NASCAR says Mayfield willfully violated policy
NASCAR accused suspended driver Jeremy Mayfield of willfully violating its substance abuse policy in a court filing Friday and argued his failed drug test shouldn’t be overturned.
In federal court papers, NASCAR accused Mayfield of breaching his contract and of defrauding NASCAR and its competitors of earnings.
“He competed in a number of races that, had we known that he’d been on the medication he was on, and certainly known there was in illegal substance involved, we wouldn’t have allowed him to compete,” NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. “In effect, he took money away from other potential competitors that could have gained those earnings.”
Mayfield was suspended May 9 for failing a random drug test conducted eight days earlier at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
Also: Sprint Cup points leader Tony Stewart will start from the pole for the Pocono 500 after rain washed out qualifying at Pocono Raceway.
Jeff Gordon will start second in Sunday’s 500-mile race, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman.
Todd Bodine bypassed a chance to refuel on the final pit stop and still had enough to win the fastest NASCAR Truck Series race ever at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
In a race with only two cautions, Bodine won with an average speed of 152.282 mph. He finished 1.32 seconds ahead of Matt Crafton, who took the season points lead from Ron Hornaday Jr.
Antron Brown led Top Fuel qualifying in the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill., with a 3.826-second run at 317.94 mph.
Tony Pedregon (4.089 seconds, 304.39 mph) in Funny Car, Mike Edwards (track-record run of 6.587, 209.88) in Pro Stock and Doug Horne (6.936, 191.84) in Pro Stock Motorcycle also led their divisions in the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
Manning updated on Colts’ coaching staff
Peyton Manning may not have all the answers about the Indianapolis Colts coaching staff, but at least he’s on the same page as management.
Ten days after complaining about a lack of communication with the front office, the Colts’ franchise quarterback said he now understands Indianapolis’ plan — with or without recently retired assistants Tom Moore and Howard Mudd.
“I feel like I have a good grasp of what’s going on right now in terms of who’s here,” Manning said. “There still are some unknowns out there. I feel like we will be in a good situation and that coach (Jim) Caldwell will handle things accordingly.”
In other Colts news, kicker Adam Vinatieri had surgery on his right hip this week and is expected to be ready for the regular season.
Also: Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook had surgery on his right ankle and is expected to be ready for the regular season.
The procedure removed scar tissue and bone fragments from the ankle, which Westbrook initially hurt last season in Week 3 against Pittsburgh. In a statement released by the team, Dr. Mark Myerson said Westbrook probably will wear a boot for the next month, then begin rehabilitation.
Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters showed up for the first day of the Kansas City Chiefs’ mandatory minicamp, admitting he was a bit out of shape but refusing to say whether he still wants a trade.
Surrounded by reporters after a 90-minute workout, Waters made one thing abundantly clear: He did not knowingly stand up a charity event Wednesday, as had been reported.
“Out of all the things that have been said, it was probably the most offensive thing I’ve had to deal with over the last few months,” Waters said.
Memphis’ new issue: Dozier’s SAT scores
Robert Dozier is the second men’s basketball player who starred on the Memphis team that made it to the 2008 championship game to have questions arise about his entrance exams.
University officials already were preparing for an NCAA hearing today to answer charges that a former player, believed to be Derrick Rose, cheated on his SAT exam.
Dozier’s inconsistent SAT scores prevented him from being admitted to the University of Georgia. His initial SAT score was invalidated by the company that scores the exam, and his follow-up score was dramatically lower, according to Georgia records obtained by The Associated Press.
Dozier’s problems with his SATs prompted the University of Georgia to deny his admission in 2004, the records show. His four-year career at Memphis ended with the 2008-09 season.
Also: Randy Smith, a blindingly fast All-Star with the Buffalo Braves in the 1970s who once held the NBA record for consecutive games, died while working out on a treadmill. He was 60.
Smith, who played 13 years in the NBA and appeared in 906 consecutive games from 1972 to 1983, had a massive heart attack Thursday while exercising at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, where he worked.
The other three major professional sports leagues warned in a court document that a ruling against the NHL in its attempt to block the sale and move of the Phoenix Coyotes would set a dangerous precedent.
The NFL, Major League Baseball and the NBA said in a joint brief that such a ruling “has the potential to undermine the business of professional hockey and other major league sports.”
The three leagues joined in an “amici curiae” brief in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Phoenix supporting the NHL’s right to determine where a team is located and who owns it.
A Toronto-based group has come forward with a proposal to launch a second NHL franchise in the city in time for the 2012-13 season.
The Toronto Legacy Group suggested during a news conference that about $900 million in financing is already in place for the proposed expansion team.
The team would be known as the Toronto Legacy and play in a 30,000-seat arena proposed for Downsview Park.
Hollywood Park received permission from the California Horse Racing Board to maintain its four-day racing schedule through the rest of the spring-summer meeting that ends July 19.
Last month, the track dropped Wednesday racing because a tough economy has meant fewer horses available to run. Racing will continue Thursdays through Sundays through the rest of the meeting.
Chicago’s Soldier Field figures to resemble Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula more than middle-America when the United States plays Honduras in a World Cup qualifier tonight.
Fans wearing the white-and-blue jersey of the Catrachos (1-1-1) were coming off planes in droves at O’Hare International Airport. More than 50,000 advance tickets were sold for the match, which completes the first half of the final round of qualifying for the United States (2-1-1).
Lance Armstrong became a father for the fourth time when girlfriend Anne Hansen gave birth to a son, Max.
The 37-year-old cycling great posted a message on his Twitter account and included a picture of the newborn, playfully sticking out his tongue at the camera.
Carlos Molina, a late replacement for former welterweight champ Carlos Quintana, won a lopsided unanimous decision over Danny Perez in Miami.
Molina (16-4-1), who won his ninth consecutive bout and the minor NABO title, was the aggressor from the start of the 154-pound bout. Effectively cutting distance, Molina pressured Perez (34-6) and scored with combinations to the body and left hooks to the head. There were no knockdowns.