Matt Kenseth comes out of retirement to replace fired Kyle Larson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth will again come out of retirement to compete for Chip Ganassi Racing as the replacement for fired driver Kyle Larson.

Larson lost his job two weeks ago for using a racial slur while competing in a virtual race. Although Ganassi developement driver Ross Chastain was assumed to be the leading contender to replace Larson in the No. 42 Chevrolet, the team instead announced Monday it will go with the two-time Daytona 500 winner.

“I think Matt gives us the best chance to win, run up front and compete for wins,” Ganassi told The Associated Press. “I’ve always gone with the mantra of trying to take the best driver available, and he’s the best driver available right now. And he brings something to our sponsors that they need right now. Stability. No baggage. Family man. Daytona 500 winner. Championship winner.”

Kenseth is in a class of drivers that includes Hall of Famers Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty and David Pearson as the only competitors to win a Cup Series championship, rookie of the year award and the Daytona 500.

Ganassi said the team will petition NASCAR for a waiver to make Kenseth, the 2003 Cup champion, eligible to race for the title this season. NASCAR completed just four of its 36 races before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kenseth retired from Joe Gibbs Racing after the 2017 season but came back for 15 races to drive for Roush Fenway Racing, his original team, in 2018. He turned 48 on March 10.

He was Cup rookie of the year in 2000 driving for Roush, where he won his only championship. He has 39 career victories and won the Daytona 500 in 2009 and 2012.

Kenseth joined Gibbs in 2013

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Tennis exhibition set to take place in Germany

A group of professional tennis players led by Dustin Brown will meet in a series of exhibition tournaments in Germany starting Friday.

The live-streamed event will take place at an academy near the small town of H?hr-Grenzhausen.

The men’s and women’s professional tours are currently suspended until July because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Brown is from Germany and his father is Jamaican. He upset Rafal Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon in 2015.

Brown says on the event’s website he is “happy to have the chance to compete again. … I am looking forward to going out there doing what I love.”

The shortened matches will be best of three with four games to win a set. Tiebreakers will be played at 3-3.

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Test XI of the 2010-19 Decade: AB de Villiers and Alastair Cook headline collection of stars

The COVID-19 pandemic has given us time to examine cricket’s storied history.

In this period of reflection, we have attempted to compile the best Test XIs of the various decades in collaboration with our followers on social media. There is no better way to start off this series than to look at the most recent decade between January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2019.

As a minimum requirement for selection, only players who have made at least 50 appearances over the course of the decade have been considered. To arrive at our conclusion, we have narrowed the list of potential candidates to 22 before putting them to a vote on Instagram.

Three South Africans have made the final cut while one of the ‘Fab Four’ batsmen has been unfortunate to miss out.

Alastair Cook (England) – Opener

Poll Results: Cook 55 per cent, David Warner (Australia) 45 per cent

Australia’s David Warner has a strong claim to the spot with over 7,000 runs and 23 tons during the period of consideration. However, in what was one of the tightest contests in the polls, the Aussie has been pipped by England great Alastair Cook.

No other batsman has scored more runs than Cook in the past decade, with the England opener bringing the curtains down on an illustrious career in 2018.

The elegant left-hander scored a staggering 8,818 runs in 111 matches, at an average of 46.41. He also helped himself to 23 tons in the process, including five double centuries. While he was showing an alarming decline from his lofty standards in 2018, he managed to bow out with a bang by registering a fine 147 against India in his final Test appearance.

Hashim Amla (South Africa) – Opener

Poll Results: Amla 90 per cent, Azhar Ali (Pakistan) 10

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