That spin started as the well-intentioned desire to help a teammate earn a valuable spot in NASCAR's version of the playoffs, and with a little honesty, a few deep breaths and some clear thinking, it might have ended there.
Jerry Seinfeld will join the broadcast crew Tuesday for the New York Mets, a team that is 15 games below .500 and with little to laugh about this season.
Despite winning on Sunday, the Chiefs are facing a quick turnaround as they prepare to face Coach Andy Reid's old team, the Philadelphia Eagles, on Thursday.
The 40-year-old Todd Helton, who announced his retirement over the weekend, holds virtually every offensive record for the Rockies, the only club he's ever known. But he remains on the bubble for the Hall of Fame, mainly because he spent his career playing half his games in the friendly confines of Coors Field.
The St. Louis Rams were unable to capitalize on a string of injuries suffered by the Falcons on Sunday and suffered their first loss of the season, 31-24.
Alex Smith threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, and the Chiefs' defense held up against the Cowboys as Kansas City moved to 2-0 on the season with a 17-16 victory over Dallas.
The Cardinals offense woke up from a two-game slump and routed the Seattle Mariners 12-2 on Sunday. The win keeps them in a tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates atop the NL Central.
Two home runs by Detroit's Alex Avila sunk the Royals on Sunday, as Kansas City lost 3-2 and lost ground in the American League Wild Card race.
With a 2-1 win over the Seattle on Friday, St. Louis leads the division by one game. The Cardinals are 6-1 on a nine-game homestand.
Detroit's Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander helped propel the Tigers to a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
St. Louis fell into a tie with Pittsburgh for the top spot in the NL Central. Both teams are 85-61 with 16 games remaining. The idle Cincinnati Reds are 2½ back.
Cardinal outfielder Matt Holliday's two-run homer broke up Wily Peralta's no-hit bid in the sixth inning of a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
Matt Adams had a two-run home run and the Cardinals broke open a tight game with four in the eighth to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Wednesday night.
Qualifying for the World Cup competition might prove to be the easy part as winning the prestigious event will be the real test for Jurgen Klinsmann, a former German star player and now coach of the U.S. team.
The Royals, who entered Wednesday trailing Tampa Bay by three games, moved a game closer to the Indians. Cleveland came in 1½ games behind the Rays.
Coming off a huge debut, the big-body tight end with getaway skills said it was every bit as important that the defense be good enough to give him a chance when he signed with the Rams this offseason.
Ever since 1998, the "Preston Road Trophy" has been presented to the winning side on the rare occasions that Dallas plays Kansas City — as is the case this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
The United States clinched its seventh straight World Cup appearance, beating Mexico 2-0 Tuesday night on second-half goals by Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan.
Jeremy Guthrie got a major assist from his defense in pitching six innings, Alcides Escobar hit a rare home run and the Royals snapped a six-game losing streak in Cleveland on Tuesday.