Drivers, President Donald Trump express concern for Ryan Newman after wreck at Daytona 500

Ryan Newman was sent slipping in a nasty wreck at the end of the rain-delay Daytona 500 on Monday.

Ryan Blaney nudged Newman, who was leading on the final lap, and Newman’s car hit the wall. His car was struck by a trailing car, flipped and skidded along the track. 

Denny Hamlin passed Blaney at the finish line for the victory, which was Hamlin’s second straight Daytona 500 win and third overall. Newman was credited with fourth place in NASCAR’s premier race. 

Newman was taken directly to a Daytona Beach-area hospital after being removed from his car. Newman’s team, Roush Fenway Racing, issued a statement shortly after 10 p.m. ET Monday with an update on Newman’s condition.

“Ryan Newman is being treated at Halifax Medical Center,” the statement read. “He is in serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening.

After the race, Newman’s fellow drivers and others throughout the NASCAR world took to Twitter to express their thoughts and prayers for the man in the No. 6

XFL Week 2 recap: Defenders, Roughnecks remain undefeated

The second week of the XFL kicked off Saturday with each of the league’s eight teams in action.

Only two teams – the DC Defenders and the Houston Roughnecks – remain undefeated after the first two weeks of the season. The Tampa Bay Vipers and the Los Angeles Wildcats remain winless after their games. Every other team is in the middle of the pack in their respective decisions.

Here were the scores from Week 2 of the XFL.





Here are some of the moments you may have missed.


DC, DEFENDED: The DC Defenders became the first team in XFL history to record a shutout when they defeated the New York Guardians, 27-0. Cardale Jones was 23-for-37 with 276 passing yards and two touchdown passes in the win. DeAndre Thompkins and Derrick Hayward had the touchdown grabs.

WILDCATS CONVERSION: The Los Angeles Wildcats became the first team to convert the three-point play. The attempt came after a Josh Johnson touchdown passes to Nelson Spruce in the fourth quarter. The team then attempted the conversion from the 5-yard line and converted to bring the Dallas Renegades’ lead to one point. Dallas still was able to score with 1:14 remaining in the game and hold off Los Angeles for the 25-18 win.

QB BATTLE: P.J. Walker and Jordan Ta’amu went back-and-forth during their matchup. The Roughnecks’ Walker threw three touchdown passes – all to Cam Phillips – in the 28-24 victory. Ta’amu also had three touchdown passes in the game – one to La’Damian Washington, one to De’Mornay Pierson-El and the other to Matt Jones.

NFL STARS TAKE IN A GAME: Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley and Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon were on the sidelines of Dignity Health Sports Park for the Wildcats’ game against the Renegades.

Steelers’ Mike Tomlin defends Mason Rudolph after Myles Garrett doubles down on racial slur claim

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin came out in defense of Mason Rudolph on Monday after Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett doubled down on his claim that the quarterback used a racial slur against him to spark November’s helmet-swinging incident.

Tomlin appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” and talked to host Stephen A. Smith, expressing frustration with the accusations.


“The most recent one this past weekend, I took offense to it, to be quite honest with you,” Tomlin said. “I fully support Mason Rudolph. We, as an organization, fully support Mason Rudolph. To be quite honest with you, we were hacked off by what we saw this weekend. I think [Rudolph’s] reputation needs to be defended and defended aggressively.”

Garrett reiterated the claim last week that Rudolph used a slur against him. He said Rudolph called “me a ‘stupid N-word,” sparking the brawl in which he ripped the quarterback’s helmet off and hit him in the head with it. Garrett was suspended for the remainder of the 2019 season and was reinstated earlier in February.

“These accusations are serious, not only in terms of Mason Rudolph’s character, but his professional pursuits,” Tomlin said Monday. “Nobody on that field, as a member of the Cleveland Browns or the Pittsburgh Steelers, corroborated what was said by Myles Garrett. … At no point during that piece this weekend was that stated.

“It was presented as a he-said-he-said situation, even to this day. I think the National Football League office was very clear that they launched a thorough investigation among all parties involved, including interviewing the people and the analysis of technology that was on that field, and found no evidence of Myles’ allegation, and I think that should be stated.”


Rudolph’s agent Tim Younger suggested Saturday that Garrett opened himself up for potential legal action for claiming again that his client used a racial slur toward the defensive end.

The NFL said at the time there was “no such evidence” to back Garrett’s claim. League spokesman Brian McCarthy referred to the original statement on the incident.


“As we said at the time the allegation was made, we looked into the matter and found no such evidence,” McCarthy said. “There was no sound recorded from the field during that game. As with every game, there were microphones on the center or interior linemen that help amplify the ambient sound as the quarterbacks were calling signals at the line of scrimmage. But they do not record sound. Microphones are opened from the break of the huddle (or when the center places his hand on the ball in a no-huddle offense) through the snap of the ball.”

Mike Trout rips cheating Astros, calls for bigger punishment

The Los Angeles Angels’ three-time AL MVP ripped the Astros and questioned the discipline handed out by Major League Baseball on Monday after he reported to spring training.

“It’s sad for baseball,” Trout said. “It’s tough. They cheated. I don’t agree with the punishments, the players not getting anything. It was a player-driven thing. It sucks, too, because guys’ careers have been affected. A lot of people lost jobs. It was tough.

“Me going up to the plate knowing what was coming? It would be fun up there. A lot of guys lost respect for some of the guys.”

Trout didn’t make a suggestion for what the Astros players’ punishment should have been, but the scandal obviously touched a nerve in the Halos’ brilliant center fielder, who has spent his entire career playing against Houston in the AL West.

“Obviously the GM got fired and Hinch got fired,” Trout said of punishments for Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch. “But the players getting nothing, that’s definitely not right, for sure.”

“I think everybody wants it to be a clean, level playing field,” Trout added. “I didn’t know it wasn’t until this stuff came out, and then you realize when we played at them at (Houston) or whatever, they were hitting a lot of balls. They’ve got a lot of great players over there for sure, but it was something different.”

Anthony Rendon also reported to his new team Monday, but the Angels’ new $245 million third baseman was more circumspect in his thoughts on the Astros, his hometown team. Rendon’s Washington Nationals beat Houston in the World Series last year.

“Even when I watched their games over the previous years, it was suspicious,” Rendon said. “It looked weird. They were (sitting) on balls that were very tough pitches, and just the way that they were playing the game. They’re all talented players. I love those guys over there, especially what they’ve done in my city of Houston to help us out. But it definitely raises a lot of question marks, watching those games.”

Afridi reveals name of his newborn daughter

Shahid Afridi  has finally revealed the name of her newborn  daughter. 

According to the former Pakistan captain, he has named his fifth daughter Arwa.

Taking to Twitter, Afridi wrote “I’ve enjoyed taking time reading all of your name suggestions for our baby: Thank You so much! The suspense is over and ‘Arwa’ is the name we have gone for”.

He had announced on Saturday that he was seeking recommendations from fans for his baby daughter’s names and the winning one would get a prize.

Taking to Twitter, the swashbuckling all-rounder stated: This one’s for my fans: “As you can see there’s a trend of my daughter’s names beginning with the letter ‘A’ . Send me your recommendations for our new arrival with ‘A’….the winning name I select gets a prize! Keep the names rolling!