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McCann homers in return to Turner Field

The reception was warm, the runs were in plentiful supply and Yankees catcher Brian McCann was able to enjoy his happy homecoming on Friday, homering to slap an exclamation point on his first game as a visitor at Turner Field.

Strong finish puts Tseng one ahead in Alabama

LPGA: Canadian Pacific Women's Open - Final Round(Reuters) – Taiwan's Yani Tseng produced a stunning eagle-birdie finish to seize a one-stroke lead in the weather-disrupted second round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Prattville, Alabama, on Friday. The former world number one covered her final six holes in five under par to shoot a flawless eight-under 64 on the Senator Course at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Tseng struck a six-iron to four feet to set up an eagle at her 17th hole, the par-five eighth, and then had to wait out a 96-minute weather delay due to the threat of lightning before returning to the course to pocket her sixth birdie of the round to post an 10-under total of 134.

Golf-Strong finish puts Tseng one ahead in Alabama

* Long weather delay unable to halt Tseng charge * Ersnt and Thompson spur each other on to stay in contention (adds Tseng quotes) Aug 28 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s Yani Tseng produced a stunning eagle-birdie finish to seize a one-stroke lead in the weather-disrupted second round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Prattville, Alabama, on Friday. The former world number one covered her final six holes in five under par to shoot a flawless eight-under 64 on the Senator Course at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Tseng struck a six-iron to four feet to set up an eagle at her 17th hole, the par-five eighth, and then had to wait out a 96-minute weather delay due to the threat of lightning before returning to the course to pocket her sixth birdie of the round to post an 10-under total of 134.

Stewart claims he didn’t see man on track before fatal crash (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. Stewart says in court papers filed Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, that he didn't see fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. walking along the track before striking and killing him during a dirt track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)

NASCAR star Tony Stewart said he didn’t see a driver walking on a dirt track in upstate New York last year before he struck and killed him, and noted the racer was impaired by marijuana and shouldn’t have been outside his car, according to court papers filed Friday. Kevin Ward Jr.’s family filed a lawsuit this month that accused Stewart of gross negligence, saying he gunned his engine and put his card into a skid as the 20-year-old Ward walked on the track after a crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9, 2014. Stewart’s attorney, Brian Gwitt, argued in an answer to the Wards’ lawsuit that the racing star didn’t see the crash Ward had been involved in and didn’t realize anyone was standing on the track.

Talking Horses: Saturday’s best bets plus the latest racing news

Kodi Bear looks set to be a deserving odds-on favourite for the Celebration Mile while Magic City can continue a fine record at Goodwood in the 2.35

Kodi Bear (3.45) is certainly the most exciting horse in Saturday’s Celebration Mile at Goodwood and the form he has racked up in his short career to this point suggests he is the best one as well. The only three-year-old in this small field, he seems sure to start at odds-on but a search for value alternatives does not appeal.

While his rivals have shown that they belong at this level or slightly below, Kodi Bear seems a Group One horse in waiting. Indeed he has already performed with credit at that level when second in last year’s Dewhurst, albeit in what now looks a poor renewal. There were excuses for his fourth-placed effort when tried in a French Group One this summer, notably the fact that he got involved in a debilitating pace battle with rivals who finished much further back.

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Paul O’Connell keen to put on a show in final home game for Ireland

• O’Connell: Wales will be a very different team to last time
• Ireland captain eager to see where he is before World Cup

Selling tickets for Test matches in August is an uphill climb, so two factors have come to the rescue of the IRFU this week: Wales are hot to trot in search of a performance that squares away what happened in the Millennium Stadium three weeks ago; and Paul O’Connell will be playing his last game for Ireland in the Aviva Stadium.

For the locals, the latter is a bit more important. The Ireland captain leaves for Toulon after the World Cup. In fairness to him, the gap between announcing that decision and playing his last Test in Ireland is not something that developed into a soap opera. “There seems to have been a lot of final everythings for me in the last while: final game in Thomond Park; final game for Munster; and I suppose it just drags on a little bit,” he said. “Certainly with Munster in those final few weeks I thought about it a lot, but it hasn’t really bogged me down this week.

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Manuel Pellegrini: We have no excuses if we end season with no trophy

• Manchester City’s summer spending is already over £90m
• Pellegrini: ‘I never have excuses about not winning titles’

Manuel Pellegrini is clear there would be no excuses if Manchester City fail to win a trophy after a summer in which they have signed Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph, Nicolás Otamendi, Patrick Roberts and Enes Unal.

City have spent over £90m without counting the near-certain purchase of Wolfsburg’s Kevin De Bruyne for £58m. City have made a perfect start to the season and Pellegrini is aware there are high expectations.

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Louis van Gaal not sure if Sergio Romero up to Premier League demands

• Manchester United manager says goalkeeper is well protected
• Van Gaal wants Javier Hernández to improve after penalty miss

Louis van Gaal has not seen enough yet to know if Sergio Romero is up to the physical challenge of the Premier League, though the manager is pleased with how the goalkeeper has contributed to Manchester United’s start to the season.

Romero was signed as a free agent in July, with Van Gaal having managed the Argentinian at AZ Alkmaar.

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Mariners fire general manager Jack Zduriencik (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik talks to reporters at a press conference in Seattle. The Mariners have fired general manager Jack Zduriencik after seven disappointing seasons during which the club failed to end its playoff drought. Team President Kevin Mather announced the decision to fire Zduriencik on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Assistant general manager Jeff Kingston will take over on an interim basis. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

A year to the day after praising Jack Zduriencik as he was rewarded with a contract extension, Seattle Mariners President Kevin Mather found himself speaking with ownership this week on all the areas he believed the club was lacking. It was clear to Mather that Zduriencik’s time as Seattle’s general manager was at an end and his regret was not making a change sooner. ”I was so optimistic about 2015 at the major league level that I waited too long to start asking myself and others the tough questions about what is going on here,” Mather said.