NASCAR fined Kasey Kahne's crew chief $10,000 and put him on probation yesterday for his role in a fight in Tony Stewart's pit at Chicagoland Speedway.
Tommy Baldwin was fined $5,000 for violating a rule prohibiting altercations in another team's pit area and $5,000 for not controlling crew members. He also was placed on probation until Dec. 31.
The sanctioning body also said it was fining four crew chiefs for equipment violations earlier this month at Daytona.
"For not doing anything, it's a big, big hit for the team," said Baldwin, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for testing before next month's Brickyard 400.
The fight in Stewart's pit happened after the driver spun out race leader Kahne on a restart Sunday in the Tropicana 400. Kahne crashed into the wall and Stewart went on to win.
Baldwin and his crew went to Stewart's pit, where a heated discussion turned into a shoving match, with crew members falling over tires until NASCAR officials intervened.
* FOOTBALL: The Arizona Cardinals ended their offseason workouts a week early after a group of players complained to their union that the team had violated league rules by working the players too hard.
NFL Executive Vice President Harold Henderson and Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw said the team violated rules on the intensity level and tempo of drills during voluntary workouts under new coach Dennis Green. As a result, the Cardinals have forfeited the final week of their offseason program, which was scheduled to run through Friday. . . .
Former Washington Redskins defensive tackle Darrell Russell was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, four months after the troubled former Pro Bowler signed with the team. Russell, the second overall pick in the 1997 draft, spent part of last season with the Redskins after he was reinstated by the NFL following a 11/2-year suspension for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
* BASKETBALL: Derrick Dial scored 19 points, Leandro Barbosa added 18 and Casey Jacobsen scored 17 as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Washington Wizards, 92-88, in a Reebok Vegas Summer League game in Las Vegas. Jared Jeffries scored 21 points for the Wizards. . . . Los Angeles Lakers forward Devean George had surgery on his left ankle in Indianapolis and likely will miss the beginning of next season.
* COLLEGES: Long Beach State pitcher Jered Weaver won the Golden Spikes Award as amateur baseball's top player. Weaver, the brother of Los Angeles Dodgers starter Jeff Weaver, was taken 12th overall by the Anaheim Angels in last month's draft. . . . Miami cornerback Antrel Rolle was suspended indefinitely after being charged with battery on a police officer.
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