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NHMS controversy results in a hearing

August 17, 2011

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Auto racing
Two IndyCar teams will argue their protests at a hearing Monday in Indianapolis, league officials said yesterday. Newman/Haas Racing and Target Chip Ganassi contend IndyCar vice president Brian Barnhart made the wrong decision Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Newman/Haas’s Oriol Servia passed Ryan Hunter-Reay on a restart near the end of the race. But when Danica Patrick slid sideways, causing a pileup behind the leaders, the race was red-flagged. Barnhart decided to revert to the previous starting order. That gave Hunter-Reay the win and left Servia in second. Ganassi’s team is involved because Team Penske driver Will Power was knocked out in the accident but later was restored to fifth place. Power trails Ganassi driver Dario Franchitti by 47 points. Andretti Autosport, Hunter-Reay’s team, also can attend the hearing.

Beltran, Romo go on DL, Tejada returns The Giants placed outfielder Carlos Beltran (strained right hand) and righthander Sergio Romo (elbow inflammation) on the 15-day disabled list, and activated infielder Miguel Tejada. Tejada was supposed to go on a minor league rehab assignment after missing 25 games with a lower abdominal strain, but San Francisco brought him back earlier because of Beltran’s injury . . . Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez went 1 for 3 against Durham and played six innings in the field during his rehab assignment at Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Rodriguez, who had knee surgery five weeks ago, is scheduled to play again tonight before rejoining the Yankees tomorrow at Minnesota . . . Phillies All-Star lefthander Cole Hamels will skip at least one turn in the rotation with shoulder inflammation . . . Security guards at the federal courthouse in Washington are under investigation for accepting baseballs autographed by former pitcher Roger Clemens after his criminal trial. The guards are not allowed to accept gifts from a criminal defendant. But the US Marshals Service said that it appears up to six baseballs were given to a guard who distributed them to colleagues. Clemens went through security entering the courthouse during his trial last month on charges of lying about using performance-enhancing drugs. But security guards escorted him out of the building through a throng of media when judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial after prosecutors showed inadmissible evidence.

Lakers’ Bryant involved in altercation Police in San Diego want to interview Kobe Bryant after a man claimed he was injured by the Lakers star during a confrontation at a church. Police said Bryant apparently thought the man was taking his picture with a cellphone at a Carmel Valley church Sunday. Bryant reportedly took the phone from the man but saw no pictures on it, then left the church. The man went to a hospital for treatment of a wrist injury . . . Cappie Pondexter scored 26 points to lead host New York to a 69-66 WNBA win over Washington.

MLS adjusts designated player rules Major League Soccer will adjust its designated player rules beginning in 2012 in the hopes of bringing in more young international talent. MLS teams are currently allowed to have three designated players on their rosters - players whose salaries don’t fully count against the salary cap. International designated players age 20 or younger will be charged just $150,000 against the team’s salary cap. Players ages 21 to 23 will count $200,000 against the cap. Both numbers are down from the $335,000 charge for all other designated players. MLS also announced that US national team midfielder Eddie Johnson will return and go through allocation to be assigned to a team. Johnson is the third national team player to sign with MLS this season, joining Freddy Adu, who signed with Philadelphia, and the Revolution’s Benny Feilhaber . . . Manchester United’s American owners plan to dilute their stake in the Premier League champions with an initial public offering in Singapore. The Glazer family, which also owns the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has been unpopular with sections of the United fan base because of the club’s debt, which did not exist before the leveraged buyout. Manchester United has been valued at $1.9 billion by Forbes magazine, soccer’s most valuable team the last seven years.

Williams continues her winning ways Serena Williams, winner of her last two tournaments, defeated Lucie Hradecka, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), in the first round of the Western & Southern Open, a US Open tuneup in Mason, Ohio. Williams has improved her world ranking from No. 175 to No. 31 in her comeback from injury and illness. She has won 12 straight matches, tying Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenka for the longest streak on the WTA Tour this year . . . Winnipeg Jets center Rick Rypien, 27, found dead at his Alberta home Monday, had been dealing with depression for at least a decade, said Jets assistant general manager Craig Heisinger, who was the GM of the Manitoba Moose when Rypien played for the AHL team . . . New Jersey Republican Secretary of State Kim Guadagno won’t certify nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis as a candidate for state Senate because the Democratic former track star doesn’t meet New Jersey’s four-year residency requirement to run . . . George David, 69, former chairman and CEO of United Technologies Corp., was among 21 crew members rescued after their US-registered yacht capsized during a race off the coast of Ireland. David told the Irish Examiner that the mishap happened quickly and that conditions weren’t bad. He said the crew faced greater challenges last month when it won the Transatlantic Race 2011 from Newport, R.I., to Cornwall, England.