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Jamie Whincup has stolen a march from Shane van Gisbergen at Pukekohe Park, beating home his title rival in the opening race of the Supercars meet.Whincup jumped van Gisbergen from the line and raced away to head a Red Bull Racing one-two, despite a safety car restart owing to Jason Brights high-speed crash.As hes done so many times through his career, the six-time champion executed the most crucial part of the race - the start - and then used the speed of his Red Bull Commodore to power away.The car was quick. Well keep tuning it up and keep moving forward as the races go on, Whincup said.In winning, Whincup cuts the Aucklanders championship lead to 142 points with five races remaining in the season.The pair will start from the front row again in Saturdays second race, beginning 2:45pm (AEDT).The field could be a car down for the rest of the weekend after Brights second-lap brouhaha with Chris Pither, which brought a red flag.Pither, who was served a drive-through penalty for the incident, bumped Bright into the grass at 180km/hr and into the crash barrier leading to the pit lane entryBright was able to walk away from crash but its unclear whether his pit team will be able to restore his Holden for the rest of the weekend.I copped a pretty big whack in the right rear, well see what the guys can salvage, he said.There was further action down the field when James Moffat re-entered the track in front of Dale Wood, blunting his bonnet in the process.In a race largely devoid of overtaking, Scott McLaughlin rounded out the podium and Mark Winterbottom finished fourth.Craig Lowndes, who sits third in the championship, improved form his starting position of 21st - his worst qualifying effort in New Zealand in 12 years - to finish 16th.Lowndes effort reduced the gap between himself and fourth-placed McLaughlin to just 40 points. Elgton Jenkins Super Bowl Jersey . Nathan MacKinnon, Jamie McGinn and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche, who won despite being outshot 38-23. MacKinnons goal, also on the power play, came with just over a minute remaining. Marquez Valdes-Scantling Super Bowl Jersey . Robredo, ranked No. 16, bounced back from an upset loss to Leonardo Mayer in the second round of the Royal Guard Open in Chile last week to down Carreno Busta in 1 hour, 25 minutes. On a day filled mostly with qualifying matches, fifth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain also entered the second with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, while Guido Pella of Argentina defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-4 to advance. . DAmigo scored twice in regulation and added the shootout winner as the Toronto Marlies edged the San Antonio Rampage 5-4 in American Hockey League action. Clay Matthews Super Bowl Jersey .C. -- Al Jefferson joked that he feels he can score from anywhere on the court. Montravius Adams Super Bowl Jersey . -- Bobby Ryan helped the U. LOS ANGELES -- I went to a Los Angeles Rams game with my dad.I never thought Id get a chance to type the above sentence.Its not something I lost sleep over or thought much about. You dont really miss what you dont have. It was simply the reality of life as a Los Angeles resident after the Rams left the second-largest market, which has been without an NFL team for the past 21 years.Im 36 years old. I wasnt alive the last time the Los Angeles Rams played a home game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. They moved from L.A. to Anaheim after the 1979 season and stayed in Orange County until moving to St. Louis in 1995.The Raiders set up shop at the Coliseum from 1982 to 1994, but it wasnt the most family-friendly environment during their time here. In fact, the league didnt host a night game at the Coliseum during the Raiders last 10 seasons in Los Angeles, forcing the Raiders to play 19 straight Monday Night Football games on the road.So I watched football games every Sunday at home with my dad. I loved it and I never thought much about not having a hometown NFL team. When Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke walked into my fourth-period U.S. History class at Notre Dame High School to ask us what L.A. kids thought about not having an NFL team for a column, he was writing about the leagues lost generation of fans. I was almost flippant in my response, Its really great being able to watch good games on Sunday, instead of always having to watch the Rams or Raiders, I said.My classmate Rachel Bilson, who went on to have a successful acting career, talked about going to Rams games every Sunday with her family. It was fun waiting for each Sunday to come, she said.As much as I enjoyed watching games with my dad on our couch, there was a part of me that was jealous of what Rachel experienced with her family and what other cities got to enjoy on Sundays with their NFL teams. Whenever the cameras would pan to the tailgating in the parking lot or the fans cheering in the crowd, I would tell my dad how much fun that would be and he would usually pat me on the back and say, We have the best seat in the house right here.On Saturday, 22 years after the Rams and Raiders left town, I finally went to an NFL game with my dad, trading our spots on the couch for two seats on the 50-yard line.OK, maybe these seats are little bit better, my dad said before the game.It was surreal seeing the NFL logo painted on the center of the Coliseum field and Los Angeles painted in the end zone. The Coliseum was where Los Angeles NFL dreams had come to die for the past 20 years as city politicians continually proposed a refurbished Coliseum to league officials who viewed the 93-year-old facilitty in any fashion as a non-starter.ddddddddddddIf Los Angeles seemed apathetic about the NFL before Saturday, its because over the past two decades, weve seen enough artist renderings of proposed NFL stadiums to fill up the LACMA and the Getty combined. You could have a wing on all the different incarnations of a refurbished Coliseum alone.But all of the changed Saturday, when an NFL game was played in Los Angeles for the first time since Dec. 24, 1994. On that day, the Washington Redskins beat the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Los Angeles Raiders. I remember watching the highlights of those games on Christmas Eve while wearing a Santa Claus hat and giving my dad my Christmas wish list that consisted of mostly Sega Genesis titles. I never thought it would be close to 22 years until I attended an NFL game in Los Angeles with my dad. I guess having an NFL team was just something I took for granted at the time. Or maybe I was just a 14-year-old kid more interested in video games. Who knows?All I know is Los Angeles has completely and fully embraced the Rams and the NFL. I had my doubts. Were a town that doesnt do makeups or sequels well. In fact, we usually botch both royally and consistently. But Los Angeles Rams fans packed every inch of the parking lots outside of the Coliseum on Saturday and tailgated, along with Dallas Cowboys fans, for five hours before Saturdays kickoff. Fans young and old wore jerseys that ranged from Vince Ferragamo, Eric Dickerson and Jack Youngblood to Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald.The game, as most preseason games are, was almost an afterthought to the fans finally being able to congregate at the Coliseum to celebrate the return of the Rams and the return of the NFL to Los Angeles.Even after Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead returned the first NFL kickoff in Los Angeles in 7,903 days for a 101-yard touchdown, most Rams fans were still smiling at the sight of their team back in their city.Not even a 24-7 halftime deficit was going to dampen their mood. Many of the nearly 90,000 fans who had packed the Coliseum had left by the time Rams quarterback Sean Mannion hit Aaron Green for a 9-yard touchdown to give the Rams a 28-24 comeback win. The Rams may be back, but this is still Los Angeles.My dad, who usually likes to beat the traffic like most clichéd L.A. sports fans, stayed until the end and smiled when it was over. It had been a long wait to experience our first NFL in game in Los Angeles together, but it was well worth it.This was fun, he said. We should do this more often. ' ' '

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