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STEWART HURT OFF TRACK

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was hospitalized Tuesday with a back injury, and Stewart-Haas Racing said the team was unsure of the extent of his injuries just a week before he is expected in Daytona to prepare for his final season in Sprint Cup.

Stewart, 44, was injured Sunday during an accident while he was riding an all-terrain vehicle somewhere on the West Coast, SHR spokesman Mike Arning said. He was being evaluated at an undisclosed hospital and able to move all extremities.

Arning said Stewart's condition will be updated on Thursday. Stewart was in Arizona on Saturday night at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale and interviewed live from the event.

Stewart is retiring after this NASCAR season.

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INDYCAR: Honda Performance Development president Art St. Cyr announced his company signed a contract to compete in the circuit through at least 2017, and through 2020 if Honda exercises a three-year option.

SOCCER

Vardy, Leicester maintain lead in EPL

Jamie Vardy scored two goals to guide host Leicester to a 2-0 win over Liverpool, preserving the team's three-point lead in the Premier League. Tottenham beat host Norwich 3-0 to leap into third over Arsenal, which dropped five points back with a goalless draw at Southampton.

ITALY: Mohamed Salah ended a three-month goal-scoring drought to help Roma win 2-0 at Sassuolo and move provisionally fourth in Serie A.

U.S. QUALIFYING: The second leg of the United States' Olympic men's soccer qualifying playoff against Colombia will be played March 29 at Frisco, Texas.

BASEBALL

Maddux, Ibanez join Dodgers front office

The Dodgers hired Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux and 19-year veteran Raul Ibanez as special assistants to former Rays GM Andrew Friedman in the front office. Ibanez was a candidate for the Rays' managerial job that went to Kevin Cash.

TWINS: OF Carlos Quentin agreed to a minor-league deal, giving him a chance to revive his career. Quentin, 33, retired last May, citing chronic knee injuries.

ET CETERA

BOXING: WBC middleweight champion Saul Alvarez will defend his title against British boxer Amir Khan, who is jumping two weight divisions for the fight in Las Vegas on May 7.

BROADCASTING: ESPN reporter Holly Rowe said she will have surgery to remove a tumor. Rowe, 49, had surgery in May to remove a tumor in her chest, and she said in a statement released by the network that a new tumor had recently been found.

GOLF: Jim Furyk will have surgery on his sore wrist and will be out for at least three months.

OLYMPICS: The Italian Parliament voted to back Rome's bid to host the 2024 Games. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is a strong supporter of Rome's candidacy.

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