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NASCAR FINES STEWART FOR CURSING ON TV

MAKING NEWS

Tony Stewart, above, was fined $25,000 and docked 25 points by NASCAR on Tuesday for cursing during his television interview after his win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Stewart, who had just scored his second victory in three years at his hometown track, was soaking up adoration from fans when he dedicated the win to them. "This one's for every one of those fans in the stands who pull for me every week and take all the (expletive) from everybody else," he said. NASCAR, which called the language inappropriate and said Stewart's actions were detrimental to stock car racing, also docked car owner Joe Gibbs 25 points. Stewart is fifth in the points, and the deduction didn't drop him.

Yanks homers: 8, A-Rod homers: zero

It was a sad night for Alex Rodriguez. As he remains stuck at home run No. 499 and is hitless in 16 at-bats, he watched seven of his teammates go deep in New York's 16-3 win over the White Sox. Hideki Matsui homered twice, and Jorge Posada, Bobby Abreu, Melky Cabrera, Johnny Damon, Robinson Cano and Shelley Duncan each hit one to give the Yankees eight home runs, tying a franchise record set June 28, 1939. 5C

OUT OF BOUNDS

Angry letter arrives about Vick case

Gail Clayton was talking to yet another reporter about the Michael Vick dogfighting case when a co-worker handed her a letter that had just arrived at the Surry County courthouse. "Blacks - no matter how much money and education will always be of a jungle race!" read the handwritten, unsigned letter, postmarked Richmond and addressed to courthouse "Managers." "Why dont the White Race in Surry take back their town from the ones that cant act civilized and obey the White laws as we do?" It was the latest bit of unwelcome attention for the rural county of 7,000 people. "I feel the letter had to be from someone who had knowledge of me being a black clerk in this office," Clayton said.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Hopefully, we can get some in there."

Reggie Bush, New Orleans Saints running back, after finding out Tuesday that his team doesn't have any players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

DEVIL RAYS

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Blue Jays, 3:10, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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