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NASCAR penalizes Kyle Busch, crew chief for failed inspection

Kyle Busch was docked six points Monday and his crew chief fined $25,000 because his car failed post-race inspection at Pocono Raceway.

The No. 18 Toyota was found to be too low during NASCAR’s inspection Sunday. NASCAR responded by docking Busch six driver points and car owner Joe Gibbs six owner points.

Crew chief Dave Rogers received the fine.

Busch finished third in the race. Despite the penalty, he remains fifth in the standings, but he now trails leader Carl Edwards by 31 points.

Joe Gibbs Racing said in a statement it would not appeal the penalty.

Also: NASCAR’s Tony Stewart and Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton are swapping rides at Watkins Glen International.

They’ll take turns navigating WGI’s 3.4-mile long course today — Stewart in his No. 14 Chevrolet and Hamilton in his McLaren Mercedes MP4-23.

Then, they’ll switch cars in what’s dubbed the Mobil 1 Car Swap at The Glen, with Hamilton taking the helm of a nonopen-wheel race car for the first time and Stewart hopping in an F1 vehicle.

TENNIS

Venus Williams celebrates return to action with victory

Venus Williams finally beat Andrea Petkovic.

Five months after a hip injury forced her to retire against Petkovic after one game of their third-round match at the Australian Open, Williams beat the German 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in her first match back at Eastbourne, England, to successfully open her Wimbledon preparations.

The 30-year-old and five-time Wimbledon champion won with her grass-court experience and aggressive play. She wasted three match points in the final game and saved a break point before finally clinching victory when Petkovic went wide with a forehand.

Also: Andy Murray won his first title of the season, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 at Queen’s Club in London, in a final played a day late because of rain.

Murray also won this Wimbledon tuneup in 2009. He is the first Briton to win at Queen’s Club at least twice since Francis Gordon Lowe in 1913, ’14 and ’25.

Sabine Lisicki, who slipped outside the world’s top 200 last year after seven weeks on crutches, beat fourth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-2 to win the rain-delayed final at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England.

Andre Agassi is set to play an exhibition match in Newport, R.I., next month, a day after his induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Agassi is scheduled to hit the grass courts on July 10 to play an exhibition match with Todd Martin.

MISCELLANEOUS

Two-out, ninth-inning single gives Virginia spot in CWS

Chris Taylor hit a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Virginia to a dramatic 3-2 victory against UC Irvine in Charlottesville, Va., and back into the College World Series.

The Cavaliers were down to their last out against Anteaters ace Matt Summers, making his first relief appearance of the season. David Coleman singled to center, Jared King singled off Summers’ leg, and pinch-hitter Reed Gragnani drew a walk to load the bases.

Taylor then took a called strike before singling up the middle to score the decisive runs.

UC Irvine scored in the top of the ninth inning and was on the verge of sending the Cavaliers, the national No. 1 seed, home for the second straight season as losers in a Super Regional. Virginia won the best-of-3 series, 2-1.

In the Tallahassee Super Regional, Michael Wacha continued his brilliant postseason for Texas A&M, allowing two runs on three hits in 7 1/3 innings as the Aggies defeated Florida State 11-2 to advance to reach the CWS. Texas A&M won the series, 2-1.

Also: Tennessee Titans receiver Kenny Britt has two arrest warrants outstanding in Tennessee, and he is suspected of providing inaccurate information on two separate driver’s license applications.

Attorney Jonathan Farmer said Britt will be in Tennessee soon to deal with the warrants, which involve misdemeanor charges.

Plaxico Burress will work with the National Urban League and Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence after spending nearly two years in prison on a weapon possession charge.

The former New York Giants receiver said he would be mentored by Magic Johnson and Tony Dungy through the Brady Center. He’ll volunteer with Urban League youth programs and recruit other pro athletes. He says he has “an opportunity to make a difference.”

Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass, Ore., averaged 239.6 to lead the 227-player field after first round of qualifying in the Professional Bowlers Association Senior U.S. Open at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

Detroit Red Wings assistant Paul MacLean was hired as the new coach of the Ottawa Senators.

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