First at last: Earnhardt's lone 500 victory still resonates

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt was NASCAR's "Intimidator." He stormed into the sport and won his first Cup championship in only his second full season. Earnhardt had achieved about all there was to do in NASCAR by 1998, including a record-tying seven Cup Series championships.

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  • Written by By DAN GELSTON and MARK LONG , AP Sports Writers

Stars of the Olympics are changing the sponsorship game

NEW YORK (AP) — A gold medal used to be the golden ticket for lucrative endorsements — think Mary Lou Retton on a Wheaties box. But in the age of social media, athletes are making a name for themselves well ahead of time.

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  • Written by By MAE ANDERSON , Associated Press

A talkative Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reflects on becoming himself

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, civil-rights activist, actor, historian and one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived.

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  • Written by By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press