Chase Elliott will drive
father’s No. 9 for Hendrick
• Chase Elliott will drive his father’s iconic No. 9 next season in a number swap at Hendrick Motorsports.
William Byron will take the No. 24, made famous by Jeff Gordon. The No. 5 will not be fielded for the first time since 1984. It was Hendrick’s original car number and Terry Labonte drove that number in his 1996 championship season.
Elliott raced the No. 9 to the 2014 Xfinity Series title, and his Hall of Fame father Bill Elliott drove it to 38 Cup wins and the 1988 series championship.
“It’s a huge deal to my family and everyone back home [(in Georgia], and I hope all of our fans will be pumped to see it back on the racetrack. There’s a legacy attached to that number, and I want to carry it on,” said Chase Elliott.
Froome keeps lead, Trentin wins Stage 10 of Vuelta
• Chris Froome kept his Spanish Vuelta lead by avoiding trouble in the difficult final descent of Tuesday’s Stage 10, which was won by Matteo Trentin.
It was the second stage victory for the Italian, who outsprinted Spaniard Jose Joaquin Rojas at the end of the 164.8-kilometer (102.4-mile) ride from Caravaca de la Cruz to Alhama de Murcia in southeastern Spain.
Ovechkin back in trim shape for Capitals practice
• A slimmer, trimmer-looking Alex Ovechkin is back on the ice for summer workouts more than two weeks before the start of training camp.
The Russian superstar skated in an informal practice with Washington Capitals teammates on Tuesday and looked lighter than his playing weight of 239 pounds last season. If that’s indeed the case, Ovechkin took to heart the challenge from General Manager Brian MacLellan to train differently and add more speed to his game as he’s about to turn 32.
Ovechkin is trying something new by getting to the D.C. area in late August, which is earlier than usual for captain and 13-year pro.
The early arrivals are no coincidence after the Capitals lost again in the second round to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Syracuse to honor late coach Dick MacPherson
• Syracuse University is honoring the late Dick MacPherson during the 2017 football season. A blue patch with “Mac” inscribed in orange will be sewn on the team jerseys, and the logo will be painted on the Carrier Dome field to celebrate his life.
MacPherson, who resurrected a program in the 1980s that had fallen from the upper echelons of college football’s top division, died in early August at 86.
MacPherson was named Syracuse coach in 1981 and produced a 66-46-4 record, including a 3-0-1 mark in bowl games during his 10-year tenure.
— From wire reports
Sports news roundup: Compiled Aug. 29