Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Sports in brief: U.S. Army set to end longtime NASCAR sponsorship

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army set to end longtime sponsorship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The U.S. Army will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing next season, effectively ending its sponsorship in NASCAR altogether after a decade.

SHR said Tuesday it is pursuing a new sponsor.

"The U.S. Army has been a great partner of Stewart-Haas Racing since the team's inception," said Brett Frood, executive vice president of SHR. "It has been a mutually beneficial relationship …"

The Army has been in NASCAR for 10 seasons, and at one point was a primary sponsor. It moved to SHR to sponsor Ryan Newman in 2009 when the team was formed.

The decision to leave NASCAR comes as Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota and Rep. Jackson Kingston of Georgia are pushing an amendment that would prohibit military sponsorship of sports.

IndyCar penalizes Foyt team: IndyCar has penalized A.J. Foyt Racing for an illegal fuel cell in Mike Conway's car at Toronto. Foyt was fined $15,000 and the team was docked 10 points. Conway finished third in Sunday's race at Toronto. The infraction was found during a postrace inspection.

soccer

Maradona fired after poor finish

Diego Maradona was fired as coach of Al Wasl after a season in which the club finished in eighth place in a 12-team league and failed to win a second-tier competition. The former Argentine great had one year left on his contract.

Expectations were great when Maradona arrived in Dubai on a two-year deal in May 2011. He was popular with fans and helped put United Arab Emirates soccer on the map, but his team did not qualify for next season's Asian Champions League or win any domestic titles.

Maradona could not be reached for comment. A successor was not announced.

et cetera

Tennis: Top seed and defending champion John Isner of Tampa beat qualifier Sergei Bubka 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3 in an opening-round match at the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, R.I. … Big-serving Lukas Rosol, who stunned Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, beat fifth-seeded Robin Haase 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the second round of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Germany. Rosol beat the Spanish star in the second round at the All England Club this month, but despite that win dropped three places to No. 103 in the ATP rankings.

Golf: Former champion Mark O'Meara withdrew from the British Open in Lytham, England, next week because of an undisclosed injury. O'Meara won in 1998 at Royal Birkdale at age 40, making him the oldest player to win two majors in one year. He had won the Masters that April. O'Meara, 54, was not replaced in the field because the Open already is above the 156-man limit.

WNBA: Tamika Catchings scored 23, including the winning free throws with 8.4 seconds left, to give host Indiana an 84-82 victory over New York. … Kara Lawson scored 17 and Tina Charles had 16 as Eastern Conference-leading Connecticut beat host Washington 77-70 for its third straight win. … Candice Wiggins scored 25, Maya Moore had 24 and visiting Minnesota beat Tulsa 107-86. … Candace Parker had 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead Los Angeles to a 90-71 victory over host Phoenix for its fourth straight win. The Mercury has been without Diana Taurasi (strained hip flexor) since May 31, going 3-12 in her absence.

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