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90-year-old man competes in NASCAR-sanctioned event

Hershel McGriff struck a blow for elderly drivers everywhere Saturday.

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McGriff, who turned 90 in December, became the oldest racer to compete in a NASCAR-sponsored event, finishing 18th in the K&N Pro Series West event at Tucson Speedway, ESPN reported.

Driving on the three-eighths-mile track was a snap, McGriff said, but he was more nervous about playing the national anthem on his trombone to kick off the race.

“Instead of racing young kids at 120 miles per hour, he’s more nervous about playing his trombone,” Tucson Speedway president John Lashley told the Arizona Daily Star. “He’s just wound different than you and me.”

McGriff drove for Bill McAnally Racing with sponsorship from South Point Hotel & Casino, the Star reported. His son, Hershel Jr., and his granddaughter Mariah competed in separate races Saturday at the track.

McGriff is no stranger to racing. He won four races in 1954 in what is now the NASCAR Cup Series and has 37 career victories. His last win in the series came in 1989, ESPN reported. McGriff’s last race in the K&N series came in 2012, when he placed 18th at Sonoma Raceway.

McGriff’s last victory came in 1989. He was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers in 1998, and in 2006 was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame.

McGriff began racing as a 17-year-old, enticed by an advertisement in an Oregon newspaper.

“So I borrowed my dad’s 1940 Hudson — ugly car, but he loaned me the car and I found a couple of guys that helped me,” McGriff told the Star. “I didn’t do too well. I finished I think 12th or 13th out of a bunch of cars and it was a terrible track. That got me started.”

McGriff retired from competitive racing when he was 74. He raced sporadically since, and in 2009 -- as an 81-year-old -- he became the oldest man to compete in a NASCAR-sanctioned race. "I've had a great life. I wouldn't backtrack for anything,” McGriff told the Star. “I have family that's with me and behind me, so it's great.”

WATCH: Oakland A's Sean Manaea pitches no-hitter against Red Sox

Oakland A's pitcher Sean Manaea threw the first no-hitter of the 2018 season Saturday, leading the Athletics to a 3-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.

>> Watch the final out here

According to The Associated Press, Manaea also made history by becoming "the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter against Boston in almost exactly 25 years." The last one, thrown by Seattle pitcher Chris Bosio, happened April 22, 1993.

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"I didn't even think about it until I looked up in the seventh or eighth, and I was like, 'Oh my God, why is there still a zero on there?'" said Manaea, who struck out 10 batters, the AP reported.

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Heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder 'wants a body' on his record

Unbeaten WBC heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder told a radio talk show host Friday that he wanted “a body on my record,” ESPN reported.

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During “The Breakfast Club” radio show in New York this week, Wilder (40-0, 39 knockouts), a devastating puncher, repeated controversial comments about killing another fighter in the ring,

"I want a body on my record. I want one. I want one, I really do," Wilder said. "That's the 'Bronze Bomber,' he wants one. I always tell people, ‘When I'm in the ring, like I'm the 'Bronze Bomber.' Everything about me changes. I don't get nervous, I don't get scared, I don't get butterflies, I don't have no feelings towards the man I'm gonna fight.

Wilder’s comments come more than a month after the death of Scott Westgarth, who died a day after defeating Dec Spelman in a 10-round fight, ESPN reported.

Westgarth was knocked down during the fight and collapsed in his dressing room after doing post-fight interviews, ESPN reported.

Also during “The Breakfast Club” broadcast, Wilder talked about a ninth-round knockout of Artur Szpilka in January 2016.

"I thought I had one (body) one time, like I said, with Szpilka, because he wasn't breathing when he hit the canvas," Wilder said. "Somebody's gotta go. I want that on my record, because when I'm in that state on mind, like I ain't myself."

Wilder has held the WBC title since beating Bermane Stiverne in January 2015. In his most recent fight, Wilder defeated Luis Ortiz on March 3 by a TKO in the 10th round, according to Bleacher Report.

