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Scoreboard roundup -- 3/3/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
Houston 5, NY Mets 2
Baltimore 5, Pittsburgh 2
Kansas City 7, Cincinnati 3
Chi Cubs 5, Cleveland 3
San Diego 12, Seattle 4
San Francisco 6, Cleveland 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston 3, Toronto 1
Detroit 7, NY Yankees 2
Oakland 5, Texas 2
LA Angels 3, Chi White Sox 1
Tampa Bay 4 Minnesota 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami at St. Louis (Canceled)
Miami at Washington (Canceled)
Atlanta 3, Philadelphia 2
LA Dodgers 7, Colorado 4
Milwaukee 10, Arizona 4

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Philadelphia 120, Dallas 116
Boston 140, Golden State 88
LA Clippers 89, Minnesota 88
Orlando 113, Detroit 91
Toronto 111, Charlotte 106
New York 107, Cleveland 98
San Antonio 117, Indiana 105
Oklahoma City 118, Phoenix 110

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Arizona 5, Washington 2
Los Angeles 5, New Jersey 1
Winnipeg 5, Buffalo 2
Minnesota 4, San Jose 3
Vancouver 2, Anaheim 1
Edmonton 6, Pittsburgh 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
UConn 91, Seton Hall 61

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Final Toronto FC 1 New England 0

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Caitlin Clark breaks NCAA all-time scoring record

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(IOWA CITY, Iowa) -- University of Iowa basketball star Caitlin Clark has reached another milestone in her college career, breaking the NCAA all-time scoring record, a record untouched for more than 50 years -- until now.

Clark broke the all-time scoring record Sunday against Ohio State, hitting 18 points in the game with a technical free throw at the end of the second quarter.

The 22-year-old now holds 3,668 points and counting, surpassing "Pistol" Pete Maravich, who scored 3,667 points while playing at Louisiana State University in 1970.

Clark broke the NCAA women's record -- which was previously held by former University of Washington star Kelsey Plum, who racked up 3,527 points -- in her game against Michigan on Feb. 15.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James congratulated Clark on Sunday, writing on X, formerly Twitter, "CONGRATS @CaitlinClark22 on becoming the All-Time leading scorer!!" (James on Saturday broke his own record for most career points in NBA history, topping 40,000.)

Four things to know about Caitlin Clark's career thus far

Before breaking the NCAA all-time women's scoring record, Clark recorded 1,000 career assists in her game against the University of Nebraska–Lincoln on Feb. 11, becoming just the sixth player in NCAA women's basketball history to do so.

Clark has so far secured brand endorsement deals -- thanks to NIL, which allows college athletes to be paid for such endorsements -- with Gatorade, Nike, State Farm and Buick, totaling nearly $800,000.

She celebrated her 22nd birthday this year by gifting her teammates new sneakers.

Despite being eligible to play for the Hawkeyes for another season due to the COVID-19 waiver her first year, Clark declared for the 2024 WNBA draft, announcing the news in a social media post on Thursday. She is projected to be the No. 1 draft pick by the Indiana Fever.

Clark was named co-freshman of the year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in 2021, sharing the honor with UConn's Paige Bueckers. She was also named AP player of the year in 2023 and has been awarded the Naismith Trophy, the AAU Sullivan Award and the Nancy Lieberman Award, among others, throughout her college basketball career.

A new era of women's sports

The Iowa basketball player gained recognition last season with jaw-dropping three-pointers, many of which were shot nearly from half-court, landing Clark and the Hawkeyes in the 2023 NCAA finals.

Although Iowa lost to Angel Reese and the LSU Tigers, the game's ending was just the beginning. Clark's and Reese's competitive spirits and dominance on the court re-ignited women's basketball.

The 2023 NCAA finals was the most-viewed NCAA women's basketball game in history, with over 9 million viewers.

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Since then, game tickets have soared -- some reaching as high as $5,000 -- and fans are frequently lined up outside college gymnasiums to see the collegiate stars play.

The newfound interest has also reached the pros: The WNBA announced record-breaking viewership and attendance following the 2022-2023 season.

A talented group

While Clark has become a high-achieving basketball star at the collegiate level, she stands alongside a talented and well-decorated group of stars.

In February, Syracuse University guard Dyaisha Fair became the fifth all-time leading scorer in women's college basketball, surpassing former Baylor University star Brittney Griner.

On the West Coast, Juju Watkins, a freshman center at the University of Southern California, is breaking records, too.

