NASCAR’s youth movement may be good for business

Austin Dillon, center, celebrates with his team and his grandfather, Richard Childress, left, in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Daytona Day was nothing short of a rousing success for NASCAR, which was able to celebrate both its storied past and youthful future on its biggest stage.

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: Blue Raiders play with 1st AP ranking

FILE - This March 20, 2016 file photo shows Middle Tennessee head coach Kermit Davis talking to his players during the first half of a second-round men's college basketball game against Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament in St. Louis. The Blue Raiders checked in at No. 24 in Monday's latest AP Top 25 for its first ranking in program history. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, file)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Middle Tennessee has upset power-conference teams in the past two NCAA Tournaments and reached 20 wins for the third straight season. Now the Blue Raiders have another milestone: their first appearance in the AP Top 25 poll.

Deep SEC set to get most NCAA tourney bids in league history

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes specks with forward Grant Williams (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia in Athens, Ga., Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

Mississippi State’s Ben Howland was hardly shocked when South Carolina upset No. 12 Auburn, and doesn’t believe his Southeastern Conference coaching peers were either.

Baylor clinches Big 12 title with 93-87 win over Texas

Baylor center Kalani Brown (21) celebrates a score against Texas during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Baylor had barely clinched its eighth consecutive Big 12 title when the team started passing around green and gold baseball caps to commemorate the championship.

Big Air bounds into Olympics on a high note

Jessika Jenson, of the United States, lands during qualification for the women's big air snowboard competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Editor’s Note: Jessika Jenson of Rigby advanced to the final of the women’s snowboarding Big Air competition. Jenson scored 76.25 on her first of two qualifying runs — good enough to grab a spot in the final, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

U.S. shows power in short dance with 3rd, 4th and 7th

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the United States perform during the ice dance, short dance figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir might be the greatest of all ice dancers. France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron likely are their biggest challengers at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

U.S. women back in gold medal game with 5-0 win over Finland

Gigi Marvin (19), of the United States, celebrates with her teammates after scoring a goal against Finland during the first period of the semifinal round of the women's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The United States will play for the Olympic gold medal that has eluded them for nearly two decades after shutting out Finland 5-0 on Monday in the semifinals.

Austin Dillon takes No. 3 back to victory lane at Daytona

Austin Dillon, right, is congratulated by his grandfather, Richard Childress, after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The No. 3 is No. 1 again at Daytona, on a day, in a race and at a place forever linked with the great Dale Earnhardt.

Team LeBron edges Team Steph 148-145 in NBA All-Star Game

Team LeBron's LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, holds the MVP trophy after his team defeated Team Stephen at the NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. Team LeBron won 148-145. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James and Kevin Durant swarmed all over Stephen Curry in the final seconds, preventing the NBA’s best shooter from finding even a patch of open air to launch a tying 3-pointer.

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