EC Volleyball faced off with Harrison tonight. All three EC teams won in straight sets.Varsity won with the scores of 25-20, 25-19, and 25-16.EC vs Harrison Varsity VB (9-29)We started off slow in games one and two. We got in a hole quickly due to our own unforced errors. The girls stayed in it and fought back to pull out the win. We played a lot better all the way around in game three, controlling both sides of the scoreboard with fewer errors and smarter play.‘These girls have a lot of heart, we just let the mental game get to us too many times tonight. I’m proud of the win and proud of the way we came back. That’s not easy to do in rally scoring, but they made it look easy. We did a lot of good things tonight and looked really sharp majority of the time. I’m definitely proud of the progress.’ EC Coach Cassie Laker.Next up: Milan Thursday at 5 PM at Milan. Varsity is now 20-6.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.
“It’s the message you send to the players that’s important. I remember Alex Ferguson very rarely was at the touchline – only in ‘Fergie time’ would he get up – and maybe that was a tactical ploy on his part, who knows? “Fergie once said to me to actually sit down and not get involved so much in the game but that isn’t me, and as much as that was good advice and I thought about it, it isn’t natural for me. “(Me and Klopp) are just expressive in our feelings, a little bit more so than maybe other managers.” Alan Pardew claims he can see much of himself in Liverpool’s new manager Jurgen Klopp. “I do see him on the sideline, and I look at myself and think ‘That’s very similar to how I am’,” said Pardew, who remains without the injured Connor Wickham, Marouane Chamakh and Chung-Yong Lee and awaits the results of Dwight Gayle’s late fitness test. “He never gives too many negative things out, even though he’s quite involved in the game, and I like to think I don’t either. “We’ll both be intense, Sunday, to try and get our teams to win, but he’s had a great start and he’ll be looking to continue that. “Whenever I’ve come up against a manager who’s similar to myself on the sidelines – (West Brom’s) Tony Pulis is very tight to the touchline – I never have an issue really, so I don’t expect there to be any kind of issue on Sunday. “I like how he is on the sideline, I think you can send messages to your players in a positive way, and you’ve just got to be careful not to do it in a negative way.” Pardew has in the past attracted attention for the wrong reasons when, at Newcastle, clashing with Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler. He explained that Sir Alex Ferguson once advised him against getting so absorbed by games as they take place, but insisted that if he was to behave any differently it would be entirely unnatural to him. “There’s different managers for different styles, for example (Manchester United’s Louis) van Gaal doesn’t move from his seat, and writes on his pad, but there’s still a kind of presence to him, and a manner that he’s in control of the game. Press Association The charismatic German became one of football’s more popular figures during his reign at Borussia Dortmund and, since joining Liverpool and inspiring them to remain undefeated in six and earn three straight wins, he has attracted attention for his passion on the sidelines. Though not necessarily as popular a manager, Pardew is similarly known for his passion, and ahead of Palace’s Premier League trip to Liverpool on Sunday he dismissed suggestions that their similarities mean they are likely to clash.
A Memphis man was arrested in West Palm Beach early Saturday for alleged human trafficking.Last Friday, detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office responded to the LaQuinta Hotel on Okeechobee Blvd. in regard to a human trafficking complaint.Upon arrival, detectives discovered that an 18-year-old woman was being held against her will.They determined soon afterward that the suspect, 30-year-old Derrion Kirby, had traveled through several states with at least two female victims, arranging sexual encounters and then taking all the money.Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s OfficeKirby would allegedly threaten violence and withhold the victims’ documents as a means of controlling them.Derrion Kirby was ultimately charged with two counts of sex trafficking, as well as two counts of deriving proceeds of prostitution.He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Saturday, and was scheduled to make his first appearance in front of a Palm Beach County judge on Sunday morning.
