Dean Thompson to make Truck debut at Phoenix for Niece

Dean Thompson is going trucking. On Monday, he announced he has joined Niece Motorsports for his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series début in the final race of the 2021 season at Phoenix Raceway on 5 November. He will also run the ARCA Menards Series finale at Kansas Speedway on 23 October.

Thompson currently competes in the ARCA Menards Series West for High Point Racing, who maintains a partnership with Sunrise Ford Racing. In six starts (he missed two races due to a positive COVID-19 test but has otherwise run every event), he recorded two top tens and a runner-up finish at his home track Irwindale, where he also won the pole. He notched a second pole in the season finale at All American Speedway. With one race left in the season, he is eleventh in points.

He posted on Twitter, “I’m so excited to announce that I Read the rest

Liverpool-linked midfielder valued at £22.5m ‘reminiscent of De Bruyne’; set to face Man City in UCL clash

Liverpool-linked forward, Charles De Ketelaere, has been compared to Manchester City’s talismanic playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.

The pair combined during Belgium’s 2-1 defeat to Italy in the Nations League final during the international break, with the latter setting up his compatriot for a neat finish.

“Charles’ best position is number 10, but experienced star Hans Vanaken plays there, so he had been moved around, used in attack, on the wing and even at left-back,” Frans Buyse, a Belgian football journalist, told BBC Sport.

“Lately, he started to enjoy life in the penalty area, but his biggest strength is to have a lot of the ball in central midfield.

“De Ketelaere’s style is reminiscent of De Bruyne. He is intelligent, and possesses great vision and a superb passing range. His dribbling is similar to De Bruyne’s too. Eventually, he should take his place for Belgium.”

The 20-year-old has impressed in his … Read the rest

Newcastle United in talks over replacing Steve Bruce ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Newcastle United are reportedly holding talks over hiring former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe to replace Steve Bruce.

The Magpies have so far stuck with Bruce, who was in the dugout for the defeat to Tottenham at the weekend, though it seems only a matter of time before a change is made after the club were bought out by a wealthy Saudi consortium.

Newcastle will surely have big ambitions, and the Daily Mirror now claim they could try to kick-start this new era by appointing Howe to replace Bruce imminently.

The ex-Cherries boss could be in line to take over for Newcastle’s upcoming clash with Crystal Palace, according to the report.

Barcelona eye summer swoop for Manchester United’s veteran midfielder

If one thing has been clear from Barcelona’s moves in the transfer market over the past few weeks, it is the sudden sense of urgency over reinforcements in midfield.

In the last window, Barcelona let go of two players from the department in Miralem Pjanic and Ilaix Moriba. The Catalans were close to regaining one number in midfield through the signing of Giorginio Wijnaldum. However, the deal collapsed at the last minute and the manager was left short-staffed in midfield.

READ: Real Madrid midfielder would ‘pay out of his own pocket’ to play for Barcelona

Barcelona has an abundance of young talent in the middle of the park. Not only the golden boy Pedri but also Spain’s youngest debutant Gavi and La Masia stars Riqui Puig and Nico Gonzalez have proven their worth.

Yet, Barcelona lack an experienced physical midfielder who could rotate off the bench to not only help … Read the rest

EasyPost and McLaren Racing announce a new partnership

Like McLaren Racing, EasyPost prides itself on being fast, flexible, reliable. McLaren Racing has today announced a new partnership with EasyPost, a technology leader that builds shipping solutions for e-commerce brands, fulfilment providers, and online marketplaces, which will see the company support the McLaren Formula 1 team from the US Grand Prix.

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EasyPost helps thousands of companies, ranging in size from multinational Fortune 100 companies to small neighbourhood stores, ship billions of packages around the world. Like McLaren Racing, the company prides itself on being fast, flexible, reliable, and a true innovator in building smart solutions.

