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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- One of his drivers had just used a dominating run to capture his first career victory at famed Daytona International Speedway. The win was the 100th for the organization at NASCARs top level.To get to victory lane, his other driver offered an assist in the closing laps. Unrelated, he also spun another driver on the last lap to create another round of hard feelings.So instead of basking in the triumph of victory while wearing a champagne-soaked white shirt, Roger Penske was borderline angry in his impassioned defense of drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.Keselowskis victory Saturday night was his third of the season, first at Daytona after years of struggles on the high-banked superspeedway. He got a late push on a final restart from Logano, who then irked Kurt Busch when contact on the final lap sent Busch spinning through the grass.Busch, a former Penske driver, called it an aggressive mistake, but his crew chief Tony Gibson fumed on Twitter: Stupid is as stupid does!!!Penske thought it was unfair.Joey has taken, I think, some undue criticism from my perspective, the team owner said. I could name three or four things that certainly werent his fault. Hes one of the best drivers on the racetrack out there day in and day out, and sure, people make mistakes. A lot of these drivers can knock somebody off the track, and they say, `Hey, Im sorry. They dont let Logano do that.As far as Im concerned, Im behind him 300 percent, and Ill talk to Kurt, he didnt do it on purpose. ... At the end of the day, thats racing, as far as Im concerned.Indeed, Logano has taken his share of hazing from many veterans during his rapid rise into NASCAR. He was famous before hed ever turned a lap, hyped as the next big thing, and many drivers took umbrage to the family wealth that eased his road to NASCARs top level.Penske is used to defending Logano, who was recruited to the team by Keselowski three years ago when Keselowski was unselfish enough to look past a teammate who could match him on the track and saw only a talent who could strengthen the organization.Penske is also used to defending Keselowski, who is outspoken and doesnt back down from anything. Unlike Logano, he had to claw his way through the racing ranks, and after fighting for everything hes earned, he wont bow to anyone.But Penske apparently didnt feel like he needed to defend Keselowski on Saturday night. Already annoyed with the Logano flap, he misinterpreted a question about Keselowskis racing smarts and seemed to snap.Hes a calculating guy, and youre not with him every day like we are in the shop, (seeing) what he brings to the race team, Penske said. He came early on, he said, `Look, Im going to help you get a championship team. We did that. He helped to attract (crew chief) Paul Wolfe to the team.This is not a popularity contest, and anybody that thinks it is, you know, shouldnt be sitting here. This is racing, and unfortunately some people have different ideas. But look, I wouldnt trade these two drivers for anyone. Theyre young, theyre aggressive, they win races. They work well with the sponsors, and theyre high integrity guys, so move on from there.Make no mistake, Captain, most owners would kill for your lineup.Keselowski recruited Logano to the team the season after Keselowski delivered Penske his first Sprint Cup title. Since his 2013 arrival, Logano and Keselowski have combined for 24 Cup wins. Theyve won another 21 races in the Xfinity Series, which Penske uses to develop team personnel and give sponsors a sampling of the organization at a lower price than the Cup level.Theyve helped develop Ryan Blaney, a future star in NASCAR who has been loaned to the Wood Brothers along with the several crew members who are preparing for the top level.And they probably should have given Penske another two titles.Keselowski was the class of the field in 2014, when he won six races, but had late bumps in the debut of the elimination format in NASCARs playoffs. Despite a win and four top-four finishes in the final five races, he was denied a shot to race for the title.It was Logano who led the Penske charge last season. He won the Daytona 500 and three consecutive races in the Chase. But a feud with Matt Kenseth wouldnt go away and Kenseth intentionally wrecked him in an act of retaliation that ultimately kept Logano out of the championship finale.So its understandable that Penske is tired of the bad rap his drivers receive. Theyve proven to be among the elite talent in NASCAR, and their contributions to the storied Penske organization are immeasurable.Together, in this 50th anniversary season of Team Penske, Keselowski and Logano are a massive part of the 100th win.The 100th in NASCAR is something special, Penske said. Its a byproduct of all the good people we have, and to me weve got to continue to remember that. We lose more than we win in this business, and youve got to know how to deal with the downs and take advantage