NASCAR: Kenseth wins Nationwide race
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Matt Kenseth is proving to be unbeatable at Kansas Speedway.
The winner of the last two Sprint Cup races at the track, Kenseth hopped into his Nationwide car and drove it to victory Saturday, taking advantage of a late-race wreck involving Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch to conserve enough fuel for the end.
Kenseth crossed the finish line well ahead of Paul Menard, who got around Regan Smith on the final lap to take second. Busch finished fourth and Justin Allgaier was fifth.
Kenseth held on despite worn tires to win his second Nationwide win of the season. He’ll try to extend his lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday.
Thousands opt out of settlement
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of retired NFL players have opted out of a $50 million class-action settlement in a case that accused the league of using their names and images without their consent.
In papers filed Friday, supporters of the settlement noted that more than 25,000 players — or more than 90 percent of the settlement class — chose to participate. Meanwhile, 2,140 players — less than 8 percent — asked to be excluded.
Eighteen players filed timely objections, and can argue against the settlement at a hearing later this month.
The lawsuit accused the NFL of exploiting the publicity rights of retired players. The settlement, reached in April, calls for the NFL to pay $42 million toward a trust to help retired players with issues like medical expenses.
Obama open to name change
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’d think about changing the name of the Washington Redskins football team if he were the owner.
Obama told The Associated Press in an interview released Saturday that he’s sure Redskins fans don’t mean offense.
But he said American Indians feel strongly that the name is degrading. He said he’s not sure that the fans’ attachment to the name should override those “real legitimate concerns.”
Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed to never change the name, despite the pressure.
Obama added that he doesn’t have a stake because he doesn’t have ownership of any football team.
He joked it may be fun after he’s out of office — but he’d probably look at a basketball team first.