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Earnhardt Gets Favorite Car "Amelia" Back for Talladega


TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — The beloved car "Amelia" will be back at Talladega Superspeedway after Hendrick Motorsports rebuilt the Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to drive on Sunday.


Dale Car


Earnhardt drove the car he named Amelia Earhart to four wins in six starts over a 13-month period. He was so confident in the car that he used it for the season-opening Daytona 500 rather than have his team build him a new one.


Earnhardt wrecked Amelia in February and thought the car that had never finished lower than third was gone forever.


He was thrilled to learn that crew chief Greg Ives was able to repair the car for Talladega.


Earnhardt leads all active drivers with six Talladega wins and is the defending race winner. His late father holds the track record with 10 victories.




The Latest News on the First Day of the NFL Draft on WKTN

The Latest: Even LeBron and Cavs ready for NFL draft 


CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the first day of the NFL draft (all times local):


4:50 p.m.


Hall of Famers such as Bruce Smith, Dick Butkus, Larry Csonka and Marshall Faulk will be among 32 former players who will announce picks in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday.


Each team will have one star from its past who will handle the duties. Other members of the Hall of Fame who will do so are Willie Brown, Orlando Pace, Will Shields, Lynn Swann, Paul Warfield and Michael Irvin.


In the third round, two winners of the NFL's Man of the Year Award will reveal choices. Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (2014) will announce Carolina's selection, and Shields (2003) will handled Kansas City's pick.


Make-A-Wish recipient Daniel Halipern, 16, will join Commissioner Roger Goodell to announce Denver's first-round pick. Halipern is a high school sophomore and Broncos fan.


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital patient Andrew Woodruff, 13, a Seahawks fans being treated for bone cancer, will join Goodell to announce a pick during Round 3.

Students from Barton Elementary School in Chicago will accompany Bears defensive end Israel Idonije to disclose the team's third-round selection.


Also announcing a choice will be a Medal of Honor recipient, retired Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta (Falcons, Round 3).




2:00 p.m.

Even the Cleveland Cavaliers had football fever on draft day.


After practice ended Thursday, the Cavs, who are waiting to see who they'll play in the second round of the NBA playoffs, hurled footballs across the courts at their indoor training facility.


LeBron James, an All-Ohio wide receiver in high school and die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan, hauled in several long passes from guard J.R. Smith, who showed that his long-range accuracy extends beyond the 3-point line. Point guard Kyrie Irving also joined in, showing a nice five-step drop before whistling a pass to Smith.


Center Kevin Love was asked to assess his teammates' football skills and rank them as if he owned the No. 1 overall pick.


"It's tough because if I was starting a team, I would probably say J.R.," the big man said. "But then we got an All-Pro wide receiver out there too in 23 (James). So, it's tough to say."


—Sports Writer Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland



12:35 p.m.


While most NFL cities are buzzing with teams, fans and media getting ready for the draft, things are relatively quiet in New England. At least for one more day.


The Patriots are the only team without a pick on the first day of the draft. They had the 29th pick taken away — along with $1 million — as part of the penalty in the "Deflategate" scandal. So there will only 31 picks in the first round.


The Patriots could trade back into the first round, but that's unlikely because commissioner Roger Goodell says he's going to confiscate their highest pick no matter what.


There was no availability at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, though the team was no doubt working behind the scenes to get ready for Days 2 and 3. The Patriots have 11 picks in the next two days, including four in the second and third rounds and five in the sixth round.




NCAA Rescinds Ban on Football Bowl Subdivision Satellite Camps


The NCAA's Division I Board of Directors has rescinded the ban on satellite camps for Bowl Subdivision football teams.




The board's decision Thursday comes almost three weeks after the Division I Council approved a proposal barring FBS coaches from holding or working at camps and clinics away from their schools. The camps drew a high profile recently as Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh held camps in the South.

The ban created an outcry from coaches who contend satellite camps provide opportunities for athletes to be noticed by high-profile coaches and possibly receive scholarships.


The board also directed the council to conduct a broad assessment of FBS recruiting. The board wants initial recommendations for improving the football recruiting environment from the council by Sept. 1.








Boxing, Football Legends Hail Brain Research

WASHINGTON (AP) - Boxing legend Larry Holmes and former football star Herschel Walker are welcoming continued research on the impact of blows from boxing and other sports on the athlete's brain.
The two joined Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Dr. Charles Bernick of the Cleveland Clinic's Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Tuesday at a Capitol Hill news conference. Bernick announced that the study would continue for another two years and that the Nevada Athletic Commission will require all fighters to undergo regular brain testing.  
Holmes, the former heavyweight champion, said in a career that spanned 75 fights, including 69 wins, he never intended to hurt anyone. But the sport takes its toll.   
 Walker, a star running back involved in the mixed martial arts, called the research a blessing. 


Manziel's Attorney Says Assault Indictment to Come Tuesday


DALLAS (AP) — Johnny Manziel's attorney says prosecutors have told him the troubled former NFL quarterback will be indicted Tuesday on allegations that he attacked his ex-girlfriend in January.




Robert Hinton told The Associated Press on Monday that he expects an assault charge for family violence to be filed. The Class A misdemeanor carries up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.


Brittany Dunn, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney's office, declined to confirm media reports Monday that Manziel had been indicted.


Prosecutors presented a misdemeanor assault case against Manziel to a Dallas grand jury last week.


An indictment would further imperil Manziel's chances of playing pro football. He was cut by the Cleveland Browns, dropped by two agents and no longer has endorsements.



Appeals Court: QB Tom Brady Must Serve 'Deflategate' Penalty


NEW YORK (AP) — Unless he decides to appeal, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will have to serve a four-game suspension after all. It was imposed by the NFL after Brady was found to have used under-inflated footballs in a playoff game.


Tom Brady


An appeals court today overturned a lower judge and ruled that Brady must serve the suspension.


The court said it isn't ruling on whether Brady took part in a scheme to deflate the footballs, or even on whether the suspension is justified. It's only finding that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was acting within his authority, and that he didn't deprive Brady of "fundamental fairness."


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