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NASCAR dishes out punishments

NASCAR fined three teams $25,000 each and docked driver and owner points for infractions found last week at Daytona International Speedway.

Michael Waltrip lost 25 driver points, Teresa Earnhardt lost 25 owner points and crew chief Richard "Slugger" Labbe was fined $25,000 for unapproved carburetor modifications and an additional $500 for an unapproved roof strip.

Waltrip is fifth in the standings. The penalty drops him 417 points behind leader Matt Kenseth.

Stacy Compton, driver of the No. 4 Morgan-McClure Motorsports Pontiac forfeited 25 points an unapproved fuel cell container modification. Crew chief Chris Carrier was fined $25,000, and owner Larry McClure forfeited 25 points for the infraction.

Kyle Petty forfeited 25 points after the No. 45 Petty Enterprises Dodge was found to have unapproved rear jacking bolts. Crew chief Steven Lane was fined $25,000, and Pattie Petty forfeited 25 owner points.


Final Four changes?

The NCAA will consider a proposal that would allow the men's basketball tournament selection committee to set up the brackets to make for the best matchups in the Final Four. If the plan is approved, the selection committee would determine on selection Sunday which regions will play against each other at the Final Four.

SOUTH FLORIDA: Associate athletic director Barbara Sparks-McGlinchy is one of five finalists to replace Tom Cargill as Florida Atlantic athletic director. FAU sports information director Katrina McCormack said the school expects to make an announcement in the next few days.

FGCU GETS WAIVER: Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers will only have to wait one more season before becoming a full NCAA Division II member after being granted a two-year waiver on its four-year provisional membership period.

FOOTBALL: Missouri defensive end Nick Tarpoff was dismissed from the team after he pleaded guilty to felony possession of an illegal weapon.


Teenager advances

Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal reached the quarterfinals of the Swedish Open in Bastad, beating countryman Albert Portas 6-0, 6-4. Nadal, 17, advances to an ATP quarterfinal for the first time and will play Nicolas Lapentti on Friday. Lapentti, the sixth seed, defeated Adrian Voinea 6-4, 7-6.

HALL OF FAME: Bob Bryan advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament in Newport, R.I., with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Dusan Vemic before matches were suspended and because of rain.

PALERMO INTERNATIONAL: Top-seeded Magui Serna was eliminated in Palermo, Sicily, losing to Ludmila Cervanova 6-3, 6-1 in the second round.

BAN LIFTED: Bohdan Ulirach's drug suspension was overturned and ATP Tour trainers will no longer dispense electrolyte tablets or other vitamins after an investigation showed products they distributed could have been contaminated by a steroid and caused the suspension of the Czech player.


SOCCER: FIFA will consider keeping national leagues to 16 teams and setting a limit of 30 games after Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe's death last month from a heart attack. The 30 league matches a season would be eight fewer than teams in countries such as England, Spain and France play.

WUSA: Nikki Serlenga scored in the 73rd minute to lead the host Atlanta Beat to a 2-0 victory over the San Diego Spirit. In Washington, Abby Wambach scored twice in the first half as the Freedom beat the Philadelphia Charge 4-2.

OLYMPICS: Officials in the South Korea resort village of Muju said they will seek to host the 2014 Winter Games.

HOCKEY: The AHL will change to two seven-team divisions per conference next season, with the top five in each division qualifying for the postseason.