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Sports in brief: Sprint Cup drivers fine with tires after tests

Autos

Sprint Cup drivers fine with tires

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Elliott Sadler had no complaints for Goodyear, only for drivers griping about the manufacturer.

When asked what it meant that at least a dozen competitors had tire trouble at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sadler was quick with a response: "Yeah, but there were 37 others that didn't," he said Tuesday at Darlington Raceway.

Sadler and fellow Sprint Cup drivers Marcos Ambrose and Clint Bowyer came to the track for tests and to give Goodyear insight about what tire to bring to the Southern 500 in May.

Sadler said drivers bothered by tire compounds should instead look to their raceshops for better setups designed to minimize tire wear and maximize the rubber. Ambrose and Bowyer complimented the tires, too.

Suspensions: NASCAR suspended William David Keith, a spotter for Cup driver David Gilliland, and Matthew Huffstetler, a crewman for Daisy Ramirez Motorsports in the truck series, for violating its substance abuse policy.

Soccer

Two powers advance in Champions League

Nicklas Bendtner had three goals and Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Eboue scored in a three-minute span of the second half to lead host Arsenal over FC Porto 5-0 and into the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League on 6-2 aggregate.

At Florence, Bayern Munich advanced despite a 3-2 loss to Fiorentina. The series was tied 3-3, but Bayern moved on because of a 2-1 advantage in away goals.

Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney overcame a knee injury and is fit to play in Manchester United's match against AC Milan today (2:30 p.m., FSC).

Iditarod

Mushers to be tested for alcohol, drugs

Every human competitor in the Iditarod, which began Sunday in Alaska, will be tested for alcohol and illegal drugs on the trail for the first time in the history of the 1,100-mile race.

Organizers aren't saying when or where testing will occur, but they aren't excluding anyone. A musher who tests positive could face disqualification, a period of ineligibility from future races or both.

Et cetera

Boxing: Ocie Harris, 27, who police say was part of champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s entourage, faces charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon stemming from an August shooting in Las Vegas, authorities said. … Vitali Klitschko (39-2) will defend his WBC heavyweight title against Albert Sosnowski (45-2) on May 29 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. … Amir Khan (22-1) will defend his WBA 140-pound title against former champion Paulie Malignaggi (27-5) on May 15 in New York.

Greyhounds: Yahoo Omar won the Rural Rube award (best sprinter) and Flupascrackerbox took the Flashy Sir (top distance dog) for 2009 in voting by National Greyhound Association members and Greyhound Review readers. Derby Lane dog Tmc's Remedy was second in Flashy Sir voting.

Winter sports: American figure skater Johnny Weir wants to take a break and will not compete at the world championships this month in Turin, Italy. … Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller, 32, of the United States ended his season to rest his sore right ankle.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in brief: Sprint Cup drivers fine with tires after tests 03/09/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 8:44pm]
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