JUNIOR TO MISS TWO MORE SPRINT CUP RACES
CONCORD, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not been cleared by doctors to return to racing and will miss at least two more races — at Michigan and Darlington — as he recovers from a concussion.
Hendrick Motorsports announced Earnhardt's status Wednesday. Earnhardt was evaluated by doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program.
Owner Rick Hendrick said Earnhardt is working hard to get back and will follow doctors' recommendations for his recovery. Hendrick said the program is fully behind Earnhardt.
Alex Bowman, who drove for Earnhardt at New Hampshire, will return to drive the No. 88 Chevrolet at Michigan this weekend. Jeff Gordon will fill in at Darlington, where he has won seven races.
Gordon has driven the past four races for Earnhardt.
Tennessee, Mexico romp
RJ Moore hit a go-ahead three-run homer in a six-run fourth and Goodlettsville, Tenn., beat Johnston, Iowa, 14-3 in five innings in an elimination game of the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Mexico beat Australia 10-0 in four innings, and Panama edged South Korea 3-2 behind Esmith Pineda's three-run homer.
COLLEGES: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he was disappointed, then embarrassed, then "mad as hell" over the arrest of six players over the weekend. Five were charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, and CB Devin Butler, in a separate incident, was accused of tackling and punching a police officer. … Trace McSorley will start at quarterback for Penn State in its opener against Kent State on Sept. 3.
NBA: Lakers fans packed Los Angeles City Hall chambers to witness the mayor and other officials declare Kobe Bryant Day in honor of the retired superstar.
NHL: The Coyotes hired Dawn Braid as skating coach and said she is believed to be the first full-time female coach in league history.
OBITUARY: Isaiah Kiplagat, the suspended president of Athletics Kenya who dominated the sport for years, died after a long illness. He was 72.
SOCCER: Surprise English champion Leicester is in the pot of top seeds for the Champions League group-stage draw today despite being ranked 31st of the 32 teams by UEFA. Leicester joins defending champion Real Madrid and other winners of the seven highest-ranked national leagues among the No. 1 seeds.
TENNIS: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal plan to team up as doubles partners next year during the inaugural Laver Cup, an attempt to create a tennis version of golf's Ryder Cup.