Now that Major League Baseball has settled on some pace-of-play changes for 2018, the focus can shift to a bigger and more pressing concern: rampant unemployment.
It has been evident for a while that players don’t care for the pitch clock, and any hopes of a negotiated settlement to introduce the clock in 2018 were destined to go down to the wire. When dozens of free agents are still looking for work, it’s not the best time for conciliation and dealmaking.
Defending Daytona 500 winner, Kurt Busch, starts 11th, alongside younger brother Kyle Busch, the 2015 Cup Series champion who is still seeking his first Daytona 500 win. If Kurt Busch wins Sunday, he will become just the fourth driver to win consecutive Daytona 500s, joining Richard Petty (1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84), and Sterling Marlin (1994-95).
Danica Patrick will make her final career NASCAR start from the 28th position, having announced last November she would retire from NASCAR after this weekend. Patrick is the only female driver to win the Daytona 500 pole (2013) — or in any Cup Series race — and she is also the only woman to lead a lap in the Daytona 500.
Contreras understands the consequences and is willing to accept them if need be.
What about a tight game or an extra-inning game and you have to go out there? he asked rhetorically. They cannot say anything about that. That’s my team. If they are going to fine me for mound visit No. 7, I’ll pay the price.
Canada’s Patrick Chan was one of the heavy medal favorites heading, and he had a great start to his program with Dust in the Wind blaring. However, he committed a critical fall in the middle, which dropped his score to 90.01. It was still good for second place at the time, though.
Rippon’s lead did not last long, however. Russian athlete Dmitri Aliev blew past the field with a 98.98 score, pulling off a near-perfect run while dressed up in a fancy coat and skating to Masquerade Waltz.