NEWMAN'S TITLE HOPES TAKE HIT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ryan Newman's championship hopes were dealt a blow Wednesday when NASCAR docked the Sprint Cup driver 15 points before the final qualifying race for the playoffs.
Newman was already on the outside of the 16-driver Chase for the Championship field and trailed Jamie McMurray for the final spot by seven points. He is now 22 points behind McMurray after the penalty for failing a postrace inspection at Darlington Raceway on Sunday night.
The Chase for the Championship field will be set Saturday night after the regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway. Richard Childress Racing will not appeal the penalty and blamed failing the laser inspection on the car hitting the wall during the race.
There are currently three available spots in the Chase field, assuming Chris Buescher finishes Richmond ranked 30th or higher in the standings. Buescher qualified for the Chase with a win at rain-shortened Pocono, but he has to remain inside the top 30 to be eligible for the playoffs.
CONGLOMERATE BUYING F1: Formula One is being bought by Liberty Media, a U.S. company that invests in entertainment and sports, in a takeover valuing the motorsport series at $8 billion. The deal with Liberty Media, which is controlled by 75-year-old tycoon John Malone, ended years of uncertainty about the ownership of the series.
Rapinoe protest blocked
Megan Rapinoe was stymied in a bid for a second national anthem protest when Washington's National Women's Soccer League team moved up the ceremonies before its game against Seattle. "We decided to play the anthem in our stadium ahead of schedule rather than subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent," the team said in a statement. On Sunday, Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem in solidarity with 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick.
UEFA ELECTION: Michel Platini plans to speak at the presidential election to replace him in Athens, Greece, next week, despite his current FIFA ban from soccer politics.
Featherweight great dies
Hall of Fame boxer Bobby Chacon died in Lake Elsinore, Calif., while under hospice care for dementia. He was 64. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005, the former WBC featherweight and super featherweight champion had a career record of 59-7-1 with 47 knockouts.
TITLE FIGHT: Tyson Fury's rescheduled heavyweight title rematch against Wladimir Klitschko will take place Oct. 29, if the British fighter is cleared by a doping panel before then. Fury beat Klitschko in November to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF titles.
CYCLING: Nairo Quintana of Colombia maintained his comfortable lead over Chris Froome as the Spanish Vuelta entered its final stages. Mathias Frank of Switzerland broke from the peloton to win the 110-mile 17th stage from Castellon to Llucena.
HOCKEY: F Jonathan Huberdeau's $35.4 million, six-year extension was formally announced by the Panthers. … Carey Price will play his first game in nearly 10 months Friday, starting in goal for Canada's first World Cup of Hockey exhibition against the United States in Columbus, Ohio.
OLYMPICS: Lance Armstrong's ban from competitive Olympic sports has been partially lifted, allowing him to compete in certain events besides cycling, according to terms of his punishment from 2012. He still is banned for life from sanctioned cycling events. Armstrong turns 45 on Sept. 18.