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Dillon Leads 1-2 RCR Finish in Cup Race Before Fans at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Austin Dillon stayed in front after a restart with two laps to go and beat rookie Tyler Reddick to the checkered flag at Texas, giving Richard Childress Racing a 1-2 NASCAR Cup finish and quite a show for spectators spread out in the stands on a scorching Sunday. ...

Players Plead With NFL to Address Health, Safety Concerns

(AP) — NFL players are publicly pleading with the league to address several health and safety concerns on the eve of training camp. The league informed teams on Saturday that training camps will open on time even though discussions with the players’ union regarding testing for the ...

Dress rehearsal: MLB holds first COVID-era exhibitions

By JAKE SEINER AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius watched over the top of his face mask as his drive off Washington ace Max Scherzer sailed into empty outfield seats. Fake cheers — meant to encourage the hometown Nationals — accidentally piped through the stadium as the ...

Rahm builds 4-shot lead at Memorial in his quest to be No. 1

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jon Rahm showed Saturday in the Memorial why he's one of the most explosive players in golf. With his clubs. A back nine that capped off what he considers one of the best rounds of his careers gave Rahm a 4-under 68, turned a ...

No Canada: Blue Jays barred from playing games in Toronto

By ROB GILLIES Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — The Blue Jays won't play their home games in Toronto this year because Canada's government doesn't think it's safe for players to travel back and forth from the United States, one of the countries hit hardest by the coronavirus ...

Kyle Busch wins NASCAR trucks race after earlier Xfinity DQ

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Truck Series race at Texas on Saturday night, getting the victory in his second race of the day after a postrace disqualification took away an apparent Xfinity Series win. "Technically, I haven't won ...

As camp approaches, how will NFL handle players opting out?

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer The 60-game mini-season Major League Baseball assembled this summer was still long enough that a dozen or so health-concerned players, even a few stars, decided to skip it. The NFL's player pool is more than twice as big as MLB's, groomed for ...

NFL tells teams training camps will open on time

By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer The NFL has informed teams their training camps will open on time. League executive Troy Vincent sent a memo to general managers and head coaches on Saturday informing them rookies can report by Tuesday, quarterbacks and injured players by Thursday ...

NBA going with shorter games for Disney exhibition openers

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The first exhibition games of the NBA restart will go a little more quickly than usual. The NBA is tweaking the rules for those initial matchups, going with 10-minute quarters instead of the usual 12 minutes. The change ...

Umpire Rick Reed, who worked 1991 World Series, dies at 70

NEW YORK (AP) — Rick Reed, whose career as a big league umpire spanned three decades and included two All-Star games and a World Series, has died. He was 70. Reed died Thursday night. Born in Detroit, Reed first worked a handful of American League games in 1979 before eventually becoming ...

Pirates Hit Reset Button

PITTSBURGH (AP) — New Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington and manager Derek Shelton have used a lot of words to describe the situation they inherited then they arrived last fall. The word “rebuild” has not escaped their mouths even once. A “rebuild” hints a returning ...

Musgrove Named Opening Day Starter

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Musgrove is ready for opening day. Gregory Polanco and Keone Kela are decidedly not. Pittsburgh Pirates first-year manager Derek Shelton announced Friday that Musgrove will be the starter when the Pirates begin the truncated 2020 season in St. Louis on July 24 while ...

OVAC Football All-Stars Reflect on Lost Game

WHEELING -- As it pertains to individual accolades an Ohio Valley prep football player can attain, there's one goal that's seemingly on everyone's list. Being selected to represent either Ohio or West Virginia in the annual OVAC Rudy Mumley All-Star Football Game is worth its weight in gold. ...

Weir’s Granato Retires After 21 Successful Years

WEIRTON — Sometimes, you just know when the time is right. Mike Granato knew it was time. After 21 successful years as Weir boys’ basketball coach and 38 years of coaching all told, Granato came to the realization that it was time to step away from the coaching realm. ...

Grid Coaches Support New Regulations

PARKERSBURG - The WVSSAC has issued some new requirements and recommendations in order to make the high school football season a safer venture. The new requirements are: ∫ Extend the coaching box for social distancing on sidelines (from the 15 to 15); ∫ All water provided will be ...

As MLB Season Draws Near, Careful Optimism Prevails

With the start of Major League Baseball’s shortened season a week away, games in empty stadiums and strange extra-inning rules are on the verge of becoming reality. Now that the players have gotten used to COVID-19 tests, social distancing and wearing masks in the clubhouse, it’s just ...

OU Eastern, Others Dropping Sports Immediately

ATHENS — Intercollegiate athletics at Ohio University’s Eastern campus in St. Clairsville are no more. Ohio University spokeswoman Carly Leatherwood confirmed the news late Wednesday that OUE and the four other branch campuses are dropping sports, effective for the upcoming fall ...

WLU Earns Academic Award

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Coach Ben Howlett's West Liberty University men's basketball team was honored Thursday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as a recipient of the NABC's eighth annual Team Academic Excellence Award. In order to qualify for the award, teams must have compiled a ...

WU Women’s Track Lauded

NEW ORLEANS - The Wheeling University Women's Track & Field team earned United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors announced the organization Thursday afternoon. In addition to the team award, senior Danielle Stewart (Strongsville, ...