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Title system aimed for buzz, brings boos

When NASCAR announced it was changing the rules again, to create a winner-take-all, one-race showdown for the Sprint Cup championship, there was an uproar. A very loud uproar. It sounded like the flyover before the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before the government shutdown, when there still were flyovers.

Kurt Busch shows injured soldier a great time

Former Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco went on the Letterman show to discuss having both arms and legs blown off by a roadside bomb in Iraq — and how NASCAR driver Kurt Busch of Las Vegas lifted his spirits at the Daytona 500.

Kurt Busch to attempt Indy-NASCAR racing double

After hinting for months he wanted to become the fourth driver in auto racing history to attempt the double — driving in the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day — the Las Vegas lead foot made it official today.

Waltrip gives voice to NASCAR

Darrell Waltrip was rolling down U.S. 93 in a motorcoach on Monday. He was saying how beautiful the Arizona desert is, and that he was surrounded by cactus. He had just started to tell me about his emergency gallbladder surgery when he rolled into radio-free Arizona, or at least Verizon-free Arizona.

Woman’s path to ring began on 9/11

There’s a kick-boxing card at Planet Hollywood on Saturday night featuring an undercard fight between women making their professional debuts. One is Colleen Schneider of Oakland, Calif. The other is Jennie Nedell from the incorporated village of Lindenhurst, N.Y.

Jimmer’s chucking days over in Sactown

For some reason, the first thing that popped into mind upon reading former Brigham Young gunner Jimmer Fredette was on his way out with the NBA’s Kings was a “Seinfeld” episode called “The Jimmy.”

A short story about Bob St. Clair, Andre Rodgers and Elvis records

Last week’s column on Bob St. Clair and the undefeated 1951 University of San Francisco football team — “The Best Team You Never Heard Of” according to the ESPN documentary showing this month — generated a lot of email and phone calls from readers who remembered St. Clair or that Dons team. Or had a father who did.

Extreme sports Cowboy still riding into sunset

I was introduced to Cowboy Kenny Bartram on Wednesday morning. I almost didn’t recognize him. He wasn’t flying through the air hanging from the handlebars of a dirt bike; there weren’t a bunch of pretty girls waiting for his autograph.