Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host the IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader on the July 4 weekend without fans.

Track officials had been optimistic IMS could be the first major sporting venue to have fans back in the stands this summer. Instead, the stands will be empty much like the rest of the tracks since major racing resumed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

IMS officials announced the decision Thursday after consulting with local and state officials.

“While we certainly worked diligently to run our events with spectators, we reached a point where we needed to make a final decision because the race

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If it weren’t for a pandemic-caused postponement, the French Open would have been in Week 2 now, and Rafael Nadal might still have been in contention for a 20th Grand Slam title. Instead, he’s home in Spain, practicing lightly — and wondering along with everyone else in tennis whether the next Grand Slam tournament, the U.S. Open, will be held.

And if it is, would he play?

“If you (ask) me today, today I will say, `No,”’ Nadal said with a shake of his head during a video conference call with The Associated Press and other wire services Thursday.

“In

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Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey has seen the video of George Floyd struggling to breathe under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, and Floyd’s ensuing death. He paid attention to news regarding the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor earlier this year, too.

“It’s not just one incident,” Casey said Wednesday during a conversation on Tim & Sid. “It’s so many things over and over and over again. Some of them overt, some of them are very subtle.”

In response to the outcry following Floyd’s death, Casey said he wants to use his platform to “touch

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LOS ANGELES — The LA Galaxy will meet with new Serbian winger Aleksandar Katai on Thursday to discuss a series of alarming social media posts by his wife.

Tea Katai made the since-deleted posts on her Instagram story this week, the Galaxy confirmed Wednesday night in a statement that called the posts “racist and violent.”

The team says its meeting with Katai will “determine next steps.”

Tea Katai’s posts included a profane call, written in Serbian, to “kill” protesters. Another called protesters “disgusting cattle,” also in Serbian.

The 29-year-old Katai joined the Galaxy in December after spending his first two

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RENTON, Wash. — Speaking to the media for the first time since the end of last season, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson didn’t care to talk about the game that’s helped make him famous.

“To be honest with you, I don’t even want to talk about football right now,” Wilson said during a video conference Wednesday. “You know, that’s a thing that I don’t even know what that looks like down the road or anything else. I think that none of that matters. I can’t compare football to life and what the black community is going through right now.”

Wilson’s

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Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu says society needs to address systemic racism “immediately.”

Andreescu joined a growing list of sports figures to speak out against racial inequality in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death while in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

“Racism has no place in society,” Andreescu wrote. “It’s heartbreaking to see the many innocent lives lost due to the colour of their skin. I don’t understand the society we’re living in that doesn’t value ALL human life.”

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Canadian featherweight Felicia (Feenom) Spencer is no stranger to fighting legends.

Last July, she turned heads in going the distance in a loss — her first as a pro — to hard-hitting Cris Cyborg, a former UFC, Strikeforce and Invicta FC title-holder. On Saturday in the main event of UFC 250 in Las Vegas, Spencer faces another icon in bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda (Lioness) Nunes.

The American-based Brazilian is one of only four UFC fighters to rule two weight classes at the same time (joining Daniel Cormier, Conor McGregor and Henry Cejudo).

The “UFC 250 Countdown” show previewing the

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