BOWYER DOCKED FOR INFRACTION
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Clint Bowyer's slim shot at winning the Sprint Cup championship in Michael Waltrip Racing's final season took a huge hit Wednesday when NASCAR penalized the team for an infraction in the opening playoff race.
NASCAR said the No. 15 team had parts not properly installed on its Toyota during the opening inspection Friday at Chicagoland Speedway.
Bowyer was docked 25 points, dropping him to last in the 16-driver Chase for the Championship field. Crew chief Billy Scott was fined $75,000 and suspended for the next three races and placed on probation for six months.
There are two races left in the opening round of the Chase before four drivers will be cut from the 16-driver field. MWR immediately appealed.
CREW CHIEF HEALING: Kurt Busch's crew chief had an emergency appendectomy that could delay his arrival in New Hampshire for this weekend's race. Tony Gibson posted on Facebook that he was home a day after the procedure.
Durant's foot fully healed
Kevin Durant, who played 27 games for the Thunder last season because of a broken bone in his right foot, is ready to go after three procedures, GM Sam Presti announced. Training camp begins next week.
TIMBERWOLVES: The team reached terms on a $3.65 million buyout with former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett.
Barcelona dealt stunning loss
Celta Vigo swept to a shocking 4-1 victory over Barcelona, while Real Madrid went to the top of the Spanish league with a 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on a mixed night for the title contenders.
FIFA PROBE: FIFA has been urged by Switzerland's attorney general to hand over emails used by Jerome Valcke, its secretary general who was suspended last week.
PREMIER LEAGUE: Newcastle was knocked out of the League Cup by second-tier Sheffield. Arsenal eliminated Tottenham in a north London derby.
ITALY: Promoted Frosione earned its first ever Serie A point, scoring a last-minute equalizer for a 1-1 draw at four-time defending champion Juventus.
FRANCE: Saint-Etienne secured a fifth straight win to stay within one point of league leader Paris Saint-Germain after beating Troyes 1-0.
GERMANY: Borussia Dortmund dropped its first points of the season in a 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim on Wednesday and fell behind Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich.
CYCLING: Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus topped a surprising podium in the men's time trial at the world championships in Richmond, Va.
TENNIS: The Davis Cup final between Britain and host Belgium will be played in Ghent on clay, Andy Murray's least-favorite surface. The final will take place Nov. 27-29.
VOLLEYBALL: The United States won its first men's World Cup in 30 years with a four-set win over Argentina in Tokyo, securing a berth at the Rio Olympics.