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10.09.2019 09:30
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LONG POND, Pa. Ersan Ilyasova Jersey . -- Denny Hamlin won the pole the first time he ever raced at Pocono Raceway. Eight years later, Hamlin still had the speed in the No. 11 Toyota to take the top spot at the triangle track. Hamlin turned a track record-lap of 181.415 mph Friday to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup pole, a throwback to the times he dominated qualifying at one of his best tracks. Hamlin is a four-time winner at Pocono, matching his Martinsville mark for most career wins at a track. He swept two Pocono races on its former rugged surface from the pole in 2006. He also won races on the 2 1/2-mile track in 2009 and 2010. "I hope this track has aged a little bit," he said, "because when it was old and worn out was when I was really good at the track." With blistering speeds, Hamlin zipped his way to his second track record and pole of the season after topping the field at Bristol. Hamlin has 19 poles in 304 career Cup starts. Hamlin hasnt had much success with Joe Gibbs Racing at Pocono since 2010, finishing in the top 10 onlt twice and crashing out twice -- including a 43rd-place run last August. "We havent been that strong here since the repave," he said. "Its just a handful of things that make you off here and there. These tracks are almost like superspeedways now in the sense that youve got to have the fastest car in the right position to win them. Back when I was winning in 06 on the old track, you could make up tons of position. That would never happen today because the cars are running so fast and so equal." Kurt Busch starts second for a needed lift for his Stewart-Haas Racing team. Busch has otherwise struggled outside of the one win that all but locked him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. "We came here with a new approach to try to get our front ends to settle into the track a little better," Busch said. "I was really surprised that we had the speed for the pole today in our first attempt to try something a little different. Its great to cash in." Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon completed the top five. Coming off wins in the Coca-Cola 600 and at Dover, Jimmie Johnson will start 20th in his bid for a third straight victory. "I just got too greedy down in two and lost the nose in the corner exit," Johnson said. "I feel bad for my guys, but this ones on me." Keselowski continued his run of qualifying success. Last weeks pole winner at Dover, Keselowski has started third or better in the No. 2 Ford a whopping 10 times in 13 races this season. "Im not sure why, but Im not going to complain about it either," he said. "It does seem qualifying day has been the highlight of our week, for sure." Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Jersey .Michael Briscoe is serving a life sentence for sexual assault, kidnapping and first-degree murder in the death of 13-year-old Nina Courtepatte in 2005. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Bucks Jersey . Ireland was the last unbeaten side in the championship after France fell to Wales on Friday, and was favoured to end a three-match losing run to England with a side with more than twice as many caps, rampant momentum, and added incentive to celebrate Brian ODriscolls world record-tying 139th test cap. . However, after review it became clear Kadri kicked the puck in. TORONTO -- This time when the Toronto Argonauts mounted their rally, Henry Burris and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats had an effective answer. Burris threw two TD passes, including a key 15-yard fourth-quarter strike to Bakari Grant that effectively countered a Toronto comeback bid and led Hamilton to a 33-19 victory. Toronto (9-5) had won its previous four games -- all on the road -- and each time rallied for the victory. After falling behind 22-6 at halftime, the Argos showed their resiliency, pulling to within 23-19 early in the fourth. But Burris responded with an eight-play, 75-yard drive he capped by finding an open Grant for a 30-19 Hamilton lead before 28,467 spectators with the Rogers Centre roof closed. It was Torontos second-largest crowd of the season behind the 29,852 that watched the defending Grey Cup champions open their season by overcoming a nine-point deficit to down the Ticats 39-34. Burris then took Hamilton 49 yards on 11 plays as Brett Lauthers 29-yard field goal at 14:44 cemented the win. Burris finished 19-of-31 passing for 274 yards with the two TDs and an interception as the Ticats (7-7) bounced back from last weekends dismal 35-11 home loss to Calgary. "We were embarrassed last week," Burris said. "That was huge for us to be able to get those drives going and move the ball downfield, especially in the fourth quarter where theyve been known to be the kings in the fourth quarter. "It was good to see us be that team in the fourth quarter. Thats an area weve struggled in, especially against the great teams in terms of closing