of the ups.Weve competed in multiple series, and I think were almost at 450 wins now, and were, I think, three or four away from 500 poles. Our goal is 500 and 500. This was the first step to get to 100 in NASCAR. Cam Erving Jersey . -- Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Alrdridge were again the go-to duo for the Trail Blazers against the Kings. Neil Smith Jersey . Lack made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Canucks blanked the St. Louis Blues 1-0 in the first post-Olympic game for both teams night. . General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. Jim Tyrer Jersey . - Connor McDavid scored 53 seconds into overtime as the Erie Otters came from behind to defeat the visiting Guelph Storm 4-3 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. Mecole Hardman Jersey Large . Klitschkos management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighters 25th world championship fight. The 1.83-meter (6-foot) Leapai defeated the previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov in November to become the WBOs mandatory challenger. PARIS -- Edinson Cavanis goals at one end are carrying a Paris Saint-Germain side that is conceding them with alarming regularity at the other.Cavani scored twice in the second half as the defending champion rallied from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home to league leader Nice on Sunday.PSG has lost three times already in the league this season and narrowly avoided a fourth defeat -- having lost only twice all last season.After 17 games, PSG sits in third place, three points behind Monaco and four behind Nice.The situation would be a lot worse without Cavanis league-leading 16 goals -- especially if he had given in to the critics who wanted him gone this summer.The sometimes clumsy Uruguay forward was often criticized by his own fans when playing a supporting role to Zlatan Ibrahimovic over the previous three campaigns. But he has stepped firmly out of Ibrahimovics imposing shadow since the Swede joined Manchester United.Altogether, Cavani has 22 goals in 21 games this season and 103 in his PSG career, making him the clubs third all-time leading scorer. He is closing on former Portugal forward Pauleta (109) but remains some distance behind Ibrahimovic (156).Although defensive blunders hit PSG for the third straight game, it was an awful mistake from Nice goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale that gifted Cavani the equalizier.After volleying in right back Serge Auriers cross one minute after the restart, Cavani then got the easiest of tap-ins on the hour mark.Cardinale flapped weakly at left back Layvin Kurzawas cross, patting the ball onto the back of Dante. It fell to Cavani, one meter out.What I regret is the two goals we conceded, they were too easy, Nice coach Lucien Favre said on Canal Plus television. That joke goal was not possible.In a measure of how well Nice is playing, its players were bitterly disappointed not to win.We should have played much better in the second half, Nices Brazilian defender Dante said. We should have been cleverer.Midfielder Wylan Cypriens brillliant curling free kick from 25 meters put Nice ahead in the 32nd, totally against the run of play after PSG had missed several chances.ddddddddddddThen, following a mix-up between Brazilian defenders Thiago Silva and Marquinhos on a cross from the left, striker Alassane Plea moved in between them to make it 2-0 in first-half injury time with his 10th league goal of the season. Marquinhos made careless mistakes in a 3-0 defeat away to Montpellier last weekend and was at fault for Ludogorets second goal in a 2-2 home draw in the Champions League on Tuesday.Given such vulnerable defending, Nice had cause for regret.We wasted our lead, Cyprien said. But lets not be too dramatic. Its still a good point that will serve us well.---LYON 1, RENNES 0Mathieu Valbuena is finally finding his best form for Lyon as the wingers well-taken goal sealed a 1-0 home win.Midfielder Rachid Ghezzal did well down the right and picked out Valbuena as he advanced from the left into the penalty area. Valbuena drilled a low shot past goalkeeper Benoit Costil in the 28th minute to score for the third league game in a row.Lyons win moved it above Rennes into fourth place.Valbuena only managed one goal in 26 games last season, when he had trouble settling in following a move from Dinamo Moscow.Rennes defender Ramy Bensebaini was sent off in the 74th minute for pulling back striker Alexandre Lacazette as he was through on goal.---SAINT-ETIENNE 1, GUINGAMP 0Although winger Romain Hamouma scored the winner for Saint-Etienne, the best performance came from its goalkeeper, Stephane Ruffier.Hamouma finished neatly midway through the first half following some fine work from right back Kevin Malcuit.Ruffier, who has played more than 200 league games for Les Verts, then made excellent saves.Saint-Etiennes win moved it up to eighth place, just behind sixth-placed Guingamp. ' ' '
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