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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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Kyle Busch sits on the wall as Chase Briscoe celebrates behind him after Briscoe edged out Busch to win the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
May 22, 2020 - 5:50 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR had been planning sweeping changes for 2021 in hopes of finding new fans and adding some energy to a staid, stale schedule. The coronavirus pandemic put those plans on hold and NASCAR is frantically trying to recover from a 10-week layoff. So far, the stock car series...
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Chase Briscoe (98) crosses the finish line ahead of Kyle Busch (54) to win the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
May 21, 2020 - 7:37 pm
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Chase Briscoe was grateful to bring a moment or two of happiness to wife Marissa in the worst week of their lives. It was Tuesday, during a 12-week exam, that they learned that their expected child — they only learned Monday that it was a girl — had no fetal heartbeat. Two...
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In this Sept. 9, 2019 photo, Yazidi Layla Taloo poses for a portrait in the full-face veil and abaya she wore while enslaved by Islamic State militants, at her home in Sharia, Iraq. Taloo's 2 1/2-year ordeal in captivity underscores how IS members continually ignored the rules the group tried to impose on the slave system. "They explained everything as permissible. They called it Islamic law. They raped women, even young girls," said Taloo, who was owned by eight men. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
May 21, 2020 - 6:13 am
Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news: 1. ‘THEY BEAT ME AND SOLD ME’ Slavery of Yazidi women was strictly mapped out from the earliest days of the formation of the Islamic State militant group, an AP investigation finds. 2. DEADLY CYCLONE RAKES SOUTH ASIA The powerful storm rips through...
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Denny Hamlin (11) drives during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. Hamlin won the race shortened by rain. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
May 20, 2020 - 11:09 pm
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin won NASCAR's first Wednesday race since 1984 when rain stopped the event with 20 laps remaining at Darlington Raceway. The Daytona 500 winner was out front but out of fresh tires and trying to hang on when he got unintended help from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, John Isner of the U.S., front, returns a ball in his semifinal match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. at the Mexican Tennis Open in Acapulco, Mexico. According to an email obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, May 4, the WTA and ATP professional tours, the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments and the International Tennis Federation are expected to establish eligibility rules that will factor in the players’ rankings and past prize money earnings. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
May 20, 2020 - 8:54 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is working on guidelines to allow sporting events and exhibitions to get back to “some semblance of normalcy” after practically everything shut down to help stem the spread of the...
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People leave the infield at Darlington Raceway after the NASCAR Xfinity series auto race was postponed because of rain Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
May 19, 2020 - 9:03 pm
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Noah Gragson couldn't wait to get back to Xfinity Series racing at Darlington. Instead, he and the rest of the competitors will have to wait until Thursday after heavy rain postponed the series' first race since March, when the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports. “After...
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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 19, 2020 - 6:51 pm
Fans who had been starving for live sporting events had their appetites somewhat sated last weekend. Network executives knew the first weekend with multiple live events would draw good numbers but for the most part they exceeded expectations. The Bundesliga's return drew record numbers on Fox...
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Kevin Harvick arrives in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race Sunday, May 17, 2020, in Darlington, S.C. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
May 19, 2020 - 3:43 pm
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The win by Kevin Harvick in NASCAR's return to racing over the weekend was a bit predictable considering the enormous task teams are facing in a flurry of rescheduled events. The initial rollout of four Cup Series races over 11 days requires a grueling effort by teams, who...
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FILE - This May 24, 2019, file photo shows Houston Astros' Aledmys Diaz (16) scoring as Boston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon reaches to tag him at home plate during the second inning of a baseball game in Houston. The Astros were scheduled to play the Red Sox in the first of consecutive weekend series matching teams that fired World Series-winning managers in the aftermath of a sign-stealing scandal. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
May 18, 2020 - 11:21 pm
Governors around the county are warming to the idea of the return of professional sports to their states, with two caveats: continued progress against the coronavirus and no spectators in the stands. The heads of California, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania spoke Monday of the return of...
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