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NEW YORK -- Eight veteran players, including frequent All-Pros DeMarcus Ware, Marshal Yanda and Julius Peppers, are finalists for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. Air Jordan 4 Wholesale .Other finalists announced by the NFL on Monday are Greg Olsen, Joe Staley, Darren Sproles, Brian Cushing and Frank Gore. The award recognizes players who best demonstrate the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition. The award was created in 2014 in honor of the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a Pro Football Hall of Fame member.The winner will be announced on Feb. 4, the night before the Super Bowl, at the NFL Honors show in which The Associated Press hands out its individual player awards, including league MVP.Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award. A panel of former players comprised of Hall of Famer Curtis Martin, Warrick Dunn, Karl Mecklenburg and Leonard Wheeler whittled the nominees down to eight.From the eight finalists, each teams players submit a consensus vote of their choice, but cannot vote for a teammate.Two of the players, Colts running back Gore and Panthers tight end Olsen, went to the University of Miami. Gore is in his 12th pro season and Olsen his 10th.Packers defensive end Peppers has had the longest stint in the NFL, in his 15th pro season. Denver DE Ware is in his 12th year, as is Eagles running back Sproles. Ravens guard Yanda and 49ers tackle Staley each is in his 10th pro season, while Texans linebacker Cushing is in his eighth.Among them is a total of 24 All-Pro selections.Last years winner was Charles Woodson, who has since retired. 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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- The Latest on NASCARs season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday (all times local):7:03 p.m.Jimmie Johnson has won his seventh NASCAR championship.The win ties Johnson with Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty in the NASCAR record books. He did it by holding off defending champion Kyle Busch and Joey Logano on a late restart.The fourth contender in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship was Carl Edwards. His day ended with 10 laps to go after he was collected in a wreck after contact with Logano.It was also the final NASCAR race for three-time champion Tony Stewart, who is retiring.---6:25 p.m.Carl Edwards championship chances are over.Joey Logano tried to pass Edwards on a restart with 10 laps to go at the winner-take-all finale, but Edwards tried to fend off the move to maintain his position.Contact between the two sent Edwards hard into an interior wall, then all the way across the track for a second hit. He was the most dominant driver of the four Chase contenders, but was left with a wrecked race car.Jimmie Johnson benefited from the incident because he drove through the wreckage and wound up ahead of the remaining two title contenders -- Logano and Kyle Busch -- for the restart.---5:40 p.m.The championship contenders are back near the front of the field.Carl Edwards was running second with 60 laps to go at Homestead-Miami Speedway, just ahead of Joey Logano (third), Kyle Busch (fourth) and Jimmie Johnson (sixth). The four finalists were setting the NASCAR season finale up for a frantic finish.Edwards and Logano have been the best of the bunch. Busch battled back from a lap down -- he pitted out of sequence because he thought he had a flat tire -- and Johnson was penalized before the race and had to start at the back of the field. Busch and Johnson have been in the top 10, but have yet to lead a lap in the finale.Kyle Larson is leading the 400-mile race.- Mark Long.---4:55 p.m.Defending NASCAR champion Kyle Busch has dropped a lap down in the season finale, potentially damaging his title hopes.Busch felt a vibration, thought he had a flat tire and pulled down pit road on Lap 137, shortly after the halfway point in the 400-mile race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.The unscheduled pit stop left Busch a lap behind the leaders. He needs a caution to get back on the lead lap.- Mark Long---4:50 p.m.Carl Edwards is halfway to his first championship.Edwards was ahead of fellow title contenders Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson at the midway point of the 400-mile race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Whichever of the four drivers finishes highest will win the championship.Kyle Larson, using the high line to generate more speed around the 1 1/2-mile track, retook the lead from Edwards on Lap 126. Edwards was second, with Logano fourth, Busch fifth and Johnson ninth.- Mark Long---3:55 p.m.Jimmie Johnsons pre-race penalty proved to be a minor speed bump in the NASCAR finale.Johnson had to start at the back of the 40-car field after NASCAR pulled his No. 48 Chevrolet off pit road because of unapproved body modifications. Officials determined body panels had been tweaked after going through pre-race laser inspection. The car eventually made it through tech and was pushed back to the starting grid a few minutes before the green flag.Johnson needed just 47 laps to work his way into the top five. Kevin Harvick led most of the early laps, with Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch right behind. Edwards, Logano, Busch and Johnson are the championship finalists, all vying to win it all in the finale.Johnson is attempting to match Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty with a NASCAR-record seven championships.