Review Category : National Sports

Tire Test Taking Place at Martinsville Speedway This Week

Hemera/Thinkstock(RIDGEWAY, Va.) — Four NASCAR teams were set to participate in a tire test at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet team with driver Jamie McMurray, the Roush Fenway Racing No. 16 Ford team with driver Greg Biffle, the Richard Childress Racing No. 27 Chevrolet team with driver Paul Menard, and the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota team with driver Martin Truex Jr. were all expected to be involved, reports.

The Goodyear tire test at Martinsville comes in advance of the track’s October 30 Sprint Cup Series race.

Two more tire tests are scheduled later this season at Kansas Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Ryan Lochte Protesters Ordered to Stay Away from the Olympian

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — The two men who interrupted Dancing With the Stars last month to protest Ryan Lochte’s participation in the show have been ordered to stay away from the Olympian.

On Tuesday, a judge in Los Angeles Superior Court ordered Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi to stay at least 300 yards away from Lochte as well as from facilities associated with the show.

The arraignment was continued to Oct. 21. Neither man has yet entered a plea.

Sotoodeh and Souroudi rushed the stage of the ABC show last month to protest Lochte’s casting and were charged by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office with two misdemeanors — leaving a spectator area and entering a stage and interfering with a performance. If found guilty, they could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

After the incident at the show, Sotoodeh and Soroudi were detained by show security and arrested, a Los Angeles Police Department representative said. They were released the next day.

Afterward, the two men told ABC News that they were angry that Lochte, who had admitted he “overexaggerated” a story about being robbed at the Rio Summer Olympics, was asked to be a part of the show. The pair claimed they never wanted to hurt the Olympic swimmer.

“Everyone deserves a second chance, but we had to say our protest, as well,” Soroudi told ABC News.

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College Lacrosse Teams Settle Tied Match with Rock, Paper, Scissors Game

iStock/Thinkstock(KALAMAZOO, Mich.) — When a tied lacrosse match between two college rivals was canceled because of lightning, the teams still wanted to settle the score.

By playing rock, paper, scissors.

In a video posted to Instagram that’s going viral, the Western Michigan University lacrosse team and the University of Dayton faced off for a two-out-of-three winner in rock, paper, scissors.

Two players were surrounded by a mob of their teammates for the high-stakes game.

In the end, WMU was declared the winner, defeating Dayton with paper over rock.

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Reports: Marlins Fire Hitting Coach Barry Bonds

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(MIAMI) — Barry Bonds’ time as a hitting coach in Miami has reportedly come to an end.

Multiple reports say the Marlins fired the former slugger after just one season with the team.

Miami is also said to have parted ways with third-base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius.

The moves come after the Marlins failed to clinch a spot in the playoffs. The team finished the regular season with a record of 79-82.

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Appeal Panel Reduces Maria Sharapova’s Tennis Ban

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(LONDON) — The competition ban against women’s tennis star Maria Sharapova for doping has been reduced from two years to 15 months, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Tuesday.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF), the world governing body of tennis, also released a statement Tuesday, explaining that an appeal panel, appointed under the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), reduced the sanction following a hearing last month.

Sharapova’s trouble began when the ITF said the 29-year-old Russian tennis star provided a urine sample on Jan. 26, after her quarter-final match at the Australian Open in Melbourne this year. The sample was found to contain a drug called meldonium, which became a banned substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list as of Jan. 1. Sharapova publicly announced in March that she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open, but maintained that she was unaware that the drug she had been taking for a decade, mildronate, was also known as meldonium.

After the June 8 decision, banning her from competing for two years, Sharapova appealed “on the basis she bore No Significant Fault or Negligence for her anti-doping rule violation.” The 29-year-old Russian tennis player said she had started using the drug, which helps increase blood and oxygen flow, under a doctor’s guidance in 2006 because of irregular electrocardiogram results as well as a family history of heart issues and diabetes.

Although the CAS panel found Sharapova was at fault for “failing to give her agent adequate instructions as to how to carry out the important task of checking the Prohibited List,” and “failing to supervise and control the actions of her agent in carrying out that task (specifically the lack of any procedure for reporting or follow-up verification to make sure that her agent had actually discharged his duty,” the panel agreed that Sharapova bore “No Significant Fault.”

The reduced ban will now end at midnight on April 25, 2017. Sharapova will return to tennis on April 26.

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Maryland Man Clinging to Life After Altercation at Baltimore Ravens Game

iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — A Maryland man is fighting for his life after an altercation on Sunday at an NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

“We’re clinging to hope,” Susan Bauer, sister of 56-year-old Joseph Bauer, told the Baltimore Sun. “He’s still not responsive and not awake, and we don’t know the extent of his brain damage. The doctors said it was consistent with a major stroke.”

A University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center spokesperson confirmed to ABC News they are treating Joseph Bauer, 56, who was injured in an altercation with two men at the game on Sunday. The incident took place inside the stadium, according to police, in an exit ramp. Bauer’s sister told the Baltimore Sun that her brother is in critical condition and has a 30 percent chance of living.

Police said they responded to reports of a fight at the stadium at about 3:30 p.m. and found the victim lying on his back, unresponsive.

“Through investigation it was determined there was a verbal altercation, which led to a physical altercation. In this case, the victim was pushed striking his head on the ground and he went unconscious,” Baltimore City Police Lieutenant Jarron Jackson told WMAR, a local ABC television affiliate.

“You know, we don’t know what the fight was over, but no competition, no football game, no rivalry is worth someone being in the hospital fighting for their life right now,” said Jackson.

Police arrested Scott Smith of Mt Vernon, NY and Andrew Nappi of Eastchester, NY for aggravated assault.

“Our sympathies and prayers go out to Mr. Joseph Bauer, his wife Sharon and the rest of his family,” the Baltimore Ravens said in a statement. “We are deeply concerned about this assault and are learning as much as we can about it. Safety for our fans is a top priority. Confrontational and inflammatory behavior is never tolerated and is unacceptable at Ravens home games.”

“They’re charged with aggravated assault and hopefully those charges won’t be upgraded,” Jackson told WMAR. “Hopefully, this victim will be treated and returned to his family but unfortunately right now his family is in the hospital praying for his speedy recovery like we all are.”

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Richard Childress Racing Partnering with NASCAR Digital Media on Website

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Richard Childress Racing is revamping its website with the help of NASCAR Digital Media.

The two companies on Monday announced a deal in which NASCAR Digital Media will oversee the design and development of the new

A soft launch is planned for December, followed by a full launch early next year.

The companies say the new site will offer driver-specific content, videos, photo galleries and more.

RCR’s current stable of drivers includes Ryan Newman, Paul Menard and Austin Dillon. Dillon is one of the 12 remaining drivers in the Chase.

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Swansea City Hires Bob Bradley, First American to Coach Premier League Club

Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(SWANSEA, Wales) — The first American has been hired to coach a Premier League club.

Bob Bradley will be the new head coach at Swansea City after the team fired Francesco Guidolin.

Bradley, 58, has coached U.S. Soccer, the Egypt national football team, Norwegian club Stabaek, and French second-tier team Le Havre.

Now he faces the Swans, a team that has won only one of its seven league matches.

His first match as coach will be on Oct. 15 at Arsenal in London.

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