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LOUDON, N.H. — Kevin Harvick secured his advancement to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with his third win of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season on Sunday in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Los Angeles Rams, held to a total of nine points in their first two games, exploded for five touchdowns and held on for a 37-32 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks finally put everything together to get their first complete win of the season Sunday, beating the San Francisco 49ers 37-18 in a game that was never in doubt, but afterward there was still one big question regarding the Seahawks' immediate future.

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Jordan Hagar passed Chris McKellar late the the Sports Mod race on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway and held on for his first win of the season.

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HOUSTON — Joe Musgrove worked seven strong innings and the Houston Astros belted three solo home runs to offer support in their 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday at Minute Maid Park.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton with 1:17 remaining, and the Indianapolis Colts rallied to defeat the San Diego Chargers 26-22 Sunday in Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Golf legend Arnold Palmer died in Pittsburgh at the age of 87 on Sunday. The news was first reported by Golfweek and was later confirmed by the United Stated Golf Association. 

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Dakota Brown capped a championship American Stock season with a dramatic victory on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway.

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HOUSTON — Just when it appeared that Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels had done enough critical damage to the Houston's fading playoff hopes, they mounted another late-inning rally to push the Astros one step closer to elimination.

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Short throws, long throws or something in between, Fresno-Central sophomore quarterback Trent Tompkins put the ball in the vicinity of his receivers Friday night and let them do the rest.

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SAN DIEGO — Liberty’s rush defense struggled mightily Friday night and could not overcome a large early deficit to San Diego-Cathedral Catholic, losing 49-7.

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HOUSTON — C.J. Cron, whose throwing error in the sixth inning yielded a run, delivered a bloop single in the ninth inning to help the Los Angeles Angels to a 10-6, comeback victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

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The Bakersfield College men’s soccer team played most of Friday’s match shorthanded in a 6-0 loss to Fresno City College in Fresno.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Troy Williams threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns — including an 18-yard toss to Tim Patrick with 16 seconds left — to rally 24th-ranked Utah to a 31-27 victory over USC on Friday night.

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LOS ANGELES — Yasmani Grandal homered twice, including a go-ahead grand slam, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for a 7-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

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HOUSTON — It's easy to lose sight of the effectiveness with which Angels right-hander Ricky Nolasco has pitched of late, particularly given the lack of stakes facing Los Angeles down the home stretch. On Thursday night, the Houston Astros caught a glimpse.

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It’s a little premature to say Riverside City College has ownage over Bakersfield College football, but there’s no doubting how talented Riverside is when it’s firing on all cylinders.

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MIAMI — The Cleveland Browns have been through their share of quarterbacks since the franchise returned to the NFL in 1999. After injuries to Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown in consecutive weeks, the team will have its fifth different starting quarterback in five straight regular-season g…

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We're officially ending the non-league season for many teams this week (how did that happen so fast?), and most of the rest will do so next week. In fact, some leagues — looking at you, South Sequoia and West Yosemite — start league play this Friday.

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LOS ANGELES — Yasiel Puig smacked a three-run home run in the first inning to spark an early surge, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pounded the San Francisco Giants 9-3 Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.