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By Sonny Jones

A wild NASCAR Cup race in the morning — after attending a worship service at Clarkton First Baptist, of course — that lasted well into the afternoon, an amazing rally by Rory McIlroy in the PGA’s Tour Championship, keeping an eye on a couple of MLB games streaming on the computer and capping with the Braves and Cardinals on Sunday Night Baseball.

Sunday was a Couch Potato’s dream. A terrific time for a tuber to tube out.

The NASCAR Cup race from Daytona was, of course, rained out Saturday night and had a lengthy rain delay Sunday late in the race. It wouldn’t be NASCAR without a weather-related issue. Austin Dillon became the 15th different winner in 26 regular season races and advanced to next week’s playoffs. It meant only Ryan Blaney made the 16-driver playoff field based on points while Martin Truex Jr., who had the fourth most points for the season, came up three points short of a postseason berth.

On the golf course, McIlroy played terrific and Scottie Scheffler did not in the final round of the Tour Championship. McIlroy overcame a six-shot deficit to become the first three-time winner of the event and its $18 million top prize. Yes, $18 million for capturing the final event of the PGA season. Not wanting to brag, but feel free to scroll down to check out Sunday’s pick to click.

Finally, a pitcher’s duel between Atlanta’s Jake Odorizzi and St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright through five innings. Cardinals win it 6-3 on Tyler O’Neill’s three-run tater in the eighth.

After all of that, a Couch Potato becomes a Bed Potato.

East Bladen graduate Larrell Murchison was credited with two tackles, including a solo tackle, and a quarterback hit Saturday in Tennessee’s 26-23 preseason win against Arizona. Murchison is in his third season with the Titans. NFL teams must trim rosters to 53 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday.

With students beginning a new school year today, we offer this timely advice found on Twitter. Best wishes to students and staff for the year.


Serena Williams begins what is expected to be her final U.S. Open with a straight set win against Danka Kovinic. The 23-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t played much over the past year and may not make it to the second week of play in this tournament, so, enjoy her every stroke.

SUNDAY’S PICK: Rory McIlroy is four shots behind going into Sunday’s play in the Tour Championship. The leaders must finish their third round in the morning, then play the final round. McIlroy looks ready to make a run to the top of the leaderboard. RESULTS: McIlroy shot a final-round 66 and came from six shots behind to win his third Tour Championship and its $18 million top prize.


• TENNIS: U.S. Open, noon, ESPN

• IIHF WOMEN’S HOCKEY: United States vs. Switzerland, 1 p.m., NHLN

• TENNIS: U.S. Open, 7 p.m., ESPN, ESPN2

• MLB: NY Yankees at LA Angels, 9:30 p.m., MLBN

Sonny Jones can be reached at wibbyj@gmail.com and follow on Twitter @FOSonnyJones.

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