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NASCAR backs moves on Confederate flag

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR is backing South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s call to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds in the wake of a massacre at a Charleston church.

The motorsports series issued its statement Tuesday, one day after Haley said “the time has come” to remove the flag.

NASCAR bars the use of the flag, saying that while “freedom of expression is an inherent right of all citizens, we will continue to strive for an inclusive environment at our events.”

Nine people were slain last week at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and Dylann Storm Roof, 21, is charged with murder. The white man appeared in photos holding Confederate flags and burning or desecrating U.S. flags, and purportedly wrote of fomenting racial violence.


Wofford: Funeral set for Sunday for basketball player Tate

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Wofford says the funeral for basketball player Jeremiah Tate is scheduled for Sunday.

In a news release, the school says the service will take place at Bible Way Church in Columbia, South Carolina, which the German-born Tate listed as his hometown.

The 19-year-old drowned at Lake Wylie near the North Carolina-South Carolina border early Monday. He was working in the area as a camp counselor.

A York County, South Carolina, sheriff’s report states Tate and another counselor jumped from a bridge to swim, but the counselor told authorities Tate “had trouble swimming and kept sinking” when he tried to help. Authorities later found Tate’s body below the bridge.

Tate was a rising junior who played in 13 games.

The school says condolences can be sent to Tate’s family in Columbia.


Charlotte Hornets to host NBA All-Star game in 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets will host the 2017 All-Star game.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement Tuesday at a news conference at the team’s arena. The Hornets last hosted an All-Star game in 1991 at the since-demolished Charlotte Coliseum. The game is scheduled for Feb. 19, 2017.

The Hornets are owned by Michael Jordan. The six-time NBA champion became the team’s majority owner in 2010 and has sought to bring the game to Charlotte since.

The city agreed to pay about $30 million in renovations to the arena when the Hornets submitted their All-Star bid.

The game could be a homecoming for Golden State’s Stephen Curry, the NBA MVP who grew up in Charlotte and attended nearby Davidson.


Virginia’s 3-0 win over Vandy forces Game 3 in CWS finals

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Surprise starter Adam Haseley and Josh Sborz combined on the shutout, senior utility man Thomas Woodruff drove in two runs, and the Cavaliers defeated Vanderbilt 3-0 on Tuesday night to force a winner-take-all game in the College World Series.

For the second year in a row, these two teams will go the distance in the best-of-three finals. Vanderbilt (51-20) will be playing for a second straight national title on Wednesday. Virginia (43-24) will be looking for its first.

Haseley, the Cavaliers’ regular center fielder, hadn’t pitched since May 23. The freshman gave coach Brian O’Connor all he could have hoped for, working into the sixth inning for his longest outing and turning over a scoreless game to Sborz (7-2).

Virginia broke through against Vandy starter Phil Pfeifer (6-5) for three unearned runs in the sixth after he had retired the first two batters.


Strasburg solid in return, Nationals defeat Braves 3-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg pitched five shutout innings in his return from the disabled list, Anthony Rendon tied his career-high with four hits and the Washington Nationals defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Wilson Ramos added three hits for the Nationals, who have won four straight while allowing a total of four runs.

Strasburg (4-5), who missed 21 games with neck tightness, was resilient in his return. He allowed baserunners in four of five innings, but only one got as far as second base.

It was Strasburg’s first scoreless start this season.

The right-hander allowed four hits and a walk while striking out six. He was lifted after throwing 94 pitches in a game that was delayed 2 hours and 12 minutes at the start by rain.

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