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Kurt Busch dealt $50,000 fine
for outburst at Darlington race

Kurt Busch was fined $50,000 by NASCAR on Tuesday for reckless driving on pit road at Darlington, S.C., and a postrace altercation with Ryan Newman’s crew members.

Busch was also placed on probation through July 25 for his actions Saturday night, which began when a flat tire caused him to wreck with six laps remaining.

He headed to pit road for repairs, and as he left, he did a burnout through Newman’s pit box. There were crew members over the wall and on pit road at the time, and they complained they could have been injured by Busch’s actions.

Busch also ran into Newman’s car on pit road after the race, and several of Newman’s crew members confronted Busch. NASCAR also placed Newman crew chief Tony Gibson on probation through June 27 for failing to control his team, and crew member Andrew Rueger was fined $5,000 and placed on probation for failing to comply with a directive from a NASCAR official.

Busch’s motor-home driver, Craig Strickler, was fined $5,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year for interfering with a member of Fox’s broadcast team.

It’s the latest dust-up for Busch, who was fined $50,000 by NASCAR in November for making an obscene gesture and being verbally abusive to a TV reporter during the season finale. Busch parted ways with Penske Racing soon after and said he’s seeing a sports psychologist to help him better deal with adversity.

But Newman insisted Saturday night not much has changed with Busch, and attributed his actions to a “chemical imbalance.”


UNLV basketball officially
lands Findlay Prep’s Bennett

Anthony Bennett, a 6-foot-8-inch forward from Findlay Prep, orally committed Saturday to play basketball at UNLV, and the school received his signed national letter of intent Tuesday.

“He is a winner whose versatility allows him to make plays from multiple spots on the floor. He is an explosive scorer, excellent rebounder and terrific passer,” Rebels coach Dave Rice said. “Anthony is a great teammate and has a tremendous basketball background.”

Bennett is the first McDonald’s All-American to come to UNLV straight from high school since Freddie Banks in 1983, a span of 29 years. The spring signing period ends today, and Rice has one scholarship available.

Also: The UNLV softball team placed two players on the All-Mountain West Conference squad. Paige Emerson made it for the second time, and Stefany Valentino earned her first MWC honor.

Emerson, an outfielder, batted .318 in conference play, with three doubles, two triples, one homer, five RBIs and 15 runs. Valentino, also an outfielder, led UNLV with a .395 batting average and .500 on-base percentage in MWC play and had five multiple-hit games, 11 RBIs and eight runs.

Virginia Commonwealth, which made an improbable Final Four run in men’s basketball in 2011, is moving to the Atlantic 10. VCU announced it is leaving the Colonial Athletic Association for the more basketball-driven conference, effective July 1.

Art Monk of Syracuse, Dave Casper of Notre Dame and Jonathan Ogden of UCLA were among 14 former players selected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Former coaches Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee, Jimmy Johnson, who coached Miami and Oklahoma State, and R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M also were selected.

It was announced Monday that Heisman Trophy winner and Brigham Young star Ty Detmer was selected.


Jaguars’ Jones-Drew skips workouts, seeks new contract

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew skipped the first day of organized team activities, and coach Mike Mularkey said the three-time Pro Bowler wants a contract extension.

Jones-Drew is scheduled to make $4.45 million this season, considerably less than other top tailbacks such as Chris Johnson, Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch.

Since the workouts are voluntary and Jones-Drew has stayed away before, it’s not a huge concern. But the Jaguars would like to have their best offensive player in attendance to get acquainted with a new coaching staff and new playbook.

Also: New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker said he signed the $9.5 million tender offer that came with being designated the team’s franchise player. Welker led the NFL with 122 receptions last season.

Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters re-ruptured his right Achilles that he first hurt in March. The Eagles confirmed the injury Monday. Peters was already out indefinitely and is likely to miss the 2012 season.

Oceanside, Calif., police said Junior Seau fired one shot from a .357-caliber Magnum to kill himself at his home May 2 in a report that reveals details of the NFL great’s suicide.

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