MMA fighter gets first victory, then is DQ'd for celebration tactic

This is not the way to celebrate your first professional mixed martial arts victory. As it turned out, Drew Chatman’s first win turned into a disqualification because of his celebration tactics, the New York Post reported.

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During the LFA 36 card Friday night at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California, Chatman was battling Irvins Ayala. Chatman was on his back when Ayala attempted to throw a hammerfist, but his chin hit Chatman’s knee and he knocked himself out.

The referee awarded the match to Chatman, who then stood on Ayala’s back and executed a front flip. That did not sit well with the referee, who disqualified Chatman, the Post reported.

>> MMA fighter wins bout when opponent knocks himself out

The fight was a one of seven fights on the LFA 36 card.

Ronda Rousey 'slapped' during WWE appearance

You just know that the WWE tries to cover every angle in order to generate heat among its legion of professional wrestling fans.

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Thanks to Kurt Angle, the storyline about former UFC champion Ronda Rousey has already been raised a notch, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Rousey, the former UFC bantamweight champion, made a dramatic return in the WWE’s Elimination Chamber event in Las Vegas on Sunday night. She came into the ring during the pay-per-view event to sign her contract with the WWE. 

After some polarizing comments by Angle, Rousey produced a viral moment when she capped her contract signing by piledriving WWE chief executive Triple H through a table, CBS Sports reported. That resulted in what was called an “unscripted” slap of Rousey by WWE deputy commissioner Stephanie McMahon, who is Triple H’s wife.

Was it really unscripted? One never knows in pro wrestling.

The celebration of Rousey started innocently enough. She took the microphone from McMahon and was near tears as the Vegas crowd chanted her name, the Herald reported. Triple H added some praise for Rousey and invited her to sign her deal on live television.

Then Angle, the general manager of Raw, interrupted the feelgood moment by sharing alleged backstage comments by Triple H -- “Three years in the making and now we own (her)” -- and McMahon (“Ronda is a has-been, and I could take her.”), CBS Sports reported.

Rousey stared down Triple H before delivering the piledriver, and then after taking the slap from McMahon, signed the contract and dropped it onto Triple H’s body, CBS Sports reported.

That will guarantee that Rousey will participate in WrestleMania 34 on April 8 in New Orleans, probably in a mixed tag-team match, CBS Sports reported. 

That angle should bring plenty of heat.

Chipper Jones: No need for civilians to own assault rifles

Chipper Jones was 5 or 6 years old when his father taught him how to shoot a gun, this coming before he had even played his first game of Little League baseball. He grew up loving one as much as the other, becoming not only a Hall of Fame player for the Atlanta Braves but an avid outdoorsman.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jeff Schultz approached Jones about his views on gun violence after years of deadly school shootings, most recently at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the south Florida town of Parkland, where police say a former student armed with an AR-15 killed 17 people.

>> Florida school shooting survivor's mother says her family has received death threats

Jones said he has a real problem with the AR-15, the weapon used in at least 10 mass shootings. Jones believes the AR-15 and all similar assault weapons should be banned from public sale to civilians.

“I believe in our Constitutional right to bear arms and protect ourselves,” Jones said. “But I do not believe there is any need for civilians to own assault rifles. I just don’t.

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“I would like to see something (new legislation) happen. I liken it to drugs – you’re not going to get rid of all the guns. But AR-15s and AK-47s and all this kind of stuff – they belong in the hands of soldiers. Those belong in the hands of people who know how to operate them, and whose lives depend on them operating them. Not with civilians. I have no problem with hunting rifles and shotguns and pistols and what-not. But I’m totally against civilians having those kinds of automatic and semi-automatic weapons.”

>> Read the full column on MyAJC.com

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat pay tribute to Florida school shooting victims, survivors

The Miami Heat held a touching pregame tribute Saturday for the those affected by the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

>> Florida school shooting survivor's mother says her family has received death threats

Members of the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies gathered at midcourt to hold a large Stoneman Douglas banner while Dwyane Wade addressed the crowd.

