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Auto Racing

NASCAR calls California race just business as usual

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR won’t penalize Tony Stewart for scuffling with Joey Logano on pit road at California and saw nothing to indicate Logano or Denny Hamlin were trying to intentionally wreck each other as they raced for the win.

In addition, NASCAR officials have given no thought to policing blocking, which is what Logano did to Stewart on the final restart to trigger the postrace confrontation.

As for the last-lap crash between Logano and Hamlin, NASCAR simply viewed it as a racing incident.

NBA

Sacramento approves new throne for their Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento is in a stronger position to convince the NBA to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle with a deal now in place to build an 18,500-seat arena downtown.

Late Tuesday the Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 to approve a deal that contributes $258 million to the $447 million project. The city plans to use money earned from leasing parking garages for events at the arena to help pay the public cost of the new arena on the current site of an aging shopping mall.

The other $189 million will come from the California investment group seeking to have the NBA negate a pending sale that would move the team and restore the SuperSonics name.

Opponents argued that the city should not be paying to subsidize billionaires.

Soccer

USA picks up 2nd point ever at Mexico’s Azteca Stadium

MEXICO CITY – Brad Guzan swatted away shot after shot, and the Americans hung on for a 0-0 draw with Mexico on Tuesday night, earning only their second point in a World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium.

The tie moves the U.S. into third place in World Cup qualifying for the North and Central American and Caribbean region, one point behind Panama and behind Costa Rica on goal difference.

Mexico coach Manuel de la Torre is sure to come under fire after a third draw in a row. El Tri had plenty of chances but couldn’t finish and were dismal on set pieces. Mexico had 15 corner kicks, including three in the last two minutes of stoppage time, and Guzan body-blocked the most dangerous one, by Angel Reyna.

FIFA upholds United States’ victory over Costa Rica

ZURICH – FIFA upheld the United States’ 1-0 win over Costa Rica in a snowy World Cup qualifier last week, saying the protest by the visitors was not filed correctly.

The Ticos were angered by the decision of referee Joel Aguilar of El Salvador to allow the game in Commerce City to be played on a snow-covered field.

World Cup regulations required Ticos captain Bryan Ruiz to “immediately lodge a protest” with the referee if he believed the field became unplayable, FIFA said. U.S. captain Clint Dempsey also needed to be present for the protest.

Protests also must be filed in writing to FIFA’s administration “no later than two hours after the match,” the regulations state. FIFA said it received the protest letter Sunday, two days after the game.

Tennis

As expected, Bryans, Isner and Querrey get Serbia

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – As expected, Sam Querrey, John Isner and the Bryan brothers are on the United States roster for the Davis Cup quarterfinal against Serbia and top-ranked Novak Djokovic.

The roster was announced Tuesday by U.S. captain Jim Courier. The event will be held on an indoor hard court April 5-7 in Boise, Idaho.

The winner will face Italy or Canada in the Davis Cup semifinals in September.

Djokovic, a six-time Grand Slam singles champion, will be joined on Serbia’s team by Viktor Troicki, Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic.

Associated Press