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ESPN's Steele on hiatus following controversial comments

Oct. 06, 2021 22:33 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Sage Steele will not appear on ESPN's “SportsCenter” the remainder of this week and has been pulled from moderating an upcoming network event following comments she made on a recent podcast. Steele appeared on a podcast hosted by former NFL...

Bristol Caverns for sale as longtime owner plans retirement

Oct. 03, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Gary Barnett showed up with a flashlight at age 15. The year was 1962. President John F. Kennedy was in the White House. Barnett went underground in Bristol Caverns. At that time, Bristol Caverns had been...

Virginia native gave up politics for catering, restaurant

Sep. 25, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — Catherine Elliott gave up politics for pots, pans and plates. Now, she has a “Real Good Restaurant” serving crab cakes and hushpuppies — about 400 miles from the sea. Elliott, 56, has made a career out of catering. She’s...

Hendrick stars dodging playoff elimination at Bristol

Sep. 17, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

A surprisingly strong start to the playoffs for Joe Gibbs Racing — two races, two wins and two drivers locked into the second round — has put Hendrick Motorsports in a precarious position headed into the first elimination race. Alex Bowman and William Byron both...

AUTO RACING: Gibbs drivers surge as NASCAR goes to Bristol

Sep. 15, 2021 08:17 AM EDT

All times Eastern NASCAR CUP SERIES Bass Pro Shops Night Race Site: Bristol, Tennessee Schedule: Saturday, race, 7:30 p.m. Track: Bristol Motor Speedway. Race...

Truex leads 1-2-3 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing at Richmond

Sep. 12, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va, (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. assumed the lead when Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch was penalized for speeding with about 50 laps to go and won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night. The victory was the third for Truex in the last...

Former NASCAR driver opens brewery in southwestern Virginia

Sep. 04, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — Michael Waltrip admits his personal beer palate was once limited but is now expanding — along with his business interests — and the Twin City is the latest beneficiary. Michael Waltrip Brewing and the Two-Time Tap Room recently opened in the...

Doctor couple from Boston ID'd as victims of small-jet crash

Sep. 03, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

Four people who died in the crash of a small jet in Connecticut were identified Friday as a Boston couple who are both doctors, and two local pilots. Police in Farmington said Courtney Haviland, 33, her husband, William Shrauner, 32, were passengers on the jet that...

ESPN+ to televise African World Cup soccer qualifiers

Sep. 01, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Conn, (AP) — ESPN has obtained U.S. television rights to African World Cup qualifying and will stream the matches on ESPN+. Coverage began Wednesday with six second-round matches, starting with the Central African Republic's game against Cape Verde. ...

5 Virginia residents plead guilty in unemployment fraud case

Aug. 28, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — More southwest Virginia residents who prosecutors say conspired with dozens of others to file fraudulent claims for pandemic unemployment benefits have pleaded guilty. Patrick Payne, 43, Randall Johnson, 42, Steven Mullins Jr., 33, Curtis Mullins,...