Ken Squire, a longtime NASCAR broadcaster, has died. He was 88.
Squire died Wednesday night in Waterbury, Vermont, according to local radio station WDEV, which he owns.
“Although he never got behind the wheel of a stock car, Ken Squire contributed to the growth of NASCAR as much as any other competitor,” Jim France, NASCAR chairman and CEO, said in a statement. He called him a superb storyteller whose voice has been the soundtrack to many of NASCAR’s great moments.
Squier opened Thunder Road Speedway in his home state of Vermont in Barre in 1960. Vermont Governor Phil Scott, a stock car racer, called Squier “a true Vermont legend and a dear friend to me and so many others.”
Squier was the lead announcer for the Daytona 500 on CBS from 1979-97 and also worked for TNN and TBS. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2018.
EUROPEAN TOUR: Nicolai Hojgaard held a share of the lead in the first round of the season-ending World Tour Championship after shooting a 5-under 67 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
French players Julien Guerrier and Matthieu Pavon were tied with Hojgaard. Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm both failed in the stretch to exit the leaderboard. McIlroy bogeyed three of his final seven holes and shot 71, while Rahm finished bogey-bogey for 72.
LPGA: Ruoning Yin opened with five birdies through eight holes, bogey-free and shared the lead at 9-under 63 with Nasa Hataoka at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.
Minjee Lee was one stroke back after making a 30-foot putt from the 18th green at Tiburon Golf Club.
PGA: Cameron Young bogeyed his final hole in the dark and held his game together through the worst of the rain to share the lead with Eric Cole and Davis Thompson on 6-under 66 among those to complete the first round at the RSM Classic in St . Simons Island, Georgia.
Only 65 players out of 156 players made it past the first round.
ATP FINALS: Novak Djokovic bounced back from his first loss in four months with a 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-1 win over Hubert Hurkac in his final group match in Turin, Italy.
Djokovic then got the help he needed from Yannick Sinner to reach the semi-finals of the season-ending top eight player of the year tournament, progressing second in his group as Sinner beat Holger Roon 6-2 , 5-7 , 6-4.
EURO 2024 QUALIFICATIONS: Hungary qualified for their third European Championship in a row thanks to an added-time own goal to draw 2-2 with Bulgaria in a game marred by fierce clashes in front of an empty stadium.
Bulgarian fans threw makeshift bombs, stones and plastic bottles at police, who responded with water cannons after trash cans were set on fire in the capital. Local media reported that several protesters were injured.
• Teenager Lamine Yamal scored to help visiting Spain beat Cyprus 3-1 to stay top of their qualifying group.
Both Spain and second-placed Scotland have already qualified for next year’s European Championship.
QUALIFYING FOR THE WORLD ROAD: Mohamed Salah took his goal-scoring boom from Liverpool to Cairo, scoring four goals in Egypt’s 6-0 win over Djibouti.
It was Egypt’s first match in African qualifying for the expanded 2026 World Cup.
NHL: Tim Stützle hit an aerial goal with two seconds left in overtime as the Ottawa Senators beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 in Stockholm after blowing a 4-0 lead.
The game was the first of four in four consecutive days in the Swedish capital as part of the league’s Global Series.
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