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ORANGE, Calif. — The father of former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon strangled his wife then shot himself in their Southern California home, police said Thursday.

The deaths of Robert Gordon, 68, and his wife, Sharon, 57, who was Robby Gordon's stepmother, was an apparent murder-suicide, Orange police Lt. Fred Lopez said a day after the bodies were found.

"I'm so sad, and I can't believe it," the racing star said outside the house. "I grew up on this property my whole life."

Gordon said he previously lived in two different houses on the property, and he had given his father the home 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles where police discovered the bodies Wednesday after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor. Robby Gordon told the Orange County Register that family members had become concerned when his father missed a doctor's appointment.

"Heartbreaking news this morning. Thinking of the Gordon family and friends," NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson said on Twitter.

Robert Gordon, known as "Baja Bob," had competed in off-road racing.

Robby Gordon's sister, Beccy, is married to IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, who tweeted Wednesday that his wife had given birth to a boy. Hunter-Reay would appear as scheduled in a weekend race in Sonoma County, Robby Gordon said.


Lightning camp nears

When the Lightning opens training camp next Thursday, it will have a much different feel, with 12 players and coach Jon Cooper in Toronto at the World Cup of Hockey. That's why there will be plenty of new faces, with 11 invitees on the roster. Veteran defenseman James Wisniewski, on a professional camp tryout, headlines the group (go to for the full list). Most practices will be held at Amalie Arena and closed to the public. The exceptions: Fan Fest on Sept. 25 at Amalie Arena, Oct. 4 in Estero (Germain Arena), and Oct. 10 and Oct. 12 in Brandon. The first exhibition game is Sept. 27 against Carolina at Amalie Arena.

MORE HOCKEY: Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal for Russia's opener Sunday against Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey at Toronto, earning the nod over Semyon Varlamov. … Vladimir Sobotka is no longer feeling good about his chances of rejoining the Blues this season. Sobotka has spent the past two seasons in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League and planned on returning to the NHL. But with one year left on his contract, Avangard Omsk and the KHL have made the process difficult, the 29-year-old said.


U.S. women romp 9-0

Heather O'Reilly scored in her final international game and Carli Lloyd had a hat trick to lead the U.S. women's team to a 9-0 win over Thailand in Columbus, Ohio. The match drew attention when midfielder Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem in solidarity with 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, who is refusing to stand in protest of racial inequality in the United States.

MAN U FALLS: Feyenoord of the Dutch league stunned England's Manchester United 1-0 in the Europa League. Tonny Trindade de Vilhena broke the tie with his goal in the 79th minute. Man U played without Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia.


TENNIS: Andy Murray is set to potentially play three matches — two singles and a doubles — for Britain in a Davis Cup semifinal against Argentina, starting today, to keep his country on course for a second straight title.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer; Times wires

Sports in brief 09/15/16 [Last modified: Thursday, September 15, 2016 11:26pm]
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