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NASCAR moving regular-season finale from Richmond to Indy

Indianapolis Motor Speedway will replace Richmond International Raceway as the site of the NASCAR Cup regular-season finale starting in 2018 as part of several changes to the schedule announced Tuesday. NASCAR also will change the opening race of its playoffs, with Las Vegas Motor Speedway taking the spot formerly held by Chicagoland Speedway. It also will move the playoff race from Charlotte in the second round to the final race of the first round — and use the “roval” course that includes part of the track oval and infield road course. That will give NASCAR an entirely new opening round of Vegas, Richmond and Charlotte. The Indianapolis race, called the Brickyard 400, has traditionally been at the end of July as part of the regular season. The September date should provide cooler temperatures in addition to the added drama of being the regular-season finale. Richmond had been the regular-season finale since the inception of NASCAR’s playoff system in 2004.?That race…

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Magic name Jeff Weltman president of basketball operations

The Orlando Magic have officially named former Toronto Raptors general manager Jeff Weltman their president of basketball operations, the team announced Tuesday. Weltman interviewed with the team two weeks ago and was selected over the weekend, agreeing to a five-year contract, sources told ESPN.? “Jeff Weltman brings tremendous experience and a team-first approach to our president of basketball operations position,” Magic CEO Alex Martins said. “Jeff is a strategic thinker and strong leader, has great relationships in the industry and will bring a collaborative approach to our basketball operations leadership.” Matt Lloyd, who was the team’s interim general manager following the firing of Rob Hennigan in April, is expected to remain with the organization and will be a candidate for the GM job permanently, according to the team’s release. The Magic interviewed several candidates for their president of basketball operations, including …

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Sheldon Richardson: Locker room better without Brandon Marshall

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson says the New York Jets’ locker room is a better place without wide receiver? Brandon Marshall. Richardson, who nearly came to blows with Marshall last season after a Week 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, took a belated parting shot Tuesday on the first day of OTA practices. “The locker room is a whole lot easier to get along with now,” Richardson told reporters. Asked to elaborate, he smiled and said, “Man oh man, y’all are thirsty. Let’s just say I’ve got 15 reasons why it’s better.” That was a reference to Marshall, who wore No. 15. Marshall requested his release after the season and signed with the New York Giants. He didn’t return a message seeking comment. The heated altercation between Marshall and Richardson became a turning point in the season, players said. The feud continued throughout the season and might have fractured the locker…

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