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WRITE TURN

WITH HIS NASCAR CAREER IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR, DALE EARNHARDT JR. IS OPENING UP ABOUT HIS STRUGGLE WITH HEAD INJURIES

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RACING TO THE FINISH

By Dale Earnhardt Jr. with Ryan McGee, out Oct. 16

"When you get something taken away from you," Dale Earnhardt Jr. said in late 2016, "you certainly realize what it's worth." At the time Junior was returning to the track after a concussion had sidelined him for several months. As his new memoir makes clear, it was a similar fear of losing something—this time, a healthy brain—that persuaded him to retire last year.

In this candid reflection, cowritten with ESPN's Ryan McGee, Earnhardt describes wrestling with traumatic brain injury. When concussions and his passion for racing came into conflict, the latter usually won—until the gravity of those head injuries, and his fear that the worst was yet to come, became too great to ignore. The book isn't an autobiography; rather, the two-time Daytona 500 winner offers a sincere meditation on retirement. And as Junior discovered—as a husband, father and broadcaster—there's plenty to life beyond the finish line.

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PLAY BY PLAY

by Verne Lundquist, out Oct. 9

Yes, sir! The longtime sportscaster reminisces about his favorite calls, from Tiger Woods's triumph at the Masters to Auburn's miracle win over Alabama in 2013.

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UFC 229: CONOR MCGREGOR VS. KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV

Oct. 6, Pay-Per-View

After nearly two years out of the octagon, McGregor makes his highly anticipated return against Khabib, the undefeated lightweight champion.

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2018 CONCACAF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP

Oct. 4--17, FS1 and FS2

After last year, we'll never take World Cup qualifying for granted again. But the U.S. women's national team is 27-1-0 all time in qualifying.