Biffle discusses confrontation with Johnson after Cup event
If Greg Biffle could go back to Sunday, when he grabbed Jimmie Johnson by the collar and spun him around to confront him, he would probably reach for the five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion’s arm.
And Biffle, who is from Vancouver, Wash., would perhaps ask for a private conversation rather than interrupting Johnson during postrace interviews.
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For the way it actually transpired, Biffle said, he plans to apologize to Johnson.
But that is where it ends. Biffle remained adamant that Johnson rammed into the back of his car at Martinsville Speedway, causing heavy damage to Biffle’s rear-bumper cover and perhaps preventing him from his first career top-three finish at the Virginia track.
“Maybe I overreacted a small amount, but I wanted him to know I was not happy with what took place,” Biffle said Tuesday.
Biffle said he was in the fastest car on the track for 65 laps at Martinsville when Johnson rear-ended him and knocked off the bumper cover. Biffle had to pit to repair the damage; he restarted at the back of the field and finished ninth.
So he was admittedly “furious” when he approached Johnson, who argued he did not run into Biffle and had been racing “inside” of Biffle.
“His claim that he was inside me is not true,” Biffle said. “The TV part of it has done a horrible job. They show me and him side by side and the bumper is flying off. Well, that was a lap and a half after he hit me. Show it where the bumper was secure, not flapping. That was the incident.
“You watch all the coverage and they take it out of context. They don’t have the story right.”
Biffle asked media if Johnson will have a reinforced bumper for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
“He’s running for a title, right?” Biffle said. “Just checking.”
Superstar Beckham reportedly wants to start Miami MLS team
His playing career over, former England captain David Beckham reportedly has decided his next move: starting a Major League Soccer team in Miami.
Since leaving the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy in December, and retiring from the game after a subsequent five-month stint at Paris Saint-Germain, Beckham has been mulling over the location for his MLS franchise.
Beckham, 38, has made up his mind and he would pay a discounted rate of $25 million to start an MLS expansion team in Miami, a source told The Associated Press.
The option of becoming a team owner was included in the MLS contract Beckham signed when joining the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.
Whitecaps fire coach Rennie
The Vancouver Whitecaps, who failed to make the MLS playoffs this year, fired coach Martin Rennie.
Rennie had a 24-25-19 record in two seasons and guided Vancouver to the playoffs last year.
“Ultimately, the rationale behind the decision is the inconsistency,” team president Bob Lenarduzzi said. “If we look back over the two years, we had two relatively good starts, and in each of those seasons we seemed to tail off.”
Real Madrid seeks apology
Real Madrid of Spain has asked FIFA President Sepp Blatter to apologize for making fun of standout player Cristiano Ronaldo.
Blatter recently told an audience at Oxford University that Ronaldo is “like a commander on the field of play” before strutting around the stage in an apparent attempt to mimic Ronaldo. Blatter said he preferred FC Barcelona rival Lionel Messi.
While comparing Messi and Ronaldo, Blatter made a joke about Ronaldo’s hair. “One has more expenses for the hairdresser than the other, but that doesn’t matter,” Blatter said.
AP reports Russia breaks pledge
As a centerpiece of its bid for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Russia trumpeted a “Zero Waste” program that promised the cleanest Games ever, saying it would refrain from dumping construction waste and rely on reusable materials.
But on a visit last week to Akhshtyr, north of Sochi, The Associated Press found Russia’s state-owned rail monopoly is dumping tons of construction waste into what authorities call an illegal landfill, raising concerns of possible contamination in the water that directly supplies Sochi.
Meanwhile, the group Queer Nation New York called for a U.S. boycott of the Sochi Olympics.
Russian law outlaws “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.” That raised fears of whether it could be applied to international athletes and fans — but also broader criticism the International Olympic Committee should pressure Russia to repeal the law.
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The company announced it and Woods have made a “mutual decision to end our partnership.”
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