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Earnhardt Jr., family survive plane crash

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/16/19, 10:40 am

TV analyst and retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is taking the weekend off from broadcasting after a plane carrying him and his family crash-landed Thursday near Bristol Motor Speedway in eastern Tennessee. Earnhardt and his wife Amy, their 15-month-old daughter, their dog, and two pilots were able to walk away from the crash. “After being discharged from the hospital, we communicated with Dale and his team, and we’re all in agreement that he should take this weekend off to be with his family,” NBC Sports announced.

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Gamers in Queens

Sports | The Fortnite World Cup shows a video game’s remarkable popularity
by Isaiah Johnson
Posted 8/15/19, 04:03 pm

A sold-out crowd in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens roared as Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf lifted the Fortnite World Cup Solo trophy above his head on July 28. Inside the arena, which usually hosts the U.S. Open, purple and blue lights cut through the smoke and confetti filling the air to focus on the 16-year-old as he celebrated winning the first-ever Fortnite World Cup, a tournament for players of the popular Fortnite online game. The $3 million first-place prize was the largest ever awarded at a gaming tournament.

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Talks over U.S. women’s soccer pay break down

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/15/19, 01:18 pm

A jury will likely end up deciding the dispute over pay differences between the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams. Mediation talks between the women’s national team and the U.S. Soccer Federation ended this week, with the federation accusing the players’ counsel of “an aggressive and ultimately unproductive approach.”

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