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Champions crowned at Fonda Speedway

Fonda Speedway’s 2017 track champions celebrate in victory lane Saturday night. From left: Cory White, Tim Fuller, Rocky Warner, Ken Hollenback, Kenny Gates, promoter Matt Demitraszek, Johnny Young and promoter Pete Demitraszek. (Photo courtesy Jeff Karabin) Staff Report FONDA — Saturday was a night of firsts for four drivers on the final night of points racing for 2017 at Fonda Speedway. Number one was Tim Fuller taking home his first-ever track championship at Fonda. Number two was his teammate Mike Maresca winning his career first modified feature at Fonda — or anywhere, for that matter. Number three was Devin...

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Red Sox beat Yankees 5-1, move 5 games up in AL East

Boston Red Sox’s Xander Bogaerts, left, celebrates on the field with Jackie Bradley Jr., right, after the Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 5-1 in a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer BOSTON — Jackie Bradley Jr. knows all about the Fenway Park triangle, and how long it can take to get the ball back to the infield from the 420-foot marker. So when the Red Sox center fielder saw, as he pulled into second, that his Yankees counterpart had just picked up the ball, Bradley sped...

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America still in turmoil a year after Kaepernick’s protest

By JANIE HAR and JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press What started as a protest against police brutality has mushroomed a year later into a divisive debate over the future of a football player who refused to stand for the national anthem and now faces what his fans see as blackballing for speaking out in a country roiled by racial strife. Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick demonstrated outside the Los Angeles Rams’ Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, part of calls for boycotts of the upcoming NFL season. Film director Spike Lee is promoting a rally on his behalf. On the opposing end of a wide range of opinions, some fans say Kaepernick shouldn’t have sat or kneeled during the national anthem, while others argue the quarterback’s lack of a job is more about his talent. The once-rising star and Super Bowl quarterback has been unemployed since March, when he opted out of his contract and became a free agent who could sign with any team. At least three NFL clubs have openly discussed the idea of signing him, but the embattled quarterback has yet to sign a contract with training camps well underway. Just weeks away from the regular season, he has become a symbol of the clash of celebrity, sports and social issues as more people —including players, fans, politicians, team owners...

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Nothing in NBA quite like LeBron on the clock

By IRA WINDERMAN Sun Sentinel MIAMI — The insult was biting, but nonetheless private, when LeBron James gave Pat Riley the cold shoulder during 2014 free agency, having by then made up his mind to leave the Miami Heat for a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. But it also came after the games were played, as a free agent, during the offseason. As odd as it sounds in retrospect, James afforded Riley, Micky Arison and Erik Spoelstra the ultimate respect until that franchises-changing decision. Parse the body language or the comments from James during that run to a fourth consecutive NBA Finals, if you choose, but there barely was talk of an eventual departure during that season, even if James had previously mentioned the possibility of a return to Cleveland. There was an appreciation of the moment, and, seemingly of ownership, the front office, teammates, the coaching staff. Then think back to the departure from Cleveland in 2010 and the yearlong traveling circus endured by the Cavaliers, as they visited potential suitors during the regular season, James essentially playing home games at Madison Square Garden and other potential landing spots. Some still are trying to figure out what happened to the Cavaliers in that six-game loss to the Boston Celtics in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals. It certainly wasn’t as simple to explain away as the air conditioning going...

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Stanton hits 45th HR, Marlins beat Mets 6-4

NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit his major league-leading 45th home run and Adam Conley struck out a career-high 11, leading the Miami Marlins over the New York Mets 6-4 on Sunday. Stanton connected for a three-run shot off Jacob deGrom (13-7) as the Marlins scored four times in the seventh inning for a 6-1 lead. Stanton had homered in six straight games before coming up short Wednesday night. Conley (6-5) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings. Brad Ziegler pitched the ninth for his sixth save. Yoenis Cespedes homered and hit an RBI double for the Mets, who have lost six of their last nine games. They fell to 6-15 on Sundays this season, including 2-9 at Citi Field. Conley improved to 3-0 in seven career starts against the Mets. He gave up Cespedes’ 16th homer in the first and not much after that. The Marlins lefty managed to get out of a jam with runners on second and third base when he struck out deGrom in the second inning. Christian Yelich put the Marlins up 2-1 in the third with his second two-out RBI single of the afternoon. DeGrom, who came into the day with a 9-3 record and a 2.18 ERA in his last 12 starts, weaved in and out of trouble before he was chased off the mound during Miami’s big seventh....

