Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed a season sweep at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, the third win in a season that has served as a career renaissance for NASCAR's most popular driver.
Earnhardt now holds the No. 1 seed in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
The legion of Junior Nation fans roared when Earnhardt stormed ahead of the pack off the final restart with three laps left for the lead in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. His third win (he also won the Daytona 500) tied him for the most in Sprint Cup this season.
Earnhardt held off the hard-charging Kevin Harvick to become the first driver to sweep both races at the track since Denny Hamlin in 2006. Scott Dixon went from last in qualifying to capture his fifth Indy 200 win at Mid-Ohio in the past eight years, coasting in on low fuel to give Target Chip Ganassi its first victory of 2014. John Force raced to his third Funny Car victory of the season and record 141st overall win in the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington. Doug Kalitta won in Top Fuel, and Jason Line topped the Pro Stock division.
New York Giants rookie Andre Williams had seven carries for 48 yards and scored on a 3-yard run in a 17-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. Bills first-round pick Sammy Watkins was held without a catch after being targeted three times. In a letter published by the Buffalo News, Jon Bon Jovi wrote that it's his ownership group's objective "to make the Bills successful in Buffalo." The letter marks the first time the New Jersey rocker has publicly discussed his plans regarding the franchise. The team is for sale after Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson died in March. Atlanta Falcons backup offensive tackle Terren Jones had his neck put in a brace and was carted off the field after suffering an unknown injury during practice.
Tina Charles had 29 points and 14 rebounds as the New York Liberty beat host Atlanta 83-76 to spoil Dream coach Michael Cooper's early return to the sideline. Cooper missed Atlanta's previous five games after being diagnosed with early-stage tongue cancer, and he had surgery July 24. Team officials at the time said Cooper, 58, was expected to miss about two weeks. Tesho Akindele scored in the 49th minute as FC Dallas extended its undefeated run to seven games with a 1-0 MLS victory over Chivas USA, which lost its third straight. Milos Raonic easily won the first all-Canadian tournament final in ATP history, erasing the only break point he faced and beating Vasek Pospisil 6-1, 6-4 at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., for his sixth career title.
In the Citi Open women's final, two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia won her first WTA title since 2010 by beating unseeded Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. The Air Force Academy said it has launched an investigation of its athletic department and is demanding more accountability from coaches after the Colorado Springs Gazette reported allegations of lax oversight and athlete misconduct. Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, the academy's superintendent, released a statement acknowledging "troubling" behavior by some athletes and other cadets.