CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brad Keselowski and Jeff Gordon avoided any penalty from NASCAR on Tuesday for their post-race fight at Texas. Two crew chiefs and four crew members from Hendrick Motorsports were punished for their roles in the brawl.
NASCAR suspended three Hendrick crew members for six races for being “involved in a post-race physical altercation” and fined them each $25,000. A fourth Hendrick crew member was fined $10,000 and suspended for three races for the same offense.
Gordon crew chief Alan Gustafson and Kasey Kahne crew chief Kenny Francis were each fined $50,000 and placed on probation for six races because “the crew chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his team members.”
NASCAR senior vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said the post-race actions were “unacceptable” after a review of content of the incident. NASCAR “identified several crew members who crossed the line with their actions, specifically punching others.”
Suspended for six races and fined $25,000 were: Jeremy Fuller, the Kahne crew member who came from behind the scrum and threw several haymakers toward Keselowski, as well as Gordon crew members Dwayne Doucette and Jason Ingle. Dean Mozingo, another Gordon crew member, was fined $10,000 and suspended three races.
Oudin needs heart, eye procedures
American tennis pro Melanie Oudin said she will have a procedure Thursday for a heart condition, then surgery later this month for an eye problem.
“I don’t think my luck could get any worse. I just can’t wait for 2014 to be over,” the 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday. “A heart thing this week, and then an eye thing after that. I have lots going on.”
The 23-year-old Oudin said that for more than a year, she has been experiencing occasional “episodes” of an accelerated heartbeat, usually during — or right after — matches.
Later in 2013, Oudin was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a muscle-damaging condition that may be caused by intense exertion.
She said she was told by doctors there is no connection between that condition and her accelerated heartbeat, which she said was diagnosed last month as a form of arrhythmia known as atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia.
After the heart surgery, will be the operation for what she called “a growth in my eye from the sun, being out in the sun so much.”
Flagg wins long drive title in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS — Jeff Flagg edged Jeff Crittenden to win the World Long Drive Championship on Tuesday night at the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort.
Both golfers hit their second ball of the final round 365 yards off the platform, but Flagg’s shot measured 20 inches past the hash mark, while Crittenden’s was seven inches from the 365-yard mark.
The 29-year-old Flagg earned $250,000 for the win.
The finalists advanced from a field of eight that began the night in fair weather conditions, but ended with a brisk wind blowing across the grid.
Flagg and Crittenden, 43, were followed by semifinalists Joe Miller and Adam Smith. Daniel Beckman, Connor Powers, Jamie Sadlowski and Matt Hanger did not make it to the final round.
NBA suspends Smith for hitting Rice
NEW YORK — New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith was suspended one game by the NBA for hitting Washington’s Glen Rice Jr. in the groin.
Smith missed the Knicks’ game in Detroit on Wednesday night.
Smith was dribbling with his right hand when he hit Rice with his left with 5:45 remaining in the Knicks’ 98-83 loss on Tuesday night.
The former Sixth Man of the Year was in trouble with the NBA multiple times last season. He began the season serving a five-game suspension for violating terms of the league’s anti-drug program, then later was hit with a $25,000 fine for using hostile and inappropriate language toward the Pistons’ Brandon Jennings on his Twitter account, and a $50,000 penalty for untying a player’s sneakers during a game.
Lady Vols suspend four players for 1-2 games
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee women’s basketball team has suspended four players for academic reasons.
Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick said Wednesday that guards Ariel Massengale and Andraya Carter would miss one game, and forward Cierra Burdick and guard Jannah Tucker would miss two because they did “not live up to our academic standards.”
Tucker’s punishment won’t take effect until she has fully recovered from a knee injury. The others will miss fourth-ranked Tennessee’s Nov. 14 opener against Penn and the Nov. 17 game versus Oral Roberts. They also won’t play in Sunday’s exhibition game with Carson-Newman.
--Advocate news services