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Gov. Charlie Baker announces pro sports may return to Massachusetts without fans

Gov. Charlie Baker announces pro sports may return to Massachusetts without fans

Pro sports are returning to Massachusetts, but it'll still be a while before fans can see them in person.

Gov. Charlie Baker announced Thursday that Boston sports teams may hold games in Mass. without spectators as part of Phase 3 of the state's reopening plan. That means the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, and New England Revolution each will have the green light to return to action.

Baker made the announcement at a Fenway Park news conference that also included Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and Red Sox president Sam Kennedy.

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Also included in Phase 3 of Massachusetts' reopening plan are gyms, casinos, and museums.

The Red Sox will hold their first workouts of "spring training 2.0" on Friday in preparation for the 60-game MLB season, which is set to begin July 23 or 24.

The Celtics, Bruins, and Revs will resume their seasons outside of Mass. MLS and the NBA will return to play in Orlando, while the NHL is rumored to be eyeing Toronto and Edmonton as host cities.

NASCAR live stream: How to watch Sunday's Cup Series race at New Hampshire

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NASCAR live stream: How to watch Sunday's Cup Series race at New Hampshire

NASCAR's Cup Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.

Aric Almirola will start on the pole at "The Magic Mile" with last week's Kansas winner Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top five. You can check out the full starting lineup here.

Harvick has won the last two races at Loudon and three of the last five. The veteran Stewart-Haas Racing driver will look to make it three in a row and his fifth win of the 2020 season.

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Sunday's race will be 301 laps around the 1.058-mile track. Stage 1 ends Lap 75, and Stage 2 ends Lap 185. 

Here's how and when to watch:

When: Sunday, Aug. 2, 3 p.m. ET.
TV channel: NBCSN
Live stream: NBC Sports

Joey Logano on racing at his 'home track' and NASCAR during the pandemic

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Joey Logano on racing at his 'home track' and NASCAR during the pandemic

NASCAR heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend, and no driver is looking forward to Sunday's race than former Cup Series champion Joey Logano.

Logano, a two-time winner at Loudon and a native of Middletown, Conn., is looking forward to competing at "The Magic Mile" in front of thousands of fans who will be in attendance. He caught up with NBC Sports Boston's Danielle Trotta about his return to his "home track."

"I don't think [there's anything better than winning at New Hampshire]," Logano said. "I always put winning at Loudon right up there with winning the Daytona 500. Just because it's home, it's a very challenging race track, but the celebration of winning at your home track -- and typically you have a lot of your friends and family there -- that's what makes it special.

"Loudon's always been special because I started my first Cup race there, I watched my first Cup race there back in '95. So it's just always kind of been a special place for myself."

Logano also talked about what it's been like to race during the coronavirus pandemic, and how different it has been to race with a smaller crowd or in some cases, no crowd at all.

"You may think you strap in a race car and you don't hear anybody because it's so loud and you're by yourself inside that thing. But beforehand is where as a race car driver you always kind of fed off that energy. Whether it's driver intros just before the race when they're singing the national anthem, whatever it may be. Fans are cheering, booing, whatever. They're just making noise, there's people there and there's a lot of energy because of that. We're so used to that as athletes. We're so used to people being there and that's what we use to pump ourselves up. Not just the drivers, but also the pit crews."

The Team Penske star can expect more cheers than boos when he returns home on Sunday. Logano's No. 22 Ford Mustang GT will start in the ninth position as he looks for his third career win at NHMS.

Sunday's race is set to begin at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports.

Check out Trotta's full interview with Logano below: