The Denver Post on Monday said a sportswriter was no longer an employee of the paper after he tweeted his discomfort with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend. The now-deleted tweet earned him plenty of backlash and perhaps cost him his job. “We apologize for the disrespectful and unacceptable tweet that was sent by one of our reporters,” the Post wrote in a statement Monday.
Though the rain paid a visit to the Coca-Cola 600, the traction agent applied high in the corners of Charlotte Motor Speedway was a “huge factor” in NASCAR’s longest race, according to Martin Truex Jr. “I think last weekend the middle groove, middle to high middle, was nonexistent,” Truex said after finishing third early Monday morning. Following Saturday’s Xfinity Series race, NASCAR and the track reapplied refresh coats of VHT to the upper grooves in the turns after consulting drivers and crew chiefs. Even after a downpour swept over the track on Lap 143, Truex said the traction compound was a factor for 375 of the race’s 400 laps.
When Marc-Andre Fleury takes his seat on the Pittsburgh Penguins’ bench Monday night for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, it will likely mark the beginning of the end of the goaltender’s time with the organization. With the expansion draft on the horizon, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford can only protect one of his netminders.