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia paceman Mitchell Starc fired an ominous warning to England ahead of the Ashes series with a hat-trick for New South Wales on the second day of a Sheffield Shield match on Monday.The quick, who will spearhead Australia’s attack when the series begins later this month, claimed the wickets of Jason Behrendorff, David Moody and Simon Mackin in successive deliveries to end Western Australia’s first innings.Behrendorff and Mackin were bowled by trademark Starc yorkers in the four-day match at Hurstville Oval while Moody was adjudged lbw trying to defend another.The left-armer finished with figures of 4-65, while Josh Hazlewood, who is likely to open the bowling with Starc against England, did the damage at the top of the Western Australian order with 3-24.“They are taking the Mickey out of me for cleaning up the tail again, but someone’s got to do it. So it was good fun,” Starc said after his hat-trick.”I am pretty sure they all know where it is going and they all keep missing it so I will keep bowling it for now.“I was pretty happy with my rhythm yesterday and today.”Australia’s third frontline quick Pat Cummins took 2-31, while Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed a single wicket at the cost of 39 runs.Shaun Marsh (2), Mitchell Marsh (0) and Hilton Cartwright (0), who are all hoping to fill the vacant number six spot in the Australian batting line-up, did themselves no favours as Western Australia fell for 176 in reply to the hosts’ 270.Australia captain Steve Smith showed he was in good form with the bat ahead of the Ashes by adding an unbeaten 74 to the 76 he scored in the NSW’s first innings as he led the team to 166 for two by stumps on day three.The Ashes begin at the Gabba in Brisbane on Nov. 23 and Australia’s squad for the series is expected to be announced after this round of Sheffield Shield matches in completed.
Archer’s contract includes a $9 million salary this year, but he will receive only a portion due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pittsburgh holds an $11 million club option for 2021, with a $250,000 buyout.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-JOHNNY MAJORSJohnny Majors, former Tennessee and Pitt coach, dies at 85KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Johnny Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship football team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, has died.Majors died Wednesday at his home in Knoxville, according to his wife. He was 85. Associated Press Germany’s approach has the backing of FIFA. The governing body of world soccer said Tuesday that such demonstrations “deserve an applause and not a punishment.”ASIAN CUP-HUMAN RIGHTSAFC urged to mandate human rights into 2027 Asian Cup bidsUNDATED (AP) — A global activist group is urging Asia’s soccer body to mandate respecting human rights into bidding for and organizing the 2027 Asian Cup.Expected bidders include India, Iran, Qatar and Saudi Arabia ahead of a June 30 deadline set by the Asian Football Confederation to enter the contest. In other virus-related golf news:— The PGA Tour has announced a deal with Sanford Health to conduct COVID-19 testing of players, caddies and essential personnel five days before the season resumes. That applies to every stop on the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions and the developmental Korn Ferry Tour. Sanford Health is based in South Dakota and is title sponsor of a PGA Tour Champions event. The company has three mobile testing units it will deploy across the country. Each one has a driver and three lab technicians. A unit will be at tournaments from Saturday through Thursday before leaving for the next closest event.— The chief executive of the European Tour says the fate of this year’s Ryder Cup will be decided by the end of the month. Keith Pelley says in an extensive interview with the McKellar Journal podcast that the European Tour and the PGA will have “conversations” about the Ryder Cup now that the revamped schedules of both tours have been announced. Pelley says there will be “a direction at the end of the month.” The Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin despite massive disruption to the sports schedule because of the coronavirus outbreak.— The metal detectors that greet sports fans at the gates might soon be accompanied by thermal body scanners. It’s part of the big task of better protecting venues from virus spread in order to bring the games back for in-person viewing. As algorithms shape more of daily life, the issue of tracking has become more prominent. Most of this tech-based activity stadiums would only be collected in aggregate, like an elevated skin temperature flagged during a walk through a thermal scanner. That’s not a piece of data tied to someone’s actual identity.