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Stewart-Haas to use Dillon at Michigan
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Stewart-Haas Racing tabbed Austin Dillon to drive Tony Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet this week at Michigan International Speedway.
Stewart continues to recover from a broken right leg suffered in a sprint car crash Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa. SHR continues to field his No. 14 Chevrolet SS in the Sprint Cup Series. It will be Dillon’s 10th Sprint Cup start.
The 23-year-old Dillon, who won the Camping World Truck Series title two years ago, competes this year in the Nationwide Series and currently holds the points lead.
Max Papis drove the No. 14 to a 15th-place finish Sunday at Watkins Glen International. SHR has not determined who will drive the car at Bristol on Aug. 24.
Source: 76ers hire Brown as coach
PHILADELPHIA – A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press the Philadelphia 76ers have hired San Antonio assistant Brett Brown to be their coach, ending a four-month search to replace Doug Collins.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity yesterday because the move has not been officially announced.
Collins resigned in April after the Sixers went 34-48. New General Manager Sam Hinkie took quite a while looking for a replacement before choosing Brown, who was part of three NBA title teams with San Antonio.
Track & field
T&T federation: Baptiste out because of doping
MOSCOW – The Trinidad and Tobago athletics federation said sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste is involved in a doping case and that is why she withdrew from the 100 meters at the world championships.
The 2011 bronze medalist had been scheduled to compete in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay, but she pulled out of Sunday’s 100 heats.
The federation said the withdrawal was “related to doping matters,” adding that it was notified Thursday by the IAAF of the case and said it was “premature and inappropriate” to comment further since the case was still being dealt with.
Rays claim LHP Wright from Houston
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays bolstered their bullpen, claiming durable lefty Wesley Wright off waivers from the Houston Astros.
The Rays made the move yesterday. Tampa Bay is in the thick of the races for the AL East and wild-card spots.
Wright is expected to join the Rays for tonight’s home game against Seattle.
The 28-year-old Wright is 0-4 with a 3.92 ERA and leads AL relievers with 54 appearances. He has struck out 40 in 411∕3 innings with 16 walks.
Rangers claim infielder Rosales, again
HOUSTON – The wayward saga of infielder Adam Rosales has resumed, with the Texas Rangers once again claiming him off waivers from Oakland.
The Rangers made the move yesterday. Texas and Oakland are bunched at the top of the AL West race.
In the last two weeks, Rosales has twice been with the Athletics and twice been with the Rangers. Each time he’s been cut, the other team has acquired him.
The 30-year-old Rosales is hitting .191 with eight RBI in 51 games, all with the A’s. This is his sixth season in the majors.
Reds reinstate outfielder Ludwick from DL
CHICAGO – The Cincinnati Reds reinstated outfielder Ryan Ludwick from the 60-day disabled list before their game yesterday against the Chicago Cubs.
Ludwick has been out since opening day when he tore cartilage in his right shoulder during a head-first slide into third base against the Los Angeles Angels. Ludwick had shoulder surgery and couldn’t swing for three months.
During a rehab assignment, Ludwick went 6-for-44, but finished with a four-game hitting streak. Ludwick says coming back has been “a lot tougher than I thought it would be.”
Raymond paces U.S. Amateur at The Country Club
BROOKLINE, Mass. – Nick Hardy shot a 5-under-par 65 to take an early lead at the U.S. Amateur yesterday.
But he still has to play a round at The Country Club, the more difficult of the two courses hosting this year’s tournament.
England’s Neil Raymond shot 3-under at the par-70, 7,310-yard Country Club. The event is being held in Brookline, Mass., to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of Francis Ouimet’s landmark victory in the 1913 U.S. Open at The Country Club.
Stosur tops Kuznetsova to advance in Ohio
MASON, Ohio – Former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur moved into the second round of the Western & Southern Open with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova yesterday.
Stosur, who won the 2011 U.S. Open, lost in the round of 16 at the Rogers Cup in Toronto last week. She won the Southern California Open the previous week.
In other first-round women’s matches, wild card Lauren Davis upset No. 34 Klara Zakopalova, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (1), while 25th-ranked Simona Halep rallied to defeat Su-Wei Hsieh, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2.
In early first-round men’s action, American Mardy Fish lost to 26th-ranked Philipp Kohlschreiber, 7-5, 6-2.
American Brian Baker – in his first match since suffering a right knee injury in the first round of the Australian Open – pulled off 7-5, 6-3 upset of No. 63 Denis Istomin.
Blackhawks hire Weeks as goaltending coach
CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks hired NHL veteran Steve Weeks as goaltending coach.
This year’s Stanley Cup champions made the announcement yesterday. Weeks has more than 25 years of experience with the NHL. He most recently was an assistant coach and goaltending specialist with the Atlanta Thrashers from 2001 to 2010. He’s also been with the Carolina Hurricanes.
SEC agrees with 9 bowls, including Belk, Texas
The Southeastern Conference agreed to deals with nine bowl games, adding the Belk Bowl and Texas Bowl to its lineup starting in 2014.
Along with one guaranteed spot in the College Football Playoff, the SEC has 10 postseason slots for its 14 teams. All new bowl deals run six years.
The Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., will get first pick of SEC teams available after those qualifying for the College Football Playoff.
The Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., Texas Bowl in Houston and Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., will work with the conference to select teams.
Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La., will get the next pick, followed by the Birmingham Bowl.