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PUNISHED DRIVER GIVES HIS VICTIM NEXTEL CUP RIDE

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Robby Gordon on Tuesday made what he called a "peace offering" to Marcos Ambrose, the driver he spun out late in Saturday's Busch race: fielding a car for him at this weekend's Nextel Cup race."I think he's a talented race car driver," said Gordon, who earlier Tuesday was fined $35,000 by NASCAR and told another incident would result in an indefinite suspension. "I felt that this opportunity would be a makeup." Gordon, also a car owner, refused NASCAR's order to drop from second to 13th, spun Ambrose, who was leading, refused NASCAR's order to leave the track and celebrated as if he won the race. Sunday, NASCAR suspended Gordon for that day's Cup race. "Well, they say that America is the land of opportunity," said Ambrose, an Australian who will make his Cup debut. "And I guess this is proof of that."

OUT OF BOUNDS

Driving moose avoids punishment

The Mariner Moose won't be punished for knocking down Red Sox outfielder Coco Crisp with an all-terrain vehicle Sunday. "We were grateful that no one was hurt," the Mariners said in a statement they released. "We apologized to Coco and the Red Sox, and they were gracious enough to accept." Crisp was heading to centerfield for the fifth when the ATV hit him in the back of the legs. Crisp dusted himself off and feigned anger by cocking his arm. "Never really gotten hit by a moving vehicle before. That was the most athletic thing I did all day," Crisp said after the game. "It was an accident. I'm not going to run over and clothesline the guy."

A horse is a horse unless it's 'Sally'

A federal appeals court ruled a horse can't be named "Sally Hemings," after Thomas Jefferson's slave and reputed lover. The Jockey Club, a private organization designated by the state of Kentucky to track and approve names, rejected the one submitted by Garrett Redmond. Its rules say "Names considered in poor taste; or names that may be offensive to religious, political or ethnic groups" won't be approved. Without approval, a horse cannot race at a Kentucky track.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

3,600

Hours of coverage NBC plans for the 2008 Olympics; the bulk will come online through streaming, the rest through it, USA, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I can't believe racist abuse is still in football. It sickens to hear these chants, but when you are on the pitch, you have to try to blank it out."

DaMarcus Beasley, U.S. soccer star and African-American on fans in Montenegro chanting "monkey" after he scored Tuesday

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