NASCAR’s Cup playoff at misty Texas put on hold another day

FORT WORTH, Texas — The NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Texas was pushed back yet another day without drivers completing any more laps Monday.

Eight hours after the race was scheduled to resume on a misty day with temperatures in the low 40s Fahrenheit (single digits Celsius), NASCAR postponed it and decided to try again Tuesday.

Similar weather conditions were in the forecast for Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Only 52 of the scheduled 334 laps were completed Sunday before mist and drizzle forced the race to stop. There was a delay of more than four hours then before the race was postponed a day.

Another 115 laps have to be completed to get to the halfway mark of 167 laps that would make Texas an official race.

There are still three spots up for grabs for the four-driver championship race in the season finale at Phoenix. The only other race between Texas and Phoenix is Sunday at Martinsville, the shortest and oldest Cup track.

Joey Logano opened the final three-race playoff round with a win at Kansas, where he held off Kevin Harvick for the final 40-plus laps to get a victory that took him from outside the top four to a guaranteed championship chance in the Nov. 8 finale.

Harvick, who has won the last three fall races at Texas and is a nine-time winner this season, brushed the wall while leading on Lap 29. With damage to his car’s right side, he was 36th and one lap down when the race stopped Sunday.

The only laps completed Monday on the 1 1/2-mile track were by the Air Titan and jet dryer trucks. The race cars remained parked in the garage, never rolling to pit road.

There were several periods Monday when the track appeared to be drying,

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Hilary Duff pregnant with third child, husband quips: ‘Quarantine was fun’

Hollywood couple Matthew Koma and Hilary Duff. Image: Instagram/@hilaryduff

Hilary Duff and her husband Matthew Koma are set to welcome another baby together.

The actress announced her pregnancy on Saturday, Oct. 24 with a video of Koma rubbing her belly.

“We are growing!!! Mostly me…” she said on Instagram.

The musician shared the same video and wrote, “[LOL] quarantine was fun.” He added that they are expecting the baby in 2021.

Quarantine was indeed an interesting time for the couple, with Koma revealing that he got a tattoo of his wife’s name on his butt last September.

This will be their second child together, after their firstborn, 2-year-old Banks. Duff has an older son with her ex-husband Mike Comrie.

Duff divorced the hockey player in 2016 and began dating Koma in 2017. She and Koma tied the knot in December 2019 at a private ceremony in Los Angeles. JB


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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal drought distracts from larger problems at Arsenal

In Arsenal’s last five Premier League games, star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has only mustered five shots. At this moment in time, the target he’s most affiliated with is undoubtedly the one on his back.

A 1-0 defeat to Leicester City on Sunday night marked the first time the Gabon international failed to score in five consecutive games since 2014 when he suffered a similar barren run at Borussia Dortmund.

Fans, pundits and an army of Twitter trolls have been quick to take aim at the sharpshooter who’s drought in the league has extended to 483 minutes of regulation time. That is to be expected when you sign a new contract that reportedly commands over £350,000-per-week in wages.

A bumper deal of that magnitude automatically makes you scapegoat-in-chief should you not live up to near impossible expectations. Just ask Mesut Ozil who’s currently enduring one of football’s iciest freeze-outs at the north London club.

The fact that Aubameyang’s last league goal came just a few days before penning an extension isn’t great for optics and is doing him no favours. Former Tottenham and England striker Darren Bent was one of many to take a cynical view.

“Before he signed his contract, he was absolutely everywhere – running back, tracking back, putting tackles in, breaking forward,” he said on talkSPORT.

“There was a real hunger and intensity to his game. At the minute, you can see there’s been a massive drop-off. When you focus so much on getting a new deal like Aubameyang did, you’ll run that extra yard and make that extra effort.”

There’s no denying the 31-year-old has been poor in recent games, but that is true of Arsenal as a whole in the final third.

The Gunners have scored just five times in their last five matches in

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