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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR points leader Matt Kenseth, one of the longest-tenured drivers in the series, is leaving Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the season.

He will be replaced in the No.17 Ford - the car he has driven for all but one of his 452 career starts - by Nationwide series champion Ricky Stenhouse. Kenseth is believed to be headed to Joe Gibbs Racing, either in Joey Logano's No.20 Toyota or a fourth unannounced team.

Only Jeff Gordon, with Hendrick Motorsports since 1993, has been with his team longer than Kenseth has been with Jack Roush.

"I'm very thankful to Jack Roush for the opportunities he's given me over the past 14 years. Together we have enjoyed a lot of success," Kenseth posted on Twitter.


Report: Bird, GM leaving Pacers

Pacers president Larry Bird is expected to leave the team and general manager David Morway resigned, the Indianapolis Star reported. The New York Daily News reported that Donnie Walsh, 71, will rejoin the Pacers. Bird, 55, coached Indiana from 1997-2000 and returned to the front office in 2003.

DIVERSITY: The University of Central Florida's Institute of Diversity and Ethics in Sport gave the league an A-plus for racial hiring and A-minus for gender hiring, the best marks of any league, in its annual Racial and Gender Report Card.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Minnesota acquired swingman Chase Budinger from Houston for the 18th pick in Thursday's draft. ... The league awarded the Celtics a 2013 second-round pick of the Thunder as part of a trade disclosure dispute ruling involving Jeff Green, who sat out this season after heart surgery.


Rookie Griffin wary about 'vultures'

Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III said the arrest of a former Baylor basketball player who was charged with trying to extort money from the Heisman Trophy winner is a good lesson for rookies. "There's vultures out there, people looking to climb on top of all your money," Griffin said. Griffin would not comment directly on the arrest of Richard Khamir Hurd, 25, arraigned Monday in federal court in Waco, Texas, for allegedly threatening to release "derogatory information" about Griffin unless he was paid a "substantial sum."


Spain, Russia face racism probe

UEFA charged the Spanish and Russian associations for racist chants by fans at the European Championship. Also, in the first proven case of racist abuse at the tournament, UEFA fined the Croatian association $100,000 for a range of charges including insults aimed at Italy's Mario Balotelli, who is black.

Times wires