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Junior starts Big wreck that ends Car tests

DAYTONA BEACH — Dale Earnhardt Jr. started a 12-car accident Friday at Daytona International Speedway that essentially shut down a three-day test session to hone NASCAR's redesigned cars.

Earnhardt was trying to bump draft with Marcos Ambrose on a straightaway when he lifted Ambrose "like a forklift" and put him into a wall. Ambrose's Ford bounced back and triggered a pileup.

"It was a big mess and tore up a lot of cars down here trying to work on their stuff," Earnhardt said. "Definitely the drafting is not like it used to be. You can't really tandem certain cars; certain cars don't match up well."

There were no injuries, but the wreck caused at least 10 teams to leave for North Carolina.

"It is unfortunate, but sometimes you have to wreck them to learn," defending Sprint Cup champ Brad Keselowski said. "The sport is rewinding."

Busch joins Gibbs: Kyle Busch, NASCAR's biggest free agent, signed a multiyear deal with Joe Gibbs Racing in December, ESPN and other outlets reported. Busch would not confirm the reports.

Baseball

Ex-player Bradley charged with abuse

Former Dodgers and Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley was charged with abusing his estranged wife and faces up to 13 years in jail if convicted, Los Angeles prosecutors said.

Bradley, 34, was charged with 13 misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and dissuading a witness from making a report.

Bradley also could face up to $13,000 in fines and restitution if convicted. He is free pending a Jan. 24 arraignment.

Prosecutors say Bradley threatened and attacked his wife, Monique, five times in 2011 and 2012. He was twice arrested in 2011.

"My client denies it," said his attorney, Harland Braun.

around the majors: The Blue Jays and catcher Henry Blanco, 41, agreed to terms on a one-year, $750,000 nonguaranteed contract. … Former Cubs, Indians and White Sox outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, 35, is returning to Japan, where he signed a three-year deal with the Hanshin Tigers.

Tennis

Radwanska on roll heading into Aussie

Agnieszka Radwanska claimed back-to-back WTA titles by beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-0, 6-0 in the Sydney International final in Australia.

A week after winning in Auckland, New Zealand, Radwanska, the top seed, claimed her ninth straight match to start the 2013 season.

Kevin Anderson beat Julien Benneteau 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10-8) to reach the men's final against Bernard Tomic, who beat third-seeded Andreas Seppi 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.

Heineken Open: Top seed David Ferrer beat second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 in Auckland to win the title for the third straight year and fourth time overall.

ET CETERA

Arena Football: The Storm signed offensive lineman Nevin McCaskill, who has been on either the active roster or practice squad for eight NFL teams. McCaskill's twin brothers, Kevin and Keith, both played for USF.

Skiing: Four-time overall World Cup Alpine champion Lindsey Vonn's divorce from her husband of four years, Tom, is official. They separated more than a year ago. Lindsay Vonn returns to racing today after missing three weeks with an intestinal illness.

Soccer: Pat Noonan, who reached the MLS Cup final five times and made 14 appearances for the U.S. national team, has retired as a player to join the Los Angeles coaching staff.

Track: Ashley Gill-Web, the man who threw a plastic beer bottle on the track and shouted at Usain Bolt before the men's 100-meter final at the London Olympics, was convicted of public disorder. Gill-Web, who suffers from bipolar affective disorder, was found guilty by a London court of using threatening, abusive or disorderly behavior. Sentencing is Feb. 4.

Times staff, wires

Sports in brief 01/11/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 12, 2013 12:24am]
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