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indycar adopts safety measures

INDIANAPOLIS — Three months after Justin Wilson's death at Pocono Raceway, IndyCar is taking steps to reduce crash debris and improve safety.

The open-wheel series announced Tuesday that it will tether its aerodynamic components beginning next season. The high-tensile tethers are expected to minimize the possibility of debris flying around during accidents and hitting fans as well as drivers in their open cockpits.

"It is a continual goal to improve safety for all the participants, fans and drivers alike," said Will Phillips, IndyCar's vice president of technology.

The rear beam wing and rear wheel guards on the series' Dallara chassis will be tethered for all events; for superspeedway ovals, so will the nose cone and front wing main plane.

Brigitte Hoffstetter sued IndyCar after a piece of debris struck her during this year's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

SOCCER

Messi returns, scores two in Barcelona rout

There were goals galore in the Champions League as Barcelona and Bayern Munich advanced to the knockout stage and secured the top spot in their groups. Barcelona qualified after BATE Borisov drew with Bayer Leverkusen earlier, and it clinched the top spot in Group E by hammering Roma 6-1 as Lionel Messi marked his return from injury with two goals. "It's tough to get back up to full speed," Messi said. Bayern beat Olympiakos 4-0, playing almost 40 minutes with 10 men, to ensure it will finish on top of Group F. Bayern's win helped Arsenal, which won 3-0 over visiting Dynamo Zagreb. Chelsea won 4-0 at 10-man Maccabi Tel Aviv in Group G.

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WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS: IAAF president Sebastian Coe is on the defensive over his role in Eugene, Ore. receiving the 2021 world athletics championships without a bidding process, insisting that a leaked email does not show he lobbied for the city. Coe is a special adviser for Nike Inc, whose headquarters are outside Portland, close to Eugene. Eugene and Gothenburg were vying for the 2021 worlds, and Eugene was granted the hosting rights in April. The IAAF published an email from January, reported by the BBC on Tuesday, from leading Nike official Craig Masback to officials at Eugene's Track Town USA which followed a conversation with Coe. "He made clear his support for 2021 in Eugene …'" Masback wrote. Coe said he did lobby anyone on behalf of Eugene.

BASEBALL: Rockies SS Jose Reyes pleaded not guilty to abusing his wife at a Hawaii resort. Maui police arrested Reyes after an Oct. 31 argument. … The White Sox acquired RH reliever Tommy Kahnle, 26, from the Rockies for minor-league RHP Yency Almonte, 21.

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Sports on TV/radio for Saturday, June 23

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Published: 06/22/18