In her freshman season, Watkins delivered 11 30-point games in a single season, a 35-year-old record set by another basketball legend and former Trojan, Cheryl Miller. Watkins also owned a 51-point career-high performance against Stanford this season.

Like Clark, an Iowa native, Watkins chose to stay in her home state and build from within.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/29/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Atlanta 5, Minnesota 0
Philadelphia 5, Toronto 0
Baltimore 9, Pittsburgh 8
Atlanta 12, Tampa Bay 9
San Diego 5, Oakland 3
Final Texas 7 Milwaukee 5
Houston, 2, NY Mets 1
Miami 0, NY Yankees 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston 5, Detroit 2
LA Angels 4, Cleveland 1
Chi White Sox 6, Seattle 5
Chi White Sox 6, Kansas City 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 3, St. Louis 1
Arizona 2, San Francisco 1
Colorado 10, Chi Cubs 9
Cincinnati 5, LA Dodgers 4

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Washington 134, LA Lakers 131 (OT)
Milwaukee 111, Charlotte 99
Orlando 115, Utah 107
Brooklyn 124, Atlanta 97
Golden State 110, New York 99
San Antonio 132, Oklahoma City 118
Phoenix 110, Houston 105
Denver 103, Miami 97

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Anaheim 6, San Jose 4
Carolina 4, Columbus 2
NY Islanders 5, Detroit 3
Toronto 4, Arizona 2
Buffalo 3, Tampa Bay 2 (OT)
Boston 5, Vegas 4
Florida 4 Montreal 3 (SO)
Dallas 4, Winnipeg 1
Nashville 6, Minnesota 1
Colorado 5, Chicago 0
Los Angeles 5, Vancouver 1
Seattle 2, Pittsburgh 0

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Saint Mary's (Cal.) 83, Pepperdine 57
Gonzaga 86, San Francisco 68
Washington St. 75, Southern Cal 72

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/27/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:
 

INTERLEAGUE

Washington 10, Houston 3        
Kansas City 4, Colorado 3        
L.A. Angels 6, Milwaukee 4        
San Diego 6, Kansas City 3        
L.A. Dodgers 9, Chicago White Sox 6        
Texas 10, Arizona 3        
Philadelphia 3, Minnesota 3                                                                                                                                                                Boston 3, St. Louis 3        
Seattle 10, San Francisco 10        
 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 4, N.Y. Yankees 2        
Baltimore 5, Detroit 2        
Detroit 6, Toronto 4        
Oakland 11, Cleveland 2        
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

N.Y. Mets 7, Miami 1        
Pittsburgh 13, Atlanta 4        
Cincinnati 6, Chicago Cubs 6        
 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Golden State 123, Washington 112        
Cleveland 121, Dallas 119        
Orlando 108, Brooklyn 81        
Atlanta 124, Utah 97        
New Orleans 115, New York 92        
Boston 117, Philadelphia 99        
Minnesota 114, San Antonio 105        
Milwaukee 123, Charlotte 85        
Detroit 105, Chicago 95        
Miami 106, Portland 96        
Oklahoma City 112, Houston 95        
 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Detroit 8, Washington 3        
Montreal 4, Arizona 2        
Vegas 6, Toronto 2        
Florida 3, Buffalo 2        
Philadelphia 6, Tampa Bay 2        
Winnipeg 4, St. Louis 2        
Carolina 3, Minnesota 2        
Nashville 4, Ottawa 1        
Calgary 4, Los Angeles 2        
Colorado 5, Dallas 1        
Pittsburgh 4, Vancouver 3        
New Jersey 7, San Jose 2        
 

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Houston 67, Cincinnati 59        
BYU 76, Kansas 68        
Kentucky 91, Mississippi St. 89        
San Diego St. 72, San Jose St. 64        
Dayton 80, Davidson 66        
Utah St. 77, Fresno St. 73        

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Nike, National Women's Soccer League create new team kits

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(NEW YORK) -- Just in time for the 2024 season, which kicks off March 15, the National Women's Soccer League and Nike have teamed up to reveal new primary and secondary uniforms for all 14 of the league's member clubs.

This marks the first time ever in the NWSL's 11-year history that every team's kit will get a reset.

While the vibrant designs featured on the primary kits are diverse and unique to each club's identity, the secondary kits have been designed to play up the strength of the collective.

There are also pre-match tops that feature a shared design created by stacking traditional team crests on top of each other, to add textures and color that symbolically unite all the clubs.