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Cards, Pirates in awe of Little League spectacle

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Mike Matheny took a moment to look around the Lamade Stadium bleachers and was transported back in time. The sights reminded him of his childhood when the Cardinals manager idolized big leaguers just like the hundreds of Little Leaguers stretched out before him Sunday in seats beside their major league counterparts do. Hours later, St. Louis and Pittsburgh played in the Little League Classic just a few miles away. “Our guys loved interacting with the kids,” Matheny said. “It was kind of a throwback to when our guys were Little League players.” Matheny enjoyed watching the faces of the kids who’ve come from all regions of the world and the United States to chase a Little League World Series championship. He remembered being in awe of one of his heroes, Cardinals legend Stan Musial, and figured his experience was similar to those of the youngsters on hand Sunday. But Matheny was a professional by the time he met Musial and not nearly as impressionable as the 9- to 12-year-olds who exchanged hats, autographs, laughs, pictures and watched second-round Little League World Series games together for most of the afternoon. “Watching how (Musial) interacted, not just with me but with other people, it made a lasting impact on me,” Matheny said. “That’s how it’s supposed to be done. And I would hope that some of the...

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Stenson closes with 64 to win at Wyndham

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Henrik Stenson kept making birdies on the back nine Sunday at the Wyndham Championship. They added up to a tournament record — and his first victory of the year. Stenson closed with a 6-under 64 for a one-stroke victory in the final event of the PGA Tour regular season. The 2013 FedEx Cup champion finished at 22-under 258 at Sedgefield Country Club, breaking the course’s 72-hole record set by Carl Pettersson in 2008 and matched last year by Si Woo Kim. The Swede earned $1,044,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points for his sixth win on tour and his first since the 2016 British Open. “It’s certainly a good time to start firing,” Stenson said. “We know the kind of damage you can do in the playoffs. … If you get hot and keep on playing well, you have a chance to challenge.” Stenson said he left his driver in his locker all week — “he’s a little anxious to get out there and start getting some air time next week,” he quipped of the club — and certainly didn’t need it on the par-70 Sedgefield course. For the second straight day, he had four birdies in a five-hole stretch of the back nine. Ollie Schniederjans shot a 64 to finish second. Webb Simpson was 18 under after a 67.” “I had to keep on making...

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Jordan Matthews expects to be ready for Bills’ season opener

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK — Getting traded by the Philadelphia Eagles wasn’t easy on receiver Jordan Matthews. Getting hurt in his first practice with the Buffalo Bills didn’t help. Putting his emotions and frustrations aside, Matthews vowed Sunday that he’ll be healthy, ready and focused to play in the season opener against the New York Jets in three weeks. “I want to go out there and prove myself to my teammates. I want them to know that I’m tough, and I want them to know that I’m not the type of guy that wants to miss practice and just be there for games.” Matthews said. “I’m extremely confident I will be ready to play for Week 1.” Matthews took the first step by participating in very light drills along the sideline before practice. He was limited to running and catching softly tossed balls in his first workout since chipping a bone in his sternum a week ago. The injury occurred when he fell hard to the turf along the left sideline while attempting to make a leaping catch alongside cornerback Shareece Wright. And it happened early into Matthews’ first practice with Buffalo, two days after being acquired in a trade with Philadelphia. The trade coincided with Buffalo making another trade in which the team dealt starting receiver Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams. Matthews...

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Kenseth puts on brave face as he’s being shown the door

Driver Matt Kenseth signs autographs for fans after practice for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series auto race, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — It could have gotten very uncomfortable as Erik Jones and Matt Kenseth sat side-by-side shortly after an intriguing race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Both drivers wanted to win for very different reasons, both came up short , then circumstances put them together in a post-race news conference. Jones, the rookie, was seeking his first Cup Series victory Saturday night. He wound up second to Kyle Busch, his...

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NBA investigating Lakers amid George tampering allegation

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is investigating whether the Los Angeles Lakers tampered with All-Star forward Paul George while he was under contract with the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers asked the league to open the probe. “The Lakers have been cooperative and, at this point, no findings have been made,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said Sunday in a statement. “We have asked both teams to refrain from commenting while the investigation is ongoing.” There is no known timetable for the completion of the investigation being conducted by the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. George is a four-time All-Star and Los Angeles native who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this offseason. The Pacers traded him after George told them he planned to leave Indiana as a free agent next summer. There has been speculation for some time that George has wanted to join the Lakers. Under NBA rules, teams are not permitted to attempt to sway any player who is under contract with another team. If the Lakers are found to have tampered, the NBA could issue any combination of fines, forfeiture of draft picks or suspensions of those who were deemed to be involved. Tampering, the league has said, can be either direct or indirect — and an interview that Lakers President Magic Johnson did earlier this year on ABC’s...

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