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NASCAR’s Penske penalties upheld by appeals board

CONCORD, N.C. – A three-member appeals board upheld NASCAR’s sweeping penalties against Penske Racing on Wednesday for a failed inspection last month at Texas and team owner Roger Penske vowed to take the ruling to the series’ highest level.

The three-member National Stock Car Racing Appeals Panel unanimously upheld all penalties levied against the organization, including defending champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, over confiscated parts in the rear suspensions of the drivers’ Fords. NASCAR chief appellate officer John Middlebrook will hear Penske’s final appeal next Tuesday.

NBA

Lillard is 4th rookie to win top honors unanimously

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard unanimously was chosen the NBA’s Rookie of the Year.

Lillard, the sixth overall pick in last June’s draft out of Weber State, led all rookies with a 19-point scoring average. He also averaged 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds, playing in all 82 games this season.

Lillard broke Stephen Curry’s rookie record for 3-pointers in a season, finishing with 185. He is the fourth player in league history to win the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy unanimously, joining Blake Griffin in 2011, David Robinson in 1990 and Ralph Sampson in 1984.

NBA Summer League grows with a championship round

MIAMI – The NBA Summer League announced Wednesday for the first time since the summer league’s inception in 2004 it will feature a format that includes preliminary games followed by a single-elimination tournament where a champion will be crowned.

This year’s summer league will begin in Las Vegas on July 12, with the championship matchup set for July 22. All teams will play at least five games, with the tournament set to begin after teams are seeding following the conclusion of games played July 16.

The league said last year’s event set a slew of records, including participating teams (24); attendance (more than 51,000 over the 10-day event); games played (60); number of games shown live on NBA TV (38) and participating top draft picks (13 of the top 14 selections from last year’s draft).

Bucks part with Boylan after their postseason appearance

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. – A trip to the playoffs wasn’t enough to save Jim Boylan’s job with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bucks announced Wednesday that Boylan won’t be offered a new contract. Though Milwaukee made the playoffs for the first time in three years under Boylan, the decision was expected after the Bucks lost 12 of their last 16 games, finishing with their third consecutive losing season and eighth in nine years. The Bucks then were swept by the Miami Heat, losing all four games by double digits.

College Basketball

Vols recommit to Summitt as head coach emeritus

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Pat Summitt will continue in her role as the Tennessee head coach emeritus on Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick’s staff next season.

The university announced Wednesday that Summitt had agreed to a one-year contract that will pay her $85,000, less than a quarter of the $354,375 she received for the same role last year.

In her role as head coach emeritus last season, Summitt attended most practices and watched virtually every home game from the stands. She also mentored players and coaches and assisted in on-campus recruiting.

Summitt stepped down as the Tennessee head coach in April 2012, one year after announcing she had early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. She posted a 1,098-208 record and led Tennessee to eight national titles and 18 Final Four appearances in 38 seasons.

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