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A fan watches as cars practice on a short dirt track at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Gas City, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
May 24, 2020 - 8:23 pm
GAS CITY, Ind. (AP) — The roaring engines and flying dirt pellets briefly brought Gas City I-69 Speedway back to life Sunday. It wasn't the same. The grandstands were empty. Track organizers only allowed a few crew members per team to comply with Indiana's social gatherings limit. Gabe Wilkins even...
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Charlotte Motor Speedway is shown in Concord, N.C., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Some fans have been coming to the Coca-Cola 600 for decades, but they won’t be allowed into Charlotte Motor Speedwaý on Sunday due to Covid-19, leaving the grandstands empty and many disappointed. (AP Photo/Steve Reed)
May 23, 2020 - 2:59 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled. The Indianapolis 500 is postponed until August. Only the Coca-Cola 600 is still scheduled as planned. The most celebrated day in motorsports has been whittled down to the third course, 600 miles around Charlotte Motor Speedway in...
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FILE - In this Sunday Oct. 6, 2017, file photo, Kyle Busch signs autographs for fans before practice for a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. Some fans have been coming to the Coca-Cola 600 for decades, but they won’t be allowed into Charlotte Motor Speedwaý on Sunday due to Covid-19, leaving the grandstands empty and many disappointed. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
May 23, 2020 - 2:45 am
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Harry and Judy Wiley plan to walk down their driveway in Johnson City, Tennessee on Sunday, climb inside their 39-foot motorhome, flip on the television and do the best they can to enjoy NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 — a staple of their Memorial Day weekend for decades. It won't be...
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FILE - This May 26, 2019, file photo shows Simon Pagenaud, of France, celebrating after winning the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis. The Indy 500 has been rescheduled for Aug. 23, 2020, and won't be run on Memorial Day weekend as scheduled for the first time since its return in 1946. Pagenaud passed Alexander Rossi on the penultimate lap to win last May. That gave Roger Penske his 18th win at Indy on the 50th anniversary of his arrival at the Brickyard and before he became the series and track owner. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
May 18, 2020 - 1:37 am
The Brickyard and major league ballparks will be quiet during the Memorial Day weekend as most of the sports calendar remains on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. While NASCAR will run its traditional holiday weekend Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (though without spectators),...
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Cars go through a turn past a sign thanking people working during the coronavirus pandemic at Darlington Raceway Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. NASCAR, which has been idle for 10 weeks because of the pandemic, made its return with the Real Heroes 400 Nascar Cup Series auto race. (AP Photo/Jenna Fryer)
May 17, 2020 - 8:34 pm
Finally, a reason to cheer. We'll take it. Even from afar. No doubt, it was downright eerie when Fox came on the air Sunday afternoon for NASCAR's return to racing, a camera hovering over tens of thousands of empty seats at the enormous, iconic speedway in the backwoods of Darlington, South...
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In this Aug. 2018 file photo, a woman walks a small dog near a sign at Finger Lakes Welcome Center on the banks of Lake Geneva in Geneva, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday, May 11, 2020 gave the green light to several regions of the state not as severely affected by the outbreak to gradually restart their economies once the latest stay-at-home order expires Friday. The Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley and the Finger Lakes have met all seven benchmarks for opening some business activity and need to work out some logistical details by the end of the week, Cuomo said. The North Country, which includes Essex County, is close behind. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
May 16, 2020 - 11:31 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Former Washington Redskins star Dexter Manley is hospitalized and receiving oxygen to treat breathing issues related to the coronavirus, two of his children told The Washington Post. The 61-year-old Manley was...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes, left, and Tyrann Mathieu celebrate after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Kansas City Chiefs began talking about a repeat before they had even left the stadium following their Super Bowl triumph. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
May 15, 2020 - 8:17 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is set to be part of the virtual graduation ceremonies for Texas Tech, his alma mater. The star quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs will address the graduates along with two students...
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FILE - In this April 5, 2006, file photo, NASCAR driver Greg Biffle, left, Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning, center, and Harold Brasington Jr. look out over Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. Brasington Jr.'s father was the track builder. The 70-year-old raceway will host the return of NASCAR Cup Series racing, among the biggest events so far as sports makes a halting comeback from a global shutdown forced by the coronavirus pandemic. (John D. Russell/The Morning News via AP, File)
May 15, 2020 - 3:24 pm
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Harold Brasington III recalls riding around the infield at Darlington Raceway as a youngster with his late grandfather, track builder Harold Brasington, watching as his granddad said hello to the likes of Richard Petty, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and Dale Earnhardt. The...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2019, file photo, Washington NCAA college football defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake speaks during a news conference about taking over the head coaching position, in Seattle. Just when it seemed like things were up and rolling, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The ensuring national shutdown hurt coaches across college football as they prepare for next season, but it was particularly difficult on programs with first-year coaches trying to build something from the ground up. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
May 12, 2020 - 10:17 pm
As Pac-12 football coaches pitched an NCAA-mandated uniform start to the season, some of the latest plans to fight the coronavirus in California further muddled how college teams will return to play in the West. Washington coach Jimmy Lake said Tuesday in a video conference with reporters that he...
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Second base sits in its place in an otherwise empty ballpark where grounds crew members continue to keep the Seattle Mariners' field in playing shape as the ballpark goes into its seventh week without baseball played because of the coronavirus outbreak Monday, May 11, 2020, in Seattle. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball owners have given the go-ahead to making a proposal to the players' union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
May 11, 2020 - 6:43 pm
Everybody has a plan, Mike Tyson liked to say, until they get hit in the face. Major League Baseball signaled on Monday that it’s ready to let the pummeling begin. A plan to open an abbreviated season over the Fourth of July weekend isn’t exactly set in stone, and whether it actually happens is far...
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