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Kyle Busch covers his ears as he looks out of the garage before practice for Sunday's NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
May 25, 2019 - 8:54 am
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — With a furrowed brow NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip scoffed at the notion that the Coca-Cola 600 race is too long and should be shortened by, say, maybe a hundred miles or so. "Is that what some thirty-something said?" the 72-year-old Waltrip said to The Associated Press. Well,...
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Jimmie Johnson stands by his race car for the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Cup series auto race during a news conference in Concord, N.C., Tuesday, May 14, 2019. The car includes the name of fallen soldier Army Sgt. Richard Donlan on the windshield. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
May 14, 2019 - 3:43 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson is going camouflage for the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend to honor those who died while serving in the military. Johnson unveiled a military-themed camouflage paint scheme Tuesday with the name of a fallen soldier written across the front windshield of...
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Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, center, limps off the court during the second half of Game 5 of the team's second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
May 13, 2019 - 7:38 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant watched from home in the Bay Area as the Golden State Warriors finished off James Harden and the Houston Rockets on the road. The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP has a bit more cheerleading to do before he gets back on the court. Durant is likely to miss Games 1...
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May 08, 2019 - 5:14 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will stop the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway after the second stage for a 30-second moment of remembrance. Charlotte officials also made the gesture in 2009 when the 600 was run on Memorial Day because of rain the previous day. The National Moment of...
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NASCAR Cup Series driver Austin Dillon, left, talks with fellow drivers Daniel Hemric, center, and Kyle Larson before qualifying for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)
April 27, 2019 - 7:39 pm
TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Austin Dillon will start on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway. What happens from there is anybody's guess. Even by Talladega standards, there's an element of mystery and potential for chaos heading into Sunday's Cup series race, which is often marked by big wrecks and late...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2008, file photo, Justin Gimelstob, then a member of Kastles' World Team Tennis, smiles during a match in Washington. Now a tennis broadcaster and coach, Gimelstob pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault for attacking a former friend in Los Angeles on Halloween 2017. The district attorney's office says the 42-year-old former pro player was sentenced Monday, April 22, 2019, to three years of probation, 60 days of community service and a year's worth of anger management classes. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)
April 22, 2019 - 9:28 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say tennis broadcaster and coach Justin Gimelstob pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault for attacking a former friend in Los Angeles on Halloween 2017. The district attorney's office says the 42-year-old former pro player was sentenced Monday to three years of...
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FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo, William Byron (24) and Alex Bowman (88) lead the field at the start of a NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. NASCAR made the first significant changes to its schedule in years by shuffling the 2020 season into a freshened new sequence that tries to meet the wants of fans to the best of NASCAR's current ability. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
March 27, 2019 - 5:00 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An entire generation of NASCAR has spent its life tuned to a schedule so predictable events could be planned years in advance and race dates marked milestones. Daytona meant the beach — a week out of school in February, the Fourth of July for vacation — while Memorial Day was...
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Fans enjoy the NASCAR Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. Saturday, March 23. (AP Photo/Matt Bell)
March 26, 2019 - 5:34 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR made the first significant changes to its schedule in years by shuffling the 2020 season into a freshened new sequence that tries to meet the wants of fans to the best of NASCAR's current ability. "The fans and the industry as a whole have been vocal about the desire...
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Ireland's Michael Conlan gestures to fans after a featherweight boxing match against Mexico's Ruben Garcia Hernandez on Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. Conlan won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
March 17, 2019 - 9:45 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The party starts long before the fight when Michael Conlan comes to New York on St. Patrick's Day. But in the midst of his latest victory celebration at Madison Square Garden, Conlan was thinking about a loss. He wants revenge for a defeat while an amateur, and the way he looked...
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FILE- In this March 22, 1937, file photo Lou Gehrig bats the ball for the New York Yankees in his first exhibition game of the season against the Boston Bees in St. Petersburg, Fla. Al Lopez is the Bees' catcher and Tiny Parker is the home plate umpire. A collection of Gehrig memorabilia, which includes various photographs, letters and signed documents, and baseballs, is now available as part of Heritage Auctions' latest offering. (AP Photo, File)
February 18, 2019 - 12:11 pm
Bob Ellis knew what he wanted from his mother-in-law's collection of Lou Gehrig memorabilia both times she asked him to pick something out as a Father's Day gift. It was a hat worn by the New York Yankees slugger and a baseball signed by fellow Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker and...
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