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CHICAGO -- The infamous moustache is making a comeback -- and Jeff Gordon believes he is, too. The four-time NASCAR champion grabbed the final spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship away from Kyle Busch with a vintage performance last week. He will try to end his long "Drive for Five," starting Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Its fair to say hes feeling just a little rejuvenated. "This is the defining moment for me at this stage of my career," Gordon said. "Not making this Chase could have had devastating results." Hes in because of a dramatic performance at Richmond. Gordon came in trailing Busch by 12 points and beat him by three, making major adjustments to his Chevrolet throughout and coming on strong after falling a lap behind to finish second in a race hampered by rain. Now, the question is: At age 41 and 11 years removed from his last championship, can he string together 10 strong races to capture title No. 5? If nothing else, hes showing hes a man of his word. Gordon had vowed to bring back the moustache he sported at the start of his NASCAR career if he made the Chase, and his facial hair is once again the talk of the sport. He had a salt-and-pepper 5 oclock shadow, the early makings of a beard, on Wednesday. He insisted it will be a moustache by the weekend. "My wife started all this because she reminded me and Twitterville of the commitment I had made a month or month and a half ago," Gordon said. "I meant it when I said it and I hoped that we would be in this position, be in the Chase and sporting the stache. So here we go. Get ready." Gordon couldnt remember exactly what led to the vow to bring back the moustache, widely ridiculed after its debut when he was a 21-year-old Sprint Cup Series rookie. Bringing it back might have popped into his head from a comment on Twitter. Hes not sure. He just remembers the reaction to his promise. "They were all like, Yeah, yeah, yeah," he said. "I have fans all the time on Twitter, off Twitter, other competitors, messaging me, Bring back the stache. And I guarantee, its not because I was cool." Other drivers had some tips for Gordon. "You cant leave out the mullet, too," said five-time champion and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson. "Ive seen some discussion on the old trucker hats, but Im just impressed. ... Hes doing it grey and all, so Im proud of him. Hes a lot older now, so I think his moustache is going to be more defined. And he might not be so porn stache-ish. There might be a bit more of Tom Selleck or something along those lines." Defending champion Tony Stewart joked, "Hes got to bring back the eyebrows, too, to match it. Its got to be a matched set. He had that big stache, but if you dont have the eyebrows, its not going to look right. Its fun for Jeff and it will be for his fans too." Those fans will really be loving it if he pulls off the title. At this time last year, Stewart defied his own expectations. He won at Chicagoland after stumbling into the Chase and won five of the 10 races, including the season finale, to tie Carl Edwards for the championship and take the title on the tiebreaker. Can Gordon be this years Stewart, the guy that gets hot at just the right time even if he is admittedly past his prime? He might have won at Atlanta this month, but instead of knocking winner Denny Hamlin out of his way, he drifted up the banking and allowed him to pull away. Gordon second-guessed himself for that, and he looked like he was in trouble last week before making his push. He figured he had nothing to lose midway through Saturday nights race at Richmond, so why not make some "wholesale, huge" changes to the No. 24 Chevy? "To me, its classic when I think of (Dale) Earnhardt Sr.," Gordon said. "He would start the race. Youd lap him. By the end of the race, theyre winning or coming after you for the win. To me, thats sometimes the box that you put yourself in that can be more beneficial. What weve learned from that is weve got to go out every weekend for these next 10 weeks and be fully committed to pursuing winning. If were in fifth, weve got to have that same attitude like were in 26th. Weve got to absolutely go after it." nfl jerseys china . Using a pick acquired from Sherbrooke, the Wildcats selected the five-foot-11, 175-pound captain of the Russian under-17 team. wholesale nfl jersey . Wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin, linebacker Scott Fujita, cornerback Dimitri Patterson, tight end Jordan Cameron, and defensive tackle Scott Paxson did not practice Sunday as the Browns (No. http://www.wholesalejerseysamerican.com/ . -- The Kansas City Royals sent minor league pitcher Sean OSullivan to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash on Thursday. cheap jerseys . -- This rematch was a mismatch. cheap jerseys from china . The level-headed skipper said all along his young, powerful hitters would eventually put things together. Whether that was wishful thinking or well-placed confidence, Melvin was right. Yoenis Cespedes had his first career four-hit game, including a homer and three RBIs, and the Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins 9-4 on Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep.NEW YORK, N.Y. - Even Kevin Millwood was caught up in Andy Pettittes return to the big leagues. Still, he was happy to play the spoiler. Millwood pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and Casper Wells and Justin Smoak each hit a two-run homer, lifting the Seattle Mariners past Pettitte and the New York Yankees 6-2 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep. "I was watching him," Millwood said of Pettitte, who hadnt pitched since retiring after the 2010 season. "I think everybody was kind of curious." Millwood (1-4) almost missed out on the 2011 season, too, but not by choice. He spent much of the year in the minors with the Yankees and Red Sox before joining the Colorado Rockies rotation in August. He signed with Seattle in the off-season. He was winless in six starts this year, but the 37-year-old right-hander kept the Yankees guessing Sunday. He got his 2,000th career strikeout and was helped by three double plays. "I felt like I changed speeds pretty well, moved the ball around," Millwood said. Mariners manager Eric Wedge was impressed with Millwoods pitch selection. "I thought he was outstanding today," Wedge said. "He did a great job with his secondary stuff, working off his fastball." The Yankees tried to prevent their old pal Pettitte from taking the loss with a rally in the eighth against four Seattle relievers. Robinson Cano was walked with two outs by Charlie Furbush with the bases loaded to make it 4-2. Mark Teixeira, though, struck out to end the inning. The lovefest for Pettitte (0-1) began when the lefty appeared with several players in videos welcoming fans to Yankee Stadium after batting practice. The cheers grew as he strolled out to the bullpen for warmups and fans rose for a standing ovation when the five-time World Series champion followed his teammates onto the field for the first inning. Yankee Stadium got awful quiet, though, when Wells homered in the sixth to give Seattle a 4-1 lead with his first of the season, an opposite-field drive off the netting on the right-field pole. Smoak homered for Seattles first hit with two outs in the fourth. A big Yankees fan growing up, Wells thought facing Pettitte, his sisters favourite pitcher, made the day even more special. "Facing Andy Pettitte, its a lot of things coming true, so its pretty special," said Wells, who grew up in Schenectady, N.Y. Pettittes return had become more important to the Yankees because their rotation had been struggling, with Freddy Garcia demoted to the bullpen. But through the first five games of this homestand, the teams starters were 4-0 with a 1.dddddddddddd31 ERA and manager Joe Girardi thought their performance would take some of the pressure off Pettitte. The broad-chested 39-year-old appeared calm as ever in his first big league start since Game 3 of the AL championship series against Texas on Oct. 18, 2010. He sat out last season before deciding in mid-March to make a comeback. With his cap pulled low, and peering over his glove held up in front of his nose, it looked as if No. 46 never missed a game for New York. After Nick Swisher caught leadoff batter Dustin Ackleys fly to right with a leap at the wall, Pettitte walked Wells. He then got Ichiro Suzuki to ground into a double play. Pettitte walked Alex Liddi with two outs in the second but Mike Carp grounded out to end the inning. "I just cannot believe how comfortable this is for me," Pettitte said. "I dont know how to explain it." Not having allowed a hit two outs into the fourth, Pettitte walked former Yankees prospect Jesus Montero and Smoak lined a homer to left. Pettitte showed little emotion on the mound. Wells homered following Ackleys leadoff single in the sixth. The Mariners then loaded the bases with one out on three straight singles but Girardi stuck with Pettitte, and Carp grounded to first. Teixeira stepped on the bag and threw home, and catcher Russell Martin tagged a sliding Montero. Montero, wearing pink shoes for Mothers Day, limped off the field. Pettitte returned for one batter in the seventh and induced his 12th groundball out. He left to a loud ovation despite trailing 4-1. Millwood had little trouble in his best start of the season. With runners on first and second in the third, he got Derek Jeter to ground into the first of his two double plays. Jeter also hit into an inning-ending double play after Millwood walked Martin to force in a run in the fifth. Alex Rodriguez grounded sharply into a 6-4-3 double play after a leadoff walk to Curtis Granderson, one of four walks by Millwood. "We turned some big double plays," Millwood said. Millwood fanned Granderson leading off the fourth for his 2,000th career strikeout. NOTES: The Mariners had lost eight in a row on the road. ... Jeters single in the eighth was hit No. 3,142, tying him for 16th place on the career list with Robin Yount. ... Pettitte came in 11-11 against Seattle. The only other AL team that he doesnt have a winning record against is Cleveland (8-8). ... Wells homer was the Mariners first hit with runners in scoring position this series. The were 0 for 10 coming in. wholesale jerseys ' ' ' 

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