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Defeat to Leinster ends Bath’s Champions Cup hopes

first_img Bath continued to struggle in attack and it took their reinforced scrum – aided by Nick Auterac and Henry Thomas’ arrivals – to get them into scoring range. They were clinical from a close-in penalty on the hour, number eight Houston muscling over off a lineout drive. Ford could not convert and after Bath mishandled the restart, Cronin gobbled up possession to launch a powerful set of attacking phases. It was the replacement hooker who eventually scored, springing through from a close-range ruck. Madigan’s conversion was followed by a Ford penalty, with Te’o fortunate to avoid yellow for lifting Joseph in a tackle. Leinster continued to look the more likely to score and Madigan’s 76th-minute penalty sealed Bath’s fate, leaving Wasps and Toulon to battle it out for Pool 5 honours. Ian Madigan finished with a 20-point haul, but it was Leo Cullen’s young guns who got the best out of the province with eight of their starting line-up aged between 20 and 24. Madigan landed four penalties from five attempts to give Leinster a 12-3 interval lead, with James Tracy, Josh van der Flier and Mike McCarthy starring up front. Leinster knocked Bath out of contention for the European Champions Cup quarter-finals with a very encouraging 25-11 victory at the RDS. Despite Leroy Houston’s 59th-minute try giving them renewed hope, Bath were out of sorts and very much second best on the night. Leinster lifted their game again in the Dublin rain, an opportunist try from Sean Cronin and a sixth successful Madigan penalty sealing their first pool win of the season. A break from the excellent Ben Te’o, who linked neatly with Zane Kirchner, set up Madigan’s first penalty in the eighth minute – just reward for a sprightly Leinster start. The home forwards, including man-of-the-match Ross Molony in the second row, took hold of the game while playing at a relentless pace, engineering a couple of try-scoring opportunities with lively hooker Tracy held up just short. Madigan sent a right-sided penalty wide soon after and the Bath pack – on a rare attack – drove forward to set up a well-struck 29th-minute leveller from Ford. Leinster restored their lead six minutes before the break, Madigan splitting the posts following a lineout infringement, and some more incisive running from centres Te’o and Garry Ringrose kept the hosts humming along. Bath lock Dominic Day’s slow retreat earned him a yellow card and Madigan mopped up with three more points. Fourteen-man Bath were then denied a certain try by the retreating Dave Kearney, who did really well to reach Jonathan Joseph’s kick through alongside a lunging Houston. Kearney was high-tackled by Anthony Watson on the stroke of half-time, allowing Madigan to curl over his best kick of the night from wide on the left. Another try-scoring chance went begging for Leinster on the resumption, Isa Nacewa being hauled down short after a neat release by Ringrose. But the boot of Madigan rewarded them with another successful place-kick. Press Associationlast_img read more

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The Latest: Lions’ Stafford removed from COVID list

