Sports in brief

Autos

Wallace, car to enter NASCAR hall

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rusty Wallace will enter the NASCAR Hall of Fame tonight and his famed car "Midnight" will be part of his induction.

Wallace, winner of 55 races and the 1989 Cup title, will be inducted along with champions Buck Baker and Herb Thomas; car owner Cotton Owens; and innovative engine builder Leonard Wood.

Part of Wallace's display will be the car he drove to 13 victories from 1992-94. Wallace led for more than 5,000 laps in the car.

"If we had Midnight at the race track, everyone else there knew that they had a long day ahead of them; Midnight was just that good," he said.

More Autos: AJ Allmendinger, who failed a NASCAR drug test and completed a recovery program, will test an IndyCar for Penske Racing this month to see if he can run the Indy 500.

Soccer

Messi extends Barcelona deal

Lionel Messi, 25, signed a two-year contract extension with Barcelona, increasing the annual salary of the Spanish club's career scoring leader to about $17.6 million.

"I'm very happy at Barcelona, I have always said so; it's a great day," said Messi, who signed his sixth extension since he made his debut in 2004. The new deal runs to 2018.

More Soccer: English Premier League clubs agreed to restrain spiraling player salaries and spending through financial controls or face point deductions. Teams with wage bills exceeding $82 million only will be able to increase them by $6 million per season for the next three years if the rise is funded through TV revenue. … Most allegations of match-fixing raised by Europol this week had already been scrutinized, FIFA president Sepp Blatter contended. "Most of the matches which they put in this tray, 600 or 800, have already been analyzed, dealt with and even were at court," he said. The police liaison agency said it knew of 380 suspicious matches played in Europe in recent years and 300 more worldwide.

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Skiing: Defending champion Erik Guay of Canada criticized the downhill course at the world championships after his training runs for this weekend's events, calling one of the jumps in Schladming, Austria, "way too big." Guay said he hurt his back landing after a 30-meter jump. "That's ridiculous," Guay said. "Any course you should be able to push in the first training run and not have to worry about injuries like that." Race officials said workers would try to lower the jump by today's session.

Tennis: Rafael Nadal partnered with Juan Monaco and reached the doubles semifinals at the VTR Open in Chile, his third match in three days after being away for more than seven months with an inflamed left ankle and a stomach virus. The former No. 1 moved easily, showing no signs of knee trouble. … The International Tennis Federation revised Fed Cup play, saying the fourth singles will be scrapped if a team has an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Times wires

Sports in brief 02/07/13 [Last modified: Thursday, February 7, 2013 9:57pm]

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