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Washington honors the Nationals…High stakes at `Cocktail Party’…Hamlin racing for NASCAR title with torn labrum

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fans of the Washington Nationals are gathering in the nation’s capital for a parade and rally in honor of the World Series champions. Until the Nationals’ Game 7 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday, no Washington team had won a World Series since the Senators did it in 1924.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The stakes are higher than usual for the Georgia-Florida matchup known as the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” The loser of this afternoon’s showdown in Jacksonville between the No. 9 Bulldogs and the sixth-ranked Gators will almost certainly be knocked out of contention for the College Football Playoff. Georgia is trying to return to the CFP for the second straight season.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Denny Hamlin needs surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but he is putting that off until after the NASCAR season. Right now he’s trying to win his first NASCAR Cup championship. The 15-season Cup Series veteran is second in the standings with two races remaining to qualify for the title-deciding finale. He’ll try for his fourth win at Texas tomorrow. Qualifying is today.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Jonny Gustafson has won the USA Luge men’s national championship in Lake Placid, after defending champion Chris Mazdzer withdrew because of injury and former champion Tucker West crashed in his first run. Summer Britcher narrowly held off Emily Sweeney for the women’s national title.

UNDATED (AP) — The World Cup bobsled and skeleton season will start a week later than originally planned, and Lake Placid will now play host to the first two racing weekends on the schedule. A mechanical failure at the track in Park City, Utah forced organizers to scrub plans to open the season there later this month. The change will result in rare back-to-back weekends at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

Associated Press

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