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Kurt Busch says he remains “hopeful” he will recover from a concussion in time to return to competition before the end of the NASCAR season. The 2004 Cup champion has been sidelined since he crashed July 23rd during qualifying at Pocono Raceway. He’s so far missed 10 races and withdrew his eligibility to participate in the playoffs. There are six races remaining this season. Busch on Tuesday attended a Breast Cancer Awareness event at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his first official appearance since he was injured.

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Kahleah Copper is chronicling her journey with USA Basketball in the FIBA World Cup in Australia for The Associated Press. The U.S. team has won all five of its games in pool play and gears up for a quarterfinals matchup. Copper discusses getting rest, eating well and getting her nails done in her latest entry.

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Kurt Busch says he remains “hopeful” he will recover from a concussion in time to return to competition before the end of the NASCAR season. The 2004 Cup champion has been sidelined since he crashed July 23rd during qualifying at Pocono Raceway. He’s so far missed 10 races and withdrew his eligibility to participate in the playoffs. There are six races remaining this season. Busch on Tuesday attended a Breast Cancer Awareness event at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his first official appearance since he was injured.

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The aging Washington Capitals still think they have a long playoff run in them. As long as they have Alex Ovechkin scoring at one of the best clips in NHL history it's certainly possible. And general manager Brian MacLellan erased the uncertainty in net by adding 2022 Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Darcy Kuemper. But Washington will have to make up for two major absences: Tom Wilson expected to miss the first two months recovering from a torn ACL and Nicklas Backstrom is coming off hip surgery.

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Florida’s home football game against Eastern Washington scheduled for Saturday has been moved to Sunday because of Hurricane Ian, which is expected to hit the state’s southwest coast on Wednesday. The Gators and Eagles will kick off at noon in Gainesville shortly before NFL games around the country. Playing the game guarantees Eastern Washington a $750,000 payday, a significant revenue source for a school with an athletic budget around $17.5 million. Also, South Florida and East Carolina have moved their Saturday game to Boca Raton. They had been scheduled to play in Tampa. And the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving their operations to the Miami area this week.

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There will be a couple of new banners over the Florida Panthers’ home ice this season. It's just that they’re just not the ones the Panthers want. Winning the Presidents’ Trophy and a division title last season proves that the Panthers are no longer NHL also-rans. The team won a playoff series for the first time since 1996 but got swept in a one-sided, second-round romp by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Panthers boosted their roster by acquiring Matthew Tkachuk from Calgary in the offseason.

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The NCAA put Memphis on three years of probation with a public reprimand and a fine while declining to punish Tigers coach Penny Hardaway or hand down an NCAA Tournament ban. The Independent Accountability Review Panel issued only its second decision Tuesday, with cases involving Louisiana State, Arizona, Kansas and Louisville still on the group’s docket. The IARP ruled that Memphis failed to monitor Hardaway as an athletics booster, provided impermissible benefits and other benefits to recruits. The panel also ruled that Memphis failed to cooperate with the investigation by delaying handing over requested documents.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets won the free-agent sweepstakes for prized forward Johnny Gaudreau. Now it's a matter of filling out the lines with players who best complement the superstar. Gaudreau, who recorded 115 points with the Calgary Flames last season, agreed to a seven-year deal worth $9.75 million a season. Whether Columbus can generate more offense may depend on how Gaudreau meshes with right winger Patrik Laine, who signed a four-year deal worth $8.7 million per season to stay in town. Training camp will determine whether Boone Jenner, Jack Roslovic or Cole Sillinger will center the top line.

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The head of the World Trade Organization says the benefits of working with FIFA to create more jobs in Africa outweighed concerns about the controversies around Qatar hosting soccer’s World Cup this year. Qatar has faced fierce criticism for its treatment of the migrant workers building massive construction projects ahead of the tournament. WTO director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala says "there have been controversies and we are not shying away from that.” The WTO and FIFA hope cotton-producing countries in west Africa can get a bigger share of trade and jobs from the soccer industry. They said the industry is worth $268 billion annually.

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Phil Mickelson and three other LIV Golf players have asked a federal judge to remove their names from the antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour. Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Ian Poulter filed separately to have their names removed from the lawsuit. That leaves only three players and Saudi-funded LIV Golf as plaintiffs. The players are Bryson DeChambeau, Peter Uihlein and Matt Jones. The lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in January of 2024. Mickelson has been the driving force among PGA Tour players in getting the Saudi-funded rival league going.

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Finding a home on and off the field can be an overwhelming chore for many NFL players. Especially in a topsy-turvy league where job security is far from guaranteed. The team you’re playing for today might not be the one you’re playing for tomorrow. You’ll have to hand in your playbook and your keys and hit the road. Dealing with realtors, lawyers, mortgage brokers and closings in a new city is stressful enough. Juggling the uncertainty of their job situation makes it even more nerve-wracking for NFL players.