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NASCAR's Chase for Sprint Cup Continues at Kansas


BananaStock(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) – The Chase for the Sprint Cup championship continues this Sunday afternoon with the running of the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. It’s the fourth race in the 10-race Chase.

Following last week’s race at Dover, the field was whittled down from 16 to 12 drivers.  Advancing to the second round is Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Kasey Kahne.

A.J. Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Aric Almirola have been eliminated from the Chase.

After the sixth race in the Chase, the field will be cut to eight drivers and then four following the ninth.

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Bears Sign CB Teddy Williams off Cardinals' Practice Squad


Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) -- The Chicago Bears signed cornerback Teddy Williams off of the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad on Wednesday, and waived linebacker Terrell Manning.

The 26-year-old Williams will bring versatility to the Windy City, having seen time on offense, defense and special teams in 10 games over two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2012) and Cardinals (2013).

Williams did not play football during his college career at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was a four-time All-American sprinter with the Roadrunners. Williams came into the NFL in 2010 as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys.

Manning appeared in two games with the Bears this season.

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Arizona Expecting a Loud Eugene Crowd on Thursday Night


Banana Stock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Arizona Wildcats (4-0) travel to Oregon to play the Ducks (4-0) on Thursday night.

Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez will have his team prepared for their explosive offense.

"You just do the best you can," Rodriguez said of the loud Eugene crowd.  "The communication is the biggest thing you have to prepare for.  It'll be louder; I think our veterans know that, we just have to do a great job of communicating."

Rodriguez says last year’s 42-16 win over Oregon won’t mean a thing come kickoff.

"There's so much at stake," Rodriguez said.  "I don't know if last year's game will be any extra motivation, I think sometimes that's overplayed a little bit.  I think once the ball's kicked off, whatever happened last year is in the past."

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota breaks down the Wildcats defense: "It's definitely different when they're playing a 3-2 stack." He added, "It's harder to communicate, identify gaps, it's definitely tough."

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Rory McIlroy Wins PGA Player of the Year


Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fresh off a Ryder Cup victory, Rory McIlroy was voted the PGA Player of the Year on Wednesday.

McIlroy finished the 2014 campaign with three victories, including the Open Championship and PGA Championship.

''Being voted player of the year by your peers is something that's important,'' he said. ''They are the guys that you play week in and week out, and the guys you are trying to beat week in and week out. And if they appreciate what you've done over the year, and see the hard work you've put in, and golf you've played, and think that's been the best of the season, that's something that means a lot to me.''

With the three wins, as well as 12 finishes in the top 10 and never finishing lower than 25th, McIlroy reasserted himself as the No. 1 golfer in the world. 

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Kobe Bryant: I Feel 'Normal...Like Myself'


Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant is back and ready to show the rest of the NBA that he is 100 percent.

Bryant missed most of last year after suffering a torn Achilles tendon to go along with a fracture in his left knee. Still, he practiced for the first time with his team Tuesday for the first two hours and 15 minutes of the three hour practice run by Byron Scott.

"I felt normal. I felt like myself," Bryant said. "That's a good thing."

"I love playing the game," Bryant continued. "I truly enjoy it. The game was becoming a little stale but the Achilles injury ignited a new challenge for me personally to see if I can do this because you don't know. This was a challenge that presented itself to see if I can make this a successful comeback."

Bryant said he still has concerns about returning to the court. "My concerns are no different anybody else's in being able to comeback from this. A lot of it is the same thing. If I can prove to myself that I can do this I can prove it to everybody else as well," he explained.

Steve Nash, who also was sidelined last season due to multiple injuries, was at practice and felt good.

"I need to not get injured and I don't mean that in a factious way," Nash said. "It's important not get an ankle [injury] or a thigh bruise or all the little injuries and try to manage them as much as possible. If I can manage the amount of minutes I'm on the court and keep myself going and don't overdo it to where I can't recover, maybe I got a chance to play a lot more."

