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►  Bicycle Accident Kills Motorcycle Racing Champ

The motorcycle racing world is mourning the loss of former world champion Nicky Hayden, who died Monday after sustaining severe injuries during a training collision. Hayden, 35, was struck by a vehicle while bicycling along the Rimini coastline in Italy Wednesday, reports the BBC. Over five days, he was treated in an intensive care unit for multiple traumatic injuries, including cerebral damage. According to ESPN, the 30-year-old driver of the Peugeot that struck Hayden was brought in for questioning and passed a breathalyzer test. “We would like everyone to remember Nicky at his happiest—riding a motorcycle,“ says brother Tommy Hayden, who is also a professional racer.

Hayden was in Italy riding for the Red Bull Honda team at the World Superbike Championship in nearby Imola, where he came in 13th days before the accident occurred. He is best known for winning the coveted 2006 MotoGP world champion title, for which he bested legendary Italian racer Valentino Rossi. Athletes and friends took to Twitter to remember Hayden for his professionalism and friendly demeanor, including British racer Danny Kent, who shared a sweet personal message from Hayden congratulating him on his own world championship in 2015. The city of Owensboro in Kentucky, where Hayden was born, commemorated Hayden—known as the “Kentucky Kid”—by flying its flags at half-staff.

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►  ‘Impatient’ Driver Hits Tour de France Champ

Chris Froome will be aiming for his fourth Tour de France victory—and his third in a row—when the famous race kicks off in July. But he was almost pushed to the sidelines. The British cyclist, currently one of the best in the world, says a motorist deliberately struck him as he was riding his bike in southern France on Tuesday, the BBC reports.

Froome says he was “rammed on purpose by an impatient driver” who followed him in Beausoleil, then fled the scene. Froome, the three-time winner of the Criterium du Dauphine race for which he was training, says he was unhurt but his bike was totaled. His team tells the Guardian the 31-year-old grabbed a spare bike and continued training after the crash, which will be reported to police.

►  Death Wipes Hernandez of His Murder Conviction

He’ll enter the history books as a former NFL star and a one-time inmate but, ultimately, not a convicted murderer. Judge E. Susan Garsh on Tuesday agreed to erase Aaron Hernandez’s conviction in a 2013 murder because he died before his appeal was heard. Garsh she was compelled to follow Massachusetts case law, which has long established that defendants who have not had the merits of their appeals decided before they die have the right to have their convictions vacated, reports the AP. Prosecutor Patrick Bomberg had argued Hernandez “should not be able to accomplish in death what he could not accomplish in life.“ Lawyers for Hernandez countered that the state’s highest court had applied the legal doctrine “without exception,“ even in cases—like Hernandez’s—of suicide.

Garsh rejected the argument that Hernandez had forfeited his right to appeal by taking his own life on April 19, saying no one can ever know for sure why Hernandez killed himself. Prosecutors plan to appeal Garsh’s decision, reports CNN, which notes they based their original argument on two pieces of evidence: an inmate’s testimony that Hernandez had heard a “rumor” about the legal principle, and the suicide note left for his fiancee. “YOU’RE RICH,“ he wrote to Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez. CNN explains the mother of Odin Lloyd, the man Hernandez was originally convicted of murdering, hit Hernandez’s estate with a wrongful death lawsuit. The absence of a criminal conviction could adversely affect her civil case.

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►  Be good sports at Little League games

Little League baseball is alive and thriving across the country with its lush green grass, perfectly striped infields, fresh air and sunshine.

Kids learn what I consider the best game in sports as coaches pass on their knowledge while trying to teach the difficult skills and rules of the game.

It’s fun at first, but then something happens at the Minor/Major league levels.

The game becomes all about winning. Period. Some of the worst observers come to Little League baseball games, where there are clearly awards and championships to win, swearing loudly and challenging the officials calls. If you can’t control yourselves and act responsibly, stay home.

The boards responsible for these venues should provide security to show rude, inconsiderate people out of the park. There is no room in today’s society for this type of public stupidity. Especially in a family-oriented activity where competition is supposed to be good clean fun and sportsmanship rules.

