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NASCAR returns as Harvick wins at Darlington…McIlroy-Johnson beat Fowler-Wolff

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick took the lead from Alex Bowman on a late restart and pulled away over the final 30 laps at Darlington Raceway to win NASCAR’s first Cup race in 71 days. It was the first Cup race since the schedule was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event was run without fans and with an emphasis on masks and social distancing. Roughly 900 people were approved to be inside the gates, all considered essential.

JUNO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy’s final drive allowed him and playing partner Dustin Johnson to win $1.85 million for charity in the TaylorMade Driving Relief exhibition in Florida. With the match down to a closest-to-the-pin contest after regulation, McIlroy barely stayed on the shelf left of the pin, measured at 13 feet to beat Matthew Wolff’s attempt by five feet. More than $5.5 million was pledged during the exhibition match for COVID-19 relief funds.

UNDATED (AP) — The California State University system’s plan for a mostly virtual fall semester due to the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t necessarily close the door on football at its three schools that play in the far-flung Mountain West Conference. San Diego State athletic director John David Wicker says the school is looking at having football players return to campus no earlier than July 7 and is making plans to play the season as scheduled. SDSU is proceeding because it envisions a fall schedule that includes a hybrid model of classes, in which some students will be on campus for in-person instruction such as labs while other classes will be held online.

UNDATED (AP) — English Premier League clubs will try today to agree on protocols to allow a return to training during the coronavirus pandemic. Teams already have started checking players and coaches for COVID-19, with a total of 1,600 weekly tests anticipated across the 20 clubs in England’s top division. Today’s meeting comes two days after the German league resumed its schedule.

UNDATED — All Spanish league clubs can begin small group training sessions this week despite stricter lockdown restrictions remaining in place in parts of Spain because of the coronavirus pandemic. Cities like Madrid and Barcelona have not been allowed to loosen confinement measures like most of the country, but teams such as Real Madrid and Barcelona have been given the go-ahead to move into the second phase of training. Players had only been allowed to train individually across Spain until now.

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