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Detroit Lions removed quarterback Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list and said he received a false positive test result. The league announced a new preseason practice schedule on Tuesday after previously announcing that SEC teams would play only league games and pushing the season start back to Sept. 26.The new league-wide calendar allows for more days off and fewer practices than permitted under NCAA rules. From Aug. 7-16, teams are allowed to conduct up to 14 hours weekly of strength and conditioning, meetings and walkthroughs.Starting Aug. 17, they can hold 25 practices with a limit of 20 hours per week of practice time. Coaches must allow two days off each week until game week.___Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Andrew Billings has opted out of the 2020 season because of coronavirus concerns. Midi Libre said four young players from Montpellier academy also tested positive for the virus last week. The French league is to start on Aug. 21.___The German men’s ice hockey league will start its new season in November, more than eight months after the coronavirus stopped play. The league says its clubs agreed on the Nov. 13 date to begin the 2020-21 season and they’re drawing up plans to have fans in the arenas, subject to approval from German authorities. The International Football Association Board, the game’s lawmaker, updated its guidelines while the pandemic perseveres.A referee can only red card a player when they are certain the cough is intentional. A yellow card is also optional.The new rule falls under “using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.”IFAB said in a statement: “As with all offenses, the referee has to make a judgment about the true nature of the offense.“If it were clearly accidental, then the referee would not take action nor if the ‘cough’ took place with a large distance between the players. ___The Sun Belt Conference will keep its eight-game league football schedule and allow its members to play up to four nonconference games this season.The conference’s 10 members had 12 games scheduled against Power Five conference opponents, but with those leagues eliminating almost all of their nonconference games, Sun Belt schools have lots of holes in their schedules.The conference said it plans to start playing league games over Labor Day weekend and members can begin nonconference games as soon as Aug. 29.Texas State already has announced it has moved its home game against SMU in San Marcos, Texas, to Aug. 29. The MSHSL also decided at a virtual board meeting that soccer and individual fall sports — including cross country, girls tennis and girls swimming and diving — can start practice on time on Aug. 17. All seasons for the upcoming school year will be shortened. Football teams will play six regular-season games, down from eight, with a decision on postseason play to be made later. Minnesota became the ninth state to delay its high school football season, the Star Tribune reported.Competitive high school sports in Minnesota have been on hold since March when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state. This summer, the league has allowed for team workouts within recommended health guidelines.___Linebacker Skai Moore has become the first Indianapolis Colts player to opt out of playing the 2020 season because of the coronavirus. “However, where it is close enough to be clearly offensive, then the referee can take action.”___Cricket Australia has postponed a Twenty20 series against the West Indies scheduled for October.Australia and the West Indies were set to play games in Queensland state from Oct. 4-9 as warm-ups for the Twenty20 World Cup in October and November. But the International Cricket Council has already pushed the men’s T20 World Cup back by a year — to be held either in Australia or India. Cricket Australia says, “In light of this development, and given the preference to host the warm-up three-match T20 series against the West Indies to coincide with the rescheduled T20 World Cup in Australia, it has been agreed to postpone the matches.” ___A preseason friendly between French soccer clubs Marseille and Montpellier has been canceled due to a suspected case of coronavirus.The clubs said in a joint statement that Wednesday’s match at Stade Velodrome in Marseille was scrapped as a measure of precaution.According to regional newspaper Midi Libre, a Montpellier player whose identity was not revealed is suspected to have caught the virus. The player, who was tested with the whole team on Monday, will undergo another test this week, the newspaper said.Montpellier had been forced to cancel another preparation match last month after a player from local rival club Sete was diagnosed with the virus. The Jacksonville Jaguars have cleared starting quarterback Gardner Minshew from the COVID-19 list.Minshew spent the last two days in mandatory quarantine after being in close contact with someone infected. Safety Andrew Wingard also was activated from the COVID-19 list Tuesday. Minshew, Wingard and receiver Michael Walker are roommates in Jacksonville and have been for more than a year. Walker remains on the list.Jacksonville had an NFL-leading dozen players on the COVID-19 list Monday, with most of them being rookies and second-year players like Minshew, Wingard and Walker.The Jaguars are expected to hold their first training camp practice next Wednesday.___ August 4, 2020 The league played its last games on March 8 and was suspended with the regular season complete and the playoffs due to begin. The season was canceled and no champion was declared. Hockey has been slow to return in Germany because the league and clubs rejected the option of playing in empty arenas. They argued that they would lose money by hosting games without fans.The league says there will be a “preparation tournament with all 14 clubs in the lead-up to the season” but dates and locations are yet to be confirmed.___A soccer player who deliberately coughs close to another player or match official can be issued a red card. Billings signed a one-year free-agent contract with Cleveland in March after spending three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 6-foot-1, 328-pounder was going to give the Browns some size and depth up front.Billings is the third Cleveland player who has chosen not to play, following guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck.Players have until Thursday at 4 p.m. to notify teams if they’re choosing to opt out.A fourth-round pick in 2016 from Baylor, Billings sat out his rookie season with a knee injury but he’d been one of Cincinnati’s most consistent interior linemen the past three years.The Browns also placed wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Bayer Leverkusen says midfielder Nadiem Amiri will miss its Europa League last-16 game against Rangers on Thursday after he had contact with someone believed to have the coronavirus. The club says Amiri reported the “short-term” contact in his private life himself and is isolating at home for a week as a precaution.Leverkusen managing director sport Rudi Völler says in a statement that “Nadiem’s behavior is exemplary and important. Precisely because infection numbers are rising again in Germany, it’s an example of a serious and responsible approach to the pandemic.”Leverkusen takes a 3-1 lead from the first leg in March when it hosts Rangers on Thursday.Amiri has played 41 games for Leverkusen this season across all competitions. NFL players have until Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT to say they are skipping the season. Nearly 50 players have done so.Moore has been a backup linebacker and special teams player the last two seasons for Indy. He appeared in a total of 10 games over those two seasons.Players who opt out voluntarily will receive a $150,000 stipend. Those who receive a medical opt out will receive $350,000.___The start of Southeastern Conference football practices has been pushed back 10 days to Aug. 17. Associated Press The Latest: Lions’ Stafford removed from COVID list The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. Stafford was listed on it Saturday, but the team said Tuesday his testing sequence for the pre-entry period was: negative, negative, false positive — then the next three tests were all negative.“To be clear, Matthew does NOT have COVID-19 and never has had COVID-19 and the test in question was a False-Positive,” the team said in a statement. “Also, all of Matthew’s family have been tested and everyone is negative.”___Minnesota is the latest state to delay high school football competition because of the coronavirus concerns.The Minnesota State High School League voted Tuesday to move football and volleyball competition to a newly created fourth season likely to run from mid-March to mid-May. The normal spring sports would move to a window likely from mid-May to mid-July. ___The Madrid Open, a joint men’s and women’s tennis tournament, has been canceled.Organizers say the tournament will not take place at its rescheduled slot in September “following strong” recommendations made by local authorities “in view of the current situation caused by COVID-19.” The event was originally scheduled to be played in May. ___ The series also would have overlapped with the Indian Premier League which has been rescheduled to be in the United Arab Emirates from Sept. 19-Nov. 10, pending government approval. The lucrative IPL usually attracts players from all over the world, including many stars from the Caribbean and Australia.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more


