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NASCAR starting to allow access a year after restart

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Harvick crossed the finish line at Darlington Raceway a year ago and was struck by the stillness and silence of the empty grandstands. NASCAR was one of the first major sports to resume competition early in the pandemic, setting its own path in a strange new world ...

Mets put their ace on disabled list

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Jacob deGrom was placed on the injured list by the New York Mets Monday with tightness in his right side, a move that will keep the ace from taking the mound until May 20 at the earliest. The Mets said an MRI on Sunday night was “clean of any issues.” ...

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Ex-PSU star set to retire KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs announced Monday they have signed six-time Pro Bowl selection Tamba Hali to a one-day contract. The move allows Hali — who played outside linebacker in Kansas City from 2006 to 2017 after getting drafted out of Penn ...

Baffert no stranger to failed drug tests by horses

The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trainer Bob Baffert is used to making history. The Hall of Famer could make some unwanted history if Medina Spirit becomes only the second Kentucky Derby winner to be disqualified for a failed drug test. Baffert announced that Medina Spirit tested ...

Medina Spirit could lose Derby victory

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Medina Spirit’s victory in the Kentucky Derby is in serious jeopardy because of a failed postrace drug test, one that led Churchill Downs to suspend Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on Sunday in the latest scandal to plague the sport. Baffert denied all wrongdoing and ...

Truex Jr. dominates for 3rd win of season

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Martin Truex Jr. got nervous in a hurry near the end of his dominating drive at Darlington Raceway. Barely pushed much of the race, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver suddenly saw Kyle Larson catching up in the closing laps. Truex, though, called on his steady demeanor and ...

McIlroy ends long drought

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rory McIlroy finally won when he least expected it, and it was as sweet as he could have imagined. Only after he hung on for a one-shot victory in the Wells Fargo Championship, his first title in 18 months, did he reveal his neck locked up during his final practice session ...

Reds’ southpaw picks up latest no-hitter

CLEVELAND (AP) — Wade Miley pitched baseball’s second no-hitter in three days — and fourth already this season — leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 win Friday night over the Cleveland Indians, who were no-hit for the second time in a month. Miley (4-2) relied on breaking pitches and ...

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Lefty struggles at Wells Fargo CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Phil Mickelson was 11 shots worse than his previous round at Quail Hollow. Bryson DeChambeau made an 8 on his 16th hole and headed straight for the exit. Turns out nothing was as bad as it seemed Friday in the Wells Fargo ...

Guthrie paved the way, still hoping more will follow

All these years after her history making run at the Indianapolis 500, Janet Guthrie is still deluged with letters from around the globe. “I just got a piece of fan mail from Australia,” she said Friday. “I’ve got a stack of fan mail about 3 feet high that I haven’t been able to ...

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Angels cut Albert Pujols ANAHEIM, Calif. — Albert Pujols was cut by the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, abruptly ending the 41-year-old superstar slugger’s decade with his second major league team. The Angels surprisingly announced the move to designate Pujols for assignment a day after ...

NHL nails Rangers with huge penalty

The Associated Press The New York Rangers in less than 72 hours lost their best player to injury, fired their president and general manager, and had another player suspended. They are also out a quarter-million dollars in the aftermath of the storied franchise’s latest chaotic ...

Mays hits another milestone

By Fred Lief The Associated Press Willie Mays is turning 90, and no mistaking that number. It strikes with the clarity of a line drive. Mays played in a sport measured by milestones — 3,000 hits, 500 homers, signposts he passed and then some — and now here’s one more. Today, when ...

Vaccinations will get fans into New York city games

By Ronald Blum The Associated Press NEW YORK — The Yankees and Mets can increase capacity from 20% to 100% at their ballparks for home games starting May 19 — as along as fans are vaccinated against COVID-19. And both teams will be giving away free tickets along with ...

NASCAR’s future is now

By Jenna Fryer The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR’s next generation race car is finally here after two years of hype and hope that it will revolutionize the stock car series. How can a spec car radically change a sport? Competition. Cost containment. Manufacturer ...

MLB notes: No-hitter for O’s; Former Pirates coach dies

Orioles’ lefty no-hits Seattle SEATTLE — John Means threw the major leagues’ third no-hitter this season and came within a wild pitch on a third strike of a perfect game, pitching the Baltimore Orioles over the Seattle Mariners 6-0 Wednesday. Means (4-0) struck out 12 and walked ...

Legendary Indy 500 champion Unser dies

The Associated Press There wasn’t much Bobby Unser wouldn’t do to promote the Indianapolis 500, which is how he found himself at a show-and-tell at an Indiana elementary school a few years ago. He had the famed Indy 500 winners’ Borg-Warner Trophy with him and proudly showed the ...

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Ex-Pitt player is charged PITTSBURGH — Tennessee Titans fourth-round draft pick Rashad Weaver has been charged with simple assault following an incident in Pittsburgh last month. The complaint against Weaver, who played defensive end at the University of Pittsburgh, was filed Friday, a ...

Medina waits for Baffert

By Gary B. Braves The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Medina Spirit’s surprising Kentucky Derby victory gave Bob Baffert a good problem to have — figuring out where to hang another sign on his barn’s already crowded wall of glory. As the Hall of Fame trainer digests a record ...

A happy birthday win for Kyle Busch

The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kyle Busch thought he had a third-place car Sunday. His crew chief, Ben Beshore, though it was good enough for second. Both of them turned out to be wrong. Instead, Busch was perfect on a pair of late restarts and won a two-lap sprint to the ...