Joey Logano topped the opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session from Las Vegas Motor Speedway ahead of Sunday’s South Point 400 (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The Las Vegas race is the first of the 10-race postseason for the sport’s top series.Logano led the way with a fast lap of 189.653 mph around the 1.5-mile track in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Based on average finish, Las Vegas is Logano’s best track with a 9.7 mark in 10 career Cup starts.RELATED: Results | Full Las Vegas schedule | Playoffs 101 | Meet the playoff field Playoff drivers were all over the top 10 on the speed chart, occupying nine of the top 10 spots. Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick (second, 189.460 mph), Aric Almirola (third, 188.864 mph) and Kurt Busch (fifth, 188.140 mph) were all in the top five. Erik Jones was the lone non-Ford in the top five as he placed fourth (188.640 mph).A trio of Toyotas occupied sixth through eighth on the board in Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. Clint Bowyer, the fourth of the SHR playoff cars, was ninth. Among the playoff drivers, Jimmie Johnson came in last on the board in 21st place.The top non-playoff driver in the session was Jamie McMurray (10th) followed by Ryan Newman (11th).Several teams had to serve practice holds in the 50-minute session. The No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team of Austin Dillon and the No. 7 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet team of Reed Sorenson each served 15-minute holds for failing pre-race inspection twice at Darlington and Bristol, respectively. The No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet team of Ross Chastain (missed rookie meeting), No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team of Kyle Larson (late to inspection) and the No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Ford team of B.J. McLeod (late to inspection) all served 15-minute holds as well.The No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team of Daniel Suarez and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota team of Martin Truex Jr. each served 30-minute practice holds due to failing pre-race inspection three or more times at Indianapolis.The Monster Energy Series will be back on track for Busch Pole Qualifying at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App.
The Treasury is to open a new front in the fight against money laundering by creating a watchdog that will tackle potential weaknesses in the supervision of lawyers and other professionals.Housed at City regulator the Financial Conduct Authority, the Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (OPBAS) will complement updated draft AML regulations, published yesterday. These aim to bring the UK’s AML and counter financing for terrorism regime into line with the latest international standards.Some 25 organisations supervise sectors at risk of being used to facilitate money laundering – 22 of which are professional bodies in the legal and accountancy sectors. This can generate ‘inconsistencies which criminals may look to exploit’, said the Treasury.OPBAS will set out how professional body AML supervisors should comply with their obligations under the new regulations, with the power to penalise any breaches. It will be funded by through a new levy on these supervisors.Law Society president Robert Bourns said: ’While we support, in principle, measures aimed at ensuring more consistent and effective supervision, we are disappointed that the burden of funding the new Office for Professional Body AML Supervision will fall upon the private sector and, ultimately, consumers.’The Society is however pleased by the Treasury’s rejection of a plea from the SRA during the consultation for full separation from Chancery Lane.Bourns added: ‘We are pleased the government’s response has recognised our view that there is no evidence to suggest professional body decisions about anti-money laundering supervision have been unduly influenced by their dual role as advocates for their members.’An SRA spokesperson said: ’Law firms are an attractive target for money launderers, and helping to make sure solicitors do not get involved – unwittingly or otherwise – is a longstanding been a priority of ours. For example we undertook a thematic review of law firms anti money laundering procedures last year.’We liaise with key organisations on what is a shared concern, and look forward to working with the Treasury on its updated guidance.’
“There’s not really much to talk about,” Sabonis told The Athletic. “I know exactly how the Pacers feel about me now, they know how I feel about that, and there’s not much more to say. Let my agents do the rest of it and we’ll see what happens.”Domas on potentially being dealt:”There’s not really much to talk about. I know exactly how the Pacers feel about me now, they know how I feel about that, and there’s not much more to say. Let my agents do the rest of it and we’ll see what happens.”He has spoken to his dad.— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) October 19, 2019The 23-year-old has been in contract discussions with the Pacers in recent weeks about an extension, but according to The Athletic, the two sides are far apart. Related News NBA trade rumors: Domantas Sabonis garnering interest from several teams as contract discussions continue Now Indiana is speaking to other teams about a deal, but at this point, its asking price appears to be too high.Sabonis is coming off of a career year with the Pacers in which he averaged 14.1 points and 9.3 rebounds while coming off the bench in all but five of his 74 games played. Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis heard the rumors that Indiana has engaged in trade talks with a handful of teams.He spoke about it Saturday. He is a free agent after the 2019-20 season.“Now I’m just thinking about the team,” Sabonis said in recent weeks. “Preseason is (finishing up), I still have one more year on my contract so that’s not really on my mind. My mindset is just to help the team. It should be a big year for us, we’re excited, so that’s where my focus has been.“All players have their different opinions (about how to handle contract situations). I’ve talked to many players who have gone through this same thing. … My focus is on the season and whatever happens, happens. My agents are taking care of that and I’m just focused on getting better and helping the team.”