Additionally, all match-day kits feature Nike's signature Dri-FIT ADV fabric technology, which helps to provide reinforcement, mobility and breathability, according to Nike.

Nike also made a major update by removing white shorts from the entire 2024 lineup. This came as a result of NWSL players who pointed to them as a distraction on the pitch.

"This historic uniform refresh with Nike exemplifies our continued commitment to raising the bar and elevating the NWSL brand with vibrant kits that symbolize the powerful connection between the clubs, players, fans and our communities," NWSL Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer Julie Haddon said in a statement. "We are excited to build upon this energetic moment as we approach our 2024 season kickoff."

For all the soccer fans excited to see the new 2024 kits, they can be viewed during the NWSL Challenge Cup on March 15, as well as during the season kickoff on March 16.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/26/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Baltimore 2, Atlanta 1
Toronto 8, Pittsburgh 4
Boston 7, Philadelphia 6
Seattle 2, Cincinnati 0
Kansas City 6, Chi Cubs 0
Cleveland 7, San Diego 4
Oakland 9 Arizona 8
LA Angels 11, San Francisco 9

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit 4, Houston 0
Tampa Bay 8, Baltimore 3
NY Yankees 9, Minnesota 2
Texas 4, Chi White Sox 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
NY Mets 6, Washington 3
Cincinnati 8, Milwaukee 3
LA Dodgers 9, Colorado 4
St. Louis 1, Miami 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Toronto 130, Indiana 122
New York 113, Detroit 111
Brooklyn 111, Memphis 86
Miami 121, Sacramento 110

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Washington 6, Ottawa 3
NY Islanders 3, Dallas 2 (OT)
Edmonton 4, Los Angeles 2
Seattle 4 Boston 3 (SO)

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
North Carolina 75, Miami 71
Baylor 62, TCU 54

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/25/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Philadelphia 4, NY. Yankees 0
NY Mets 3, Houston 1
St. Louis 3, Houston 0
Baltimore 2, Pittsburgh 0
Boston 5, Atlanta 4
Arizona 5, Chi White Sox 0
Final L.A. Dodgers 4 Oakland 2
Cincinnati 9, LA Angels 4
San Francisco 0, Texas 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston 8, Minnesota 6
NY Yankees 12, Toronto 6
Kansas City 1, L.A. Angels 0
Cleveland 8, Seattle 4
Detroit 9, Tampa Bay 9

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 6, Miami 3
San Diego 7, Chi Cubs 0
Colorado 10, Milwaukee 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Milwaukee 119, Philadelphia 98
Phoenix 123, LA Lakers 113
Indiana 133, Dallas 111
Cleveland 114, Washington 105
Chicago 114, New Orleans 106
Atlanta 109, Orlando 92
Oklahoma City 123, Houston 110
Final Denver 119 Golden State 103
Final Utah 128 San Antonio 109
Charlotte 93, Portland 80
Sacramento 123, LA Clippers 107

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 4, New Jersey 1
Pittsburgh 7, Philadelphia 6
Winnipeg 4 Arizona 3 (OT)
Detroit 3, Chicago 2 (OT)
Buffalo 3, Carolina 2 (SO)
Columbus 4, NY Rangers 2
Nashville 4, Anaheim 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Purdue 84, Michigan 76
Marquette 88, Xavier 64
St. John's 80, Creighton 66

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Toronto FC 0 Cincinnati 0 (Tie)
New York 0, Nashville 0 (Tie)
Miami 1, LA Galaxy 1 (Tie)

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NY's Nassau County announces ban on trans women from competing in women's sports in county-run facilities

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(NEW YORK) -- Republican Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman announced Thursday that he will use an executive order to ban transgender athletes from competing in events aligning with their gender identity in county-run facilities.

The executive order states that sports leagues, organizations, teams and other entities in the Long Island, New York county must expressly designate teams based on an athlete's sex assigned at birth, when applying for a "use and occupancy" permit at a Nassau County Parks property for a sporting competition or event on all levels.

Permits will not be given to any event or competition that allows transgender women or girls to compete in girls' or women's sporting events. The order allows transgender men and boys to play in competitions for men and boys.

This will go into effect immediately, according to Blakeman's office.

The move goes against guidelines from local and national sports associations.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association's transgender policy states that it is "committed to providing all students with the opportunity to participate ... in a manner consistent with their gender identity and the New York State Commissioner of Education's Regulations."