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Guyana’s badminton team to take part in CAREBACO in Barbados

first_imgGUYANA’S top badminton players will be taking part in the Caribbean International Badminton Championships (CAREBACO) to be held at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Barbados from August 15 to 25.Last year when the championships were held in Suriname, Guyanese players won 13 medals (5 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze).The team will be aiming to repeat and even improve on that feat this year, as they have been in intense training twice daily over the past few weeks.The team consists of the Ramdhani siblings, Priyanna and Narayan, Tyrese Jeffrey, Akili Haynes and Jonathan Mangra. They will be competing in the U-19 Juniors International and the Open International.At last year’s CAREBACO, Priyanna was the female U-19 champion and Open runner-up while Narayan won an Open bronze medal.The team is being accompanied by manager/coach Gokarn Ramdhani.The 17 countries taking part are: Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Jamaica, Panama, Canada, USA, Finland, Italy, Poland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovakia, England, Mongolia and Germany.CAREBACO is an Olympic qualifier so players from around the world will be participating to get higher world ranking points.The GBA, through a release to the media, expressed thanks to NSC and Director of Sport Christopher Jones, Demerara Bank, Nevell Osman, SOL and Ayanna Watson, GAICO and Komal Singh, DaSilva’s Optical and the GOA.last_img read more


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Freshman Paige precocious for women’s hoops