As part of the partnership, the EasyPost branding will be represented on the McLaren F1 team pit crew helmets and the rear wing of the McLaren MCL35M race cars. From the 2022 season, the branding will be displayed on the suspension arms of the McLaren … Read the rest

Kyle Larson dominates Autotrader 500, first to clinch Championship Round spot

Kyle Larson is the first driver to clinch a spot in the NASCAR Cup Series‘ Championship Round. He led 257 of 334 laps in Sunday’s Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the first race in the Round of 8, to secure his ticket to the finale for the first time.

Kyle Larson started on the pole ahead of Denny Hamlin. Multiple drivers including Alex Bowman, Chase Briscoe, Chase Elliott, Justin Haley, Corey LaJoie, Garrett Smithley, David Starr, and Cody Ware were sent to the rear for failing pre-race inspection.

Stages #1 and 2

Until the competition caution on lap 26, Larson led every circuit while Joey Logano and defending Texas winner Kyle Busch followed. Larson’s Hendrick Motorsports team-mate William Byron had a strong start as he climbed from twelfth to fifth. Busch suffered a speeding penalty on his … Read the rest

Gary Neville’s ‘shoddy’ Man Utd verdict ahead of Liverpool clash will have Reds fans giddy

Gary Neville has slated his former side’s ‘shoddy’ performances this season, expressing his concern for Manchester United ahead of their upcoming fixtures.

The Red Devils are set to face Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool outfit this coming weekend after a round of European ties.

“Having struggled against half decent teams, they’re now going to play against some of the best teams in the world,” the 46-year-old told Sky Sports (via the Echo).

“Next Sunday, they’re going to play Liverpool and then they have to play Man City the week after.

“They’re then going to play Tottenham and Chelsea and these are proper teams. Of course, the players could rise for those games, but that’s not a good start today [Leicester].

“The performances have been so shoddy all season in terms of team performances. There’s been some good results and some great individual goals, but the overall performances and the unit in and Read the rest

Liverpool star makes Premier League history following superb performance vs Watford

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino hit a hat-trick in the Reds’ 5-0 Premier League win over Watford, and made a small piece of history in the process.

The Brazil international has become the first Brazilian player to score more than one hat-trick in the Premier League, having also previously netted a treble against Arsenal in the past.

This stat comes via BBC Sport, with Garth Crooks including Firmino in his latest Premier League team of the week, alongside his Liverpool team-mates Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

Firmino didn’t have the best of times for Liverpool last season, with the goals really drying up for the 30-year-old, but it now looks like he’s back to something closer to his best form.

Koeman hints at possible Barcelona attack in the future: “They are an excellent pair”

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman spoke to the media after his side’s impressive 3-1 victory over Valencia. Though the hosts went down early to Jose Gaya’s goal, his side responded well and came back to win the game convincingly.

It was a fairytale start to a difficult week ahead, and Koeman had nothing but praise for his players. Here are the snippets from the Dutchman’s post-match interview-

When asked about the combination between Ansu Fati and Memphis Depay, Koeman said the duo are complementary to each other.

“Ansu and Memphis are complementary to each other. They can both play as a striker or coming inside from the left. They can switch positions all throughout the match.”

On Phillipe Coutinho, who scored Barcelona’s third goal today, the Dutch manager said he always trusted the Brazilian.

“With Coutinho’s introduction and giving him freedom, we controlled the game better. He’s a player who knows Read the rest

John Hunter Nemechek plays playoff spoiler, wins Andy’s 335

John Hunter Nemechek might not be moving up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2022, but that is not stopping the Camping World Truck Series points leader from winning in the second tier. Nemechek led the final twenty laps to win Saturday’s Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 at Texas Motor Speedway, throwing many playoff contenders’ hopes of advancing to the final round into flux.

Championship rivals A.J. Allmendinger and Austin Cindric started on the front row, and the former led the first thirteen laps before being passed by the latter. Cindric would lead to the stage win ahead of Noah Gragson, Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Justin Haley, Harrison Burton, Jeremy Clements, Brett Moffitt, and Brandon Brown. Three yellow flags were waved for a competition caution (lap 20), Landon Cassill suffering damage in contact with Sam Mayer (25), and J.J. Yeley‘s … Read the rest