The National Collegiate Athletic Association transgender guidelines vary from sport to sport. Transgender student-athletes typically need to document sport-specific testosterone levels at the beginning of their season and a second documentation six months later, and then another documentation four weeks before championship selections.

The governing bodies of several national and international sports leagues, including the International Olympic Committee, require transgender women to meet certain hormone levels in order to play on sports teams with cisgender women.

There is no clear data on whether transgender women have an advantage physiologically, according to health experts.

One study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that the athletic advantages of the 46 trans women over their cisgender counterparts declined with feminizing therapy. However, this study also found theyhad a 9% faster mean run speed than cisgender women after a one-year period of testosterone suppression. A different study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that there is not yet any direct or consistent research suggesting transgender women have an athletic advantage at any stage of their transition.

Experts wrote in a recent JAMA Pediatrics editorial that preventing trans youth from participating in school sports could be bad for the mental and physical health of an already at-risk population because they lose out on the developmental benefits of sports participation.

Restrictions on hormone levels have impacted athletes with differences in sex development, including track star Caster Semenya, who was born intersex and has naturally high testosterone levels.

Blakeman, a Republican, said he believes the designation of separate athletic teams or sports based on sex assigned at birth "is necessary to maintain fairness for women's athletic opportunities."

"Women and Girls hard work, on-field achievements, and athletic futures deserve to be fostered, nurtured, and celebrated," Blakeman stated in the executive order.

Local civil rights advocacy groups, including the New York Civil Liberties Union, argued the executive order is illegal.

"Requiring girls who are trans to compete on boys' teams effectively bars them from sports altogether," NYCLU said in a statement to ABC News. "Participating would mean being outed and being denied the same opportunities other girls enjoy: to challenge themselves, improve fitness, and be part of a team of their peers."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/22/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Indiana 129, Detroit 115
New York 110, Philadelphia 96
Toronto 121, Brooklyn 93
Orlando 116, Cleveland 109
Dallas 123, Phoenix 113
Oklahoma City 129, LA Clippers 107
Boston 129, Chicago 112
New Orleans 127, Houston 105
Denver 130, Washington 110
Charlotte 115, Utah 107
Sacramento 127, San Antonio 122
Golden State 128, LA Lakers 110

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Nashville 4, Los Angeles 1
Ottawa 4, Dallas 1
Pittsburgh 4, Montreal 1
Carolina 1, Florida 0
Detroit 2, Colorado 1 (OT)
Washington 5, Tampa Bay 3
NY Rangers 5, New Jersey 1
St. Louis 4, NY Islanders 0
Calgary 3 Boston 2 (OT)
Toronto 7, Vegas 3
Seattle 5, Vancouver 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Washington St. 77, Arizona 74
Purdue 96, Rutgers 68

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Indigenous HOOPS program supports Indigenous youth and mental health

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(NEW YORK) -- DeShawn and Sharmane Joseph want to see more Indigenous athletes on the world stage.

The husband-wife duo are the founders of Indigenous HOOPS -- which stands for "Honoring Our Original People in Sports" -- a nationwide basketball program for Indigenous youth that started as a local league for their Tulalip Nation.

"It all started because a little girl wanted to play basketball," Sharmane Joseph said about her and DeShawn Joseph's eldest daughter, who wanted to play basketball as a child. She didn't have a team to join until DeShawn Joseph started coaching one.

"She needed something for herself, to be able to have an outlet, to have something to look forward to," Sharmane Joseph said.

In 2014, when the Josephs' eldest daughter was a freshman in high school, the Tulalip community was impacted by a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School. Some tribal members were among those shot, along with teens in the community with whom their daughter was close.

"They grew up all together," Sharmane Joseph said. "So, it really just opened our eyes to [see] that we were not doing enough [in the community]. Maybe we're sitting idle."

To support the youth of the community better, the Josephs began working intensely with their existing basketball program, Unity Basketball, which they had founded in 2010 -- their daughter was part of the first Unity team -- and eventually expanded it into a second program, Indigenous HOOPS, which was founded in 2021.

While their overall goal is to give Native kids opportunities to showcase their talents and athletic skills, Sharmane and DeShawn Joseph said they also want Indigenous HOOPS to support the mental health of Native youth.

"Early on in the pandemic, we realized that there was a big missing gap for tribal youth, the mental health rate had declined for tribal use, the suicide rate had [gone] up. So we wanted to create something that might be a beacon of hope to help the kids look forward to something," DeShawn Joseph said.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, suicide was the second leading cause of death for Native Americans and Native Alaskans between the ages of 10-34 in 2019.