first_imgWith senior guard Alyssa Karel out due to injury to begin the season, freshman Morgan Paige has stepped in and produced for UW.[/media-credit]It’s not too often that freshmen jump into a starting role this early in the season for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team. Yet, that is precisely the situation with freshman guard Morgan Paige.After star senior guard Alyssa Karel, the team’s scoring leader, went down with an injury in the exhibition season, Paige stepped into an unexpected role to help fill the huge void. The 5-foot-9 freshman out of Marion, Iowa took advantage of the opportunity and proved that she was ready to compete at the college level, allowing her to maintain a starting roll for the Badgers after Karel returned.“Just being thrown in there and the experience that I’m getting right now is going to help in the long run,” Paige said of being forced into a starting role. “But, I never expected this…it’s fun, it’s really exciting.”Starting all nine games that Wisconsin has played this season, Paige has made her presence felt by averaging 5.7 points per game in 25.6 minutes of playing time. Putting up a career-high 14 points in the Badgers’ overtime loss to Kansas, Paige has not been afraid to take shots and play a big offensive role.Although she is just a freshman, Paige has shown her maturity is well beyond her years, as she had no problem taking over the point while Karel was out.“I think it’s just her confidence, because she’s so even-keeled,” senior guard Alyssa Karel said. “She goes in there knowing that she might make mistakes here and there, but if she makes one mistake she’s not going to make the same mistake again. She learns quickly, and she’s so wiling to do exactly what the coaches are telling her.”As a senior, the experienced Karel has acted as a mentor to Paige, helping her adjust to the college game and offering constant advice. Karel’s help has undoubtedly played a major part in the impressive start to Paige’s career.But despite all the advice provided to her, like any freshman, the difficult transition from the high school to the college game has not always been an easy one for Paige. Unexpectedly thrown into the starting point guard spot for the Badgers, Paige has not exactly been given a lot of time to develop and get used to the college game.“I would say the tempo of the game is a lot faster and is something that you have to get used to,” Paige said. “Playing what, nine, 10 games now, starting finally to get the hang of it, but the speed and tempo of the game is the main difference. It’s very challenging to deal with.”Raised in a basketball family – both of her parents were coaches – Paige’s strong fundamentals and comfort with handling the ball are clearly a product of the coaching background she grew up in. With an average of just over two turnovers per game, Paige has quickly showed that she can be an effective point guard, even though it is not her normal position.Her basketball background has also given Paige a competitive edge, one that allowed her to challenge more proven players for playing time since day one.“She’s got a toughness about her that, when she’s in the game or when she’s in practice, she competes,” assistant coach Ty Margenthaler said. “Just because she is a freshman, she doesn’t play like one or act like one. She wants to take someone’s spot. That’s kind of the difference…her overall work ethic.”With any young athlete, there is always room to develop and become a more complete player, and Paige is no different. Although she had an impressive shooting performance against Kansas, shooting is an area where she has struggled at times this year.Averaging a field goal percentage of less than 30 percent from the field and making just over 20 percent of her shots from 3-point range, Paige’s shooting could use improvement. However, with strong fundamentals and an impressive work ethic already in place, making these adjustments should not be an issue.“At the beginning of the year, she was getting shots, and so I think that’s definitely something that she can continue to work on…her outside shooting,” Karel said. “But I’ve just been very impressed with her this year.”Paige has already had a major impact on UW’s young season and has seen a lot of action for a freshman. As she continues to gain experience and grow into her role with the Badgers, Paige can only get better.“I really think she, in time, is going to be a really good leader, because everything that she does she follows, and so I’m excited about her leadership in the future,” Margenthaler said. “With her work ethic and with her wanting to be the best, she’s going to be a tremendous player in time.”last_img read more


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No. 1 Syracuse erases early deficit, pulls away from St. John’s in 14-6 win

first_imgSyracuse couldn’t get anything to go. Much like it had shut out Virginia for the better part of the first half only six days before, the script had been flipped. Through its first 27 minutes against St. John’s on Saturday, the Orange couldn’t manage to score. But unlike Virginia, SU took over the game in the second half. Once Randy Staats scored off a pass from Kevin Rice with 2:15 left in the half, it opened up the floodgates for Staats — and for No. 1 Syracuse (5-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) — as it stormed back from a four-goal deficit to win 14-6 over St. John’s (1-5) in the Cobb County Classic in Kennesaw, Georgia on Saturday. Staats — who had scored just six goals in the first four games — finally broke out for a five-goal performance. Ben Williams won 13-of-19 at the faceoff X and Dylan Donahue and Kevin Rice combined for three more goals and seven assists. “First quarter, second quarter, I thought our guys were a little bit asleep,” SU head coach John Desko said in a postgame interview via Cuse.com, “and we finally woke up at the end of the second quarter going into the second half.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange was boosted by two quick goals at the end of the first half that led to its burst in the second. Fewer than six minutes into the second half, the Orange had already tied the score. Nicky Galasso’s 11th goal of the season made it 4-3, before Hakeem Lecky tied the game two minutes after that. “It was very important, had we not scored we’d all be looking at one another, looking at a pretty big lead … it just didn’t look like it was going to be our day,” Desko said. “Credit to the guys to keep playing in the second half. It certainly didn’t feel like an eight-goal game.” By the time St. John’s connected again with 53 seconds left in the third quarter, Syracuse had extended its lead to 7-4. In the fourth quarter, the Orange made it a blowout. With 11 minutes to play, Syracuse had added four more — including two from Staats — to all but solidify the win. When the horn sounded, SU had outscored the Red Storm 7-0 in the final period and made easy what had looked so hard for the first 27 minutes. Less than a week after taking over as the nation’s top-ranked team, the Orange was in jeopardy of falling to a team that had lost to a Siena team that Syracuse had defeated by 14.And while the first half questioned that ranking, the second half solidified it. “It didn’t look like we came to play,” Desko said. “We were missing shots, we weren’t running the offense. We had a couple penalties that we never have this time of year … maybe them having a lead at halftime helped fire us up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 7, 2015 at 4:52 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more


