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earnhardt jr. out at least 2 more races

CONCORD, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss at least two more races while he recovers from a concussion, it was announced Tuesday.

Earnhardt, who missed the last three races, will sit out at Watkins Glen International on Sunday and at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 20. Jeff Gordon, who came out of retirement to fill in the last two weeks, will remain behind the wheel in the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.

"Dale will be back when he's ready, and we're looking forward to that happening, but the priority continues to be his health and well-being,'' team owner Rick Hendrick said in a statement.

"I'd love to race more," Earnhardt said on his "Dirty Mo Radio" internet network. "In my mind, my plan is to race more. I have plans to keep going. I'll worry about that when I'm well.''

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Ex-Gator Lee joins Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs signed two-time All-Star David Lee. Terms of the deal for the former Gator, 33, were not disclosed. Lee won an NBA championship with Golden State in 2015. He has averaged 14.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists over an 11-year career. The forward/center finished last season with the Mavericks, averaging 8.5 points, 7 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

ET CETERA

nhl: A 21-year-old Buffalo woman sued Sabres forward Evander Kane, saying he seriously injured her in the hotel room where he lives. Documents filed July 1 in Erie County State Supreme Court on behalf of Rachel Kuechle say Kane met her in a bar, invited her to what he said was a party then attacked her, causing cuts and bleeding that required multiple surgeries. … The Las Vegas expansion team hired Kelly McCrimmon as assistant general manager. McCrimmon, 55, the owner, general manager and head coach of the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings is now George McPhee's right-hand man in Las Vegas.

tennis: The U.S. Tennis Association unveiled a $150 million roof over the centerpiece court at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The roof closed with ease in its first official demonstration, but King needed three tries to open it with the push of a button. The roof is expected to be ready when the U.S. Open begins Aug. 29.

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Bucs fans call for Jon Gruden — why was he fired to begin with?

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Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

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Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

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Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

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Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

BOSTON — Mats Zuccarello scored a power-play goal 1:56 into overtime to lift the Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Saturday. Michael Grabner and J.T. Miller also scored for the Rangers, who won for the ninth time in 13 games (9-3-1) overall...
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Sports in brief

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