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  • NASCAR cools on Confederate flag, but fans still fly it

    By Barbara Liston DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - NASCAR wants to limit the Confederate battle flag's presence at its tracks after the murder of nine black worshippers in South Carolina, but getting U.S. motor racing fans to comply may prove difficult. On the eve of a big holiday race weekend in…

    Reuters
  • Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EST on Thursday, July 2

    July 2 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Thursday: - - - - The duty editor is Steve Ginsburg, 202-898-8427 - - - - TENNIS Wimbledon (to July 12) Federer, Murray power through, Kvitova in action LONDON - No. 2 seed Roger Federer rolls over big-serving American Sam Querrey, while…

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  • NASCAR tracks unite, ask fans not to fly Confederate flag

    NASCAR's national series tracks announced Thursday that they are asking fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at races following the deadly attack at a South Carolina church two weeks ago. The statement was signed by International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc. - which…

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  • Chevrolet becomes 3rd major sponsor of Daytona Rising

    Chevrolet is the latest sponsor of Daytona International Speedway's redevelopment project. The American automaker announced a multi-year deal Wednesday to become one of five major sponsors of Daytona Rising, the $400 million facelift taking place at NASCAR's most famous track. Chevrolet will have…

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  • Daytona offers American flags in exchange program

    Daytona International Speedway will not ban the Confederate flag from track property this weekend, but will offer the American flag to those who wish to fly it on property. Daytona President Joie Chitwood said Tuesday the speedway will offer an exchange program in which fans can trade a flag for…

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  • Column: IndyCar must balance daredevil vs. dangerous racing

    NASCAR returns this week to Daytona International Speedway, where 43 drivers are likely to race bumper to bumper for 400 white-knuckle miles. IndyCar finds itself in the same situation following one of its most breathtaking races in recent memory. Auto Club Speedway found itself hosting a race…

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  • Weekend Sports In Brief

    For the third time in six seasons, LeBron James is an unrestricted free agent. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because neither the Cavaliers nor James were publicly discussing the process. James' decision has been widely expected for months.

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  • Austin Wayne Self races to first ARCA Racing Series victory

    WINCHESTER, Ind. (AP) -- Austin Wayne Self raced to his first ARCA Racing Series victory Sunday, holding off points leader Grant Enfinger at Winchester Speedway.

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  • Kyle Busch grabs 1st win of season as comeback rolls on

    After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically repaired left foot. Just five races after returning from a broken right leg and shattered left foot, Busch made his way to victory lane to continue what already has been an impressive comeback. …

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  • Allmendinger wins pole for road course race at Sonoma

    AJ Allmendinger, developing as the top driver on road courses, won the pole for Sunday's race at winding Sonoma Raceway. Allmendinger earned the top starting spot during Saturday's knockout qualifying with a lap 96.310 mph around the 10-turn, 1.99-mile course. It's the first pole for JTG…

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  • Tony Stewart struggling to end worst slump of career

    Tony Stewart spent a rare week off traveling across Ohio as the hands-on owner of a sprint car series. Stewart returned to his day job refreshed and ready to get back to work with his NASCAR team. It took just one practice session at Sonoma Raceway for Stewart's moment of Zen to end with a…

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  • Friday's Sports In Brief

    The long-expected move became reality Friday night when the Edmonton Oilers grabbed the center who will immediately face the burden of enormous expectation. Not only will he be playing in the place where Wayne Gretzky became a superstar, but he also already draws comparisons to Sidney Crosby and…

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  • NASCAR's Dale Earnhardt Jr. backs ban on Confederate flag

    Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR's most popular driver, called the Confederate flag ''offensive to an entire race'' Friday while voicing his support for it being removed from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse. NASCAR this week said it backs South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the…

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  • Allmendinger looks to pounce on NASCAR's 1st road course

    AJ Allmendinger knows the stakes on Sunday: Win on the road course at Sonoma Raceway and he earns a spot in NASCAR's championship race. The year-old qualifying format almost guarantees a race winner a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field, which Allmendinger capitalized last…

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  • Reuters U.S. Sports Schedule at 2 PM EST on Thursday, June 25

    June 25 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2 PM ET on Thursday: - - - - The duty editor is Steve Ginsburg, 202-898-8427 - - - - NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Eight quarterbacks with most shaky future It's hardly a revelation that, to win in the NFL -- with rare exception -- you need a…

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  • Montoya chasing Triple Crown as IndyCar heads to Fontana

    Only one driver has celebrated winning the Triple Crown of IndyCar in the same calendar year. Juan Pablo Montoya will try to stay in contention for the sweep when he races Saturday at Auto Club Speedway in California. Montoya won the Indianapolis 500 in May, the first of three 500-mile races on…

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  • NASCAR's Erik Jones breaks through with historic weekend

    All year long, Erik Jones was the kid who couldn't finish a NASCAR Trucks race. The 19-year-old Jones shed that label with a brilliant run at Iowa Speedway and then made history 24 hours later by becoming the first driver to sweep Camping World Trucks and Xfinity races on different tracks in the…

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  • First World Cup, now also F1 for Qatar?

    Not content with hosting the 2022 World Cup, Qatar is now also exploring the idea of buying Formula One, another big step in its use of the global appeal of sports to put itself firmly on the map. The purchase, if concluded, could see a Qatari investment fund that already owns Paris Saint-Germain,…

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  • Tuesday's Sports In Brief

    Confederate flags are as easy to find at NASCAR races as cutoff jeans, cowboy hats and beer. NASCAR probably would like to see them go away. The sanctioning body for the motorsports series backed South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in…

    The Associated Press