Defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champ Martin Truex Jr. told an annual gathering of Toyota employees Thursday that he’s ready for a more aggressive approach depending on who he’s racing, saying, “it’s time to stop getting run into and start running into.”His remarks come four days after Joey Logano’s last-lap bumper nudge denied Truex a victory at Martinsville Speedway, and with it, a title berth in the championship race Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The comments from Toyota’s Plano, Texas, headquarters were first reported by Bob Pockrass of ESPN.RELATED: Playoff standings | Dale Jr.’s advice to TruexIn earlier comments, Truex said he’d exchanged text messages with Logano, reporting that his rival’s response was defensive in nature. Going forward, Truex added that he’d stay true to his sportsmanlike driving style, even with a chance at a second Monster Energy Series crown on the line. But he also said his gauge for how aggressive to be would depend on the situation and his competition at that moment.“I wouldn’t just wreck somebody to win a championship, just like I wouldn’t wreck somebody to win a race,” Truex told ESPN. “It might be cool for a couple of hours. In 20 years, you are going to look back and say, ‘Did I really win that race or was that cheap?’ Some people might be OK with that.”DEBATE: No more Mr. Nice Guy?Truex joined roughly 50 drivers from all forms of racing for Toyota’s Motorsports Day in Texas. The event is a prelude to Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM), the eighth of 10 races in the NASCAR Playoffs.
Residents are encouraged to register for updates from the Southeast Texas Alerting Network (STAN). Call 1-877-843-7826 anytime to hear important alerts and notifications, or visit thestan.com to register for notifications.A release this week said: “Under the direction of TPC Group, and in consultation with local, state and agency partners, response efforts at TPC Group Port Neches Operations continue to focus on activities to secure the site and minimize impact to environment, while preserving the safety of responders and the community.” The evacuation-only claims portion concluded Jan. 20.TPC Group has since focused resources on resolving property damage claims for community residents. As of mid-week, more than 7,300 property inspections have been performed. PORT NECHES — TPC Group’s voluntary claims process went into effect Nov. 27 following multiple plant explosions that rocked the community.TPC Group Port Neches Operations said nearly 18,000 claims have been paid for expense reimbursement from the mandatory evacuation. TPC Group will continue to manage inquiries via the official response website at portnechesresponse.com, as well as through established social media channels at facebook.com/PortNechesUC and on Twitter, @PortNechesUC.
Kevin Allen hopped on with Nestor to discuss the aftermath of the Capitals’ win in Game 3 over the Penguins.Find out why Kevin thinks Game 4 is the most important game of the series. Who does he ultimately believe will come out victorious in this heavyweight playoff battle?To hear Kevin Allen’s full discussion with Nestor, listen here:Audio Playerhttp://c631904.r4.cf2.rackcdn.com/Kevin%20Allen%20of%20USA%20Today%20still%20thinks%20Penguins%20will%20prevail%20against%20Caps%20and%20win%20Stanley%20Cup%20%20.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
Real Madrid’s Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best football player in the world for the second year running at Fifa’s The Best awards gala on Monday.The four-time Ballon d’Or winner won a La Liga and Champions League double with the Madrid club this year, striking twice against Juventus in the European Cup final to help Real become the first team to retain the trophy in its current format.Barcelona’s Argentina forward Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d’or five times, and Paris St Germain’s Brazil forward Neymar were runners up for the award voted for by national team coaches and captains plus the media and fans.The Best Fifa Men’s Player award and the Ballon d’or, which is voted for only by the media, are now separate awards.Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane won the manager of the year trophy for his part in the club’s success.Five Real players were named in the best XI of the year, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos joining Ronaldo, while Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Alves (PSG), Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) and Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) were also selected.Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud won the Puskas Award for the best goal of the year, which was the Frenchman’s scorpion kick against Crystal Palace, and Buffon was declared best goalkeeper.The Netherlands’ Lieke Martens won best female player of the year, while the Dutch women’s national team coach Sarina Weigman was voted best manager after the team’s triumph at Euro 2017.