In Brief


Hendrick, wife OK after
jet skids to crash-landing

A small jet carrying the owner of NASCAR’s top team and his wife lost its brakes and crash-landed at a Key West, Fla., airport Monday evening, and the couple suffered minor injuries, officials said.

The Gulfstream 150 aircraft ran off the runway at the Key West International Airport at 7:45 p.m. Rick and Linda Hendrick, a pilot and co-pilot were all taken to Lower Keys Medical Centers. The Hendricks had minor injuries, and the pilot and co-pilot were taken in as a precaution, said county airport director Peter Horton.

The plane is registered to Jimmie Johnson Racing II Incorporated in Charlotte, N.C. Johnson is the five-time defending Sprint Cup champion and drives for Hendrick Motorsports, which Rick Hendrick owns.

In 2004, a plane Hendrick owned crashed en route to a race in Martinsville, Va., killing all 10 onboard. That included Hendrick’s son, Ricky, his brother and twin nieces.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the pilot and co-pilot radioed that the plane had no brakes upon landing in Key West. Horton said the plane ran off the runway, then 100 feet beyond a 600-foot safety area that was finished in May.


Buckeyes’ Sullinger tops AP All-American team

Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger was a unanimous pick to The Associated Press Preseason All-American basketball team.

The 6-foot-9-inch Sullinger was a first-team All-American last season as a freshman. He averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds in leading the Buckeyes to a No. 1 ranking.

He was listed on all 65 ballots from a national media panel.

North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, who last year was the first freshman to make the preseason AP unit, received 63 votes. Barnes was joined by fellow sophomores Terrence Jones of Kentucky and Jeremy Lamb of Connecticut.

Senior guard Jordan Taylor of Wisconsin rounded out the team.

Also: West Virginia filed a lawsuit seeking an immediate divorce from the Big East so it can become a member of the Big 12 before the 2012 football season. The Big 12 announced West Virginia’s acceptance on Friday, but the Big East said it would hold the Mountaineers to a provision in the conference bylaws that requires notice of 27 months before a school can withdraw.

Southern California football coach Lane Kiffin was reprimanded and fined $10,000 by the Pac-12 for criticizing the officiating after the 21st-ranked Trojans’ triple-overtime home loss to Stanford on Saturday.

The UNLV women’s golf team shot 7-over 295 to sit in sixth place after the first round of the 15-team Betsy Rawls Invitational in Austin, Texas. Florida led after shooting 3-under 285. Charlotte Brooks shot 72 for the Rebels, tied for 12th.


Mackanin interviews for
Red Sox manager post

The Boston Red Sox interviewed Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin for their vacant managerial job. The Red Sox are also scheduled to talk to Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum this week.

Mackanin is looking to replace Terry Francona, who parted ways with the team after its unprecedented September collapse.

Also: Josh Byrnes became the San Diego Padres’ third general manager in just more than two calendar years. Byrnes replaces Jed Hoyer, who made a lateral move to the Chicago Cubs to work under Theo Epstein.

Iranian state TV said two players were suspended from the country’s professional soccer league and could face much harsher sanctions for two “immoral” goal-scoring celebrations. The players, Mohammed Nosrati and Sheis Rezaei of Persepolis, were punished for squeezing the backsides of two goal-scorers in a 3-2 victory over Damash Gilan on Saturday.

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