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  • 13 July 2019
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the rest of the NASCAR season -- 18 races total -- as he continues to recover from a concussion.NASCARs most popular driver first began experiencing concussion-like symptoms in late July. He has been undergoing treatment from Dr. Micky Collins at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Hes also being treated by Charlotte neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty.To say Im disappointed doesnt begin to describe how I feel, but I know this is the right thing for my long-term health and career, Earnhardt said in a statement Friday. Im 100 percent focused on my recovery, and I will continue to follow everything the doctors tell me.Earnhardt said doctors have seen progress in his recovery, and he plans to be back in the car next February for the season-opening Daytona 500.Joey Logano said he understands how difficult this choice was to make for Earnhardt.I look up to him for what hes doing. I know how hard that is to look out and want to be inside that racecar, Logano said. Your life and your health is not worth risking for the sport.Elliott Sadler, who drives for Earnhardts Xfinity program, said he had mixed feelings about his friends absence. He knows how desperately Earnhardt wanted to return this season.The flip side is Im happy and proud of him to take a step back and get everything in line from the medical side, Sadler said.Jeff Gordon and Alex Bowman will continue to share seat time in the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. Gordon will drive four races, including Sunday at Darlington Raceway for the Southern 500, as well as Richmond, Dover and Martinsville. Bowman will finish the year with eight more starts.Jeff and Alex will give us a great opportunity over the rest of the season, team owner Rick Hendrick said. Jeff is one of the best of all time and knows our system. He brings things to the table that no one else can. Alex is a young driver with a lot of talent, and he will give us a fresh perspective. We know theyre not only capable of running up front and giving us a chance to win, but theyll help us get better.Jamie McMurray said those in the Sprint Cup garage miss having Earnhardt around, but the sport will continue to thrive no matter how long he may be out.You dont show up at the track for two or three weeks, not that youre forgotten, but its crazy how things move on, he said.Earnhardt has struggled with concussions before, including the 2012 season when he missed two races after suffering a pair of concussions over a six-week span.NASCAR has been updating its focus on concussions and treatment programs, beginning in 2002 in part because Earnhardt admitted he was unable to fully concentrate or communicate with his crew chief after an accident at California. He self-diagnosed himself with a concussion, which he revealed weeks later.NASCAR then said doctors at infield care centers could require drivers to undergo CT scans or MRIs if they suspected a concussion. Clearance to race after suffering a concussion is not given until after a driver obtains a medical release.More than a decade later, Earnhardt also spurred a baseline testing program that is now required of all drivers every preseason.I know how hard Dale has worked and how frustrating this is for him, Hendrick said. He wants to be back, and we want him back, but we want it to be for the long haul. Weve had incredible support from everyone involved with the team, including all of our sponsors. Theyve put Dales health first every step of the way. Fran Tarkenton Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Mike Hughes Youth Jersey . -- The Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake played to a 0-0 tie Saturday night that left the top of the Western Conference standings unchanged. Randy Moss Womens Jersey . 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MONTREAL -- Eugenie Bouchard reconnected with her hometown fans with an impressive first-round victory at the womens Rogers Cup on Tuesday.Coach Nick Saviano said Bouchard was fine as she upset No. 28-ranked?Lucie Safarova 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3), but struggled through a stomach problem while she and partner Carol Zhao lost in straight sets in doubles.Bouchard was unable to attend the postmatch news conference, so Saviano and Federation Cup captain Sylvain Bruneau appeared instead.She came off the court, and she was in a lot of discomfort with her stomach, Saviano said. We know its not serious, but shes very uncomfortable now.The objective is to make sure she has every chance to compete at 100 percent and were very confident that will happen.Bouchard is set to face ninth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova, a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Mariana Duque-Marino, in a night match in the second round on Wednesday.Bouchard was the second player to be hit with a similar problem on the day, after third-seeded Garbine Muguruza withdrew with a digestive problem. Saviano said it was not certain if the two cases were linked.A large crowd at Uniprix Stadium was solidly behind Bouchard, a Quebec native, throughout her win over Safarova.They roared as Bouchard came back from a 3-1 deficit in the tiebreaker with six straight points, taking the win on Safarovas 10th double fault of the match.Some had criticized Bouchard recently, claiming she had lost touch with her home fan base since her spectacular 2014 season, when she reached the Wimbledon final and rose to No. 5 in the world.It did not go over well last week when, after losing her first match in Washington, D.C., she talked about visiting museums in the U.S. capital rather than go home too the craziness in Montreal.ddddddddddddBouchard had a change of heart. She not only headed north right away but participated in off-court events with fans and ended uncertainty over her Olympic plans by saying she will represent Canada in Rio de Janeiro.Then she pulled off a thrilling and unexpected win on center court.It did not go so well for Aleksandra Wozniak, another local favorite, who lost 6-4, 7-6 (4) to Sara Errani, who next plays No. 14-seeded Karolina Pliskova.A matchup of the Madisons looms, after 10th-seeded Madison Keys breezed by?Elena Vesnina?6-4, 6-0, setting up a match with fellow American Madison Brengle in the second round. Keys has won all three previous matches.Lucky loser Christina McHale of the U.S. posted a 6-4, 3-0 win over qualifier Zhang Shuai, who retired in the second set. McHale will next face 16th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated Yulia Putintseva 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.Andrea Petkovic of Germany downed Alize Cornet of France 7-6 (1), 6-3 to advance to a second-round meeting with 12th seeded Petra Kvitova.Daria Kasatkina beat Misaki Doi 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 to set up a meeting with 13th-seeded Samantha Stosur, and?Monica Niculescu beat Jelena Ostapenko 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 to advance against fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.Meanwhile, it was mixed news for the British pair in action. Johanna Konta, who beat Venus Williams in the Stanford Classic final on Sunday for her first WTA singles title, eased to a 6-4, 6-2 win over?Shelby Rogers, but Naomi Broady fell to Varvara Lepchenko. Lucky loser Lepchenko, in the draw to replace Muguruza, won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. 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