Patrick to announce move to NASCAR Danica Patrick is expected to announce her 2012 move to NASCAR. The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Patrick was finalizing a deal to drive full time for JR Motorsports in the second-tier Nationwide Series. Patrick and GoDaddy.com chairman Bob Parsons will be at today’s announcement at company headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz. . . . Watkins Glen International is contemplating safety changes after the violent wreck on the last lap of the Sprint Cup race there just over a week ago. Track president Michael Printup said the steel Armco barrier that lines much of the 2.45-mile circuit “gave a lot more than a Safer barrier does’’ when David Ragan and David Reutimann collided. Both were treated and released at the track, but were visibly shaken when they limped away from the wreckage.
Auto racingRyan Hunter-Reay is still the New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner. A three-member IndyCar panel yesterday upheld Brian Barnhart’s decision to revert the finishing order to what it had been before the crash-marred final restart Aug. 14. Barnhart said after the race it was a mistake to restart on a damp track - a decision some drivers and teams, notably Hunter-Reay and Will Power - opposed. Newman/Haas Racing and Target Chip Ganassi said their drivers, Spain’s Oriol Servia and New Zealand’s Scott Dixon, had passed Hunter-Reay before the yellow flag came out. Barnhart “had the authority’’ to make the decision, the panel said in a statement. “We also agree that his decision to abort the restart and set the finishing positions that existed before the attempted restart to be an exercise of reasonable discretion.’’
CollegesTennessee’s Pearl gets 3-year penalty The NCAA said it wanted to send a clear message by slapping former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl with a three-year show-cause penalty: Coaches are responsible for their programs. Pearl is prohibited from recruiting during the next three years, and a school would have to convince the NCAA to change its mind if it wanted to hire him during that time. The NCAA said it had punished Pearl for lying to investigators about improperly hosting recruits at his home and urging others to do the same . . . Colleen Kelly, who led Babson to its first conference championship as captain, is a semifinalist for the NCAA’s 2011 Woman of the Year Award.
BaseballGiants claim Padres’ Bell off waivers The Giants claimed Padres closer Heath Bell off waivers, four people with knowledge of the situation said. Once Bell is claimed, San Diego has 48 hours to decide whether to trade the three-time All-Star, allow him to be claimed, or pull him back from waivers. ESPN reported the Giants had won the waiver claim for the 33-year-old Bell, who converted his 35th save in 39 opportunities in Tuesday’s 7-5 win over the Giants . . . Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, suffered a slight setback in his recovery over the weekend, according to his family. Stow’s family members posted on their website that a spinal fluid test came back positive for urinary tract and staph infections . . . Bruno Ruiz hit a ninth-inning homer to break a pitcher’s duel and lead Mexicali, Mexico, to a 2-1 win over Maracay, Venezuela at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Mexico advances to Saturday’s international bracket final, while Venezuela plays Japan today .
CyclingFeds want Armstrong grand jury secret Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to rule that Lance Armstrong’s attorneys have no right to see a court filing that offers “extensive details’’ about a grand jury investigation into allegations the cyclist used performance-enhancing drugs. Yesterday’s filing asked US District Judge Jacqueline Nguyen to keep a government filing sealed and to not order prosecutors to file a redacted copy because it would allow Armstrong’s attorneys to speculate on the grand jury’s work.
MiscellanyRoddick, Isner win in Winston-Salem Andy Roddick advanced to the quarterfinals in the Winston-Salem Open, beating Santiago Giraldo, 6-1, 6-3. He and No. 4-seeded John Isner, who defeated No. 13-seeded Jarkko Nieminen, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, are the only Americans left in final men’s tuneup before next week’s US Open . . . Anabel Medina Garrigues overcame a knee injury to beat Elena Vesnina, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), in the second round of the New Haven Open. Marion Bartoli also advanced with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 win over Klara Zakopalova . . . Rebecca Bross will miss the world gymnastics championships after dislocating her right kneecap at Saturday’s US championships . . . Funeral services for Johnny Kelley, the former Boston Marathon champion, will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Union Baptist Church at 119 High Street in Mystic, Conn., followed by a reception.
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