STEWART STRUGGLES IN RETURN TO SPRINT CAR
OCALA — Tony Stewart has returned to sprint car racing, though his first race back provided him more frustration than frivolity.
Stewart finished a disappointing 17th in the 26-car main event late Thursday at Bubba Raceway Park, and he ended the night arguing with a fellow driver and complaining with officials.
Stewart was driving a sprint car for the first time since he accidentally struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a race in upstate New York in 2014. Stewart is still facing a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the fellow driver's family.
The three-time NASCAR champion, who retired after last season, declined comment after the dirt-track event out of respect for the Ward family and later told the Associated Press he didn't want his racing to even appear like he's "rubbing it in the Wards' faces." He plans to keep a low profile during the event, racing again Friday and today.
NFL puts pressure on Texas
The NFL sharpened its warning to Texas about a bill that discriminates against transgender people, suggesting for the first time that the state could miss out on hosting another Super Bowl if the proposal is enacted. The bill would require people to use bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate.
LIGHTS OUT: A petition is circulating that calls on Ford Field in Detroit to turn off its blue nighttime roof lighting, calling it light pollution.
RAIDERS: Coach Jack Del Rio was rewarded with a four-year contract, replacing the original four-year deal he received when he took the job in January 2015.
Swiss star blows out knee
Switzerland's Lara Gut, the defending women's World Cup overall champion and a downhill bronze medalist at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, ruptured her left anterior cruciate ligament and suffered meniscus damage during warmups at the world championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, likely ending her season. Wendy Holdener won the combined event, while American Lindsey Vonn finished fifth.
BASEBALL: The parents of the two men killed in a boating accident last September along with Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez are filing negligence and personal injury lawsuits in Miami against the All-Star's estate, each seeking $2 million. Fernandez, 24, a former Alonso High standout, had cocaine and alcohol in his system when he, his friend Eduardo Rivero and acquaintance Emilio Jesus Macias were killed in the wreck off South Beach.
DOPING: Russian track star Mariya Savinova was stripped of her Olympic gold and hit with a four-year ban.