Be part of the solution. Offer your time like these league officials, coaches, managers, umpires and “team moms” do. Volunteer for snack bar duty or make a donation to the league. Their job is not easy. It is very busy after a day’s work, taking kids back and forth to school, homework, chores and other interests. Hot and cold weather, preparing meals, making sure the kids have all their gear together.

If you take part you’ll have a different perspective and maybe an appreciation for the work this really is. Kids’ sports are a great opportunity for exercise and fresh air. Socializing and making new friends while learning teamwork and camaraderie playing a fun game. Some lifetime friendships are forged on that field.

Let’s face it folks, it takes a lot of energy to be mean and spiteful. Why put you or anyone else in that position? Show up, participate, engage the other families with positive energy and enjoy the moment.

►  Cycling Champ Hit by Van, Killed

Michele Scarponi, who won the Giro d’Italia in 2011, died after a collision with a van while training on Saturday. He was 37. Scarponi was training near his home of Filottrano, near Ancona, Italy when he was hit by a van at a crossroads, Team Astana said. According to Italian media reports, the Astana cyclist died on the spot and was unable to be revived by emergency services. Team Astana called it “a tragedy too big to be written” in a statement, per the AP. “We left a great champion and a special guy, always smiling in every situation, he was a real milestone and a landmark for everyone in the Astana Pro Team,“ it added.

Scarponi is survived by a wife and twin sons. He had returned home after finishing fourth in the Tour of the Alps on Friday in Trento. He won the first stage on Monday. Scarponi had tweeted a photo Friday night, with his sons on his back and the caption: “Even if only for a day I thought I’d bring home two leaders’ jerseys.“ Scarponi—who was awarded the 2011 Giro trophy after Alberto Contador was stripped of the title because of doping—had been named as Astana’s leader for the upcoming Giro d’Italia, which starts in less than two weeks, after Fabio Aru pulled out with a knee injury. “An infinite tragedy. Words don’t exist. Rest in peace my friend,“ Aru tweeted.

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►  Major Setback for Lance Armstrong

A federal judge on Monday refused to block the government’s $100 million lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, putting the former cyclist on course for trial in a 2010 case stemming from his performance-enhancing drug use, the AP reports. The lawsuit was filed by Armstrong’s former US Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis. The federal government joined in 2013 after Armstrong publicly admitted he cheated to win the Tour de France seven times from 1999-2005. Armstrong was stripped of those titles and banned from competition. Armstrong has also taken huge hits financially, losing all his major sponsors and being forced to pay more than $10 million in damages and settlements in a series of lawsuits. The Landis lawsuit would be the biggest by far, and the ruling from US District Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington was a major setback for Armstrong with a trial most likely in the fall.

Landis, himself a former doping cheat who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title, sued Armstrong under the federal False Claims Act, alleging Armstrong and his team committed fraud against the government when they cheated while riding under the Postal Service banner. According to court records, the contract paid the team, which was operated by Tailwind Sports Corp., about $32 million from 2000 to 2004. Armstrong got nearly $13.5 million. The law allows Landis and the government to sue to get that money back and for “treble” damages, or triple the amount, and Armstrong could be forced to pay all of it. Landis stands to receive up to 25% of any damages awarded. Landis attorney Paul D. Scott said he was “delighted” to see the case move toward trial. “The finish line for Mr. Armstrong ... is fast approaching,“ Scott said.

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►  Cyclist Born in 1911 Sets World Record

A French cyclist has set a new record for riding 14 miles in one hour. If that doesn’t sound so remarkable—the world record is 33.8 miles—consider the category in which Robert Marchand was competing: over 105. The retired firefighter did it the first time riding in under one hour in the over-100 category in 2012, then topped it two years later at age 102, the Guardian reports. He also holds the 100-plus record for fastest 100km (4 hours, 17 minutes). He turned 105 a few months ago and competed Wednesday in the new category created just for him. Marchand circled the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines velodrome near Paris 92 times with a crowd cheering him on.