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAK PIRATES-ARCHERPirates’ Archer out for the season following surgeryPITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Archer won’t pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020 and his time with the club may be over.Pittsburgh announced Wednesday that 31-year-old Archer underwent surgery to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. The procedure was conducted on Tuesday in St. Louis, and the Pirates said Archer will not be available this season if Major League Baseball finds a way to put together a truncated schedule.The Pirates were banking on a bounce back year by Archer, who is 6-12 with a 4.92 ERA in 33 starts since he was acquired from Tampa Bay at the 2018 trade deadline for outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow. Archer has struggled to find any consistency with the Pirates, while Meadows became an All-Star last season and Glasnow also blossomed. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press of the developments on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.Players made their proposal Sunday, up from an 82-game regular season in management’s offer last week. Opening day would be June 30 and the regular season would end Oct. 31, nearly five weeks after the Sept. 27 conclusion that MLB’s proposal stuck to from the season’s original schedule.MLB told the union it had no interest in extending the season into November, when it fears a second wave of the coronavirus could disrupt the postseason and jeopardize $787 million in broadcast revenue.GOLFWorld golf rankings to restart next week The person says all 22 of the teams coming to the ESPN Wide World Of Sports complex on the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida would play eight games to determine playoff seeding before the postseason begins. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league has not released its proposal publicly.The Western Conference would have 13 teams going to Disney, and the Eastern Conference would have nine. In the West, Memphis, Portland, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio and Phoenix would still have a mathematical chance of earning a spot in a play-in series. In the East, Washington would have to close to within four games of Orlando or Brooklyn to trigger a play-in series on that side of the bracket.VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBAP source: MLB rejects 114-game plan, tells union no counterNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has rejected the players’ offer for a 114-game regular season in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts and told the union it did not plan to make a counterproposal. June 3, 2020 The season was suspended March 12 because of the pandemic. Teams had played just two games.Details of the Florida tournament were still under consideration but the league’s 26 teams and limited staff would be sheltered at hotels with games played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.In other virus-related sports developments:— Players from all levels of college baseball are set to compete in the three-day, four-team Collegiate Summer Baseball Invitational in Bryan, Texas. ESPN2 will televise two games Thursday night. Games on Friday and Saturday are pay-per-view. The players, coaches, umpires and other event staff arrived in Bryan on Monday and were tested for COVID-19. They are being quarantined at a hotel through Saturday and allowed outside only to go to and from the ballpark.— English soccer team Tottenham says a person at the club has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Premier League club did not identify the person. It was the only positive case after the Premier League tested a further 1,197 players and club staff. The testing is taking place ahead of the planned resumption of the league on June 17. The competition was suspended in March. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NBAAP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restartUNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says the NBA has told the National Basketball Players Association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season to the league’s board of governors on Thursday. — Two people familiar with the situation say the WNBA has decided to hold its games at just one location if there is a season this year and that the MGM Resorts in Las Vegas and the IMG Academy in Florida are the top candidates. There is still no date when the WNBA’s 2020 season will tip off. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the possible locations haven’t been publicly announced. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert told the AP last month that the league was considering a handful of scenarios, including playing at one or two sites. — A part-time student worker in the Iowa State athletic department has tested positive for COVID-19 and four athletes are experiencing symptoms. ISU says the student worker notified the athletic department of the positive test last weekend. The four athletes from two sports began experiencing symptoms after being in close contact with individuals outside the athletic department who have been infected. Those athletes are in quarantine and awaiting test results.Athletic director Jamie Pollard says, “the potential for infections and positive test results has always been very real for an organization like ours and we’ve been thorough and diligent in planning for such incidents.”