IndyCar ride available for fans on Saturday

Fans can experience riding in a two-seat IndyCar or a high-performance sports car Saturday at Champions Square adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome,.

The rides will be available from 9 a,m.-2 p.m, and all proceeds from the $20 cost from riding in the IndyCars will go to benefit the Southwest Louisiana Council of the Boy Scouts.

Rides in a Nissan GTR or Ferrari 430 are free. There also will be an on-site raffle for a checkered flag signed by all of the current Verizon IndyCar series drivers.

The event is designed to draw attention to the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana to be held at the NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale from April 10-12.

Mayweather and Pacquiao purses soar

LAS VEGAS — The richest fight in boxing history is getting even richer. And that’s before the first ticket has even been sold.

New estimates show Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s payoff for fighting Manny Pacquiao could easily be $180 million, up substantially from earlier predictions of $120 million. Pacquiao gets the short end of the purse, but even that is expected to be well over $100 million by the time everything is tallied up.

The money is staggering, though not exactly unexpected. Five years of waiting seem to have only piqued the public’s demand for the one fight even casual fans of the sport want to see.

Just what the two fighters earn won’t be known until the pay-per-view is sold. But the May 2 fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is shaping up to be very lucrative.

Tennessee OT Thomas arrested for theft

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee offensive tackle Coleman Thomas has been arrested on a felony theft charge and removed from all team activities.

University of Tennessee police say a dorm resident said an Xbox and three video games worth $640 were stolen from his room March 13. Police said a check through online leads showed Thomas sold the games to a store.

Thomas was arrested Wednesday and released on $2,000 bond. An arraignment is set for April 7.

Knoxville radio station WNML first reported the arrest.

Thomas played 11 games and made five starts at right tackle as a freshman last season.

Ohio State looking into picture of Miller

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s compliance office is investigating whether quarterback Braxton Miller broke any NCAA rules when he posed for a picture on social media with health-care and nutritional products.

Miller was pictured on Instagram on Tuesday night with products from AdvoCare. Miller is a graduate student who started three seasons for the Buckeyes but missed all of the Buckeyes’ championship season last year after shoulder surgery. He is expected to play this fall after rehabbing through spring workouts.

Student-athletes are permitted to hold jobs outside of school but they cannot use their status with a college team to sell products.

Jimenez trying to continue roll

SAUCIER, Miss. — Miguel Angel Jimenez has had quite a start to his Champions Tour career.

Since becoming eligible for the Tour last year after turning 50 years old, the Spaniard has won two out of the three events he’s entered, including the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in January. He’ll try to continue his run of success at this week’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak.

Compiled from a news release and The Associated Press.