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June 12, 2020 - 11:44 am
By JOANNE ROSA, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Director Spike Lee criticized NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's apology to players about racism, after he did not specifically name former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. In response to the unrest and protests following the death in police...
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June 11, 2020 - 11:30 am
By KELLY MCCARTHY and MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- American race car driver Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. said he's "really proud" of NASCAR for "stepping up" and banning the Confederate flag from all its events. "I think this is the most crucial time," Wallace, 26, said in an interview on...
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June 11, 2020 - 10:57 am
By GMA TEAM, ABC News (LOS ANGELES) -- Vanessa Bryant recently revealed new tattoos in honor of her late husband and daughter, Kobe and Gianna Bryant. In two Instagram posts Wednesday, the former NBA star's widow said the tattoos are messages her loved ones previously shared with her. "I wanted my...
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FILE - In this July 4, 2015, file photo, U.S., Confederate and Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. flags fly near Turn 4 during NASCAR qualifying at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its races and venues Wednesday, June 10, 2020, formally severing itself from what for many is a symbol of slavery and racism. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
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June 11, 2020 - 12:21 am
For more than 70 years, the Confederate flag was a common and complicated sight at NASCAR races. Through the civil rights era right on through the season opener at Daytona in February, the flag dotted infield campsites and was waved in grandstands by fans young and old. As the nation — and at last...
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June 10, 2020 - 6:02 pm
By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) -- The infield and grandstands will look very different at NASCAR races after the sport announced it has banned the presence of the Confederate flag at all events. NASCAR released a statement on Twitter Wednesday, saying, "The presence of the confederate flag...
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June 10, 2020 - 1:50 pm
By HALEY YAMADA, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- In the wake of George Floyd's death and protests calling for racial justice, former NFL star Emmanuel Acho is tackling tough conversations about race in America off the field. The former Philadelphia Eagle-turned-broadcaster recently released a new YouTube...
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June 10, 2020 - 8:08 am
By MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A North Carolina racetrack that state leaders say has repeatedly violated its coronavirus executive order on mass gatherings has been ordered to temporarily close. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued an abatement order Monday...
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June 10, 2020 - 8:07 am
NASCAR will allow a limited number of fans to return to races later this month amid the pandemic. The plan for Homestead-Miami Speedway this Sunday is to allow up to 1,000 South Florida service members to attend the Cup Series race. Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama will permit up to 5,000 guests...
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FILE - In this March 2, 2019, file photo, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly walks on the field during the NCAA college football team's spring practice in South Bend, Ind. The NCAA's football oversight committee expects to finalize a plan on Thursday to allow teams to conduct up to 12 unpadded, slow-speed practices, also know as walk-throughs, during the 14 days before the typical preseason begins in August. Kelly said the extra time on the field with a ball will be valuable for teaching schemes, but not necessarily for assessing player development. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP, File)
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June 10, 2020 - 2:31 am
After the pandemic wiped out spring practice for most major college football teams, an NCAA plan to extend the preseason by two weeks could help coaches and players make up for the lost time. The NCAA's football oversight committee expects to finalize a plan on Thursday to allow teams to conduct up...
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June 09, 2020 - 7:33 am
By LESLEY MESSER and JULIE SONE, ABC News (LOS ANGELES) -- Vanessa Bryant could seek substantial damages in her wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter company and the successor in interest of the pilot involved in the January crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, and their 13-year-old...
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