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Sports in brief: Nationwide drivers put on probation

Autos

Edwards, Keselowski get Probation

NASCAR docked Carl Edwards 60 Nationwide series driver points, fined him $25,000 and placed Edwards and Brad Keselowski on probation through Dec. 31 after their last-lap antics at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.

Jack Roush was docked 60 owner points after a Edwards' Ford sent Keselowski's Dodge into the wall in Turn 4, where it caused nine other cars to wreck.

Though Edwards maintains he was not a fault, director of competition Robin Pemberton said, "We felt like … they had stepped over the line of what we would consider to be good, aggressive, healthy hard racing."

F1: Former champion Jacques Villeneuve, who last raced in 2006 for BMW Sauber, will join forces with Italy's Durango in a bid to enter a team next season.

NFL

Ravens' Reed expects to miss six games

Ravens safety Ed Reed, 31, says he expects to miss the start of the regular season while he recovers from hip surgery. Reed told a Baltimore radio station he expects to go on the physically unable to perform list, which requires a player to miss the first six games. "I'm not coming back until I'm well and ready," he said.

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Cycling: Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong hired criminal defense attorney Bryan D. Daly to represent him in the federal investigation for possible fraud and doping violations, New York's Daily News reported. Former teammate Floyd Landis has accused Armstrong of doping in a series of e-mails sent to cycling and doping officials. Armstrong has denied the allegations.

Horses: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie proposed a state takeover of services in Atlantic City's casino district, citing the city government's history of corruption, its failure to deal with blight and a steady decline in casino revenues. He also called for the state to get out of the horse racing business, part of a push to overhaul the state's gaming, sports and entertainment industries.

Tennis: Three-time U.S. Open champion Serena Williams, whose status is still unclear as she recovers from deep cuts to her right foot, heads the provisional women's field for the year's last Grand Slam. Ninety-nine of the top 100 women in the WTA rankings were granted direct entry into the event, which begins Aug. 30. No. 12 Justine Henin, a two-time champion, is out with a right elbow injury.

Times wires

fast facts

Tour de France

Wednesday: A rest day. Spain's Alberto Contador leads Luxembourg's Andy Schleck by 8 seconds.

Today: The 17th stage, the last one in the mountains, is 108.1 miles from Pau to Col du Tourmalet.

Quotable: "I will have to be in yellow. There's only one chance to take it and that's (today)." — Schleck, who said to beat Contador he must win today's climb by a minute or more.

TV: 8:30 a.m., Versus

Sports in brief: Nationwide drivers put on probation 07/21/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 22, 2010 1:26am]

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