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Adam Dunn Says He's Retiring


Brian Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Adam Dunn is calling it a career after 14 seasons in the MLB.

Following Tuesday night's 12-inning loss in the Wild Card game to the Royals, Dunn told ESPN's Pedro Gomez that he is retiring.

Dunn played in his first postseason game on Tuesday and watched from the bench.

Dunn came in a trade from the White Sox in August and also played for the Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Cincinnati Reds during his career.

Dunn finished his career with a .237 batting average, 462 home runs and 1,168 RBIs.

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Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps 'Deeply Sorry' After DUI Arrest


CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/GettyImages(BALTIMORE) -- Olympic legend Michael Phelps said he was "deeply sorry" after authorities arrested him early Tuesday morning for suspicion of driving under the influence in Maryland.

"I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility," Phelps tweeted and said in a prepared statement released through his agent. "I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down."

The gold medalist was pulled over in his white Land Rover by police at 1:40 a.m., originally for speeding, police told ABC News.

Phelps, 29, was going 84 mph in a 45 mph zone and was also seen crossing double lane lines, police said.

The officers realized he was intoxicated and gave him a field sobriety test, authorities said.

"Mr. Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence. He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests," a spokesperson for Maryland Transportation Authority told ABC.

Phelps has been charged with speeding, DUI and crossing double lane lines, police said. He has since been released, they added.

This is the athlete's second DUI arrest. He was arrested in 2004, also in his native Maryland. He pleaded guilty to that arrest and got 18 months probation.

Phelps is one of the most notable Olympians ever, winning 22 total medals -- 18 of which are gold. He won his first Olympic gold in Athens in 2004 and competed recently in the 2012 London Games.

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Greg Jennings Still Happy He Left Green Bay


David Derner/Diamond Images/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Minnesota Vikings receiver Greg Jennings says he still doesn't miss playing for the Green Bay Packers.

Jennings also said he doesn't care if the Packers fans boo him when the Vikings play the Packers in Green Bay Thursday night.

Jennings left Green Bay in 2013 and signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Vikings.

This is the second time Jennings will play at Lambeau Field since signing with Minnesota.

Packers Nation was upset when Jennings questioned their quarterback Aaron Rodgers' leadership ability. "Honestly, to be honest, no," Jennings said during a conference call when talking about whether he missed Green Bay. "It doesn't because -- and this is sincerity right here -- it really has nothing to do with football. From a football standpoint, I would have loved to have finished my career out in Green Bay, but from where I am spiritually and where I am with my family and the growth that we've had because of what we have around us educationally -- and there was some great educational systems there, as well -- but this is a step up for us."

Jennings, a two-time Pro Bowler, has played in all four games for the Vikings this season, catching 15 balls for 204 yards and a touchdown.

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Browns RB Ben Tate Returns to Practice


Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) -- After missing the last two games with a knee injury, Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate returned to the practice field Tuesday.

Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Tate will start Sunday versus the Tennessee Titans if healthy.

After playing his first three seasons in Houston, Tate joined the Browns this offseason. He played in the team's opener against Pittsburgh, rushing for 41 yards on six carries before leaving the game with a sprained knee.

"(We're) looking forward to getting him back," Pettine said. "He was playing at a high level before he got hurt."

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Colts Sign LB Mathis to Extension


Rob Carr/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Linebacker Robert Mathis may be out for the season, but that didn't stop the Indianapolis Colts from wanting to keep the five-time Pro Bowler around longer.

The 33-year-old Mathis signed a one-year contract extension with the Colts Tuesday that will keep him with the team through the 2016 season.

According to ESPN.com, Mathis can make up to $6 million in 2016.

Mathis was suspended the first four games of this season after violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.

During his suspension, Mathis tore his Achilles tendon while working out on his own, causing him to be placed on the season-ending injured reserve.

Last season, Mathis played in all 16 games for the Colts, recording 59 tackles and 10 forced fumbles while leading the NFL in sacks with 19.5.

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