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  • NASCAR was long overdue for an added punch to its racing product and eagerly awaits the results from a new competition package designed to increase the entertainment factor for the troubled series. The new rules debut Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the prevailing opinion is that the bumpin-and-bangin and rubbin-is-racin lore of NASCAR will return. 'This is going to cause probably more wrecks and more tempers are going to fly and more drama is going to be there,' said reigning NASCAR champion Joey Logano. NASCAR for 2019 will use a package created to deliberately slow cars and keep them closer together. It isn't intended to be the 'pack racing' beloved by fans at Daytona and Talladega, but drivers so far anticipate that will be the effect. Packs usually lead to crashes, which typically create conflict and the headlines NASCAR needs. The series is coming off a season in which three drivers combined to win 20 of 36 races — results that did nothing to stop NASCAR's slide in attendance and television ratings. NASCAR's solution was overhauling the competition package in a way that, if it works, should close the gap between the top teams and the underdogs while spicing up the action. 'I think everybody is going to be in attack mode in a lot of ways,' said Georgia native Chase Elliott. 'How that translates into the race and how aggressive people get, I mean there is only so much space on the track, right? At some point, somebody is going to have to draw the line as to what is smart and what is not.' The package was not used in last week's season-opening Daytona 500, a crash-fest won in overtime by Denny Hamlin. Atlanta is not expected to be a true indicator of how the racing will look this season, in part because the fast and bumpy track has the oldest racing surface in the series. The track was last paved in 1997 and the abrasive asphalt eats tires and limits passing opportunities. NASCAR knows a better indicator of what to expect will come from next week's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, followed by a completely different look in Week 4 when the series visits ISM Raceway in Phoenix, a 1-mile, low-banked tri-oval that is nothing like the 1.5-mile Atlanta and Las Vegas speedways. 'I think you will see about 50 percent of the realized potential of this new package at Atlanta,' said David Ragan. 'The track surface is worn out and the tire combination Goodyear brings here puts down a lot of rubber and loses grip through a run at a faster rate than any track we go to. You will eventually get spread out and it will look like a traditional Atlanta race. 'If you just woke up from a 12-month sleep from last year, you really wouldn't notice a difference. We will see (a difference) at Las Vegas.' NASCAR's second and final practice session, Saturday in a steady mist, got off to a bumpy start when Brad Keselowski couldn't make it to his car because of illness. Team Penske had Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric start practice for Keselowski, but Keselowski eventually got in the car and ran two stints. He was met at the Penske hauler by a medical crew that drove Keselowski to the care center, and crew chief Paul Wolfe said the driver 'isn't doing too good.' He's expected to at minimum start Sunday's race, but his status remained uncertain. Kyle Busch quickly posted the fastest lap of all Toyota drivers but then hit the wall and had to go to the garage with damage that sidelined him the remainder of the session. Erik Jones, his teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, later headed to the garage with a power steering issue. Clint Bowyer was the fastest Ford driver, Austin Dillon the fastest Chevrolet and, in a surprise, Michael McDowell and Corey LaJoie rounded out the top five of Saturday's final session. McDowell irked Logano last week when he didn't push Logano on the closing laps at Daytona, then argued he has no obligation to help Logano win races. LaJoie was a headliner at Daytona because of the paint scheme on his car, which was his entire face as Old Spice pushed its dry shampoo. The exposure was strong enough that Old Spice returned to sponsor LaJoie at Atlanta. ___ More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Brad Keselowski has a stomach virus that has left his status uncertain for NASCAR's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Keselowski was ill Saturday at the start of the final practice, so Team Penske had Austin Cindric start the session in the No. 2 Ford. Keselowski got in the car midway through practice and completed two runs. He sat inside his cockpit for several minutes then slowly jogged to his team hauler. He waited inside until a medical team arrived and took him to Atlanta's infield care center for treatment. Team Penske said Keselowski is still scheduled to race Sunday, but crew chief Paul Wolfe said the driver 'is not doing too well.' A team representative said Keselowski began to feel ill late Friday night after surprising fans in the rainy infield. Keselowski's wife is also under the weather. Cindric said he will be on standby for Sunday should Keselowski need a relief driver. 'It's such a wild card because no one knows what to expect,' Cindric said after finishing 10th in the Xfinity Series race. 'From everything I understand, Brad is in good condition. Brad is definitely a tough guy, so I don't see him backing out.' ___ More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • A Georgia mother is accused of faking her child's illness to collect disability checks. WSB-TV reports investigators say 34-year-old Teresa Lynne Roth made her 5-year-old son take 28 unnecessary medications and undergo unnecessary medical treatments for nearly two years. Hall County sheriff's deputies say the child was in a wheelchair and on a feeding tube even though he was not sick. The case started in 2016. Doctors at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta were treating the then-3-year-old for several illnesses that investigators now say were all made up. When health care officials became suspicious, they alerted the Department of Family and Children's Services who removed the boy from Roth's Gainesville home in October and called authorities. Roth was arrested Thursday for first-degree child cruelty. It's unknown if she has an attorney. ___ Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html
  • The winning numbers in Saturday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'All or Nothing Day' game were: 01-02-06-07-08-09-11-13-14-21-23-24 (one, two, six, seven, eight, nine, eleven, thirteen, fourteen, twenty-one, twenty-three, twenty-four)
  • Judge sets R&B singer R. Kelly's bond at $1 million.
