can definitely use this game as something to refer back to as how to beat the press.” Comments LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Syracuse rode a five-game winning streak into the KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday, but couldn’t become the second team to beat Louisville at home this season.The No. 18 Cardinals (20-6, 9-4 Atlantic Coast) were simply too big and too balanced for the Orange (18-9, 8-6), and coasted to a 72-58 win. That snapped a five-game winning streak for SU, which is now 8-3 since Jim Boeheim’s return from a nine-game suspension in early January.Here’s what we learned about Syracuse in its first loss since Jan. 24.1. Syracuse’s frontcourt is not in the clearLouisville scored 50 points in the paint, 34 of them coming in the second half, and out-rebounded Syracuse 41-30 after the teams were nearly even in that category after the first 20 minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd while the Cardinals’ size and talent could make it reasonable to view these results in a vacuum, they’ve also lost two rotational big men — 7-foot center Anas Mahmoud and 6-foot-10 forward Mangok Mathiang— to season-ending injuries.SU head coach Jim Boeheim said it was the first time in 10 games that his team was that bad on the defensive glass, and that led to Syracuse’s biggest loss of the season.“But I think in the last 10 games this is the first game we really didn’t do anything in the second half, we didn’t do anything on the boards, and I think that was a big part of it,” Boeheim said. “… I thought again, we got beat on the boards pretty badly and that was the big difference in the second half.”On the defensive end, Cardinals center Chinanu Onuaku lit up the Orange for 13 points and 15 rebounds (seven offensive). Matz Stockman, a 7-footer off Louisville’s bench, chipped in six points in 10 minutes. On the other end, Dajuan Coleman, Tyler Lydon and Tyler Roberson combined for a meek 15 points while shooting 6-of-15 from the field.“That’s for the coaches to decide,” Michael Gbinije said of whether the frontcourt needs to be more involved in the offense. “We all could have played better tonight.”MORE COVERAGE:Syracuse gets dominated down low in 72-58 loss to No. 18 LouisvilleGallery: Syracuse drops matchup with Louisville, 72-58Watch Jim Boeheim’s press conference after Syracuse falls to No. 18 Louisville Facebook Twitter Google+
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersYoung has rewarded the Lakers for keeping him by averaging 13.8 points and shooting a career-high 41.3 percent from 3-point range. A delayed flight kept Young from basking further in his latest achievement during media availability on Friday, but it’s clear he feels somewhat vindicated. Earlier this week, he largely credited the support of Lakers coach Luke Walton for his being asked to participate in NBA All-Star Weekend for the first time in his 10th NBA season.“With having a coach behind me, I don’t have to look over my shoulder or worry about coming out. That plays a major part,” said the 31-year-old Young, who grew up a Lakers fan and attended championship parades while starring at Cleveland High of Reseda and USC. “It messes up with your whole cycle when you have a coach who harps on everything you do and talks so down on you. It was tough.”Walton has resisted taking credit for Young’s resurgence.“Nick’s a really good guy; he really is. So whenever you see someone like that who has put in the time and really took advantage of his second, third chance or maybe his last chance and see him having the success he’s having …” Walton said, trailing off. “As far as being a coach, that is not what is most important. But the big part of the rewards is watching the players have success and enjoy that success.”Nonetheless, Young and his teammates offered real and imagined explanations for his comeback season. NEW ORLEANS >> In his own unique way, Lakers veteran Nick Young reflected on his resurgent season while blending in some commentary on the turmoil of the past few years.When the NBA hosts its 3-point shooting contest as part of All-Star Weekend on Saturday at Smoothie King Center, Young will become the third Lakers player to participate in the event after Byron Scott (1987, 1988) and Michael Cooper (1987). Young didn’t miss an opportunity to take a jab at the former Lakers coach, who he frequently clashed with over playing time and public criticisms.“I might pick Cooper’s brain,” Young said of his contest preparation. “But I don’t know if Byron would tell me the right thing to do.”The reason for Young’s dig is obvious. He averaged 10.4 points per game on 35 percent shooting over the previous two seasons, much of which he spent in Scott’s doghouse. Even after Scott was fired in April, many believed the Lakers would trade or waive Young before the 2016-17 season. Young used the speculation as “a lot of motivation” to train extensively during the summer hoping he could reshape his future. After praising Young for making what he called “tough shots,” second-year Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell echoed Young’s belief that he has benefited from Walton’s offensive system that puts more emphasis on passing, floor spacing and 3-point shooting. Walton added Young “has done a good job of accepting that challenge” to become a complete player by studying film, something that does not fit Young’s “Swaggy P” persona.“They are focusing on my 3-pointers so much, so I have to figure out how to get shots off. That’s been a major key,” Young said of his film study. “You have a coach that tells me he’s going to put me on tough defensive assignments. So I have to go out there and try to prove that he’s not wrong.”Young, who is bringing his parents to New Orleans, hasn’t abandoned the goofy side of his personality, though.He joked he “almost had a divorce” with the rim over his previous shooting slumps before teammate Jordan Clarkson apparently mediated.“We had them sit down in the room and talk it out,” Clarkson said. “Nick and the rim were going through a tough time, so he and the rim came to me. I told the rim to open up.”Young jokingly called Clarkson “a rim counselor” for his therapeutic help. If Young wins the 3-point contest, he might thank Clarkson for another reason.So Young could sharpen his rhythm, timing and shooting accuracy before the 3-point contest, Clarkson moved a rack of basketballs around the court during a practice last week in New York. To become what Young considered “the best rack mover,” Clarkson joked he worked in extra push-ups with the Lakers’ training staff to prepare for his recent assignment.“I got my money on Nick with all the time he put in,” Clarkson said. “He worked hard on it.”Because of that preparation, Young said he feels “confident” he will win the 3-point contest against a field that includes Golden State’s Klay Thompson, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Portland’s C.J. McCollum, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, Houston’s Eric Gordon and Dallas’ Wes Matthews.“If you were a betting man and the odds were 8-to-1 on me,” Young said, “you should bet on me.”Young is less certain about his future.The Lakers tried trading Young the past two seasons because of his ineffective play. He’s nearing the end of his contract – he has one year remaining on it if he does not opt out – so the trade speculation has resumed. Leading into Thursday’s deadline, the Lakers could look to deal the veteran, who represents one of the few assets they might be willing to part with during a rebuilding season.“It’s better when you know you’re wanted,” Young said. “I’ll be all right. We’ll see what happens. I’ve been hearing this forever. It’s either stay home or hopefully go to somebody that’s making a push to the playoffs.”For now, Young is going to push to leave his mark on All-Star Weekend.“The main thing is not to get distracted by the lights,” Young said. “It is All-Star Weekend and a lot of people there. But it’s everyday in the park.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error