— Two players with Japan’s most famous baseball team have tested positive for COVID-19. The Tokyo-based Yomiuri Giants called off a preseason game with the Seibu Lions scheduled for Wednesday because of the positive tests. It also raises questions about the start of the delayed season. Japan hopes to open its postponed baseball season on June 19. The 12-team league will play in stadiums without fans. There was no immediate indication that this would change plans to start the season. The Hanshin Tigers reported at least one player testing positive several months ago.— A Ukrainian soccer team has found 25 cases of the coronavirus among players and staff. The Ukrainian soccer association says the cases at Karpaty Lviv came from tests on 65 people. None of the players or staff members have been named. The Ukrainian league restarted last week without Karpaty. The team’s first game was canceled because of suspected virus cases and the league has now postponed two more matches. The league’s planned end date in mid-July is now in doubt. Karpaty says everyone who tested positive is in isolation and that training has been canceled for a two-week quarantine period. Germany won’t punish players for George Floyd protestsFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The German soccer federation will not punish players who protest against the killing of George Floyd and racism.The German soccer federation will not punish players who protest against the killing of George Floyd and racism.Several players in Germany have made statements with gestures or messages on their clothing since Floyd died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee for several minutes on his neck.The federation says it opposes punishing any players because it believes their anti-racism messages match the federation’s own principles. MLS soccer players approve new CBAUNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer players have approved a new collective bargaining agreement that will allow for the league to return this summer with a tournament in Florida.The Major League Soccer Players Association has announced the ratification of the CBA. Players had approved economic concessions for this season. The league countered the proposal from the players and set a Wednesday deadline for ratification.The MLSPA says “today’s vote also finalizes a plan to resume the 2020 season and provides players with certainty for the months ahead. It allows our members to move forward and continue to compete in the game they love.”The new CBA runs through the 2025 season. The sides had agreed to a five-year CBA in February but that had not been ratified when the coronavirus pandemic began. Majors compiled a 185-137-10 record in 29 seasons as a head coach at Iowa State, Pitt and Tennessee.In his playing days, he finished second to Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung in the 1956 Heisman Trophy balloting.Majors was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987. AMERICA PROTESTS-INDIANA DEATHFriends mourn ex-Indiana football player slain during unrest INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — To those who knew former Indiana University football player Chris Beaty, it was no surprise that he would participate in a protest over the death of George Floyd.That a man they saw as a “gentle giant” who brought positivity everywhere he went would turn up dead in an alley after a peaceful demonstration turned violent was unfathomable.Michael Cranfill, a restaurant and craft beer taproom owner, says Beaty was someone ”who would take every opportunity he could to bring people together.”Beaty’s body was found Saturday night not far from his apartment. His death was one of several in the U.S. during a week of protest and unrest.GERMANY-FLOYD PROTESTS Update on the latest sports The Sport & Rights Alliance is a group of trade unions and rights advocates including Human Rights Watch and Transparency International. It has asked the AFC to apply the same rights standards FIFA set for the 2026 World Cup that the United States, Mexico and Canada will co-host.Key issues cited include protecting labor rights, minority groups and media, plus allowing independent monitoring of tournament operations for the next seven years.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 UNDATED (AP) — The Official World Golf Ranking will restart next week when the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour hold official tournaments for the first time in three months.The ranking was frozen on March 15 as golf joined the rest of sports worldwide in shutting down sports because of the coronavirus pandemic.The European Tour does not resume until July 22. That leaves some players unable to earn ranking points.The OWGR board says major organizations such as the USGA and PGA of America have agreed to incorporate the March 15 ranking into whatever qualifying criteria they have involving the ranking.Rory McIlroy remains at No. 1 going to Colonial next week in Fort Worth, Texas.
