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Report: Patrick headed to NASCAR

August 18, 2011

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Danica Patrick will formally announce her intent to move to NASCAR full time in 2012, reported yesterday. Citing multiple sources, the website said Patrick, who has raced in both the IndyCar Series and the Nationwide series this season and last, will drive the No. 7 Chevrolet for the entire 2012 Nationwide Series schedule for JR Motorsports. She also plans to enter select Sprint Cup races next season in cars prepared by Stewart-Haas Racing, with the intent to move to Sprint Cup full time in a multiyear deal with Stewart-Haas in 2013. It is unknown how this may affect Patrick’s ability to compete in the 2012 Indianapolis 500.

Ex-ref NBA kills self; wife found dead A former NBA referee shot and killed himself in a suburban New Orleans hotel room on the same day his wife was found strangled at their Houston-area home last week, authorities said yesterday. A law enforcement official in Montgomery County, Texas, said Troy Raymond, 46, was a “person of interest’’ in the death of his wife, Leslie Anderson Raymond, 41, whose body was discovered last Thursday at their home in Spring. Troy Raymond’s body was discovered at a hotel in Jefferson Parish. The coroner’s office said he shot himself in the head. Raymond was an NBA referee during the 2003-04 season and more recently has refereed college basketball games, including for the Sun Belt Conference . . . University of Michigan “Fab Five’’ member and ex-Raptors player Jimmy King said he’s working with authorities to resolve a child support claim. King was arrested Aug. 9 on accusations he failed to pay $17,000 in support and ignored repeated warnings to get back on schedule. King’s lawyer Andrew Abood says his client has already paid $60,000 in support of his son.

A-Rod may not be activated tonight Alex Rodriguez went 1 for 2 with an RBI and an error in his last minor league tuneup, but he might not be activated when the Yankees open a series at Minnesota tonight. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Rodriguez told him his right knee still felt “tentative.’’ Rodriguez had surgery last month for a torn meniscus . . . The Mariners completed their trade with the Tigers by acquiring righthanded pitcher Chance Ruffin . . . The Rockies finalized their five-player trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians last month by acquiring lefty Drew Pomeranz, who was assigned to Double A Tulsa.

Serena withdraws, Wozniacki out early Serena Williams woke up with a sore and swollen right big toe, prompting her to withdraw from the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. Williams had won two straight tournaments at Stanford and Toronto, and her win on Tuesday night at the Cincinnati-area tournament was her seventh match in eight days. The tournament also lost top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki, who dropped her opening match for the second consecutive week, falling to Christina McHale, 6-4, 7-5, in the second round. In the men’s bracket, second-seeded Rafael Nadal beat qualifier Julien Benneteau, 6-4, 7-5, despite burns on the index and middle finger of his right hand from a hot plate . . . Former champ Lleyton Hewitt, Robby Ginepri, Ryan Harrison and Donald Young are among seven players awarded wild cards into the men’s draw at the US Open. Steve Johnson, Jack Sock, and Julien Benneteau also received wild cards for the Grand Slam tournament that begins Aug. 29.

NHL will review behavioral programs NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to review its substance abuse and behavioral health program after the deaths of two players over the summer. Winnipeg Jets forward Rick Rypien and New York Rangers tough guy Derek Boogaard both spent time in the program. Rypien died Monday at his offseason home in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, where a police official said a call was answered for a “sudden and non-suspicious’’ death. He was 27. Boogaard died at age 28 in May due to an accidental mix of alcohol and the painkiller oxycodone . . . Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is facing a civil lawsuit from two men who say he orchestrated a shooting attack on them two years ago outside a Las Vegas skating rink . . . The International Boxing Federation ordered a rematch of Abner Mares’s bantamweight title victory over Joseph Agbeko in Las Vegas Saturday. Mares won a narrow majority decision victory, but also threw several apparently low blows that went unpenalized . . . Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen was hit in the head by a thrown piece of a bobblehead doll during last night’s game against Portland. Two people were taken into custody shortly after the incident. Sporting gave away bobblehead dolls of forward Omar Bravo at the game . . . Chivas USA defender Jimmy Conrad is retiring after a concussion limited him to two games this season.