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Daytona 500 up for grabs as no clear theme has emerged

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The first four events leading into the Daytona 500 have produced four different winners. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. put his new team on the pole, while Erik Jones outlasted a crash-fest to win a qualifying race. Joey Logano and William ...

Daytona 500 purse in high gear, topping $23 million

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR will dole out a record $23.6 million to the 40 drivers racing in the Daytona 500. The sanctioning body released the total purse Friday, an about-face for an organization that hadn't released payouts since the 2015 season. NASCAR's charter system with teams ...

A’s Kemp chose not to be part of Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Called up in September 2017 by Houston, Tony Kemp immediately got asked by teammates whether he wanted to be a part of the Astros' sign-stealing scheme. His answer was a firm no, and Kemp didn't feel further pressure to do it. "That ...

Jordan, Wilkins reflect on memorable ’88 dunk contest battle

By TIM REYNOLDS and STEVE REED AP Sports Writers CHICAGO (AP) — Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins have never talked to one another about the 1988 dunk contest. They might be the only ones. It is still the dunk contest by which all other dunk contests are measured: Two stars, at the peak ...

Ravens OL James Hurst suspended 4 games for PED use

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst has been suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers. Hurst is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return ...

Red Sox promote Ron Roenicke to interim manager

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox promoted bench coach Ron Roenicke to manager Tuesday, hiring him to replace Alex Cora on the day the team’s pitchers and catchers reported for the start of spring training. The move is an indication that ...

LeBron James among 44 US Olympic basketball team finalists

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LeBron James is considering a return to the Olympics. James — a two-time gold medalist and three-time Olympian — was among 44 players announced by USA Basketball on Monday as finalists for the team that will play in the Tokyo Games this summer. James ...

Beauvillier scores 2, Islanders beat Capitals 5-3

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Anthony Beauvillier scored twice, Josh Bailey had three assists and the New York Islanders kept Alex Ovechkin stuck at 698 career goals in beating the Washington Capitals 5-3 Monday night. The Islanders jumped out to a 5-1 lead and held on to hand ...

Northeastern wins 3rd straight Beanpot, beats BU 5-4 in 2OT

By GETHIN COOLBAUGH Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Northeastern needed one of the longest games in Beanpot history to prove that it was still the top dog. Jordan Harris made sure the Huskies retained that title over the Boston University Terriers. Harris scored 14:33 into double overtime, ...

Baylor beats Texas for 21st straight Big 12 victory

By MARK ROSNER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With No. 1 Baylor's offense struggling, the team's defense locked in and helped the Bears win again. Baylor, producing its lowest point total of the season, beat Texas 52-45 Monday night for its 21st straight victory — one short of the ...