Judge breaks McGwire’s HR rookie record

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge acknowledges the crowd after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in New York. It was Judge's 50th home run, which sets a new record the most home runs hit by a rookie in the MLB. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge circled the bases for the 50th time this season , breaking Mark McGwire’s major league record for home runs by a rookie, and returned to the Yankees dugout to exchange handshakes, hugs and high-fives with excited teammates.

NASCAR has too many distractions amid playoffs

A crew worker from Matt Kenseth's team wheels a tire through the garage area prior to practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 300 auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It is two weeks into NASCAR’s playoffs and there has been little to no talk about the actual racing.

From start to finish, Thomas was best in golf this season

Justin Thomas reacts after missing a putt for birdie on the eighteenth hole during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

ATLANTA — Justin Thomas had an inkling back in January that this season might be something special.

Memorable displays of unity followed by amazing endings

New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks, right, drags his toes as he makes the game-winning catch in the end zone for a touchdown in front of Houston Texans safety Corey Moore, left, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 36-33. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

NEW YORK — For one of those rare times, the focus at NFL stadiums was on what happened before the games. What occurred on the sidelines, or in the tunnels leading to the locker rooms.

Schauffele wins championship, Thomas takes FedEx Cup

Justin Thomas holds the trophy after winning the Fedex Cup after the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Justin Thomas is the FedEx Cup champion, a surprise to no one who saw him power his way to scoring records, his first major at the PGA Championship and more PGA Tour victories than anyone this season.

Martinez clutch hit secures wild card for D-backs

Arizona Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury, right, celebrates with a teammate in the locker room after clinching a National League Wild Card playoff spot after a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Marlins 3-2. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — Of course it was J.D. Martinez who got the hit that secured home-field advantage in the wild-card game for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

No protests in NASCAR after executives’ warnings

Racing legend Richard Petty watches practice prior to car qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa))

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — It appeared no drivers, crew or other team members protested during the national anthem Sunday prior to a race at New Hampshire Motorspeedway.

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