Terry Labonte to replace Waltrip for Indy race

Terry Labonte will replace Michael Waltrip in next week’s Nextel Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Labonte, a two-time NASCAR champion, will drive the No. 55 Toyota and be ensured a spot in the field based on his status as a former champion.

Waltrip has struggled to make races this season, his first as a full-time owner and driver. He’s qualified for just four of 19 events and has turned to Labonte to get a car in the field.

Labonte drove the No. 55 for Waltrip in Sonoma, Calif., and finished 35th on the road course. He’s also scheduled to drive next month at Watkins Glen.

Also: This weekend’s SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Cup III starts tonight with a free Trophy-Truck Pit Crew Challenge at the Fremont Street Experience. The event begins at 8 p.m. and pays the winning team $5,000. An autograph session and race vehicle display begin at 6 p.m.

Racing is Friday and Saturday nights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s dirt track.


Davenport to return by playing doubles

Three-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport will return to the pro tour by playing doubles at the Aug. 17-25 Pilot Pen tournament, a little more than two months after she gave birth to her first child.

The 31-year-old Davenport, a former No. 1 who hasn’t competed since September 2006, will play doubles with Lisa Raymond at the hard-court event.

Davenport won 51 singles titles, including the 1998 U.S. Open, 1999 Wimbledon and 2000 Australian Open.

She gave birth to son Jagger Jonathan Leach on June 10.


Anthony, Gantcheva honored by UNLV

UNLV basketball player Joel Anthony and tennis player Elena Gantcheva were named the school’s Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year.

Anthony, who earned his degree last December, averaged 2.9 blocks per game and helped the Rebels reach the NCAA Tournament’s round of 16. He was named the Mountain West Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Gantcheva, who will be a senior this year, helped UNLV earn an NCAA Tournament at-large bid and qualified for the NCAA doubles championship. She was named MWC co-Player of the Year.

Also: Special Smoke, Ten a Penny and Vauquelin were among 3-year-olds to win three divisions of the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes on Opening Day at Del Mar, Calif.

Running on the new artificial surface Polytrack, Special Smoke beat Freedom Summit by a half-length to win a $53,400 race.

Ten a Penny went past Unusual Suspect by more than a length to win the $84,200 race.

Vauquelin beat Yario by a length to win the $87,300 third division race.

Cody Satterwhite of Mississippi saved both games as the United States’ collection of college baseball players beat Brazil 7-5 and Mexico 2-1 to reach the Pan Am Games title game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Cuba shut out Nicaragua 4-0 to set up a final between the two rivals today.

In other Pan Am news, U.S. rower Jamie Schroeder was robbed at gunpoint at a Rio tourist site Tuesday but was not harmed.

Former world champion pole vaulter Giuseppe Gibilisco was banned for two years for his alleged role in the “Oil for Drugs” case.

Gibilisco and several other athletes have been linked in the case to Italian doctor Carlo Santuccione, who allegedly supplied doping products.

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