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CONCORD, N.C. — Chase Elliott finally made it to the finish line after recent bad-luck finishing stretches, winning NASCAR's Alsco Uniforms 500 on Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. Elliott conquered the 312-mile event that encompassed 208 laps, notching a Cup Series victory for the first time this year. "It feels awesome. It has been a tough week," Elliott said. "... It's not the Coke 600, but any win in the Cup Series is real hard to get."
CONCORD, N.C. -- Brad Keselowski took advantage of a late restart and held the top spot for the final two laps in NASCAR's version of overtime, winning the Coca-Cola 600 that began Sunday night, May 24, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. "I'm so happy for my team," Keselowski said. "It's a major. It's the Coke 600. ... We just ground this one out. All these things just came together."
HOBE SOUND, Fla. -- Tiger Woods was in midsentence discussing how he couldn't imagine getting out on an NFL football field. Then he stopped and looked to his right. "See, you laugh," Woods said as legendary NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning cackled even harder. "There were a few times on the front nine when I couldn't find the ball," Brady said.
Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes addressed graduates of his alma mater, Texas Tech, on Saturday, May 23, encouraging them to "go out and win your own Super Bowl." "I know this isn't the graduation ceremony that you and your families had envisioned, but that doesn't change the outcome or all the hard work, long hours and sacrifices that you made to achieve this milestone," the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback said in his address that aired during the school's virtual commencement. "I know this is sure not how you imagined spending your last days as a student."
The National Hockey League Players' Association executive board approved a proposal to resume the 2019-20 season with a 24-team, conference-based playoff format, on Friday night, May 22. Other issues remain to be worked out between the two sides before the players will return to the ice, the union said.
The NBA confirmed Saturday that talks are underway with Disney to restart the season this summer in Orlando, Fla. League spokesman Mike Bass said the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are "engaged in exploratory conversations" with The Walt Disney Company about a late-July restart at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. It would be a "single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing," Bass said. The NBA regular season was paused on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Scottie Pippen is "beyond livid" with Michael Jordan for his portrayal in the 10-part documentary "The Last Dance." ESPN Radio in Chicago reported Pippen regrets participation in the documentary, which offered creative license and a dominant voice to Jordan, whose commentary has offended many former teammates and opponents. "He is so angry at Michael and how he was portrayed," ESPN 1000's David Kaplan said. "Called selfish. Called this, called that. That he's furious that he participated and did not realize what he was getting himself into."
No college football in 2020 would come at the cost of $4 billion and the elimination of other non-revenue sports across the NCAA, according to a report from ESPN. Already facing massive reductions in revenue from the abrupt end of the college basketball season, including the absence of postseason tournaments in men's and women's basketball, schools are attempting to address the potential for an even bigger hit this fall if the coronavirus pandemic forces college football off the field.
NFL owners will vote on proposed rules changes for the 2020 season next Thursday, May 28. Included in the proposal is preseason implementation of a sky judge, one of nine formal rules all 32 teams will vote on during league meetings next week. The May 28 owners meetings will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Denny Hamlin, running on worn tires late in Wednesday evening's Toyota 500 NASCAR Cup Series race, got an assist from the weather gods -- an assist that handed him the victory at Darlington Raceway. Hamlin, whose Joe Gibbs Racing team ran out of new tires and was running on "scuffs" while those pursuing him were on "stickers," had the lead when rain hit the track with just under 25 laps to go.