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Kyle Larson finally wins elusive Chili Bowl in 13th try

Jan. 19, 2020 8:59 AM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Kyle Larson scored one of the biggest victories of his career by ending an 0-for-12 streak to finally win the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. Larson passed Christopher Bell with 17 laps in Saturday night's main event to end his frustrating streak of futility and deny Bell a fourth...

Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Roger Penske speaks during a news conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Indianapolis. Penske announced that this year's NASCAR Xfinity Series race will be run on the track's road course for the first time. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

NASCAR to run Xfinity race on Indy road course for 1st time

Jan. 15, 2020 3:59 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roger Penske already is making changes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It looks like more are on the way, too. On Wednesday, in his first major move since buying the iconic facility, Penske announced the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Indy on July 4 will use the track's road course. The...

In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 photo, driver Giniel De Villers, of South Africa, and co-driver Alex Haro, of Spain, race their Toyota during stage seven of the Dakar Rally between Riyadh and Wadi Al Dawasir, Saudi Arabia. Formerly known as the Paris-Dakar Rally, the race was created by Thierry Sabine after he got lost in the Libyan desert in 1977. Until 2008, the rallies raced across Africa, but threats in Mauritania led organizers to cancel that year's event and move it to South America. It has now shifted to Saudi Arabia. The race started on Jan. 5 with 560 drivers and co-drivers, some on motorbikes, others in cars or in trucks. Only 41 are taking part in the Original category. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

AP Photos: Navigating the desert in the Dakar Rally

Jan. 15, 2020 11:02 AM EST

Spanish motorcyclist Sara Garcia searches for a tool inside a red metallic box during one of the world's toughest races, gazing at pictures and support messages from family and friends. Garcia and her Yamaha are taking part in the Dakar Rally, an annual event being covered by The Associated Press. "I'm tired,"...

Scott McLaughlin hopes to be IndyCar-bound with Penske team

Jan. 14, 2020 9:34 PM EST

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — A two-time touring car champion in Australia, Scott McLaughlin is hoping his next stop will be the IndyCar circuit in the United States. And working with a guy like Roger Penske might certainly help. The New Zealander completed 141 laps in a Team Penske car during a test day at...

NASCAR changes rules to try to improve short-track racing

Jan. 14, 2020 10:29 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has changed the rules on its aerodynamic package for short tracks and road courses because the racing didn't improve at those venues under rules introduced last season. NASCAR had been fairly adamant the rules package would remain unchanged but reversed course late last...

Swedish driver Ericsson lands hot chocolate company sponsor

Jan. 14, 2020 10:27 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A hot chocolate company led by Hollywood stuntman and occasional racer Stanton Barrett has signed as primary sponsor for Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson at Chip Ganassi Racing. This is the first entry into IndyCar for Huski Chocolate, a company headquartered in Stockholm that already...

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks to the media following an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A look back at other infamous cheating scandals in sports

Jan. 13, 2020 8:48 PM EST

The fallout from baseball's latest sign-stealing scandal is beginning to take shape. Houston manager AJ Hinch is out of a job, and so is general manager Jeff Luhnow. The question is what will happen with the Boston Red Sox, who are also under investigation for sign stealing. Before they were fired Monday, Hinch...

A race car kicks up a trail of dust during stage two of the Dakar Rally between Al Wajh and Neom, Saudi Arabia, on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Jan. 11, 2020 4:53 AM EST

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes a dust cloud kicked up by a Dakar Rally race car in Saudi Arabia; a protest in...

Vermont police say man dies after car strikes tree in Derby

Jan. 10, 2020 9:26 AM EST

DERBY, Vt. (AP) — A 71-year-old man died after the car he was driving went off a road in the town of Derby and hit a tree, Vermont State Police said. The crash on Cross Road occurred at about 7:15 p.m. Thursday, when the car driven by Reginald Gray, of Brookline, New Hampshire, gradually veered off the...

Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus (87) makes a catch against Ohio State cornerback Cameron Brown (26) during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Indianapolis ramping up prep work for 2022 championship game

Jan. 8, 2020 2:38 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Susan Baughman will spend this weekend getting learning the nuances of putting on a national championship game. Then the Indianapolis College Football Playoff host committee president will spend the next two years using those lessons to come up with a game plan. On Wednesday, Baughman...