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NASCAR: Ex-driver’s home won’t be burned

on December 17, 2013 10:50 AM

CATAWBA, N.C. (AP) — The scheduled burning of the million-dollar home once owned by former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield as part of a fire training exercise was canceled.

Chief Donald Robinson of the Catawba Volunteer Fire Department said Saturday’s scheduled burning was called off because of the threat of rain. Firefighters had said previously that rain would not prevent the burning from taking place.

Robinson said the house was in such bad shape firefighters could not conduct any of the practice drills inside.

Army fires coach following loss

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Army fired coach Rich Ellerson after five seasons at West Point and no victories against Navy.

Army athletic director Boo Corrigan said Ellerson was notified that he would not be retained Sunday night, about 24 hours after the Black Knights (3-9) finished the season with a 34-7 loss to Navy.

Ellerson went 20-41 at the U.S. Military Academy and couldn’t snap the Black Knights’ losing streak against their most important rival. The Midshipmen have won 12 straight in the series, the longest streak by either side.

Ellerson came to West Point after eight seasons at Cal Poly and brought the triple-option offense back to Army.

Belcher’s body exhumed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The family of former Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Jovan Belcher has had his body exhumed so that his brain can be examined for possible clues about why he killed his girlfriend and himself last year.

Family attorney Dirk Vandever told The Kansas City Star that Belcher’s body was taken Friday from the North Babylon Cemetery in Bay Shore, N.Y. Vandever didn’t immediately respond to Saturday phone and email messages from The Associated Press.

The examination of Belcher’s brain could help determine whether he had a destructive brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The condition has been linked to head blows, and early signs in younger athletes can include mood changes.

Holcomb wins seventh race

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Reigning Olympic champion Steven Holcomb remained perfect on the season Sunday, driving USA-1 to victory in a World Cup 4-man race at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

Holcomb and his team of Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt finished two runs in 1 minute, 50.15 seconds.

Holcomb has driven to victory in all seven of his World Cup starts this season. American bobsledders and skeleton athletes won 11 of 21 medals awarded in Lake Placid this weekend.

• ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — World champion Tessa Worley of France won a World Cup giant slalom on Sunday, racing to the fastest time in both runs.

• LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Elizabeth Yarnold of Britain won a shortened World Cup skeleton race Sunday at Mount Van Hoevenberg, topping Austria’s Janine Flock. Noelle Pikus-Pace of the U.S. was third in 56.72 seconds.

• DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Marit Bjoergen of Norway beat Kikkan Randall of the United States in a photo finish Sunday to complete a sprint-distance race victory double in the cross-country ski World Cup.

 

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Marcos Maidana overpowered Adrien Broner to take the WBA welterweight championship, knocking him down twice in a unanimous decision Saturday night at the Alamodome.

The target of heavy trash talking leading up to the fight, Maidana was dominant in handing Broner his first loss in 28 bouts. After the judges’ scores of 115-110, 116-109 and 117-109 were announced in favor of Maidana, Broner ran out of the ring.

Broner is nicknamed “The Problem,” but Maidana (35-3) had the answer with power that the three-time world champion had never faced before.

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sherry Cervi won her fourth barrel racing season title Saturday night at the National Finals Rodeo, winning the 10-round aggregate title and earning her record-tying 10th paycheck.

Cervi, from Marana, Ariz., was fifth in the final round at 14.15 seconds. She topped the aggregate standings at 138.15 to break the record of 138.26 set by Jill Moody in 2010.

Cervi is the fifth barrel racer in NFR history and first since Kristie Peterson in 1997 to finish in the six money-earning spots in all 10 rounds.

Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, S.D., won the round at 13.88.

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