Afterward, he was modest about his feat, telling BFMTV via the BBC that he “could have done better” but missed a sign telling him he had 10 minutes to go. He adds, “My legs didn’t hurt … My arms hurt but that’s because of rheumatism.“ Marchand, who cycles daily and once biked from Paris to Moscow, tells the AP he’s “now waiting for a rival.“ Chips in his physiologist: “He could have been faster but he made a big mistake. He has stopped eating meat over the past month after being shocked by recent reports on how animals are subjected to cruel treatment.“

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►  Iranian Cyclist Killed in Paralympics Crash

An Iranian cyclist died after crashing in a road race at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics on Saturday. Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, received emergency treatment on the course and was transported to a Rio hospital where he died, reports the AP. “This is truly heart-breaking news, and the thoughts and condolences of the whole Paralympic Movement are with Bahman’s family, friends, and teammates, as well as the whole of the National Paralympic Committee of Iran,“ International Paralympics Committee President Philip Craven said in a statement. “The Paralympic family is united in grief at this horrendous tragedy, which casts a shadow over what have been great Paralympic Games.“ The IPC said it believes this is the first death in a Paralympics.

The IPC said Golbarnezhad crashed about 10:40am local time on a mountainous stretch of the road cycling course; he suffered cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital. The cause of the crash was not clear, and officials said it was being investigated. The Iranian flag was lowered to half-staff in the Paralympic Village, and at the venue where Iran faces Bosnia and Herzegovina in a men’s sitting volleyball final on Sunday. A moment of silence will also be held at Sunday’s closing ceremony in Maracana Stadium. A Paralympic biography said Golbarnezhad was born in Shiraz, Iran. He also competed in the London Paralympics but didn’t medal. He was competing in the C4-5 races for athletes with lower limb impairments or amputations. On Wednesday, he finished 14th in a time trial.

ATV Safety

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Bridgeport, WV – Although All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) can make for a fun day, recreational vehicles can also be very dangerous. If not treated with the respect that ATV’s deserve, someone can seriously hurt themselves or even others. Take time to become acquainted with your ATV, know the rules and take the proper precautions.

“One wrong move or misuse of your off-road vehicle can take you from the trails, to the emergency room within minutes,” said Thomas Marshall, M.D., Medical Director at United Hospital Center. “ATV safety is a very serious issue, which needs to be addressed. The lack of ATV safety brings thousands of people annually to emergency departments all over the United States.”


“People often forget that ATV’s are not toys, they are a vehicle and should be driven with just as much caution as you would a car,” said Dr. Marshall. “In 2014 the Consumer Product Safety Commission recorded that more than 700 deaths and over 100,000 ATV related injuries occurred in the United States.”

These statistics can be lowered if we work to keep people informed about potential accidents that can occur with the misuse of an ATV. Remember that not all recreational vehicles are meant to be handled by children and to always wear the proper safety equipment when operating your off-road vehicle.


When operating your off-road vehicle, there are a few things that everyone should keep in mind. The first being never operate an ATV while under the influence of alcohol. Next, always read the operation manual before ever attempting to drive. “Ninety-two percent of recreational vehicle-related fatalities are due to warned-against behaviors,” said Dr. Marshall. “Know your ATV’s limits and never attempt to ride on dangerous terrain.”

Safety Equipment

“The use of safety equipment when riding recreational vehicles is extremely important,” said Dr. Marshall. “It is estimated that helmets alone reduce the risk of a fatality in an accident by 42 percent.” Other equipment such as goggles, gloves, long sleeve shirts, pants and over-ankle boots should be worn at all times. These pieces of equipment could be the difference between life and death on any given day. They should always be worn, even by the most experienced driver.


Purchasing an ATV is not a decision that should be taken lightly. Before ever purchasing an ATV, it is important for you to locate and participate in a riding course.

“ATV accidents can happen to the most experienced riders, don’t become another statistic,” said Dr. Marshall. “Know the equipment you are riding.”

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►  What You Might Have Missed in the Olympics Opening Ceremony

The Free Press WV Besides the widespread corruption, crippling recession, crime, poison water, Zika virus outbreak, and crumbling infrastructure, Rio’s Olympic games are off to a fine start.

