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SPORTS BRIEFING

Stargell stars

“I’m always amazed when a pitcher becomes angry at a hitter for hitting a home run off him. When I strike out, I don’t get angry at the pitcher, I get angry at myself. I would think that if a pitcher threw up a home run ball, he should be angry at himself.” — Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell, who hit a 535-foot homer off Montreal’s Wayne Twitchell — the longest home run in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium — to highlight the Pirates’ 6-0 victory on May 20, 1978. It was also Stargell’s 407th career homer, tying him with Duke Snider on the career list.

Tonight’s start time changed

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Tonight’s NASCAR Cup Series race start has been moved up to 6 p.m. due to inclement weather in the forecast at Darlington Raceway. The 228-lap race will be televised on FS1.

Belmont opens Crown

ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) – The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

The New York Racing Association unveiled the new Belmont date Tuesday morning. This is the first year the Belmont will take place before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The Derby was moved to Sept. 5 and the Preakness to Oct. 3.

The rescheduled Belmont will be 1 1/8 miles instead of the race’s trademark 1 1/2-mile distance that has been in place since 1926. It was last contested at a 1 1/8 mile in 1894.

Candlepin bowling

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The last candlepin bowling alley in the Massachusetts city where the sport was invented is closing, and management says the coronavirus pandemic is to blame.

Colonial Bowling Center in Worcester is shuttering for good, manager Paul Wambach told The Telegram & Gazette on Monday evening.

Wambach said the fall-to-spring season provides most of the alley’s revenue. But the business has been closed since March and summer leagues usually start in April, so the business’s 91-year-old owner decided the time was right to close for good.

Candlepin bowling was invented in Worcester in 1880, according to the International Candlepin Bowling Association, and the city once had more than 25 alleys.

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