NASCAR fines, penalizes crews
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — NASCAR came down hard with far-reaching penalties against Penske Racing, including six-race suspensions for seven crew members of defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano, along with $200,000 in fines for bringing unapproved parts to Texas Motor Speedway for last weekend’s race.
Each driver and car owner was docked 25 championship points, dropping Keselowski from second to fourth in the Cup standings and Logano from ninth to 14th.
Stern: Decision still weeks away
NEW YORK (AP) — NBA Commissioner David Stern said a decision on the future home of the Kings franchise is still at least two weeks away.
Stern told reporters after a meeting of owners considering the team’s sale that it could be early next month before it’s known if the team is staying in Sacramento or heading to Seattle.
Stern said the committee will brief the board of governors during meetings today and Friday, but that there will be no vote.
Matthews gets long extension
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers locked up star linebacker Clay Matthews with a long-term extension, while the team continues to negotiate with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Matthews posted a picture of himself on Twitter signing the deal, saying, “Trivial amongst the recent tragic news, but happy to continue my career in Green Bay!”
The Packers did not announce terms of the extension, which is reported to be for five years and roughly $66 million.
Senate approves boxer’s pardon
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted to urge President Barack Obama to pardon posthumously the first black heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Johnson, who was convicted a century ago of accompanying a white woman across state lines.
Johnson won the title in 1908 and two years later defended it against a white man, Jim Jeffries, sparking race riots. In 1913, an all-white jury convicted Johnson of crossing state lines with a white woman for “immoral purposes.” He was sentenced to a year in prison. Relatives and supporters have long campaigned for Johnson’s exoneration.
The Senate approved the measure Wednesday.
Rules will have permanent home
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — James Naismith’s original rules of basketball are about to have a permanent home — appropriately enough, right on Naismith Drive.
The University of Kansas plans to build an $18 million facility that connects to Allen Fieldhouse and will house the original two-page document on which, in 1891, Naismith outlined the 13 basic rules for what would become the game of basketball.
Construction is expected to begin later this year.
Hardaway will enter NBA draft
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Tim Hardaway Jr. announced he’ll forgo his senior season at Michigan and enter the NBA draft, becoming the second Wolverine to declare early for this year’s draft after national player of the year Trey Burke announced his departure Sunday.
Burke could be one of the top players taken, but Hardaway’s status is less clear. The 6-foot-6 guard started all 107 games he played during his three-year career with the Wolverines, but he’s projected as a second-round pick by DraftExpress.