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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, file photo, Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts makes a leaping catch on a ball hit by New York Yankees' DJ LeMahieu during the eighth inning of a baseball game in New York. With the sports calendar still mostly on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press takes a look at some of the live sporting events that would have taken place the week of May 4-10, 2020, including the season's first meeting between the Red Sox and Yankees, in The Bronx. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
May 04, 2020 - 2:03 am
With the sports calendar still mostly on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press takes a look at some of the live sporting events that would have taken place the week of May 4-10: MLB: The 162-game regular season would have been about one-fourth complete after the Boston Red...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020, file photo, William Byron celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the second of two NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying auto races at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Byron has won NASCAR’s iRacing event at virtual Dover International Speedway. It is Byron’s third victory in the last four iRacing events created to provide NASCAR content during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
May 03, 2020 - 3:18 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — William Byron showed he's the sharpest gamer in NASCAR's iRacing Series with his third victory in four events. Byron passed Timmy Hill with seven laps remaining at virtual Dover International Speedway, where NASCAR was scheduled to actually race Sunday, to win yet again on...
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In this image taken from video provided by iRacing IndyCar, driver Scott McLaughlin, left, leads the field at the green flag during the First Responder 175 presented by GMR virtual IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday, May 2, 2020, in Indianapolis, Ind. (iRacing IndyCar via AP)
May 02, 2020 - 4:30 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Scott McLaughlin was supposed to leave Australia for Indianapolis this month to make his IndyCar debut on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With sports on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, the two-time V8 SuperCars champion saw his IndyCar plans...
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FILE - In this Sunday, June 30, 2019 file photo, a view of the Red Bull Ring racetrack in Spielberg, southern Austria. Formula One hopes to finally start the season with a double-header in the naturally isolated environment around the venue for the Austrian Grand Prix. The first 10 F1 races have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic and the targeted start date is July 5 in Austria. (Christian Bruna, Pool via AP, File)
May 02, 2020 - 1:16 pm
The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Cycling’s European Road Championships have been postponed until next year amid the coronavirus pandemic. The championships were scheduled to take place Sept. 9-13 in Trentino, Italy, but the European Cycling...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2019, file photo, drivers race at the NASCAR cup series auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. With NASCAR set to return May 17, 2020, the iRacing Pro Invitational Series will likely go away. The NASCAR-backed iRacing Series, featuring the best sim racers in the field, will continue to run on digital platforms and six races will air on NBCSN during the series’ playoffs. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
May 02, 2020 - 11:04 am
DOVER, Del (AP) — The moment in the virtual sun has arrived for simulated racing and the thousands of gamers who always wanted to race like Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Jeff Gordon at NASCAR tracks from Dover to Daytona. Sports fans discovered over the last few weeks on national TV a not-so-hidden secret...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 file photo, F1 manager director of motorsports Ross Brawn speaks during a news conference at the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas. Formula One hopes to finally start the season with a double-header in the naturally isolated environment around the venue for the Austrian Grand Prix. Brawn says this is a “real consideration” so long as iron-tight safety regulations are met. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
May 02, 2020 - 9:46 am
PARIS (AP) — Formula One hopes to finally start the season with a double-header in the naturally isolated environment around the venue for the Austrian Grand Prix. Despite the first 10 races having been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the targeted start date is July 5 in...
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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2018, file photo, Martin Truex Jr., (78) and Jimmie Johnson (48) crash on the final lap during the NASCAR Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Charlotte Motor Speedway will host the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24, 2020, to mark 60 consecutive years the longest race on the NASCAR schedule will be held on Memorial Day weekend. The track in Concord will then host a Wednesday race three days later. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
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May 01, 2020 - 8:07 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR plans to restart its engines with a flurry of races at two historic tracks. NASCAR said Thursday it is set to return May 17 with an elite Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, the first of seven events in an 11-day stretch across the top three series...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo, Jason Hackedorn looks into Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, in Cleveland. With the distinct possibility of pro sports resuming in empty venues, a recent poll suggests a majority of U.S. fans wouldn't feel safe attending games anyway without a coronavirus vaccine.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
May 01, 2020 - 5:35 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ An emergency room nurse who played golf after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reopened courses made a hole-in-one. “I don’t know if I deserved to get this because of what I do. It’s mostly pure luck, but it was...
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An entrance to Indianapolis Motor Speedway is viewed Saturday, April 18, 2020, in Indianapolis. The speedway is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
May 01, 2020 - 5:26 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway could be the first major sporting venue to have fans back in the stands this summer. Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced a five-stage plan Friday to reopen the state with the final phase tentatively scheduled to include a return to sporting venues on...
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FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2016, file photo, a track marshall waves a yellow caution flag during a NASCAR Xfinity series auto race at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. As NASCAR speeds back to the race track during the coronavirus pandemic the series has a heavy responsibility to set a safety standard that doesn't slow the return of other sports. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
May 01, 2020 - 4:42 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is preparing to be the first major U.S. sport to restart its season during the coronavirus pandemic — a welcomed return to racing and one that will be closely watched by the public and other professional leagues for missteps. More than 700 people — no fans — are...
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