Okay? I don’t know what you’ve heard about how ####ed Rio is, but that was all forgotten on Friday when the world watched a bunch of dudes roll around on ferris wheels and dance in plant costumes during the opening ceremony. It had everything from “fireworks, to those little scooters from middle school gym class, to people throwing IKEA Flurgan lampshades at each other, to plants forming the Olympic rings before having a full-on plantgasm,“ John Oliver said Sunday night. But it also had the parade, where “Today show anchors point out everything that’s wrong with their countries.“

While that was all fun and filled with glistening, muscular Tonga flag carriers, Oliver wasn’t going to let us forget about what’s really going on in Brazil. The country’s acting president, Michel Temer, was at the games and booed by his own country, which, Oliver points out, is because he is “unelected and is planning to push through a number of austerity measures.“

Oh, and his ###### poetry.

But, even though there’s a ton of garbage surrounding the games, let’s not forget what they’re intended to represent, Oliver said, “Celebrating the fittest, the bravest, the most beautiful, and, of course, the drunkest of us all.“

►  2016 USA Olympic Swim Team Carpool Karaoke

►  American Swimmer Katie Ledecky Shatters 400 Freestyle World Record, Nabs First U.S. Swimming Gold

►  American Virginia Thrasher Wins First Gold Of Rio 2016

►  Shocking Moment French Gymnast Snaps Leg While Vaulting At Rio Olympics 2016

►  Ichiro Suzuki Becomes 30th to Pass 3K Hits

Ichiro Suzuki defined his career with speed and sharp hits. It was only fitting he flashed both in his historic moment. Suzuki lined a triple off the wall for his 3,000th career hit in the major leagues, becoming the 30th player to reach the milestone as the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 10-7 Sunday, the AP reports. The 42-year-old Suzuki got his big hit in the seventh inning. He became the first player born in Japan to reach 3,000, and joined Paul Molitor, his former hitting coach in Seattle, as the only ones to hit the mark with a triple.

“I wanted to see it go over the fence, but after I heard that Paul Molitor was the other person to do it I was glad it didn’t go over,“ Suzuki said after sharing champagne with his teammates in the clubhouse after the win. “I have a special relationship with him and having something like this, that is the same thing he accomplished, makes it more special.“ Suzuki is in his 16th season in the majors. He got 1,278 hits while playing nine years in Japan before becoming the American League Rookie of the Year and MVP with Seattle in 2001. At 42 years, 290 days he is the second-oldest player by three days over Ricky Henderson to reach the milestone. Only Cap Anson, who was 45 when he got his 3,000th hit in 1897, was older.

►  Cyclist Has Cracks in Spine After Crash on Risky Descent

A female Dutch cyclist suffered a horrific crash on a steep hill Sunday that left fellow cyclists and spectators fearing for her life. As it turns out, Annemiek van Vleuten cracked three vertebrae and sustained a concussion, reports Reuters. “I am now in the hospital with some injuries and fractures, but will be fine,“ van Vleuten tweeted. “Most of all super disappointed after best race of my career.“ Van Vleuten, 33, had been leading the women’s road race when she lost control on a steep descent—the same stretch on which male cyclist Vincenzo Nibali of Italy crashed and broke both collarbones on Saturday.

“It looked pretty bad,“ says Dutch teammate Anna van der Breggen, who ended up with the gold. “I thought she was dead. ... When you see something like that, it really does not matter anymore.“ Former British cyclist Chris Boardman says the course is way too risky. “I’m angry about it because I went down there and had a look at the course and saw those edges,“ he says, per the Guardian. “This was way past technical, this was dangerous, and it means people who designed the course have seen it and left it.“

►  No One Even Close as U.S.‘ Katie Ledecky Wins Gold

Katie Ledecky is competing only with herself, it seems, and Michael Phelps has to clear out more space in his medal case. Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, added to his staggering haul Sunday night in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, giving the US a lead it never relinquished, the AP reports. Afterward, he collected his 19th gold medal. “When I was on the block, I honestly thought my heart was going to explode out of my chest,“ Phelps said. “I was so hyped tonight and so excited.“ It was quite a night for the Americans, who were shut out on the golds on the opening night of swimming. Racing nothing but the clock, Ledecky gave the US its first victory by crushing her own world record in the 400 freestyle. She beat her nearest competitor by nearly 5 seconds.

