DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports has swept the front row for the Daytona 500 with Alex Bowman and William Byron. Bowman posted a lap at 191.261 mph to earn Hendrick its sixth Daytona 500 pole in seven years. William Byron made it a Hendrick sweep with a lap at 190.219 mph.

MELBOURNE, Australian (AP) — Sofia Kenin’s Australian Open defense has ended with a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Kaia Kanepi. The loss further opens the door for top-ranked Ash Barty to claim an elusive grand slam title on home soil. Barty blew a big lead in the second set and survived a shaky tiebreaker to beat fellow Aussie Daria Gavrilova, 6-1, 7-6.

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has relented and the national anthem will be played before home games this season after the NBA reiterated its “longstanding league policy” to include the song. The league’s initial reaction to Cuban’s decision was to say teams were free to conduct pregame activities as they wished. But the NBA abruptly reversed course with Cuban’s decision reverberating around the country.

UNDATED (AP) — Houston Texans President Jamey Rootes has resigned after more than 20 years, the team’s latest move in an offseason of upheaval. An announcement said Rootes was leaving to pursue interests as a writer, public speaker, consultant and professor at the University of Houston. Rootes was hired in 2000 as the Texans began preparations for their expansion season in 2002.

UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Football Team has re-signed quarterback Taylor Heinicke (HY’-nih-kee) to a two-year, $8.75 million contract. Heinicke was out of football when Washington signed him to the practice squad in December. The 27-year-old impressed in his NFL playoff debut despite losing to the eventual Super Bowl-champion Buccaneers, completing 26 of 44 passes for 306 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

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