Published on April 9, 2018 at 9:18 pm Contact Anthony: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ With Syracuse’s season in the home stretch, head coach Younes Limam is getting creative in practice.The NCAA allows 20 hours of tennis per week while in season, but Limam knows he can’t do drills and conditioning without burning out his team. To keep them fresh and engaged, Limam uses different practice strategies during the daily afternoon practice.With Syracuse playing almost two matches per week, Limam keeps practice interesting by playing against the team himself and proposing games for the team to play against one another. No. 25 Syracuse (14-6, 6-5 Atlantic Coast) has two distinct practice settings with different vibes: individualized morning sessions and full team afternoon sessions.“It’s really important to have them compete against each other, and we try to have everything in practice count,” Limam said. “We want them to have that mentality where every single point, every game, every match is important.”Limam said he is careful to balance the players’ fitness with practice time. Whenever SU plays on a Sunday, it doesn’t practice Monday. When SU doesn’t have a Sunday match, players get that day off and practice the next day.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring the offseason, the NCAA heavily regulates how much time players can spend in practice and fitness training. Limam is only allowed two hours of tennis weekly during the off-season with six hours allowed for fitness. William Hicks, SU’s assistant athletic director for athletic performance, provides a workout plan to help the Orange improve fitness. Hicks develops two plans, one for the offseason and one for the regular season.“When you’re feeling fit, it helps you mentally to know you can go the distance in tough matches,” Limam said. “Coach Hicks has done a tremendous job with the team.”When the players build their class schedules for the spring semester, each plans around the daily afternoon practices and two individualized morning sessions each week. Individual practices are much more technical and focused towards improving skills with individual drills, Limam said.Often, there are only one or two players that attend the morning sessions at a time with Limam and assistant head coach Shelley George. These individual practices are similar to how many of the players practiced growing up.In the afternoon, Limam and volunteer assistant coach Len Lopoo frequently join in competitive mini-games. Syracuse’s favorite game is triples, where two teams of three face off on opposite ends of the court.The ball is fed to two players standing on the baseline with one player at the net. This fast-paced, 3-on-3 game helps with reaction times, volleying and keeping the ball away from the person at the net, a major key to being successful in doubles.“It’s important to have a lot of playful games within our practices,” Gabriela Knutson said. “Because if we don’t, we get into a lull and we’re too focused on just our game.”SU plays king-of-the-court style games, keeping track of points to see who wins on the specific court. When Limam stops play, whichever team has more points moves up a court. The team with fewer points moves down a court. After the drill, there is either a prize for the victors or a punishment for the losers.The winning teams sometimes win extra shirts or shorts, while the losing team is faced with a conditioning penalty. Limam joins the games to motivate his team as the players try to beat their coach.“I like playing coach, it’s always pretty competitive,” Knutson said. “It’s always a goal to beat your coach, and I’ve beaten him a few times.”When Limam isn’t playing alongside his players, SU practices more broad concepts, such as serving and returning. Limam and George discuss strategies for the upcoming match, making small changes in tactics.After a 7-0 loss at Miami on Sunday, the Orange didn’t practice on Monday. But by Tuesday afternoon, Limam will be wearing a tracksuit, wielding his Babolat racket and ready to challenge his team on the court. Comments
Share Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 Submit Issuing a market update, the governance of online betting exchange operator Matchbook Group (Matchbook.com) has revealed that it has completed a ‘significant investment transaction’ that will ‘considerably grow the trajectory’ of its business.Matchbook governance did not disclose the sum of its secured investment, ut stated that through its funding round the company had brought on board well versed strategic investors with strong expertise in horseracing and international expansion.Over the past two-years the Cork and London based operator has completely overhauled its betting exchange product, making a number of improvements and revamping its betting brand.Matchbook leadership detailed that the new investment would seek to place the operator as ‘a very credible force in the sports betting market’.Mark Brosnan, Matchbook CEO, commented on his firm’s future ambitions: “The shackles are well and truly off. The strategic nature of the investment puts us in a very strong position to end Betfair’s dominance of the betting exchange market and comes at a time where Matchbook has launched an industry-leading technology platform.We have experienced exceptional growth over the last 12 months, driven by the horse racing product that we launched in July last year. This deal will help to further strengthen our overall product offering and allow us to invest in growing the Matchbook brand and accelerate our very ambitious plans to revolutionise the customer experience in online gambling.”
