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NASCAR auto racing driver Tony Stewart reads a statement during a news conference at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Stewart says the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will "affect my life forever" as he returned to the track for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint-car race in New York. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Tony Stewart: Ward’s death will affect me forever

Associated Press

Speaking quietly and his voice trembling, NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart said Friday that the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will “affect my life forever” as he returned to the track for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint-car race in New York three weeks ago.

Washington Redskins Silas Redd (24) elludes Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenders Dane Fletcher (50) and Marc Anthony (35) during a NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Silas Redd, Redskins’ running backs finish one final preseason audition

- The Washington Times

Thursday marked the Redskins’ final preseason game, leaving roughly two dozen players with one final shot to state their case for making the team to the coaching staff. Redd, an undrafted running back, kept one thought fresh in his mind during a 24-10 victory over the Buccaneers: No negative plays.

Shelly Sterling, wife of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, pauses for photos after an interview with The Associated Press Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. Shelly Sterling negotiated a landmark deal for $2 billion to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Shelley Sterling: Ballmer eager to own Clippers

- Associated Press

When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling did not know who he was. But in short order she convinced him the team was worth an unprecedented $2 billion.

Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams talks withe the news media before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Monday, July 28, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Matt Williams has earned hard look for Manager of Year honors

- The Washington Times

Washington was picked by many observers to be one of the NL playoff favorites going into the season. But the burdens put on Williams shoulders to get this Nationals team where it is now — with one of the best records in the NL, comfortably on top of the division — put him right there.

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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Tony Stewart is introduced before the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. (AP Photo/Terry Renna, File)

Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

- Associated Press

Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium - unshaven, his eyes glassy - and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."

US Open Glance

Associated Press

A look at Friday's play at the $38.3 million U.S. Open tennis championships:

Educators reach out to youth 'dying every day'

- Associated Press

Educators, parents and law enforcement officers work daily to present a different image of drugs and violence to children than they might get from their peers and pop culture.

Aleshin hospitalized after Fontana IndyCar crash

- Associated Press

Rookie IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin was hospitalized in serious but stable condition Friday night after a frightening crash in the final practice session for the series season finale.

Texas Ranger's Michael Choice watches his three-run home run go into the stands against the Houston Astros in the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Richard Carson)

Choice and Odor HRs lead Rangers over Astros 13-6

- Associated Press

The Houston Astros didn't have much to say about their lopsided loss to the Texas Rangers on Friday night other than that they'd like to forget about it as soon as possible.

Western Kentucky beats Bowling Green 59-31

Associated Press

Brandon Doughty threw for a school-record 569 yards and six touchdowns to help Western Kentucky beat Bowling Green State 59-31 on Friday night in the head coaching debuts of Jeff Brohm and Dino Babers.

Baseball Capsules

- Associated Press

Yasmani Grandal singled in the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning and the San Diego Padres beat the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Friday night.

News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigned Friday amid fallout from a scandal in Iowa involving a presidential campaign he worked for in 2012. Jesse Benton said he didn't want to become a distraction as McConnell tries to win a tough re-election campaign in Kentucky.

5 things to know about the 2014 Nebraska elections

Associated Press

With so many open races on the Nebraska ballot, voters have a lot to absorb. Here are five questions to consider about contests for governor, U.S. Senate and other offices:

Greenwich businessman hopes to build rowing empire

- Associated Press

Greenwich businessman Howard Winklevoss knew the benefits of rowing even before he took up the sport. He saw them firsthand in his own sons, Tyler and Cameron, whose persistent requests led Winklevoss to save the Westport property where they learned to row.

Syracuse's Devante McFarlane, center, gets tackled by Villanova's Jerry Miles during an NCAA college football game at the Carrier Dome, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)

Syracuse survives Villanova 27-26 in 2nd overtime

Associated Press

Punter Riley Dixon threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Moore on a fake field goal in the second overtime, and Syracuse stopped a 2-point try to beat Villanova 27-26 on Friday night.