- Associated Press - Sunday, September 23, 2012

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Joe Gibbs didn’t hear Denny Hamlin predict a victory in the NASCAR race in New Hampshire. And it’s a good thing, too.

When the former Washington Redskins coach was in the NFL, he didn’t like it when his players were overconfident _ especially in public. Gibbs told a story Sunday about loquacious defensive lineman Dexter Manley, who would sometimes give media interviews outside the window of Gibbs‘ office.

“You knew Dexter was going to say something like, `We are going to kill `em’ or something,” Gibbs said Sunday after earning his 100th victory in the Sprint Cup series. “And I would be going like this: `Don’t you dare.’ I’m glad I didn’t hear about that until later on, because normally that one for me doesn’t work out.”

Gibbs, who won three Super Bowls and 154 games with the Redskins, is the sixth team owner to reach the 100-win milestone in NASCAR’s top series. The occasion was important enough that Hamlin attended the post-race news conference wearing a special hat to commemorate it, instead of the usual sponsor’s attire.

Gibbs’s success in two sports is rare, especially in ones that are so different. An NFL coach controls almost everything, even what a 250-pound lineman like Manley says to reporters.

“The difference over here, the drivers tell me what to do. As an owner, I’m along for the ride,” Gibbs said. “Dexter could threaten me a little easier than what Denny can.”


FENWAY, NO WAY: It was a tough weekend for Fenway Sports Group, a part-owner of Roush Fenway Racing and the owners of the Boston Red Sox and England’s Liverpool soccer team.

RFR drivers Matt Kenseth (14th), Greg Biffle (18th) and Carl Edwards (19th) all struggled on Sunday at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Biffle is now ninth in the Chase to the Sprint Cup standings, 33 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson, and Kenseth remained in 11th, 35 behind.

“Everybody wants to be leading, but … we got everything we could out of our car,” Kenseth said. “It wasn’t much better than that.”

Biffle climbed into the top 10 on the track but struggled with the grip.

“We were doing well in the middle part of the race and I thought, `Man, we’ve got something. We’re going,’” he said. “We got up to 10th and then went straight backwards. I don’t know what happened.”

Elsewhere, it was the same for the sports conglomerate.

Liverpool lost 2-1 to Manchester United on a controversial penalty kick. The Red Sox, who are playing the worst seasons in the current ownership’s tenure, beat Baltimore 2-1 on Sunday but dropped two of three to the Orioles.


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