"Life is bigger than basketball, especially when it comes to mental health," DeShawn Joseph said, adding, "Being a Native American adolescent on the reservation, with maybe not as many opportunities as some others, basketball served as an outlet for me."

Sharmane Joseph said that along with supporting young people's mental health and all the life skills their program teaches, Indigenous HOOPS also offers participants a sense of belonging.

"It gives me a made-family that I made and created myself," she said. "It's just more family than it is basketball."

Sharmane -- lovingly known as "Mama Shar" within the league -- and DeShawn Joseph said they treat the players like their own children.

While their eldest daughter doesn't play basketball anymore, the small team her father started coaching for her has since grown into a nationwide program that has led Native youth to attend college and sign on to collegiate teams.

"I feel like it brings all of our people together, just like a powwow," DeShawn Joseph said. "But we're there for our children to play the sports we all love.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/21/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Boston 6, Edmonton 5 (OT)
Columbus 7, Anaheim 4
Toronto 6, Arizona 3
Buffalo 3, Montreal 2
Philadelphia 3, Chicago 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Marquette 105, DePaul 71
Duke 84, Miami 55
Penn St. 90, Illinois 89
Alabama 98, Florida 93
George Mason 71, Dayton 67
LSU 75, Kentucky 74
New Mexico 68, Colorado St. 66

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Miami 2, Real Salt Lake 0

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/20/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Los Angeles 5, Columbus 1
Washington 6, New Jersey 2
Florida 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)
NY Rangers 3, Dallas 1
NY Islanders 5, Pittsburgh 4 (OT)
Winnipeg 6, Minnesota 3
Colorado 3, Vancouver 1
Nashville 5, Vegas 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Saint Mary's (Cal.) 70, San Francisco 66
Creighton 85, UConn 66
Tennessee 72, Missouri 67
BYU 78, Baylor 71
Utah St. 68, San Diego St. 63
Texas Tech 82, TCU 81

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William Byron wins first Daytona 500 after rain delay

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(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- After being delayed a day due to weather, a victor has been crowned at the Daytona 500.

William Byron crossed the finish line Monday at the Daytona International Speedway while under a caution flag to snatch the win, breaking Hendrick Motorsports' losing streak at the iconic NASCAR event.

The win marked the 26-year-old's first career "Great American Race" victory.

The race, the official opening of the NASCAR Cup Series season, had been scheduled to begin around 3 p.m. on Sunday but was called off hours before as the weather forecast showed no sign that the rain would let up, officials said.

The last time the Daytona 500 was postponed for a full day was in 2012 when heavy rain caused the delay. In 2020, drivers completed 20 laps before a rain delay was called and the race had to be finished the next day.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/19/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Anaheim 4, Buffalo 3
Toronto 4, St. Louis 2
Boston 4 Dallas 3 (SO)
Minnesota 10, Vancouver 7
Detroit 4 Seattle 3 (OT)
Calgary 6, Winnipeg 3
Vegas 4, San Jose 0
Edmonton 6, Arizona 3
Carolina 6, Chicago 3
Ottawa 4, Tampa Bay 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Houston 73, Iowa St. 65

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High school football team that beat the odds gets deserving surprises

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(NEW YORK) -- Cardinal Hayes High School's football team is the definition of a ray of sunshine!

Once called one of the "worst teams," the players overcame the odds to win the New York State Catholic High School State Championship in December 2023, becoming the first New York City team in history to do so.

The young players have had to contend with multiple challenges -- from an outdoor home field that's smaller than regulation size and an outdoor weight room caked in rust to an

Despite their hurdles, Cardinal Hayes' head football coach CJ O'Neil told "Good Morning America" the students "battled" and made do with what they had.

Added Cardinal Hayes President Michael Carey: "We're located in the poorest congressional district in the nation. Most of the students come from the surrounding area. One thing we're guaranteed is we're gonna get knocked down. The question is how we respond."

To celebrate their achievements so far and to support the deserving students, "Good Morning America" teamed up with several partners to give the dedicated players a few surprises, including college offers for two students.

Riddell teamed up with "GMA" to surprise the football team with new equipment worth over $30,000.

Nike gifted new cleats for every team member of the team.

Bank of America is also supporting the football team with a generous gift of $50,000.

Last but not least, the New York Giants offered pre-season tickets to members of the Cardinal Hayes High School football team.

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