Robby Gordon has been placed on probation by Richard Childress Racing for the remainder of the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup season after admitting he intentionally caused an accident last Sunday in New Hampshire that involved championship contenders Tony Stewart and Jeremy Mayfield.
Team owner Childress made the announcement yesterday, apologizing to the fans, media, the teams involved and Cingular Wireless, the sponsor of Gordon's No. 31 Chevrolet, for the situation that occurred during the Sylvania 300.
"If there is one positive," Childress said, "I think this can make Robby understand that there is more to racing than just being aggressive. In this sport today, one action can affect many people's lives on the track and beyond it, as well.
"Many athletes have made mistakes in their careers and would take back the negative things they've said or done if they could."
Gordon was angered 17 laps into Sunday's race when Greg Biffle caused him to spin. After radioing to his crew that he would retaliate, he made good on the threat by intentionally wrecking Biffle later in the race.
* COLLEGES: A third La Salle basketball player has been charged with rape over an alleged 2003 sexual encounter with a female La Salle player that was reported to coaches at the time but not to police, officials said. Dzaflo Larkai, 22, a forward who attended high school in England, surrendered on rape and related charges.
* OLYMPICS: The South Korean gymnast who lost the Olympic all-around title to American Paul Hamm after a scoring error is getting the gold medal treatment at home.
Yang Tae Young got a replica gold medal from the Korean Olympic Committee as well as a $20,000 check, the same prize promised to South Korea's other gold medalists. . . .
Golf, rugby, squash, karate and roller sports are in the running for possible inclusion at the 2012 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee said it notified those five sports' governing bodies that they will be "studied further."
* SOCCER: Thomas Brannon scored on a header with 7 minutes 12 seconds left in the second overtime as William & Mary (4-1-1) upset No. 1 Maryland, 1-0, in Williamsburg. The Terps fell to 5-1-1. . . . Igor Simutenkov scored on a free kick five minutes into the first overtime period, leading the Kansas City Wizards to a 1-0 victory over the visiting Chicago Fire in the all-MLS championship match of the U.S. Open Cup.
-- From News Services