Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sports in brief: NASCAR driver Leffler dies in dirt-track accident


NASCAR driver dies at dirt track

BRIDGEPORT, N.J. — NASCAR driver Jason Leffler, 37, died after an accident Wednesday in a heat race at a dirt-car event at Bridgeport Speedway, a 0.625-mile, high-banked oval.

"For more than a decade, Jason was a fierce competitor in our sport and he will be missed," NASCAR said in a statement.

After losing his NASCAR ride, Leffler had been racing dirt-car events most of this year, including the 410 Sprint Car race Wednesday that promised a $7,000 prize to the winner. On Sunday, Leffler finished last at Pocono in his lone Sprint Cup start of the year.

From Long Beach, Calif., Leffler made 423 starts in NASCAR's three national series but won just the two Nationwide races and one Truck Series event in a career that began in 1999. He also made three IndyCar Series starts, finishing 17th in the 2000 Indianapolis 500.


Spain accuses Messi of $5.3M tax fraud

Spanish prosecutor Raquel Amado filed a fraud complaint in Madrid against four-time FIFA world player of the year Lionel Messi, alleging the Barcelona and Argentina star owes $5.3 million in back taxes.

The complaint names Messi, 25, and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi as defrauding returns in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

"We are surprised," Messi wrote on Facebook, "because we have never committed any infringement. We have always fulfilled all our tax obligations."

The complaint says Messi use shell companies in tax havens such as Belize and Uruguay. Forbes rated Messi as the world's 10th highest-paid athlete. He reportedly earned $41.3 million to June this year, with $20.3 coming from club salary and $21 million from endorsements.


Eagles lineman arrested for racing

Five-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Jason Peters of the Eagles was arrested in north Louisiana for allegedly drag racing and trying to flee from police, authorities said. A sheriff's deputy saw a Camaro and a sedan in what appeared to be a race at 4:45 a.m., an arrest affidavit said. The Camaro driver, identified as Peters, led the deputy on a chase at speeds exceeding 100 mph before stopping.


Dome requirement for NCAAs nixed

The NCAA has decided that, beginning with 2017, it will lift the restriction that cities wanting to host a Final Four had to host a region final in a dome prior, ESPN reported. Mark Lewis, the vice president in charge of championships, said using domes for regions was a trial run for future Final Fours. But the upcoming sites (Arlington, Texas, 2014; Indianapolis, 2015; Houston 2016) have had the test run, so the practice will cease and arenas will be considered.


Swimming: The support team for Australian Chloe McCardel, 28, said she ended her attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida after 11 hours due to a "debilitating" jellyfish sting. She was trying to become the first to swim across the Straits of Florida nonstop without a shark cage.

Times wires

Sports in brief: NASCAR driver Leffler dies in dirt-track accident

06/12/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:47pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Storm routs Cleveland


    TAMPA — Alvin Ray Jackson intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and recovered two fumbles as the Storm routed Cleveland 57-27 Saturday night in its home regular-season finale at Amalie Arena.

  2. Miscue sends Rays to another stinging loss to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays gave away DJ Kitty onesies Saturday night. Then they gave away the game.

    Rays centerfielder Mallex Smith misses a drive hit by Adrian Beltre with two outs in the sixth, allowing the tying runs to score. Beltre puts Texas ahead 4-3 when he scores after two wild pitches.
  3. Rowdies shut out Charleston


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rowdies know a thing or two about stalemates, with five of their past 10 games ending in a draw.

    Rowdies in the first half during the game between Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Charleston Battery at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, Jul 22, 2017.
  4. Rays journal: Former closer Sergio Romo acquired from Dodgers

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays made a move to help the bullpen Saturday night when they acquired RHP Sergio Romo, who had been designated for assignment last week by the Dodgers.

    Reliever Sergio Romo has 84 career saves, including 38 in 2013, but has struggled this season with the Dodgers, posting a 6.12 ERA in 25 innings before being designated for assignment.
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. backs wife's "not worth risk'' opinion on Daytona

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Saturday defended his wife's Twitter post — and blamed himself for putting her in a position where she believed she had to speak out and upset some of his fans.

    Amy Earnhardt worries about Dale Jr.’s concussions.