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Players from the Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning line up for the face off during first-period NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)  **FILE**

Stars, Lightning showing value of faceoff draws in Stanley Cup Final

- Associated Press

Faceoffs late in tight games are always important, particularly those in the zone of a team clinging to a lead. While overall faceoff performance has been debated in recent years with more information available and different ways to analyze its importance, this final is showing the value of draws because of how the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning prefer to play.

NASCAR Cup Series 63rd Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway, Saturday 9/12/2020. Cars take the first turn amidst empty seats to begin a NASCAR Cup Series auto race Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (James Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)  **FILE**

NASCAR’s dizzying silly season will change landscape

- Associated Press

The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the inevitable: The driver market bubble, pushed to its limit with multimillion-dollar salaries for nearly two decades, is about to burst. A major reset has arrived and team owners have all the power. They can pick and choose between drivers who bring sponsorship dollars (Bubba Wallace) or drivers who have won races (Erik Jones). When the music stops, the Cup Series lineup will look radically different.

Tokyo Olympics CEO suggests relaxed entry rules for athletes

- Associated Press

Tokyo Olympics officials are proposing that the government relax immigration regulations to allow athletes to enter the country before next year’s postponed games and train during a 14-day quarantine period, Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the organizing committee said on Wednesday.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, right, walks with a member of the training staff as he heads to the dugout after leaving the game during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)  **FILE**

Defending World Series champion Nationals never found their groove

- The Washington Times

In a year that was supposed to be about defending their title, the Nationals failed to gain any sort of positive traction from the very beginning of the season. Instead, they’re now likely to be in line for a top-five draft pick. With the regular season in its final week — Washington’s last game is Sunday — here are the five main reasons why this year was a bust for the Nationals.

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Louisiana running back Elijah Mitchell (15) is surrounded by teammates after he scores the winning touchdown in an overtime play against Georgia State in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Atlanta. (Daniel Varnado/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

No. 19 Cajuns open home slate vs untested Georgia Southern

- Associated Press

Louisiana-Lafayette coach Billy Napier is about to see what his No. 19 Ragin-Cajuns learned from a nearly stumbling out of the rankings only one week after a landmark victory had earned them some long-coveted national respect.

Tottenham's Tanguy Ndombele is takled by Shkendija's Arbin Zejnulai during a Europa League third qualifying round soccer match between Shkendija and Tottenham at the National Arena Todor Proeski in Skopje, North Macedonia, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

Small goal frames changed before Tottenham's EL game

Associated Press

Tottenham had to ask for the goal frames to be changed ahead of its Europa League qualifying win over North Macedonian club Shkendija on Thursday after discovering they were too small. Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said his goalkeepers noticed during warmups that the goals at Tose Proeski Arena in Skopje didn't have the right height. The goals were changed by UEFA officials and Tottenham won the game 3-1 to advance to the playoff round.

Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) celebrates a basket against the Boston Celtics late in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference final, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Heat get chance Friday to oust Celtics, reach NBA Finals

- Associated Press

The volume of text messages that Miami guard Tyler Herro got after Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals was overwhelming. He didn’t have time to reply to most, including close friends who reached out to celebrate the best game of his life.