The unassuming teenager from suburban Washington has dominated the longer freestyle events since winning gold in the 800 free at the London Olympics as a 15-year-old. When Ledecky saw the time—3:56.46—she let out an uncharacteristic scream and shook her right fist. Ledecky, who added gold to the silver she won in the women’s 4x100 free relay, is also favored in other two individual events: the 200 and 800 free. She could pick up another gold in the 4x200 free relay. It was a night of world records in Rio. Britain’s Adam Peaty set his second mark in as many nights in the 100 breaststroke, while Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden eclipsed her own mark in the 100 butterfly. In all, six world records have fallen on the first two days of swimming.

►  Fencer in Hijab Makes History for Team USA

At age 12, Ibtihaj Muhammad chose to learn fencing because she considered it the easiest sport in which she could compete while wearing a hijab. Eighteen years later, she’s made history as Team USA’s first hijab-wearing Olympian, reports the BBC. The 30-year-old former world champion, ranked eighth in the world at her sport, says it’s “groundbreaking to have a Muslim woman on the US team,“ and hopes to inspire others “who have been told they don’t belong.“ Born and raised in New Jersey, Muhammad was recently confronted on the street by a man who asked if she was going to blow something up. And despite security concerns in Rio, she fears more for her safety at home. “[I feel unsafe] all the time,“ Muhammad tells the Daily Beast.

The first comment under her bio on the Team USA website, for example, reads, “What a disgrace, this is disgusting,“ per the Telegraph. “When I hear people here say they want to throw all Muslims back to their country, I think: well, where am I going to go? This is my home,“ says Muhammad, also a “modest” fashion designer and one of Time‘s 100 most influential people. Muhammad—who came in second in a vote to choose the American flag bearer—advanced to the round of 16 in the individual sabre event Monday, per the Los Angeles Times, and has been instructed by President Obama to “bring home the gold.“ But “I am excited to represent not just myself, my family, and my country—but also the greater Muslim community,“ she says. “We as a country have to change and I feel like this is our moment.“

►  Swimmer Has Single-Finger Gesture for Doping Rival

American Lilly King has her sights set on winning Olympic gold and she’s not about to let anyone get in her way, especially not world champion breaststroker Yulia Efimova of Russia. King made that clear in a finger-waving display worthy of Dikembe Mutombo as she disparaged the Russian for doping. When Efimova waved a No. 1 finger after her semifinal on Sunday, King leaned back and gave her own version toward Efimova’s face on a TV monitor. “"You’re shaking your finger No. 1, and you’ve been caught for drug cheating. I’m just not a fan,“ King told reporters who asked about the gesture, reports CBS News. King then qualified fastest for the eight-woman 100-meter breaststroke final in 1 minute, 5.70 seconds, just ahead of Efimova’s time of 1:05.72.

Efimova is being allowed to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Games following a 16-month suspension for doping and despite another positive test this year for the now-banned substance meldonium. (That’s the drug that got Maria Sharipova a two-year doping ban.) The 24-year-old Russian is a flashpoint in her country’s doping scandal because of her two infractions, reports the AP. Efimova’s positive test for meldonium was placed on hold while world anti-doping officials conduct further studies on the drug. “If that’s what she feels she needs to be able to compete, whatever, that’s her deal,“ King told reporters. “I’m here to compete clean for the US and that’s what I’m going to do.“ The two women square off in the final Monday night, swimming next to each other.