Barcelona slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Valencia at the Camp Nou to open up the race for the Spanish title.Barca’s third successive La Liga defeat, the first time the Catalans have suffered three straight league defeats for 13 years, means Luis Enrique’s side only lead second-placed Atletico Madrid on the head-to-head with five games of the season to go.Valencia, with Shkodran Mustafi outstanding at the heart of the defence, soaked up early Barca pressure before taking the lead on 26 minutes when left-back Guilherme Siqueira’s shot took a sizable deflection off Ivan Rakitic and flew past goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.Playing for the half-time whistle, Los Che then suddenly stepped up the pace as Daniel Parejo slid in Santi Mina to sweep home from the left channel for his fifth goal in seven matches.Barcelona, who haven’t turned round a 2-0 half-time deficit at Camp Nou since 1947, were handed a crumb of hope on 63 minutes when Lionel Messi broke a 550-minute goal drought from Jordi Alba’s drilled cross from the left.It was the Argentine’s 500th career goal, and 450th in the colours of Barcelona. But Valencia, superbly organised by caretaker coach Pako Ayestaran, held on and could even have extended their lead in the final moments had club captain Paco Alcacer not got his feet in a mess when unmarked in front of goal from Rodrigo’s cross.. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
What channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday, when each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either FOX or FS1 for the first half of the 2019 season with differing start times.As for Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, the channel that will broadcast the race is FS1, and the start time is 2 p.m. ET. The start time for the pre-race show on FS1 is 1:30 p.m. ET. Speaking of Johnson, he finished in the top five last week for the first time in almost a year. The driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet won the Bristol spring race two years ago.Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Penske Racing Ford and winner of two races so far this season (Atlanta and Martinsville), has a couple career wins at Bristol and is the most recent driver to win consecutive Cup races at the track. Busch, the driver of the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, has six career wins at Bristol, one fewer than brother Kyle.Unlike last week’s race, Sunday’s race at Bristol will not give drivers new a challenge as it relates to the Cup Series’ new rules/aero package for 2019. Like all short-track races on the schedule, the race at Bristol will feature cars running the traditional, 700-horsepower package without the air ducts or smaller tapered spacers reserved for bigger tracks. MORE: Watch the Food City 500 live with fuboTV (7-day trial)The 2 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race will be a relief to those watching from the east coast, as last week’s race at Texas started at 3 p.m. ET. As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series returns to FS1 for the Bristol race after last week’s race on FOX, the network’s flagship channel.Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, the half-mile circuit known as “The Last Great Colosseum,” is the eighth race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule and the second short track visit. Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch the race.What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV for Bristol raceRace: Food City 500 at Bristol Motor SpeedwayDate: Sunday, April 7Start time: 2 p.m. ETTV channel: FS1Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTVRadio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioThe Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday will be the second race of the season to be shown on FS1, as last week’s race was the sixth of the season to be shown on FOX. The 2 p.m. ET start time is the traditional start time for NASCAR Cup Series races in the Eastern time zone this season.In addition to the TV coverage on FOX, Sunday’s race is available via live stream through FOX Sports Go or fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.This year’s spring Bristol race, the first of two this season at the track, arrives with its fair share of intriguing storylines, beginning with the domination of two race teams this season.Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota) and Penske Racing (Ford) drivers have won each of the first seven races of the NASCAR Cup Series season. Kyle Busch, who won the Food City 500 at Bristol last season, has two victories this season and remains the points leader. He is the only driver who has finished in the top 10 in each Cup Series race this season, and he leads all active drivers with seven wins, including two of the last three, at Bristol.Close behind Busch in the standings is his teammate, Denny Hamlin, who won last week’s race at Texas and the season-opening Daytona 500. Hamlin and new crew chief Chris Gabehard apparently have clicked immediately. The No. 11 team has two wins, four top-five and six top-10 finishes this season; that’s already two wins more than Hamlin earned last year and nearly half the top-five finishes he recorded in 2018 (10). Now Hamlin will attempt to win back-to-back races for the third time in his career (2012, Bristol and Atlanta; 2010, Pocono and Michigan). He has one career Cup victory at Bristol.As for the other dominant race team this season, Penske Racing, two of its three drivers, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, have won races. That leaves Ryan Blaney still searching for his first win of the season. But he has been good at Bristol in the past.In the Bristol night race last year, Blaney led a race-high 121 laps but finished seventh. In the spring race last year, he led 100 laps but got caught up in a wreck while leading.MORE NASCAR:Schedule for new rules/aero packageOver the last 20 years, a Bristol race winner has gone on to win the NASCAR Cup Series championship just three times. All three of those wins occurred in the spring race, and all three drivers — Brad Keselowski in 2012, Jimmie Johnson in 2010 and Kurt Busch in 2004 — will be in the field Sunday.