Sunday, June 17, 2018
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Autos

Injured Hamlin has resentment toward logano

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Wearing a brace under his shirt, Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin struggled at times to breathe Wednesday in his first interview since he fractured a vertebra in the lower back on a final-lap wreck March 24.

Hamlin, targeting the April 27 race at Richmond for his return, doesn't blame former teammate Joey Logano for his injury but said he has some resentment for wrecking him.

"The injury was circumstantial. A wreck on a 2-mile speedway, you risk getting hurt," Hamlin said. "That frustrates me the most. Listening to him say, 'I'm sure Denny's fine, these cars are safe.' He's taking for granted no matter how hard you wreck, you're going to be fine.

"That's why people don't wreck each other intentionally on big racetracks. He was being very careless and not caring about any repercussions and taking for granted how safe the cars have been over the years."

Hamlin is adamant the accident was intentional: "He was just going to keep going until he ran into us. I'm sure he didn't mean to wreck or get me hurt, but he meant to run into us. That's a guy seeing I was going to get the better of him that week."

More autos: National outdoors retailer Gander Mountain Co. will sponsor Clint Bowyer's car for the NASCAR Sprint Cup NRA 500 in Texas next week with a paint scheme that includes the words: "With Rights Comes Responsibility; Secure Your Firearms."

NFL

Redskins add QBs Grossman, White

With QB Robert Griffin III rehabbing from a knee injury, the Redskins reached deals with QBs Rex Grossman and Pat White. Grossman, a former Gator, is projected to be behind Griffin and Kirk Cousins. White was out of the NFL for three years.

More nfl: The league suspended Cardinals LB Daryl Washington for the first four games of next season for violating its substance abuse policy. … Unrestricted free agent WR Domenik Hixon agreed to a one-year deal with the Panthers. ... Ex-Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum was hired as president of Priority Sports & Entertainment to represent pro and college coaches.

Et cetera

Armstrong update: Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his biggest cycling achievements last year because of doping charges, will compete at the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships this weekend in Austin, Texas. U.S. Masters Swimming isn't under the drug-testing umbrella of the U.S. Anti Doping Agency. Armstrong, 41, entered the 500-yard, 1,000- yard and 1,650-yard freestyles.

horses: Flashback is the early 9-5 favorite for Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, breaking from the rail. … Verrazano is the 4-5 favorite for Saturday's Wood Memorial, breaking from the No. 8 post.

greyhounds: Undefeated Se's Home Owner and Flying Oviedo won final qualifying races in the $80,000 Distance Classic at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. The finale is Saturday night.

soccer: Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes was elected to the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame along with Joe-Max Moore. Both played on the American national team.

obituary: Former Olympic wrestling champ Nicolae Martinescu of Romania died at age 73. No further details were given. He won Greco-Roman heavyweight gold at the 1972 Munich Games and light-heavyweight bronze at the 1968 Mexico City Games.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

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Sports on TV/radio for Sunday, June 17

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Rays journal: Arroyo on DL, Hechavarria returns

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Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Rays-Yankees

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