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►  Cyclist Burned After He Falls on His iPhone

Sydney cyclist Gareth Clear was riding his bike with his iPhone 6 in his back pocket over the weekend when his foot slipped off the pedal and he lost his balance and fell—all par for the course for riders of any level. But he was not expecting his phone to explode upon impact, thereby sending him to the hospital with third-degree burns and the need for a skin graft. “I just saw smoke coming out of my back pocket ... and then all of a sudden I felt this surging pain” and “searing heat,“ he tells the Sydney Morning Herald. (Click that link for photos.) Though he’ll be housebound all week, Clear is expected to fully recover in a matter of weeks. And his phone, whose top is still in tact, otherwise looks like “something from a chemical explosion,“ he tells the Sun.

Clear, a 36-year-old from the UK, says he doesn’t blame Apple but thinks the company should make the issue clearer to users, reports Apple hasn’t commented publicly, though Clear says he did get a private response, one he described as “very technical-driven.“ That is, “No one’s asked me, ‘How are you?‘“ A spokesperson for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says that it’s all about the batteries, and that athletic types might avoid carrying phones in their pockets when there is the chance of such an accident: “Lithium batteries are vulnerable to significant physical impact, [which] may damage the extremely thin separators that keep the elements of the battery apart.“

►  Team USA’s Most-Decorated Athlete Will Be Its Flag-Bearer

“King of the Olympic Rings” Michael Phelps already has more medals than any other athlete in history, Fox Sports notes. Now he’s going to add a flag to the mix as Team USA’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony in Rio on Friday, the Olympic National Committee announced Wednesday. The swimmer, headed to his fifth Olympics, has 22 medals to his name, including 18 golds. “I’m honored to be chosen, proud to represent the US, and humbled by the significance of carrying the flag and all it stands for,“ he says in a Team USA release. “For Sydney, I just wanted to make the team. For Athens, I wanted to win gold for my country. For Beijing, I wanted to do something nobody else had done. In London, I wanted to make history. And now, I want to walk in the Opening Ceremony, take it all in, represent America in the best possible way, and make my family proud. This time around, it’s about so much more than medals.“

In more fashionable opening ceremony news, per the Los Angeles Times: Polo Ralph Lauren and the US Olympic Committee revealed Team USA’s parade attire Friday, with team members set to be adorned in white denim pants, navy blue blazers, and red-white-and-blue striped T-shirts. But it’s Phelps’ outfit that will stand out the most: His jacket will be fitted with a battery pack that powers light-up panels to make his Olympic patch on the front and “USA” letters on the back glow.

►  Ump Stops Game to Eject ... a Fan

It’s not unusual for an umpire to toss somebody out of a baseball game, but it’s typically a hot-headed manager or a player. In Philadelphia on Tuesday night, it was a foul-mouthed fan. As the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, home-plate ump Bob Davidson stopped the Phillies-Giants game in the sixth inning to have stadium security remove a fan. (Video HERE .) “This guy starts yelling, ‘You suck!‘“ Davidson explained after the game, per ESPN. “You could tell he was [drunk]. And so, all right, suck is not bad.“ But things became progressively more graphic, and that’s when Davidson got the hook out.

“I turned around and said, ‘You know what? Get rid of this guy.‘ You could have your wife, girlfriend, kids. They buy tickets. They don’t have to come here to listen to that.“ He added that Philly fans cheered him, “which is unusual in this town for me.“ The Phillies later clarified that the fan wasn’t formally ejected but agreed to leave after talking to security. One person surprised: Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp: “I started laughing, and Bob said, ‘I don’t know how long we were going to have to listen to that guy, but I put an end to that.‘ First time I’ve seen that happen.“ USA Today notes that Davidson has had a fan thrown out previously, and provides that video link HERE .

►  Auto racing glance for Thursday, August 04, 2016



Site: Watkins Glen, New York

Schedule: Friday, practice, (NBCSN 9:30 a.m.), practice (NBCSN, noon); Saturday, qualifying (NBCSN, 9:15 a.m.); Sunday, race, 11:30 a.m., USA.

Track: Watkins Glen International (road, 2.45 miles).

Race distance: (220.5 miles, 90 laps).

Last year: Joey Logano led just one lap, but that was enough to take home first over Kyle Busch.

Last week: Chris Buescher won a weather-shortened race in Pocono, his first victory in the series.