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Tipp begin National League campaign with draw

first_imgTheir topsy-turvy clash with Limerick in Kilmallock finished 2-9 to 1-12.Tipp made a positive start to the match and led 1-6 to 0-5 at the break – the goal coming from captain Peter Acheson.Limerick fought back strongly in the second period but Liam Kearns’s side regained a foothold, most notably through Josh Keane’s goal. It looked as if they’d won it when Conor Sweeney pointed late on.However, there was a sting in the tail as Ian Ryan – Limerick’s top scorer on the day – drew the sides level to ensure the spoils were shared.last_img


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Acheson say Tipp footballers don’t fear anybody

first_imgThe Moyle Rovers man made his comments as Tipp continue their preparations for Sunday’s Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final against Cork.Liam Kearns’ side face the 37-times provincial champions at Semple Stadium.His skipper believes there’s been a huge change in attitude during his time on the panel. Tipp FM’s live coverage of the match gets underway just after 3 o’clock on Sunday.We’ll also bring you updates on the Munster Junior Football Championship Semi-Final between Tipperary and Cork, which throws-in on Sunday at 1.30pm.last_img


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12BET ups customer engagement dynamics with Optimove

first_img Optimove upgrades customer journey ‘self-optimisation’ capacities August 6, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Pini Yakuel: Optimove – Betting Industry’s altered marketing agenda requires a real-time rethink September 9, 2019 Submit Optimove expands real-time dynamics to help betting meet new marketing demands August 27, 2019 Rory AndersonSeeking to bolster its customer retention, insights and engagement dynamics, Isle of Man and Philippines-based online sportsbook 12BET has appointed Optimove as its ‘customer marketing operations partner’.Utilising Optimove’s industry-tailored customer analytics and insights tools, 12BET will seek to enhance its customer activity, conversion, messaging and overall engagement across its digital verticals.Updating stakeholders, Rory Anderson Spokesman for 12BET states: “We have established ourselves as one of the leading gaming brands in the region, and so it is essential that at this key time we do not rest on our laurels. One of the biggest challenges we face is to continue fostering customer engagement. Optimove’s use of one-to-one personalisation and their impressive track record really impressed us. We look forward to seeing what the future holds.”Optimove’s customer intelligence team, will further assist 12BET’s marketing, gathering unique customer data, trends and insights to enhance ongoing 12BET promotions and personalisation strategies.Pini YakuelPini Yakuel, Optimove’s co-founder and CEO of Optimove backs 12BET as its new partner“Since their launch, 12Bet have led the way across the Asian market. South East Asia has always been a target market for Optimove, so we are really excited to be collaborating with an industry leader in their continued success.” “Providing value to customers through intelligent, data-driven marketing communications is a key aspect to an effective strategic growth plan that will see 12Bet maximize their customer lifetime value, spend and other KPIs. Creating emotionally intelligent interactions increases customer engagement and maximizes their business with the brand.”last_img read more


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Celtics hire former WNBA star Kara Lawson as assistant

first_imgThe Celtics have hired Olympic champion Kara Lawson as an assistant coach, the team announced Wednesday.Lawson, a former WNBA star who has served as an analyst for ESPN and the Wizards, has received interest for on-court coaching opportunities in the past but didn’t act on them. ESPN reported, citing unidentified sources, that she couldn’t turn down the opportunity to coach with Brad Stevens. She will fill the role left by Micah Shrewsberry, who accepted an assistant coaching job at Purdue this summer. Lawson, 38, played at Tennessee where she helped the Lady Volunteers make it to the Final Four three times before she was drafted fifth overall in 2003. She went on to play for the Sacramento Monarchs, Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics until the 2015 season. She also helped the U.S. secure a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.The report comes a couple months after NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he hopes the league will include more female coaches ⁠— as well as female referees ⁠— in the near future. Related News Kemba Walker free agency rumors: Celtics frontrunner to land All-Star NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Celtics among teams interested in Enes Kanter The league has never had a female head coach, but women have been hired as assistants. Most notably, Becky Hammon is currently an assistant for the Spurs. Kristi Toliver, who plays for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, served as an assistant for the Wizards this past season.Other women in coaching or player development roles around the NBA include Lindsey Harding (76ers), Natalie Nakase (Clippers), Jenny Boucek (Kings) and Karen Stack Umlauf (Bulls). Kelly Krauskopf became the first woman to hold the title of assistant general manager when she was hired in December by the Pacers. “The goal is: Going forward, it should be roughly 50-50 of new officials entering in the league,” Silver said in May. “Same for coaches, by the way. We have a program, too. There’s no reason why women shouldn’t be coaching men’s basketball.” Kemba Walker free agency rumors: Celtics most likely landing spot for starlast_img read more


