Kurt Busch wins 1st Duel; Burton wins 2nd at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Kurt Busch won his second race of Speedweeks by holding off Regan Smith on the last lap to win the first Daytona 500 qualifying race.
Jeff Burton won the second Daytona 500 qualifier by beating teammate Clint Bowyer to the finish line.
The victory is the second for Busch in less than a week. He also won the exhibition Budweiser Shootout.
The finishing order of Thursdays two qualifying races were used to set the field for the season-opening Daytona 500, the Super Bowl of auto racing.
Major League Baseball
Tigers Cabrera arrested on DUI charge in Florida
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera was arrested late Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving in Florida, leaving teammates stunned and concerned about the slugging first baseman less than a week into spring training.
The 27-year-old Cabrera has struggled with drinking-related problems in the past, but hes coming off perhaps his best season. He hit .328 with 38 home runs in 2010 and finished second in the American League MVP vote.
Cabrera was spotted by a deputy in a car with a smoking engine alongside a road in Fort Pierce. Inside the vehicle, Cabrera smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and took a swig from a bottle of scotch in front of a deputy, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriffs Office. He refused to cooperate and more deputies were called to the scene.
The arrest occurred about 110 miles southeast of Lakeland, where the Tigers hold spring training. Pitchers and catchers began workouts earlier this week, but position players dont start until Saturday.
National Football League
NFL, players union agree on one thing: Mediation
NEW YORK (AP) Two weeks before a potential lockout, the NFL and its players union are asking for help in their stalled negotiations.
Both sides agreed Thursday to mediation as they discuss a new collective bargaining agreement. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, an independent U.S. government agency, will oversee talks in Washington beginning today.
After holding separate discussions with representatives from the league and the union, FMCS director George H. Cohen said both sides agreed to have the agency mediate. Mediation is not binding.
Negotiations broke down last week, leading to the cancellation of one planned session. The players are expecting the owners to lock them out if the CBA expires March 3 without a new agreement.
Roddick, Isner, Bryans on Couriers 1st Cup team
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Andy Roddick will be part of the U.S. Davis Cup team for the first time in two years when it plays at Chile next month.
The eighth-ranked Roddick heads new U.S. captain Jim Couriers first roster, which also includes No. 18 Sam Querrey, No. 24 John Isner and the top-ranked doubles pair of twins Bob and Mike Bryan.
The best-of-five series will be played outdoors on clay March 4-6 at Santiago, Chile.
Roddick is 31-11 in Davis Cup play. Only John McEnroe (41) won more singles matches for the United States. Roddick skipped the 2010 Davis Cup and last participated in March 2009.
Courier was hired as captain in October.