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HOMESTEAD, Fla. Harry Carson Jersey . -- Richard Petty and Jimmie Johnson could soon a share a spot in NASCARs championship record book.The racing greats dont share much of a friendship.Petty, NASCARs career leader with 200 wins, has yet to speak to Johnson since the Hendrick Motorsports star earned a spot in the season finale with a championship berth on the line. Johnson would match Petty and Dale Earnhardt with seven Cup championships should be best Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Kyle Busch in Sundays race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.The King knew the year would come when he would have to share his championship throne.Petty said he wasnt openly rooting for a driver he barely knows to match his championship mark.I aint got a dog in this fight, you know what I mean, Petty said Saturday. Probably from the PR standpoint, it would be great if he could win it. Because then every time they say something about him, theyre going to say something about me and Earnhardt.Petty said he doesnt have much of a relationship with Johnson and they havent talked to each other since the Hendrick Motorsports star clinched his championship spot with a win at Martinsville.Jimmie is just another one out there, Petty said inside his motorhome. Weve never really socialized at all. Ive been at a bunch of meetings and places with him. Probably all weve ever done is say hello to each other.Johnson made his Sprint Cup debut in 2001 and won championships from 2006-2010 and a sixth in 2013. Earnhardt won championships in 1980 and went back-to-back in 1986-1987, 1990-1991 and 1993-1994. Pettys championships came in 1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1979.I was the first one to climb the mountain, Petty said.Petty and Earnhardt won their championships when NASCAR decided a champion under a season-long points system. Johnson won his in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint championship playoff era. Johnson tries for No. 7 in the third season of the Chase elimination format.Theres no way to compare with what Ive done, or what Earnhardts done or what Jimmies doing against each other, Petty said.Petty, whose 27 victories in 1967 still stand as a single-season record, has remained a fixture in NASCAR with his ownership stake in Richard Petty Motorsports. He turns 80 next year and remains a familiar sight at racetracks in feathered cowboy hats, dark glasses and cowboy boots.Its been good PR for me because this time last year, no one said, `Richard Petty won seven championships, he said. We wouldnt even be mentioned. Its brought us back into the forefront. A lot of the fans, old fans, new fans, never really think about that part. Now, theyve brought it into focus.Johnson had his eye on seven since he won his sixth championship in 2013. Only 41, a motivated Johnson has more shots at seven, eight, even more titles.It would be a massive honor to join Petty and Earnhardt, he said.Petty will congratulate Johnson after the race should he tie the record. Maybe then, the seven-time champs will have more of a chance to catch up.Ive been busy answering questions about Jimmie, Petty said, so I havent had a chance to talk with him.---More AP auto racing: www.racing.ap.org Deandre Baker Youth Jersey . - Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie never doubted he would bring back coach Dennis Allen for a third year despite back-to-back 4-12 records. Darius Slayton Giants Jersey . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. http:///...-Jersey.html?cat=966 .ca. Kerry,  Just watched the shootout in the Coyotes/Leafs game and I have to ask, why was the James van Riemsdyk goal allowed to count?  All of the video replays we were shown on TV were inconclusive about whether the puck had entirely crossed the line or not. NEW YORK -- There is a surprising degree of luck in tennis.The nicked net cord, the dangerous floater avoided (or not) in the draw, a series of untimely weather delays -- they can ultimately mean the difference between winning and losing.To that list we can now add the combination of an unlikely profusion of injured opponents -- and a massive upset on the other side of the draw.No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic was probably chortling in his hotel room Wednesday when No. 2 Andy Murray got into it with chair umpire Marija Cicak.During the third set of his quarterfinal against Kei Nishikori, Murray was upset that Cicak stopped play when a loud boom came from the speakers in Arthur Ashe Stadium. He complained that Cicak was being inconsistent, after earlier declining to do the same on several occasions when the crowd got loud on a point in the first set.It was at this point that Murray, seen by some as a favorite at the US Open, began to unravel, losing seven consecutive games.He never really recovered and No. 6 seed Nishikori went on to a rousing 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 7-5 victory. The instant classic ran 3 hours, 58 minutes at Arthur Ashe Stadium. What does it mean?Advantage, Djokovic.Id say Novak would be the favorite, Murray said afterward.Nishikori has needed 20 sets to reach the semifinals, where he was to play the winner between Wednesday nights match between No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and Juan Martin del Potro.Djokovic, who plays in Fridays other semifinal against No. 10 seed Gael Monfils, has played nine sets and six games. Yes, nine.Wawrinka and del Potro, even if their match only goes the three-set minimum, will be at 18 sets and 13-plus, respectively.Djokovic has had the enormous good fortune to see no fewer than three of five opponents stand down because of injuries. Jiri Vesely granted him a walkover in the second round, Mikhail Youzhny retired after six games in thee third and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga decided to stop their quarterfinal match after two sets Tuesday night. Eli Manning Giants Jersey. jokovic, who has already won two of the three majors this season, needs no other assistance. He came into the US Open with an ailing wrist, which he suffered during a first-round loss at the Rio Olympics. The injury kept him out of Cincinnati, and there were questions whether hed be fully fit for New York.During his opening-round match against Jerzy Janowicz, there were signs of trouble. Only five games into the match, Djokovic asked for a trainer, who massaged his right arm. Djokovic ultimately prevailed, but afterward, he would not elaborate on the extent of the injury, merely saying it wasnt the right time to talk about it.Since then, Djokovic hasnt been pushed. He has played six completed sets and hasnt lost more than four games in any. Now, the biggest threat to his title is gone. Granted, Djokovic has dominated their head-to-heads, leading 24-10, but Murray came into the US Open prevailing in 26 of his past 27 matches.This Slam, in particular, I think for all of the players, especially the ones, you know, that have done well over the summer period on the hard courts, its, you know, a tough one, Murray said.Nishikori played cleverly, mixing up his serve, moved forward when he could and hit a large number of drop shots. He won 27 of 39 points at net, nearly more than twice as many as Murray.After winning the bronze medal in singles in Rio, Nishikori has some momentum going -- and a comfortable feeling in his second US Open semifinal in three years.Two years after, I have a great memory here, Nishikori said. I think this is a great opportunity to come in a semifinal again.But unlike Djokovic, he might be tapped out. ' ' ' 
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