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NASCAR at Atlanta results, highlights from Kevin Harvick’s victory at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

first_imgThere may not have been any fans in attendance at Atlanta Motor Speedway during Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of excitement.The betting favorite coming into the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was points leader Kevin Harvick, who took home the checkered flag for his third career win in Atlanta and his second win of the season. MORE: Watch NASCAR racing live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Harvick led the most laps Sunday, but Martin Truex Jr. earned his first two stage wins of the year. He took Stages 1 and 2 before falling to third place at the finish.Sporting News tracked race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Follow below for complete results from the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.Results from Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500PositionDriver1Kevin Harvick2Kyle Busch3Martin Truex Jr.4Ryan Blaney5Denny Hamlin6Kurt Busch7Jimmie Johnson8Chase Elliott9Brad Keselowski10Joey Logano11Austin Dillon12Alex Bowman13Ricky Stenhouse Jr.14Ryan Newman15Matt Kenseth16Tyler Reddick17Aric Almirola18Christopher Bell19Cole Custer20Clint Bowyer21Bubba Wallace22Chris Buescher23John Hunter Nemechek24Michael McDowell25Matt DiBenedetto26Ryan Preece27Corey LaJoie28Erik Jones29Ty Dillon30Brennan Poole31Daniel Suarez32Quin Houff33William Byron34Josh Bilicki35Garrett Smithley36J.J. Yeley37Reed Sorenson38Joey Gase39Timmy Hill40B.J. McLeodNASCAR at Atlanta highlights from Folds of Honor QuikTrip 5007:02 p.m. —   Kevin Harvick wins it by nearly four seconds. That’s his third Cup Series win in Atlanta. Kyle Busch finishes second, Martin Truex Jr. finishes third.6:54 p.m. —   Kevin Harvick’s lead is up to over three seconds ahead of Martin Truex Jr. with 15 laps to go.6:45 p.m. —   With 30 laps remaining, Kevin Harvick still has the lead, with Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin in the top five.6:33 p.m. —   After a wave of pit stops, Kevin Harvick still has the lead with 53 laps to go, with Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Blaney behind him.6:18 p.m. —   Kevin Harvick still leads with 80 laps to go; Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott round out the top five.6:02 p.m. —   Kevin Harvick has taken the lead with 105 laps to go, with Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch right behind him.5:50 p.m. —   Make it back-to-back stage wins for Martin Truex Jr. as he takes Stage 2. Can he complete the hat trick? Ryan Blaney finishes second, Denny Hamlin third.A big bump from @Blaney pushes @MartinTruex_Jr past his teammate for the lead late in Stage 2!📺: FOX 📱: https://t.co/oWWAut6pxx pic.twitter.com/BdLY5nkrW4— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 7, 20205:48 p.m. —   Kyle Busch won the race off pit road and has the lead on the restart with four laps to go.5:41 p.m. —   Fourth caution of the day out for Michael McDowell. Looks like he got caught by John Hunter Nemechek. Eight laps remaining in Stage 2.Michael McDowell goes around racing his teammate, John Hunter Nemechek. pic.twitter.com/4U2iOpXKmh— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 7, 20205:32 p.m. —   Martin Truex Jr. has the lead with 25 laps in Stage 2; Kyle Busch in second, Clint Bowyer in third.5:19 p.m. —  Clint Bowyer has taken the lead with 46 laps to go after Brad Keselowski pits. Martin Truex Jr. in second, Kyle Busch in third, Denny Hamlin in fourth and Kevin Harvick in fifth.5:02 p.m. —  Bowyer is at the top, leding Truex by just about a half second, with Elliott, Hamlin and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five on Lap 33 of Stage 2 (138).4:50 p.m. —  Stage 2 underway, and Truex and Bowyer are fighting for first. 