Thursday, December 12, 2013
Penalties possible after 16 cars fail Sprint inspection
Sixteen cars failed inspection before Thursday's Sprint Cup practice at Daytona International Speedway.
NASCAR confiscated the teams' roof flaps, which are designed to keep cars on the ground during spins and wrecks at high speeds, for further inspection. Penalties could be possible.
The cars involved included all three Joe Gibbs Racing entries (Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth), all three Roush Fenway Racing entries (Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.), all three Michael Waltrip Racing entries (Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Michael Waltrip) and both Roger Penske Racing entries (Joey Logano and defending series champion Brad Keselowski).
NASCAR inspectors made teams install new unaltered roof flaps.
FRENCH OPEN: Anders Hansen of Denmark shot a 5-under 66 to lead by a stroke after the first round, making seven birdies and two bogeys on the Albatross course of Le Golf National, which will host the Ryder Cup in 2018.
GREENBRIER CLASSIC: Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner each shot 8-under 62s to share a two-stroke lead in the first round at Old White TPC in West Virginia.
IOC: The six International Olympic Committee presidential candidates made their cases to the electorate in Switzerland, trying to win over Olympic voters in their bid for the most powerful job in international sports.
The candidates are Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, IOC vice presidents Thomas Bach of Germany and Ng Ser Miang of Singapore, executive board members Sergei Bubka of Ukraine and C.K. Wu of Taiwan, and former board member Denis Oswald of Switzerland.
TOUR DE FRANCE: German rider Andre Greipel won Thursday's sixth stage in a sprint finish and Daryl Impey became the first South African to wear the race leader's yellow jersey after taking it from teammate Simon Gerrans.
PEACHTREE 10K: Sheri Piers of Falmouth successfully defended her women's masters title with a time of 34:55 at the Peachtree 10K road race on a drizzly morning in Atlanta.
Mosinet Geremew of Ethiopia and Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya won the men's and women's overall races, respectively, in times of 28:07 and 32:09.
The race also served as the USA men's and women's 10K national championship, won by Matt Tegenkamp of Portland, Ore. (28:25) and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom of Flagstaff, Ariz. (32:45).
KNICKS: J.R. Smith and Pablo Prigioni are staying in New York to help the Knicks build on their best season in nearly two decades.
CAVALIERS: The Cavaliers agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Earl Clark, who played alongside Dwight Howard last season with Los Angeles Lakers.
HAWKS: Atlanta re-signed guard-forward Kyle Korver.
BOBCATS: Charlotte agreed to a three-year deal with free-agent center Al Jefferson from the Jazz.
FCBL: Dylan Begin drove in two runs and C.J. Picerni went 3 for 4 with an RBI for the Raging Tide (10-11), who scored four in the first and rolled to a 7-1 win over the Seacoast Mavericks (9-12) during Futures Collegiate Baseball League action at Old Orchard Beach.
Nick Whittaker allowed a run on six hits in five innings for the victory.
-- From staff and news reports