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Sports in brief: NASCAR fines Childress $150,000 for hitting Kyle Busch


childress fined $150,000 for hitting Busch

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Richard Childress was fined $150,000 on Monday for assaulting Kyle Busch, the latest incident in an ongoing feud between NASCAR's most polarizing driver and Childress' race teams.

NASCAR also placed Childress on probation through the end of the year, finding the team owner solely at fault for Saturday's incident at Kansas Speedway. Childress, 65, apparently approached Busch after the trucks race, placed him in a headlock and punched him several times.

Childress, who dodged a suspension from NASCAR, was upset that Busch had bumped into Joey Coulter on the cool-down lap after the race.

"First of all, I'm responsible for my actions, plain and simple," Childress said in a statement. "As you know, I am a very principled person and have a passion for what we do at Richard Childress Racing. I believe passionately in defending my race teams and my sponsor partners. In this instance, I let that passion and my emotions get the best of me."

Stewart makes a change: Tony Stewart released Bobby Hutchens as director of competition at Stewart-Haas Racing and promoted Matt Borland to vice president of competition. Stewart has one top-five finish this season.


Albert added to NFL on CBS

Longtime play-by-play announcer Marv Albert is joining the NFL on CBS team. Albert worked for NBC Sports from 1977 to 1997 and announced the NFL on NBC for 19 years. He was the play-by-play voice for Westwood One Radio's coverage of Monday Night Football from 2002 to 2009 alongside Boomer Esiason.

Albert will keep his lead role as basketball play-by-play announcer for TNT's Thursday NBA regular-season and playoff coverage.

Judge sets Sept. 12 date: U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson scheduled a hearing on the owners' motion to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit from a group of players for Sept. 12.

Burress released from prison: Former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress was released from prison in Rome, N.Y., after spending nearly two years behind bars on a gun charge.

et cetera

Soccer: Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya has been added to the U.S. roster for the Gold Cup, replacing injured Benny Feilhaber. Feilhaber hurt his right ankle last month while playing for New England in MLS. … Placido Domingo has been asked by FIFA president Sepp Blatter to join a new committee intended to help clean up world soccer's governing body. Blatter hopes the tenor will sit on a "council of wisdom" alongside former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger and former Netherlands player Johan Cruyff.

Golf: UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay was among 16 players who earned spots for the U.S. Open. Former Open winners Steve Jones, Tom Kite and Lee Janzen failed to qualify. Vijay Singh didn't show up for the qualifier, making it likely his streak of 67 consecutive majors played will end.

Times wires


Wheldon celebration

Jannus Live, 16 Second Street N in downtown St. Petersburg, will host a celebration for Indianapolis 500 winner and St. Petersburg resident Dan Wheldon at 5 p.m. today. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the Alzheimer's Association's Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.

Sports in brief: NASCAR fines Childress $150,000 for hitting Kyle Busch 06/06/11 [Last modified: Monday, June 6, 2011 10:43pm]
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