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Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 on Sunday by just one-hundredth of a second ahead of Martin Truex Jr., the closest finish in race history. Hamlin paced the field for 95 of 200 laps, but he was running fourth on the final lap before making a strong move to the outside, nudging teammate Matt Kenseth and then powering by Truex. It was the first victory for Toyota in the annual race, and the first for team owner Joe Gibbs since 1993.

A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart over the death of a driver he ran over during a race will remain in central New York.

The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a driver killed by NASCAR star Tony Stewart's car on a western New York dirt track has been moved from state to federal court. The action was submitted Friday.

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NASCAR has issued a statement backing South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in the wake of the Charleston church massacre last week. The statement was released as South Carolina lawmakers agreed to discuss removing the flag, and one day after Haley said "the time has come" to take it down. NASCAR says it is continuing its long-standing policy to disallow the use of the Confederate Flag symbol in any official capacity.

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Tom Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have concluded a 10-hour hearing as the New England Patriots quarterback appealed his four-game suspension. Brady was punished by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. Brady's attorney felt their side put in a very compelling case and added that no timetable on a decision by Goodell had been given.

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In the NHL playoffs, Montreal completed the series 4-2 over Ottawa 2-0 taking the Habs to the second round and it was Minnesota over St. Louis 4-1 to advance to the second round after completing the series 4-2.

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Tony Stewart will now start focusing on next weekend's NASCAR race in Richmond, Virginia. His return to the track Sunday night ended only a little over halfway through his race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart hit the wall twice. He skipped three NASCAR Sprint Cup races after his car struck and killed a fellow driver in upstate New York. Meanwhile, Kasey Kahne earned his first Sprint Cup win of the season, grabbing the lead on a restart with 23 laps remaining before holding off Matt Kenseth in a two-lap shootout. Both Kahne and Kenseth earned spots in the Chase for the Championship. Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Danica Patrick.

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  A 34-year-old drag-race driver was airlifted to a hospital after his car's engine exploded in the pit area of a drag strip near the Massachusetts border. 

Lebanon Valley Dragway track manager Wayne DelMonte says the driver was evacuated by helicopter after the motor exploded at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday as it was being tuned up for a race.

State police say Jose Santana of East Hartford, Connecticut suffered severe injuries to his right eye and right arm along with burns on his upper extremities. It was not known why the engine on the 1985 Mazda RX7 exploded.

Keith Strudler: Tony Stewart And NASCAR

Aug 13, 2014

To be honest, most of us have a hard time simply understanding the context of last week’s car racing death of Kevin Ward Jr., who was killed during a bizarre confrontation on a dirt track in Canandaigua, NY. After crashing out of the race, Ward left his car and walked onto the track in a confrontational manner. After narrowly missing being hit by one vehicle, he was struck to his eventual death by one driven by NASCAR star driver Tony Stewart, who himself has a reputation for hostility at the race track.

In Major League Baseball action, the Kansas City Royals have moved a half-game ahead of Detroit in the AL Central with a 3-2 win against Oakland as the Royals cut the Athletics' lead in the AL West to 3 ½ games over the Los Angeles Angels.

Siena Downs Niagara 66-62

Jan 31, 2014
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In college basketball, junior guard Evan Hymes sank the go-ahead 3-pointer with 38.4 seconds left to help Siena snatch a 66-62 victory over Niagara at Times Union Center.

Rob Poole finished with a team-high 15 points.

The University at Albany women's basketball team faced an eight-point deficit at halftime, but rallied past Stony Brook, 66-51, in an America East Conference game in Stony Brook.

And Manhattan had a 62-55 win over the Siena women’s team.

Yanks Three Games Out; Nadal Takes U.S. Open

Sep 10, 2013
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In baseball, Baltimore doubled up the Yankees 4-2. The Yankees are three games behind the Rays in the wild-card race. Cleveland defeated Kansas City 4-3. The Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians are within 1 ½ games of Tampa Bay for the final AL wild-card berth. Minnesota passed the Angels 6-3. The White Sox beat Detroit 5-1 and Houston took Seattle 6-4.

Chris Davis Homers And Baltimore Beats Yanks 4-2

Jul 1, 2013
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Chris Davis is at it again.

Davis set a franchise record hitting his 31st home run before the All-Star break, helping Baltimore beat the Yankees 4-2 Sunday night for a three-game sweep. The Yankees have now lost five straight games.

Elsewhere on the scoreboard, the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 5-4. Boston won for the fifth time in six games and improved to an American League-best 50-34. Washington crushed the Mets 13-2.

NASCAR Panel Reduces JGR Penalties

May 9, 2013
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A three-member NASCAR appeals panel has dramatically reduced most of the penalties levied against Joe Gibbs Racing for an illegal part found in Matt Kenseth's race-winning engine at Kansas.

The panel reduced the points deducted from Kenseth from 50 to 12, and reinstated his bonus points earned for the April 21 victory. The race will count toward the Chase and he moves from 11th in the Sprint Cup standings to fourth.

NASCAR found one of eight connecting rods in Kenseth's engine was 3 grams too light. JGR appealed, saying Toyota was responsible for the engine part.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick has won the Daytona 500 pole, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race. 

It was the biggest achievement of her four-year NASCAR career.

Patrick went out eighth in the qualifying session Sunday and covered the 2½-mile superspeedway in 45.817 seconds, averaging 196.434 mph.