Gordon gets back on track
INDIANAPOLIS — Jeff Gordon always expected to be at this weekend's Brickyard 400. The tricky part was figuring out his role.
The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champ returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday as Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s replacement and the top attraction in Sunday's race. Gordon, who retired after last season, had been slated to drive the pace car for the Brickyard 400.
"When (team owner) Rick (Hendrick) said to me, 'Are you coming to Indianapolis?' I said 'Yes I am. I am coming on Saturday,' " said Gordon, who was ninth-fastest in practice. "He said, 'Well, you better bring your uniform.' "
Earnhardt continues to battle concussion-like symptoms and has not yet been cleared by doctors to climb back into the car.
When Earnhardt took himself out of the No. 88 last weekend, Hendrick contacted his longtime star, who was vacationing in France. Gordon, 44, agreed to pinch-hit.
Meanwhile, Earnhardt, 41, said he was feeling better: "Today is the 1st day in many that I sensed improvement," he posted on Twitter.
Basketball player dies after workout
Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger died from an enlarged heart after a 40-minute team workout Thursday on the football stadium stairs in hot weather, officials said. While the temperature was 99 in Stillwater, it wasn't known if the weather played a role in Coger's death. The 22-year-old forward, who had recently transferred to OSU, did not appear to struggle during the workout, school spokesman Gary Shutt said. The team noticed Coger was having issues and called 911 about 5 p.m.; he was pronounced dead at a hospital at 6:23, Shutt said. Coger played one season, 2014-15, at Eastern Florida State College in Cocoa.
North Carolina: The school got a one-week extension to respond to five NCAA charges regarding a long-running academic fraud scandal.
Nowitzki re-signs with Mavs
Dirk Nowitzki signed a two-year deal to remain with the Mavericks for what would be his 19th and 20th season with the team. The 38-year-old forward will make $50 million total over the deal, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Cavaliers: Veteran forward Chris "Birdman" Andersen, 38, signed a one-year deal.
Sabres' Kane facing charges
Sabres forward Evander Kane was arrested by Buffalo police and faces six charges for allegedly grabbing three women by the neck, hair and arms during a June 25 altercation at a downtown bar. Kane, 24, turned himself in and is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Aug. 1.
Cycling: Chris Froome crashed shortly before the end of the Tour de France's 19th stage but borrowed a teammate's bike and finished 36 seconds behind to keep the race leader's yellow jersey. Romain Bardet became the first Frenchman to win a Tour stage this year.
Soccer: Sam Allardyce was named coach of England's national team with a two-year deal through the 2018 World Cup. The FA secured his release from Premier League club Sunderland where Allardyce, a defender with the original NASL Rowdies in 1983, had been manager. … Hull manager Steve Bruce left the newly-promoted Premier League club three weeks before the season.
Horses: California Chrome, the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, faces six rivals in today's $200,000 San Diego Handicap.