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Logano, Byron take duel races at Daytona…Kuchar leads at Riviera…Remorseful Astros

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano and William Byron won the qualifying races that set the field for the Daytona 500. The victory in the first 150-mile race Thursday night earned Logano a spot in the second row for NASCAR’s season-opening Cup race. Byron will join Logano in the second row. They’ll be behind pole-sitter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and teammate Alex Bowman, who earned the front row in time trials at Daytona International Speedway.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) is the leader heading into the second round of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Kuchar birdied his first two holes and never let up until in a 7-under 64 that gave him a three-stroke lead over Russell Henley, Wyndham Clark, Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Harold Varner III and Adam Schenk. Tiger Woods eagled his opening hold but closed with a bogey for a 69.

UNDATED (AP) — Houston Astros infielders Alex Bregman and José Altuve have apologized on behalf of the ballclub for its sign-stealing scheme that was investigated and punished by Major League Baseball. Astros owner Jim Crane raised eyebrows when he said: “Our opinion is that this didn’t impact the game. We had a good team. We won the World Series. And we’ll leave it at that.” MLB didn’t punish any players for the cheating and Crane said the team wouldn’t, either.

NEW YORK (AP) — Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker is headed to his first NBA All-Star Game, replacing injured Trail Blazers backcourt ace Damian Lillard. Booker was chosen by Commissioner Adam Silver after feeling snubbed by voters and coaches when he didn’t make the original list for Sunday’s game in Chicago. Lillard injured his groin on Wednesday night.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has become the latest school to receive an NCAA notice of allegations over the federal probe into college basketball. Athletic director Ray Tanner says the school received the notice about a violation alleged to have been committed by former assistant coach Lamont Evans, who worked for coach Frank Martin for four seasons from 2015-16. The NCAA has categorized the infraction as Level I, the most serious of its violations and what it calls a “severe breach of conduct.”

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