Sports in brief: Kurt Busch, crew chief part ways

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kurt busch, crew chief part ways

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kurt Busch has lost his second crew chief in three seasons.

Penske Racing confirmed Tuesday that Steve Addington has left the organization. He joined Penske before the 2010 season after spending two seasons working with Busch's younger brother, Kyle.

Addington guided the 2004 NASCAR champion to four victories and spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship the past two years.

Addington has been on the receiving end this season of many of Busch's verbal assaults, including an infamous in-race meltdown in May over team radio.

Ganassi hires Hendrick engineer: NASCAR team owner Chip Ganassi has lured a top engineer away from Hendrick Motorsports to be Juan Pablo Montoya's crew chief next season. Chris Heroy had been in the Hendrick organization since 2004, most recently as lead engineer for Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. He was a crew chief for Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson in Nationwide Series races last year.

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Federer shuts down Nadal in London

Roger Federer took exactly one hour to complete a 6-3, 6-0 victory, qualifying for the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals in London with his most comprehensive victory over Rafael Nadal.

Pinned behind the baseline, Nadal found Federer's forehand unplayable. From 2-2 in the first set, Federer won 10 of the next 11 games. He finished with 28 winners to Nadal's four.

Earlier, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga kept alive his hopes of reaching the last four by beating Mardy Fish 7-6 (7-4), 6-1. Federer's win means Fish cannot advance.

The winner of Thursday's match between Tsonga and Nadal will claim the other semifinal berth from Group B.

Also, Andy Murray pulled out of the season-ending tournament with a groin strain he sustained during practice last week. He said the injury wouldn't require surgery.

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arena league: Former Jefferson standout Prechae Rodriguez signed with the Storm. The receiver, 26, has spent the past four years in the Canadian Football League.

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Sports in brief: Kurt Busch, crew chief part ways 11/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 11:14pm]

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