Homestead-Miami Speedway suffered some damage from the strong winds of Hurricane Wilma, but next month's season-ending NASCAR race will go on as scheduled, the track president said yesterday.
High winds blew parts of pit row's garage suites across the track and into the grandstand, damaging the seating area, debris fences and some of the track's new $8.5 million lighting system for night racing.
There was no structural damage to the racing surface, site of the Ford 400 on Nov. 20. Speedway President Curtis Gray said he was still waiting for a damage estimate.
"We're scrambling a little bit, but all the rest is under way," Gray said. "We expect to be ready to go in three weeks."
* BASEBALL: New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman has been offered a three-year contract worth more than $5 million, and the team hopes he will decide in the next few days to stay.
Cashman, who made $1.15 million in the final season of a three-year contract that expires Monday, has not told the team of his intentions, a high-ranking baseball official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because negotiations are ongoing.
Cashman and Yankees general partner Steve Swindal, who is handling negotiations on behalf of the team, did not return telephone calls seeking comment.
* SOCCER: Germany's national team coach, Juergen Klinsmann, won't be moving out of California despite criticism from Bundesliga coaches.
Klinsmann and the league coaches held a lively discussion in Frankfurt, Germany, with Klinsmann making no concession on his residence less than eight months before the World Cup.
Klinsmann's choice to continue to live in California was one of the main points of contention, along with his rotation of goalkeepers and the unorthodox fitness programs devised by American trainers.
* FIGURE SKATING: Michelle Kwan has withdrawn from the Cup of China, her last chance to skate in the Grand Prix series leading to the 2006 Olympics. Kwan, who dropped out of Skate America earlier this month, has been sidelined for two weeks with a strained ligament in her right hip. She has resumed training, but will not be fully recovered for another month.
-- From News Services