- Mark Long---3:25 p.m.NASCARs season finale is underway, with pole-sitter Kevin Harvick leading the 40-car field to the green flag.The race is scheduled for 400 miles, or 267 laps at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The event is filled with story lines, including Tony Stewarts final NASCAR race as well as the 2016 championship. Finalists Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano are vying for the title. Whichever of the foursome finishes highest wins it all.The 36 other drivers are expected to give them plenty of space around the track, not wanting to affect the outcome.- Mark Long---3:10 p.m.Jimmie Johnson will have to start a potential record-tying race at the back of the field.NASCAR pulled Johnsons No. 48 Chevrolet off pit road after officials decided body panels had been modified after going through pre-race laser inspection. The car eventually made it through tech and was pushed back to the starting grid a few minutes before the green flag.Johnson is attempting to match Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty with a NASCAR-record seven championships.- Mark Long--3:00 p.m.Tony Stewart has few distractions around him before his final NASCAR race.Stewarts No. 14 Chevrolet was barricaded and protected by armed police officers before the season finale. His race car was essentially sitting in Turn 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, well away from the rest of the field. A banner flew nearby to tell fans where they could get a glimpse of the three-time Cup series champion.Its time. Lets go. Im ready, Stewart said.The driver nicknamed Smoke was surrounded by team members, colleagues and friends -- a stark contrast to Jeff Gordons send-off last season. Gordon was mobbed by so many fans that he struggled to get to his car before the finale.- Mark Long---1:15 p.m.Jimmie Johnson spent time answering questions from kids Sunday before NASCARs season finalee, a race that could be a record run for the six-time champion. Air Jordan 4 Outlet. As expected, Johnson got some odd questions, like, Can you dab? and Do you have a big house?Johnson candidly and confidently answered them all, showing why he might just be the favorite to win a record-tying seventh championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Heres a look at the Q&A session:Q: Whats your best championship?A: The first one (in 2006). I had the least amount of fun because I was the most nervous, but it was the starting point. And then tying Cale (Yarborough) with three in a row was pretty awesome. But there was a lot of pressure to keep it going. And then 2013 is when I had the most fun.Q: Favorite track?A: Dover, Delaware (Johnson is a 10-time winner there).Q: How many trophies?A: Seventy-nine in the 48.Q: If you win, will you do a front flip?A: Off the car? Front flip into the pool maybe.Q: Can you dab?A: No, I cant. Ive got it all wrong (after doing Usain Bolts To The World pose).Q: How much horsepower do the cars have?A: About 900 horsepower. More than three times as much as the car you drive in.Q: Do you have a big house?A: Yes, way too big.Q: Have you ever won here?A: Not yet. Weve taken the big (championship) trophy home, but not the smaller one.Q: Favorite color?A: Blue. Its worked out well with my sponsor.Q: Do you think you can get No. 7 today?A: I feel really good about it. Id pick me.- Mark Long---1 p.m.The Tony Stewart tributes are underway at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the three-time Cup champion is preparing for his final NASCAR race.NASCARs vice chairman Mike Helton thanked Stewart for the character and passion you brought to NASCAR all throughout your career.Stewarts career was celebrated in the pre-race drivers meeting with a colorful highlight video of his biggest wins, playful banter and snippy one-liners. NASCAR drivers and crew members gave Stewart a rousing standing ovation.Stewart eventually stood and smiled, waiving in acknowledgment at the outpouring of affection.Stewart is just retiring from NASCAR driving. He has an ownership stake in Stewart-Haas Racing and will continue to race all over the country next year at the grassroots level.You understand, we still invite owners to the haulers sometimes, too, Helton quipped.The hood of Stewarts No. 14 Chevrolet is emblazoned with photos from his championship years and the slogan Always a Racer, Forever a Champion.NASCAR added a ceremonial pace lap with Stewart leading the field before the race.- Dan Gelston---12:15 p.m.Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suarez is getting a lot of attention at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto congratulated Suarez on Twitter after the 24-year-old Mexican became the first foreign champion in a NASCAR national series. Nieto tweeted in Spanish to Suarez, and called him a pride for Mexico and Latin America.The very first time that I was going to move to the States, a lot of people told me it was going to be difficult because I was a Mexican driver, and nobody else made it happen in the past, Suarez said. Right now, honestly, I can tell that to be a Mexican driver, Latin American driver, is something positive.Suarez thanked Nieto for the tweet. He also did interviews Sunday, met with fans and signed autographs before the Sprint Cup season finale.- Dan Gelston---11:20 a.m.NASCAR CEO Brian France says hes happy with the health of the sport. Sweating profusely while speaking at his state-of-NASCAR address, France defended sagging ratings and praised his Drive for Diversity program. Mexican driver Daniel Suarez won the Xfinity Series title Saturday night, becoming the first foreigner to win a NASCAR national series championship.France also refused to talk about President-elect Donald Trump. France endorsed Trump earlier this year and spoke at a rally fo
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