4:39 p.m. —  Martin Truex Jr. takes home his first stage victory of the year, winning Stage 1 in Atlanta.4:31 p.m. —  Ten laps to go in stage one and half the field is pitting for new rubber.4:28 p.m. —  John Hunter Nemechek spins out, and we have our second caution of the day.4:24 p.m. —  Martin Truex Jr. takes over the lead, but Harvick is still on his heels. Harvick is almost 12 seconds up on the third place driver.4:14 p.m. — Brad Keselowski was too fast entering pit road, so he faces a penalty. Harvick opens up a bigger lead over Kurt Busch, stretching to almost five seconds.4:12 p.m. —  Keselowski, Logano, Truex and others pit on Lap 69.4:10 p.m. —  Jimmie Johnson currently sitting in 10th place, a few tenths of a second behind Denny Hamlin.4:10 p.m. —  Blaney and Almirola fighting to get into the top 10; they’re currently fighting for 11th.4:02 p.m. —  Tyler Reddick and Chase Elliott are jockeying for position, as Elliott slips in and out of seventh.3:57 p.m. —  Harvick leads Truex by a second after 38 laps.3:53 p.m. —  Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road and has the lead on the restart. After 30 laps, it’s him, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott up front.3:45 p.m. —  Competition caution is out after 25 laps: Chase Elliott still leads, Aric Almirola in second, Joey Logano in third and Kevin Harvick in fourth.3:43 p.m. —  Chase Elliott still has the lead after 20 laps; Aric Almirola, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch fill out the top five.3:37 p.m. —  Chase Elliott has led all 10 taps so far, his first laps led at Atlanta in a Cup Series race.3:32 p.m. —  Green flag waves and we are underway.3:26 p.m. —  And now the drivers have stopped on the track for NASCAR president Steve Phelps to deliver a message: “The time has come to listen, to understand and to stand against racism.”NASCAR President Steve Phelps addressed today’s competitors prior to today’s race at @amsupdates . pic.twitter.com/7fZLUMkWxj— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 7, 20203:16 p.m. —  Drivers have started their engines and it won’t be much longer before the green flag waves. “DRIVERS, START YOUR ENGINES!”- @JimmieJohnson gives the Atlanta command pic.twitter.com/YybLlDKYj5— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 7, 2020(Race coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET)What time does the NASCAR race start today?  Start time: 3 p.m. ETTV channel: FoxLive stream: Fox Sports Go |  fuboTV (7-day free trial)The 3 p.m. ET start time for Sunday’s race at Atlanta is the first such start time on NASCAR’s modified Cup Series schedule for 2020. The series’ race at Talladega on June 21 also is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET, as is the July 19 race at Texas and the Aug. 2 race at New Hampshire.The other day races on NASCAR’s confirmed short-term schedule will start at 2:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. ET or 4 p.m. ET.NASCAR starting lineup at AtlantaStartDriverCar No.Team1Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports2Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing3Joey Logano22Team Penske4Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing5Clint Bowyer14Stewart-Haas Racing6Brad Keselowski2Team Penske7Ryan Blaney12Team Penske8Alex Bowman88Hendrick Motorsports9Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing10Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing11Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing12Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing13Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing14Erik Jones20Joe Gibbs Racing15Jimmie Johnson48Hendrick Motorsports16Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing17Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing18John Hunter Nemechek38Front Row Motorsports19Matt Kenseth42Chip Ganassi Racing20William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports21Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing22Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing23Bubba Wallace43Richard Petty Motorsports24Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing25Corey LaJoie32Go Fas Racing26Joey Gase51Petty Ware Racing27Christopher Bell95Leavine Family Racing28Ty Dillon13Germain Racing29Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing30JJ Yeley77Spire Motorsports31Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing32Josh Bilicki27Rick Ware Racing33Brennan Poole15Premium Motorsports34Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing35Quin Houff00StarCom Racing36Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports37Daniel Suarez96Gaunt Brothers Racing38Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management39B.J. McLeod78B.J. McLeod Motorsports40Reed Sorenson7Tommy Baldwin Racinglast_img read more