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    In the 20 years since his tragic passing in the 2001 Daytona 500, many have debated what is Dale Earnhardt’s greatest lasting legacy on the sport of NASCAR. His on-track accomplishments of seven championships and 76 victories certainly go a long way in defining his legacy, but many still contend that his greatest effect on NASCAR came after his death with the increased importance placed on safety in the months and years that came after.

      NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt was killed 20 years ago — on Feb. 18, 2001 — in a last-lap crash at Daytona International Speedway. He was 49. The Kannapolis, N.C., native was sometimes called the Man in Black, the Intimidator or, simply No. 3. That is, when he wasn't being called the greatest d…

      GREENSBORO — Dudley won the NCHSAA Class 3-A football championship last fall. Winning titles is nothing new for the Panthers, but they've only repeated once (2007-08). They began their bid for another back-to-back Monday evening with their first official practice for the news season.

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      Chicago Bears star linebacker Roquan Smith is requesting a trade, saying the team hasn't negotiated in good faith for a contract extension. Smith doesn't have an agent. He wrote Tuesday in a statement to NFL.com that he has “officially” asked to be dealt and that it was “deeply painful.” He said he has been trying to negotiate an extension since April and accused the team of trying to take advantage of him. Smith was second-team All-Pro in 2020 and 2021. He is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract. The Bears made big changes after going 6-11 last season and missing the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years. They fired general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy and replaced them with Ryan Poles and Matt Eberflus.

      The home of the Cincinnati Bengals will no longer carry the name of team founder and NFL pioneer Paul Brown. It will now be known as Paycor Stadium. Paycor is a Cincinnati-based maker of human resources software. The company has bought the naming rights to the stadium in a deal announced Tuesday. The development wasn’t a surprise. Team owner Mike Brown — the 86-year-old son of Paul Brown — told reporters last month that selling the naming rights was necessary for the Bengals to be able to compete as a small-market team.

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