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HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- NASCAR chairman Brian France refused Sunday to discuss his political support of President-elect Donald Trump and quickly pivoted the conversation toward his own efforts at improving diversity in his sport.France addressed the media hours before Sundays title-deciding season finale, and a day after Mexican Daniel Suarez became the first foreign-born driver to win a NASCAR national title. Earlier in the 17-minute news conference, France declared that Suarez would never have been in position to win the Xfinity Series championship if not for Frances diversity efforts.Without the Drive for Diversity program, with certainty, Daniel Suarez is not in NASCAR, France said.When the topic turned to Trump, France quickly shut down the questioning.France was an early supporter of Trump and took several drivers to a rally in Georgia earlier this year. France also appeared as a Trump supporter at a town hall meeting during the campaign.Its been Trumps stance on immigration, specifically with Mexico, that has appeared to be in conflict with Frances efforts. France has pushed for increased diversity, and was outspoken on his desire to remove the Confederate flag from NASCAR events.Asked Sunday about Suarezs championship in comparison to his support of Trump, France cut off the question from NBCSports.com.Ill stop you right there, he said. First of all, nobody wants to hear my political views. Not one person on this stage wants to hear from me politically. So I wont be talking about that.But on my diversity, nobody, nobody in this company, has worked harder, done more and resourced it better than me. I founded the Diversity Council. I fought for every single thing that makes sense, because thats my core belief about diversity. Its very, very important. I talk about it frequently, and my efforts there should never be challenged, no matter what my political views might be. Thats a ridiculous thing to do.France was prickly about several other topics and sweating profusely under the lights of the Homestead-Miami Speedway dais.He argued that the sport is healthy, even though Sprint is ending its 13-year association as title sponsor after Sundays race. NASCAR has had nearly two years to replace Sprint, but no sponsor has been named. In recent days, Monster Energy has emerged as a possible front-runner for the title rights.Its taken a little longer than I thought, but its also a big agreement and an important agreement, France said. Its not just dollars and cents, but its a fit for us. We dont want to announce anything certainly around this weekend. Were in a good spot with that, I believe, but well have to see how it finally plays out.France also downplayed the decline in television ratings -- eight Chase races have been down double-digits this season -- but France doesnt think the elimination-style playoff format is to blame. He noted ratings declines in all major sports and that consumption has shifted. For example, France said, he watched a Duke basketball game in a highlight package on his laptop rather than watch the game live on television.While some fans have pointed to the Chase for the championship system as a reason they no longer watch races, France believes the format now used in all three national series is best for the sport.Were very pleased with the formats. Wouldnt change a thing, he said. Go back a year ago for the Xfinity Series ... you had the winner and the champion and a couple others talk about all they needed to do was finish the race. `If I ran 30th, Ill be OK. 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LOUIS -- Heading into the final stretch of the season, the issues for the Chicago Bears banged-up defence only seem to be getting worse. Under Armour Shoes Outlet . I cant pinpoint a date, but I do remember a player from my youth. Brian Downing was with the Chicago White Sox at a time when I listened to every game I possibly could on the radio. That particular season the late great Harry Caray was calling the White Sox games. (STATS) -- The top three finishers in the Missouri Valley Football Conference had the most first-team selections on the all-conference team announced Monday.Co-champion North Dakota State, which has won the last five FCS national titles, led the way with eight first-team selections, including repeat picks Zack Johnson, an offensive tackle, and Greg Menard, a defensive end. The Bison had four second-team and three honorable mention selections.South Dakota State, the other co-champion, and third-place finisher Youngstown State each had five first-team selections.The MVFCs postseason awards were announced last Wednesday, and South Dakota State captured three honors with quarterback Taryn Christion (offensive player of the year), linebacker Christian Rozeboom (freshman of the year) and John Stiegelmeier (coach of the year).---=MVFC POSTSEASON AWARDS=OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- Taryn Christion, QB, South Dakota StateDEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR -- Karter Schult, DE, Northern IowaNEWCOMER OF THE YEAR -- Chris Streveler, QB, South DakotaFRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- Christian Rozeboom, LB, South Dakota StateCOACH OF THE YEAR -- John Stiegelmeier, South Dakota StateALL-MVFC FIRST TEAMOFFENSEQB -- Taryn Christian, South Dakota State, So.RB -- King Frazier, Northh Dakota State, Sr.ddddddddddddRB -- Martin Ruiz, Youngstown State, Sr.FB -- Chase Morlock, North Dakota State, Sr.WR -- Lance Lenoir, Western Illinois, Sr.WR -- Jake Wieneke, South Dakota State, Jr.TE -- Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State, Jr.OL -- Brock Eisenhuth, Youngstown State, Sr.OL -- Zack Johnson, North Dakota State, Sr.OL -- Landon Lechler, North Dakota State, Sr.OL -- Jacob Ohnesorge, South Dakota State, Jr.OL -- Mark Spelman, Illinois State, Sr.DEFENSEDL -- Greg Menard, North Dakota State, Jr.DL -- Avery Moss, Youngstown State, Sr.DL -- Derek Rivers, Youngstown State, Sr.DL -- Karter Schult, Northern Iowa, Sr.LB -- Dylan Cole, Missouri State, Sr.LB -- Christian Rozeboom, South Dakota State, Fr.LB -- M.J. Stumpf, North Dakota State, Sr.LB -- Brett Taylor, Western Illinois, Sr.DB -- LeRoy Alexander, Youngstown State, Sr.DB -- Trey Dempsey, North Dakota State, Jr.DB -- Robbie Grimsley, North Dakota State, So.DB -- Davontae Harris, Illinois State, Jr.SPECIAL TEAMSPK -- Miles Bergner, South Dakota, Sr.P -- Miles Bergner, South Dakota, Sr.LS -- Joshua Appel, Indiana State, Sr.RS -- Deion Holliman, Missouri State, Jr. ' ' '

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