Robby Gordon Motorsports was fined $50,000 yesterday and docked 25 championship points, the most severe penalty for violations at Daytona International Speedway.
NASCAR fined crew chief Bob Temple and deducted points from car owner Jim Smith for an unapproved intake manifold on his Chevrolet on Feb. 11 during the initial Nextel Cup inspection for the season-opening Daytona 500.
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Gordon, driver and part owner of the new team, failed to make the starting lineup for the Daytona 500 and has no points. Smith earned 31 based on qualifying results.
The Wood Brothers Racing team was assessed four penalties because of an unapproved spoiler adjustment found on the Ford driven by RickyRudd. He was penalized 25 points, Glen Wood lost owner points, crew chief Michael McSwain was fined $25,000 and crew member Marc Smith was suspended from NASCAR competition until March 31.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Travis Diener's college career is over thanks to a broken hand, leaving him 83 points shy of surpassing George Thompson as Marquette's all-time leading scorer. Diener, a Cousy Award finalist as the nation's top point guard, broke his left hand Tuesday. He leads Conference USA with averages of 19.7 points and seven assists, and is the only player in the country to lead a major conference in both categories.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen is scheduled to interview two candidates this week to replace receivers coach-recruiting coordinator James Franklin, who left to work for the Green Bay Packers. Friedgen will interview James Madison defensive coordinator George Barlow and Delaware passing game coordinator Bryan Bossard, a source familiar with the search said.
SOCCER: Hernan Crespo scored in the 78th minute when goalkeeper Roy Carroll allowed a rebound on a long-range shot, and visiting AC Milan beat Manchester United, 1-0, in the first leg of the European Champions League's second round
Carroll, who replaced American Tim Howard as Manchester United's starting goalkeeper earlier this season, failed to hold the initial shot by Clarence Seedorf, leading to Crespo's third goal of the competition this season. In other games, Barcelona rallied to beat visiting Chelsea, 2-1; Lyon won, 3-0, at Werder Bremen; and Inter Milan played a 1-1 tie at Porto, the defending champion.
COURTS: Former soccer star Diego Maradona was ordered to pay about $39 million in back taxes after an Italian court rejected his appeal. . . . Former Olympic skier Bill Johnson pleaded not guilty to all charges related to his confrontation with police during a traffic stop in Troutdale, Ore. . . . Two-time world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. was fined and ordered to perform community service but given no jail time in connection with a barroom fight in Michigan.
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