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SPORTS BRIEFING

DiMaggio gave his best

“There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last time, I owe him my best.” — New York Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio, who hit three consecutive home runs, the first two off Bob Feller, and drove in six runs to lead the Yankees to 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians in the first game of a doubleheader on May 23, 1948, that drew 78,431 fans to Municipal Stadium.

Steelers hold back tickets

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are holding back a portion of their ticket inventory for the 2020 season to be ready in case social distancing measures are required in stadiums this fall.

Individual single game tickets went on sale Friday. Team spokesman Burt Lauten says the club withheld 50% of the allotment as a “proactive” measure should the NFL use social distancing guidelines.

The NFL released its 2020 schedule last month. The Steelers will play 10 games at Heinz Field, beginning with a preseason meeting with Tampa Bay on Aug. 14.

The Steelers will make full refunds available “if the NFL or the team cancels a game and it cannot be replayed, or if it is played under conditions that prohibit fans from attending.” If games are postponed or rescheduled, the tickets will be valid for the new date.

NASCAR in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After two races at Darlington Raceway last week, NASCAR shifts to Charlotte Motor Speedway for four days of racing beginning Sunday.

The 61st running of the Coca-Cola 600, a crown jewel event and the longest race on the NASCAR Cup Series calendar, gets things started on Sunday night. The 400-lap event will start at 6 p.m. and will be televised on FOX.

“I know a lot of people are looking forward to this live sporting event on TV — I know that I am,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said.

Then Charlotte Motor Speedway will host the Xfinity Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday (FS1), the Truck Series at 8 p.m. Tuesday (FS1) and the Cup Series at 8 p.m. Wednesday (FS1) for a 205-lap race.

Mount Union tackles ONU

ALLIANCE — Another classic Mount Union football game will be shown on Saturday.

At 5 p.m. today, WIVM in Canton will broadcast the 2017 regular-season game with second-ranked Mount Union hosting Ohio Northern.

Mount Union’s defense forced three turnovers, including Gabe Brown’s 89-yard interception for a touchdown, and held Ohio Northern to 45 yards in the first half during the Purple Raiders’ 43-14 win.

The game is on Spectrum Channel 989 in Canton and online at WIVMTV.com.

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