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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, Jimmie Johnson gets ready for a practice session for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Jimmie Johnson wanted to retire from full-time racing to step away from NASCAR's 11-month grind. The coronavirus pandemic has brought his final season to an unexpected pause, and now the seven-time champion isn't sure what his future holds.(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Jimmie Johnson mulls future in red-flagged farewell season

Apr. 9, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson, seven-time NASCAR champion and all-around Everyman, has added home-schooling elementary teacher to his resume. The sports stoppage from the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a red flag on Johnson's farewell tour. He had planned a final season of racing a full NASCAR...

FILE - In this Dc. 18, 2017 file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference in Los Angeles.  Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headlined a nine-person group announced Saturday, April 4, 2020,  as this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They all got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings. Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich, longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were selected. So was former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

The Latest: Lakers GM Pelinka draws inspiration from Bryant

Apr. 8, 2020 11:08 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is drawing inspiration from his friendship with Kobe Bryant as he navigates the coronavirus pandemic. Pelinka was Bryant’s longtime agent before he took over the...

Workers pack up in pit lane after the cancellation of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, Friday, March 13, 2020. The first F1 Grand Prix of the season was canceled two hours before the first official practice was set to start Friday after organizers relented to pressure to call it off amid the spreading coronavirus. (Michael Dodge/AAP Image via AP)

F1 puts some staff on furlough, execs take pay cuts

Apr. 8, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — With nearly half of the season already altered by the coronavirus pandemic, Formula One said Wednesday it will furlough half of its staff until the end of May and senior executives will take pay cuts. F1 called off last month's Australian Grand Prix and has postponed seven more races so far...

A locked gate is seen by the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City was due to play Burnley in an English Premier League soccer match Saturday March 14, 2020, after all English soccer games were cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. For most people, the new COVID-19 coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it can cause more severe illness.(AP Photo/Jon Super)

The Latest: 3rd Avalanche player test positive, 8th in NHL

Apr. 7, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ An eighth NHL player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league announced Tuesday that a third player from the Colorado Avalanche has the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The league says the player is in self-isolation...

FILE - From left are file photos showing Dale Earnhardt Jr., in 2017, and Janet Guthrie, in 2006. Earnhardt is among the new nominees for NASCAR's next Hall of Fame class. Guthrie, the first woman to run in the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600, returns as a nominee to the Landmark category after a one-year absence. (AP Photo/File)

Burton, Earnhardt, Edwards headline Hall of Fame nominees

Apr. 7, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards were among the new nominees for NASCAR's next Hall of Fame class announced Tuesday under a revamped voting protocol. Voters for 11 years elected five members per class first from a list of 25 candidates; it was trimmed to 20 beginning...

FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray embraces NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Arizona Cardinals selected Murray in the first round at the NFL football draft in Nashville, Tenn. NFL vice president Troy Vincent has sent a letter to several prospects inviting them to participate “live” in the NFL draft in three weeks. In recent drafts, first-round selections were announced by Commissioner Goodell. Then followed hugs involving players and Goodell — some of them comical — and photo sessions with the players wearing team ball caps or even showing off team jerseys. This year, with all public events at the planned site of Las Vegas canceled and the draft set to proceed remotely, players will likely be at their homes when their names are called. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

The Latest: 3 Rangers minor leaguers in self-isolation

Apr. 6, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Three minor league players in the Texas Rangers organization are in self-isolation after exhibiting symptoms consistent with the new coronavirus. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that two of the three players had...

FILE - In this May 26, 2019, file photo, the sun begins to rise at the main entrance to the track before the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Roger Penske, at 83 and considered high risk to the coronavirus as a 2017 kidney transplant recipient, still makes the daily three-minute commute to his Bloomfield Hills, Mich, office. He works 12 or more hours a day from his conference room at Penske Corp., which has a skeleton crew all practicing social distancing. Penske also had the small matter of planning his first Indianapolis 500.(AP Photo/R Brent Smith, File)

IndyCar cancels Detroit, adds doubleheaders, 3rd Indy race

Apr. 6, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

Roger Penske has canceled the doubleheader race at Detroit and adjusted the IndyCar schedule Monday as the series remains on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. Penske told The Associated Press he had no choice but to cancel the two races at Belle Isle because Michigan is under a stay-at-home order and workers...

William Byron celebrates after winning the second of the two NASCAR Daytona 500 qualifying auto races at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Byron wins virtual Bristol; Bubba 'rage quits' early in race

Apr. 5, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — William Byron led the most laps in NASCAR's first two virtual races and had nothing to show for his gaming skills. The third time out, he got the win. Byron easily won the iRacing event Sunday at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway, where NASCAR would have been really racing before the...

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump talks with US pro sports leaders to discuss virus

Apr. 4, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

President Donald Trump talked to many U.S. pro sports leaders about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, saying he was looking forward to the resumption of competitions “as soon as we can.” “I want fans back in the arenas,” Trump said later in a briefing at the White House....

In this image taken from video provided by iRacing IndyCar, IndyCar Pato O'Ward, foreground, heads into a turn during opening lap of the American Red Cross Grand Prix virtual IndyCar auto race at Watkins Glen International, Saturday, March 28, 2020. (iRacing IndyCar via AP)

McLaughlin wins virtual IndyCar event racing from Australia

Apr. 4, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

Scott McLaughlin’s real IndyCar debut is on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian V8 SuperCars champion isn’t letting that stop him from learning how to virtually drive the cars. McLaughlin won IndyCar’s virtual race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, the...