“Tonight, we honor the 17 lives that were tragically lost in Parkland,” Wade said. “We applaud the fearless students that are fighting for their lives. We also make sure that their voices are heard around gun safety. You are our nation’s inspiration. We salute you and we support you.”

>> Florida sheriff rejects calls from state lawmaker for his ouster after Parkland school shooting

The Heat, who on Friday debuted a uniform patch to honor the victims, then honored each of the 17 victims on the video screen before Alex Wind, a Stoneman Douglas student and member of the school’s drama club, sang the national anthem.

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“It’s an absolute honor for us to wear these patches,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before Friday’s game in New Orleans. “I know I speak for everybody in that locker room and everybody in the organization, we are so very inspired by the leadership and courage and absolute fearlessness of the kids and young men and women at Stoneman Douglas. It’s such a tragic event, but we hear their voices, loud and clear. And we are behind them and this is only the start.”

WATCH: Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All-Star Game baffles viewers

Grammy award-winning recording artist Fergie was tasked with the pre-game national anthem for the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. On paper, that sounds like a great choice, but many viewers thought it could have gone better.

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Critics pointed out that Fergie’s voice was oddly erratic during the anthem. One sequence even led Warriors forward Draymond Green to burst out in laughter after Fergie strung together the vocal performance.

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Here's what social media users were saying

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Obviously, not every anthem is going to be perfect; not everyone can just bust out a Whitney Houston-type of anthem at will.

If you need to refresh your ears, here’s Whitney:

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Boston police apologize for honoring white man in Black History Month tweet

The Boston Police Department is apologizing Monday morning after it faced scathing backlash for honoring Red Auerbach, a white man, in a Black History Month tweet Sunday night.

>> February is Black History Month

The tweet posted to the Boston Police Department's account began by saying, “In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth,” but goes on to celebrate the accomplishments of Auerbach, who was white.

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“We pay tribute to @celtics legend #RedAuerbach for being the 1st @NBA coach to draft a black player in 1950, field an all African-American starting five in 1964 and hire the league’s 1st African-American head coach (Bill Russell) in 1966,” the tweet read.

The tweet was deleted about an after it was posted after the backlash.

"Only in #Boston do the @bostonpolice honor Red Auerbach for #blackhistorymonth. So we already have the shortest month and now this," Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson tweeted Sunday night. "Please file this under Hell Nah aka Not Having it aka Not Ok. #bospoli #Boston #mapoli."

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Boston police later tweeted out an acknowledgement of Bill Russell, then apologized for the Auerbach tweet just after midnight Monday.

“BPD realizes that an earlier tweet may have offended some and we apologize for that,” the tweet read. “Our intentions were never to offend. It has been taken down.”

– WFXT has reached out to the Boston Police Department for comment but has not yet head back.

WWE's Kane visits Kentucky man fighting cancer

Pro wrestling star Kane is known for his chokeslam finishing hold, a move that requires strength.

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In a recent visit to Kentucky, the WWE star offered strength and comfort to one of his biggest fans, who is battling brain cancer, WYMT reported.

Glenn Jacobs, who wrestles under the name Kane, visited T.J. Brewer in Harlan County. It was a gesture that was appreciated by Brewer’s brother, Chris Brewer, who watched Kane wrestle when they were children. 

“We obviously flocked to Kane and Undertaker because on the storyline they were brothers,” Chris Brewer told WYMT.T.J. Brewer has been diagnosed with cancer five times over the past 12 years, WYMT reported. Doctors had given him only days to live at one point, but T.J. continues to show strength, his brother said.

“He was given three months to live he was in Stage 4 (which is) very aggressive and he just kept battling and he used that as like a rallying cry,” Chris Brewer told WYMT.

T.J. Brewer was inspired to start a ministry and share his strength with community members. The response has been positive, Chris Brewer said.

“We've had about 500 visitors, everybody in this community,” he said.

And outsiders like Kane, too.

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