Fast facts: Jeff Gordon will drive the No. 88 car for at least two more races as Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues to battle concussion-like symptoms. ... Buescher’s surprising victory put him in position to qualify for the Chase, which looked highly unlikely before Pocono. Buescher is currently in 31st place, and if he can move into the top 30 he’ll earn a playoff spot. ... Eleven drivers, including Tony Stewart, are all but locked into the Chase, leaving just five spots left for the rest of the field.

Next race: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, Aug. 20, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee.




Site: Watkins Glen, New York.

Schedule: Thursday, practice (10 a.m.), practice (12:30 p.m.); Friday, practice (NBCSN, 7 a.m.), qualifying (NBCSN, 1:45 p.m.); Saturday, race, 11 a.m., CNBC.

Track: Watkins Glen International (road, 2.45 miles).

Race distance: (200.9 miles, 82 laps).

Last year: Logano made it a sweep at Watkins Glen — and a sweep for Ford atop the podium.

Last race: Erik Jones dominated in Iowa, winning for the first time since his father died of cancer in June.

Fast facts: Trevor Bayne will be in the No. 60 car this weekend. Bayne lasted raced in the Xfinity series in 2014. ... Ty Dillon’s winless streak has reached 66 races. Dillon was in the lead in Iowa with just under 20 laps left before Jones overtook him for the win.

Next race: Mid-Ohio Challenge, Aug. 13, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio.



Last race: William Byron won for the fourth time in six races, taking first from the pole at Pocono.

Next race: Unoh 200, Aug. 17, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee.



Last race: Simon Pagenaud retook control of the championship race with his first win since May at Mid-Ohio.

Next race: ABC Supply 500, Aug. 21, Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania.



Last week: Lewis Hamilton moved into first place over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg with a victory at the German Grand Prix.

Next race: Belgian Grand Prix, Aug. 28, Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.




Site: Seattle

Schedule: Friday, qualifying (3 p.m. and 6 p.m.); Saturday, qualifying (1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.); Sunday, finals, 3:37 p.m., FOX.

Track: Pacific Raceways.

Last year: J.R. Todd took first last year in Seattle.

Last race: Todd won for the first time in nearly a year, beating Richie Crampton in Sonoma.

Fast facts: John Force, 67, won his second consecutive Funny Car race in Sonoma, besting Ron Capps in the second event of the three-race Western Swing. ... Jack Beckman, who won the first two Top Fuel races of the swing in 2015, has won just one round in his last two races.

Next race: Lucas Oil Nationals, Aug. 18-21, Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, Minnesota.



WORLD OF OUTLAWS: Friday, Prelude to the Ironman, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Pevely, Missouri; Saturday, Ironman 55, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.


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►  Russia Ducks Full Doping Ban in IOC Ruling

The IOC has decided against a complete ban on Russian athletes from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, reports the AP. The International Olympic Committee says it is leaving it up to global federations to decide which Russian athletes to accept in their sports. The IOC says it will deny entry of Russian athletes who do not meet the requirements set out for the federations. The IOC says the federations have the authority, under their own rules, to exclude Russian teams as a whole from their sports.

Russia has already been handed a doping punishment when its track and field team lost an appeal against a ban on Thursday. Earlier interim IOC measures announced Tuesday included urging winter sports federations to move their competitions out of Russia this season, in response to allegations that Russian state officials hid hundreds of failed drug tests over several years and swapped samples from doped athletes for clean ones during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Russia has admitted some doping violations by its athletes and coaches, but still denies that the government was involved. State media has painted the issue as a US-led political vendetta. The IOC had said it would seek a balance between “collective punishment” and “individual justice.“

►  4 Killed in Crash Involving Dallas Cowboys Staff Bus

A bus carrying Dallas Cowboys staffers but no players collided with a van Sunday on an Arizona highway, killing four people in the van, authorities say. The bus occupants emerged uninjured from the crash, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr says. “All on the bus came through OK with some bumps and bruises,“ Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple tells the AP. Footage following the crash shows the two vehicles in a field on the side of the road—the bus seemingly intact and sitting upright while the van appears demolished and reduced to wreckage. The crash on US 93, about 180 miles northeast of Phoenix, shut down at least one lane of the highway that serves as the main route between Las Vegas and Phoenix.

