The Ashland Beacon
The Monster Energy Cup series is back in action this coming weekend after a one week hiatus. Drivers head to Darlington Raceway for the first of two final regular season races. A 6:00 PM ET green flag start Sunday will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network. A win for any non-playoff drivers will punch a ticket into the 10-event Race for the Chase playoffs.
Bryson DeChambeau (-18) vaulted himself to atop the FedEx Cup standings with his win at the Northern Trust Open this past weekend. A 4-stroke victory at Ridgewood Country Club looked easy for the 24-year-old from Clovis, California. Tony Finau finished in solo second at 14-under. Tiger Woods struggled with the putter in New Jersey. Woods had his first bogey-free round in nearly 1,200 days on Saturday, but could never make enough birdies to get within contention. He finished the tournament at 4-under, which put him T-40th. The next tournament on the playoff scheduled is this weekend. The Dell Tech-nologies’ Championship will take place at TPC of Boston beginning Thursday morning. The 125-golfer field is cut to 100 as we get one step closer to crowning our FedEx Cup Champion of 2018.
The Cincinnati Bengals knocked off the Buffalo Bills on Sunday evening in their third of four preseason games. The Bengals 26-13 win over the Bills was a result of strong quarterback play by starter Andy Dalton in the first half. Dalton threw for 180 yards and 2 touchdowns on 11/16 pass attempts. Starting kicker Randy Bullock also added 3 field goals for Cincinnati in the game.
The Bengals will close out their 2018 preseason this Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts. Expect most key starters to be sidelined for both teams as they try to escape injuries one last time before the regular season starts. A win would give the Bengals an undefeated preseason, moving them to 4-0 this year.
This coming weekend is the official start of the 2018 Kentucky Wildcats football season. The Wildcats host the Central Michigan Chippewas at Kroger Field in Lexington. A 3:30 PM kickoff is scheduled. Central Michigan finished 8-5 last season, including going 6-2 in Mid-American Conference play. The Wildcats meanwhile will be looking to improve on their 7-6 season from last year.
MARSHALL The Thundering Herd hit the road this Saturday to kick off their own 2018 season. Marshall travels to take on an old rival in Miami (OH), another Mid-American Conference school. A 3:30 PM kickoff is scheduled for the game. Newly subscribed ESPN+ members can tune into the game online. The Herd finished 8-5 last year, which was a rebound season from an awful 2016. Many experts have the Herd projected to finished second place in the CUSA East division behind top-25 ranked FAU.