out wins. It was good to see us come out and seal the deal." Toronto (9-5) suffered its second straight home loss. The Argos made their first Rogers Centre appearance since a 20-9 setback to Montreal on Sept. 3, the contest after starter Ricky Ray suffered a shoulder injury in a home defeat to Calgary. Ray returned to the lineup as the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Zach Collaros and backup Trevor Harris. Collaros was 21-of-32 passing for 277 yards, no TDs and one interception. Hamilton pulled to within four points of front-running Toronto in the East Division standings, with the two rivals capping their home-and-home series Oct. 14 at Alumni Stadium in Guelph, Ont. Ticats linebacker Brandon Isaac made his first appearance against the Argos after being released by them earlier this season. Isaac was a thorn in the side of his former team, registering two sacks and five tackles. An emotional and vocal player on the field, Isaac said Thursday he was looking forward to talking smack with his former teammates but resisted that temptation on the field. "I thought about it and I didnt want to be a butt hole," he said. "I just wanted to show my professionalism that its bigger than me. "They made a decision, theyve got to live with that decision as well as I did. It was a tough pill to swallow however with this win Im over it. I can move forward and move in a direction with this organization. However, it was also apparent the pain of being released still lingers within Isaac. "I felt kind of betrayed, I felt really let down," Isaac said. "I felt like if they had a problem with me they couldve come and addressed me and I wouldve done my best to do better but I wasnt given that opportunity. "I was let go to the wolves and Hamilton took me in and we were able to come in and win a big game. Ray Allen Bucks Jersey. I was given an opportunity that allowed me to do what I do. Im a blitzing linebacker . . . I know how to do that and I was able to make plays for this team." After a dismal opening half, Toronto opened the third with a smart nine-play, 80-yard march that culminated with Swayze Waters nine-yard field goal. The Argos then got the ball at the Hamilton one-yard line when Curtis Steele blocked Josh Bartels punt that Marcus Ball recovered. Collaross one-yard TD run at 6:37 cut the Ticats lead to 22-16. After Lauthers single off a missed 42-yard field goal try, Waters pulled Toronto to within 23-19 with a 42-yard boot at 4:05 of the fourth. But the Argos also didnt help themselves with eight second-half penalties for 80 yards. Overall, they were flagged 12 times for 110 yards. "Just a sloppy performance," Toronto head coach Scott Milanovich said. "We were undisciplined in terms of penalties, there was certainly a lot more on our guys." Collaros, who dropped to 4-2 as Torontos starter since Rays injury, said Hamiltons defence featured many different wrinkles the Argos werent expecting. "They showed a lot of things we didnt see on film . . . they did a good job of mixing up coverages and looks," Collaros said. "You cant win with field goals, especially against a good team like Hamilton." Milanovich was non-commital when asked if Ray would play in the rematch. "Its still to be determined," he said. "Id like to see him get a little bit better. "Great if its next week (when Ray returns) but Zach has done a great job. He didnt lose us the game tonight." Hamilton tied the season series with Toronto at 1-1. Burris planned to savour the victory but said it really wont mean much if the Ticats cant sweep the home-and-home set in Guelph. "We havent won back-to-back games this season and if theres any time we need to do that its right now," he said. "This is a great test for us at the right time and if we really want it, heres our opportunity." But Ticats head coach Kent Austin said Fridays win could be an important one heading down the stretch. "Its just a real testament to the guys digging in and wanting to be good and not letting this game slip away," he said. Luke Tasker, C.J Gable and Dan LeFevour had Hamiltons touchdowns. Lauther booted the converts, a field goal and single while Bartel also had a single. Waters kicked four field goals and a convert for the Argos. NOTES -- Burris moved past the late Ron Lancaster into fourth in all-time passing yards with a 34-yard completion to Dobson Collins in the first . . . Toronto receiver John Chiles, who has a team-high eight TD grabs, didnt play due to a cut on his hand that required 10 stitches to close. But receiver Chad Owens, the CFLs outstanding player last year, returned to the lineup after missing four games with a rib injury . . . Special-teams standout Marc Beswick was among Hamiltons pre-game scratches. Receiver Romby Bryant was one of Torontos four scratches . . . Isaac, offensive lineman Joel Reinders and defensive back Evan McCullough all earned Grey Cup rings with Toronto last season but are all now Ticats . . . Hamilton offensive lineman Tim ONeill appeared in his 100th CFL game. ' ' '

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