  • The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 3 p.m. Lawyer Michael Avenatti says it is 'outrageous' that R. Kelly's attorney asserts that the four accusers are lying about being sexually abused by the R&B singer. Avenatti, who says he represents two Kelly victims and gave prosecutors new video evidence of Kelly having sex with an underage girl, said Saturday that, 'We're going to do everything in our power ... to make sure 2019 is not a repeat of 2008.' He was referring to Kelly's 2008 child pornography trial, in which the singer was acquitted. Kelly's lawyer, Steve Greenberg, said Saturday after a judge set Kelly's bond at $1 million that Kelly 'is a rock star. He doesn't have to have nonconsensual sex.' Referring to the #MeToo movement, Greenberg said, 'Unfortunately, there's this whole hashtag movement. Just because someone says something now ... it doesn't make them credible.' ___ 2 p.m. R. Kelly's lawyer rejects the allegations that the R&B singer sexually abused anyone, telling reporters: 'He is a rock star. He doesn't have to have nonconsensual sex.' Greenberg made the comments Saturday after a judge set a $1 million bond for Kelly, who was booked Friday on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four females, including three who were underage at the time. Greenberg says he's happy with the bond amount, but Kelly doesn't have much money because he says mismanagement by others put the singer in financial straits. He says Kelly is trying to get the bond money together and hopes to get out of jail later Saturday. ___ 1:40 p.m. The lawyer for R. Kelly says he thinks the four people the R&B singer is charged with sexually abusing are all lying. Steve Greenberg made the comment to reporters Saturday after a judge set Kelly's bond at $1 million. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx says the abuse dated back as far as 1998 and spanned more than a decade. Kelly was tried and acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 and has consistently denied any sexual misconduct. The 52-year-old Grammy winner's lawyer said Friday that he's confident Kelly will be vindicated. ___ 1:20 p.m. A prosecutor told the judge at R. Kelly's bond hearing in Chicago that the singer met one of the four people he's charged with sexually abusing during his 2008 child pornography trial. The prosecutor says the two met when he gave her an autograph, and that she was underage at the time. Kelly was acquitted at that trial, which stemmed from a video purported to show him having sex with an underage girl as young as 13. The prosecutor says Kelly sexually abused the girl he met during the trial between 2009 and 2010. Kelly was booked Friday on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four female victims, including three who were between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx says the abuse dated back as far as 1998 and spanned more than a decade. ___ 1:10 p.m. A judge has set R&B singer R. Kelly's bond at $1 million. Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. said during Saturday's hearing in Chicago that the amount equals $250,000 for each of the four people he's charged with sexually abusing. Lyke called the allegations against Kelly 'disturbing' during the hearing. The singer stared at the floor while the judge was speaking and looked dejected. Kelly was booked Friday on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four female victims, including three who were between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx says the abuse dated back as far as 1998 and spanned more than a decade. Kelly was tried and acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 and has consistently denied any sexual misconduct. The 52-year-old Grammy winner's lawyer said Friday that he's confident Kelly will be vindicated. ___ 1:05 p.m. R. Kelly's lawyer has asked a judge to release the R&B singer on bond. Attorney Steve Greenberg told Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. during Saturday's bonding hearing that, 'Contrary to the song, Mr. Kelly doesn't like to fly,' in reference to the Grammy-award winner's hit 'I believe I can fly.' The judge called the allegations against Kelly 'disturbing' as the singer stared at the floor looking dejected. Kelly was booked Friday on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four female victims, including three who were between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx says the abuse dated back as far as 1998 and spanned more than a decade. Kelly was tried and acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 and has consistently denied any sexual misconduct. The 52-year-old Grammy winner's lawyer said Friday that he's confident Kelly will be vindicated. ___ 12:50 p.m. R. Kelly has arrived at a Chicago court hearing where a judge will decide bond in the sexual abuse case against the R&B singer. The judge at Saturday's hearing, Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr., is the same judge who presided over 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett's bond hearing earlier this week. Kelly was booked Friday on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four female victims, including three who were between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx says the abuse dated back as far as 1998 and spanned more than a decade. Kelly was tried and acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 and has consistently denied any sexual misconduct. The 52-year-old Grammy winner's lawyer said Friday that he's confident Kelly will be vindicated. ___ 12:05 a.m. R&B singer R. Kelly is expected to appear in a Chicago court one day after being arrested and charged with aggravated sexual abuse. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx announced 10 counts Friday against the Grammy winner. She said the abuse dated back as far as 1998 and spanned more than a decade. The charges involved four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. Chicago police say Kelly was taken into custody after the 52-year-old singer surrendered Friday night. He was scheduled to be arraigned Saturday. Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 and has consistently denied any sexual misconduct, but he has been dogged for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves. ___ Check out the AP's complete coverage of the investigations into R. Kelly.
  • R&B singer R. Kelly arrives at a Chicago bond hearing in the new sexual abuse case against him.
  • Five Georgia middle school students face disciplinary action for sharing drug-tainted food with other students on Valentine's Day. WSB-TV reports Fulton County School officials said Friday the students could eventually be suspended or expelled while school officials determine whether criminal charges will be filed. Investigators say THC was found in a food sample taken from Sandtown Middle School where students were sent to the hospital. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said tests showed THC, the main psychoactive component in marijuana, was found in one of the samples that 'has the appearance of cereal.' School officials said 28 students were sickened and taken to hospitals. At the time, the students reported feeling shortness of breath and other reactions after eating food or candy. There's still no word on who made the edibles. ___ Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html