The bus was on its way to a Dallas Cowboys fan event in Las Vegas. Charles Cooper, manager of GameWorks entertainment center in Vegas, says the session with 50 to 75 fans was scheduled for 3pm. People were already waiting when the president of a Las Vegas Cowboys fan club called to relay news of the accident. The event was subsequently canceled. Cooper says the team mascot was supposed to appear. After the Las Vegas stop, the bus was scheduled to go on to Oxnard, California for the team’s training camp.

►  Australia Team: Olympic Village Unfit for Habitation

Australian athletes and coaching staff are in hotels instead of Rio’s Olympic Village because the accommodation is in terrible shape, the head of the country’s delegation says. Kitty Chiller says the problems include “blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed, and dirty floors in need of a massive clean,“ the Sydney Morning Herald reports. She says workers have been trying to fix the problems in the newly built accommodation blocks, which are supposed to house 18,000 workers and coaching staff, but when they turned on taps in several apartments at once, the “stress test” failed: “Water came down walls, there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was shorting in the electrical wiring,“ she says.

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes scoffed at the complaints, saying the accommodation is better than what Sydney provided for the 2000 Olympics. “I am just about to put a kangaroo in front of their building so it can jump and make them feel at home.“ The Courier Mail reports that Chiller retorted: “We’ve already got a kangaroo, we don’t need another one. Get me a plumber mate, get me a plumber.“ With less than two weeks to go until the Games begin, the Australians aren’t the only ones having problems. The Italians and Dutch have hired their own teams to get athlete accommodations up to scratch, the Guardian reports, though Rio authorities say hundreds of athletes from other countries moved in over the weekend without complaint.

►  Cornhuskers Mourn Death of Punter in Crash

The University of Nebraska community and Husker football fans are mourning the loss of punter Sam Foltz, who died Saturday night in a single-car crash. “All of the University of Nebraska is heartbroken. I don’t know what else to say,“ Ronnie Green, chancellor of the university’s Lincoln campus, tells the Omaha World-Herald. Foltz, a 22-year-old senior, was a passenger in a car being driven by Michael R. Sadler, a former Michigan State punter. Authorities say Sadler lost control on wet pavement; the car struck a tree and caught fire. Speed likely was a factor, according to reports. Foltz and Sadler, 24, died at the scene. A third occupant, 21-year-old Colby J. Delahoussaye, was taken to a hospital, ESPN reports. Delahoussaye, a Louisiana State kicker, had burns to his legs and required stitches.

The crash happened in Wisconsin, where the trio had been student instructors at a Kohl’s Kicking Camp, the Lincoln Journal Star reports. “Sam was truly a tremendous young man, who represented everything that a Nebraska student, athlete, teammate, and friend should strive to be,“ Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst said in a statement. Foltz’s former coach from Grand Island High School tells the Journal Star, “The best word I can use to describe Sam is uncommon.“ As a college junior, Foltz was Big Ten Punter of the Year, averaging more than 44.2 yards per punt, according to the World-Herald. Of Sadler, Michigan coach Mark Dantonio tweeted, “He gave us all so much in so little time.“

►  Froome Toasts 3rd Tour Win With Beer, Then Bubbly

Sharing beer and Champagne with teammates, Chris Froome celebrated his third Tour de France title in four years on Sunday, reports the AP. The Kenyan-born British rider finished safely at the back of the main pack during the final stage, arm-in-arm with his teammates during the mostly ceremonial final stage ending on the Champs-Elysees. Andre Greipel of Germany won the 21st leg.

At the start of the stage, Froome dropped back to his Team Sky car to collect bottles of beer and distributed them to each of his eight teammates for a celebratory round. Then it was time for the traditional flute of Champagne. Froome rode a yellow bike to go with his yellow jersey, helmet, gloves, and shoes. His teammates had yellow stripes on their jerseys and yellow handlebars on their bikes.

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