SPRINT CUP CLOSE TO UN-WINGING IT
FORT WORTH, Texas — NASCAR is finally about to lose its wings.
"We're hoping within the next two or three races that we'll be able to be at a point where we say it's time to take the wings off and put the spoiler on," sanctioning body president Mike Helton said Monday.
Helton didn't provide a specific date for the expected removal of the wings from the rear deck of Sprint Cup cars, but his timeline coincides with the race March 28 at Martinsville that most teams have expected to be the first with the more traditional-looking rear spoilers.
Speaking at Texas Motor Speedway's media day, Helton said there was a "pretty doggone good chance" that the spoilers would be on the car when the series races at the 1½-mile, high-banked track April 18. Spoilers were replaced with a wing on the new car model phased in three years ago.
Another mare to face males in richest run
The trainer of Breeders' Cup Classic winner Zenyatta will send out another one of his star females to challenge the boys in the $10 million Dubai World Cup. John Shirreffs said Life is Sweet will compete March 27 in the world's richest race. The 5-year-old mare won the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic the day before stablemate Zenyatta improved to 14-0 with a win over the boys Nov. 7 in the $5 million BC Classic. The Web site bloodhorse.com first reported the story.
American women in final of Algarve Cup
With her first two-goal game for the national team, second-half substitute Lauren Cheney led the United States past Sweden 2-0 and into the final of the Algarve Cup in Portugal. The Americans, who topped Group B, face Germany, a 5-0 winner over China to close group play, Wednesday in Faro.
RICHEST: Spanish rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona are the sport's top two moneymakers in Deloitte's annual study. Real Madrid generated $567.3 million in the 12 months ending last June 30, Barcelona $517.2 million. Debt-ridden Manchester United, owned by Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer, was third at $462.2 million.
GREYHOUNDS: Flying Bergen (Race 6) and Bow Tie Brigade (Race 10) drew the rail for Wednesday night's final qualifying races in the $85,000 Sprint Classic at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Georgia Tech backup quarterback Jaybo Shaw is transferring to Georgia Southern and will be eligible to play in 2010. He'll play for coach Jeff Monken, a Tech assistant the past two years.
EARTHQUAKE EFFECTS: Chile, struck by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake late last week, will proceed with its Davis Cup series this weekend against Israel in the northern port town of Coquimbo, which suffered little damage. But two exhibition soccer matches, both scheduled Wednesday in the capital of Santiago, which is closer to the quake's epicenter, were canceled.
Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires