Stewart is done for season; Martin to drive No. 14 Chevy
Out for the rest of the Sprint Cup Series season because of a broken leg, Tony Stewart turned to one of NASCAR’s most respected drivers to take over the No. 14 Chevrolet.
Mark Martin, 54, is up for the challenge of taking the wheel for his friend.
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“Hopefully, we can turn the 14 car back over to Tony an even stronger organization than what it was when he stepped away and got injured,” Martin said.
Martin has 40 victories and 56 poles in 870 starts at NASCAR’s highest level.
Martin was released from his part-time schedule at Michael Waltrip Racing on Monday and will drive the No. 14 car in 12 of the final 13 Cup races for Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart, a three-time Cup champion, is recovering from the broken right leg suffered in a sprint-car crash Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway.
Miami cuts ties with Dye
Dyron Dye will no longer be part of the Miami program, a decision that ends a Hurricanes career for the last member of the team with any real ties to the Nevin Shapiro scandal.
Dye, who played tight end last season and was expected to play on the defensive line this year, injured his Achilles tendon and needed surgery after Miami’s spring-practice season. It was not clear whether he would be able to play this season.
In the notice of allegations against Miami, Dye is one of 38 Miami players or recruits alleged to have received the improper benefit of partying at the home of Shapiro, the former booster and convicted Ponzi-scheme architect whose claims of wrongdoing sparked the investigation.
UCLA QB to transfer
UCLA has granted quarterback T.J. Millweard’s request to be released from his scholarship so he can transfer. Brett Hundley is the Bruins’ starting QB.
Marshall takes a leave
Defensive lineman Corey Marshall has left the Virginia Tech program “to take care of some personal matters,” director of football operations John Ballein said.
In an email, Ballein wrote “his status with the team will be determined at a later date.”
Cup tickets on sale Tuesday
Tickets for the 2014 World Cup go on sale Tuesday and FIFA is expecting similar demand to that from the 2006 tournament in Germany.
Fans from around the world will be allowed to apply for their tickets on FIFA’s website beginning at 3 a.m. PDT.
There were about seven applicants for every ticket of the 64-match tournament in 2006, an event FIFA reports was attended by more than 3.3 million fans. Almost 2 million tickets were sold to the public in South Africa in 2010.
Tickets for first-round matches will start at $90 for buyers outside Brazil. Tickets for the final at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro will cost $440 to $990.
All applications made through Oct. 10 will go into a random draw if there aren’t enough tickets available to fulfill all requests.
New Zealand takes 2-1 lead
Emirates Team New Zealand sailed away with another victory because of a mechanical failure to Italy’s Luna Rossa, taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-13 Louis Vuitton Cup finals on San Francisco Bay.
• Roger Federer is seeded No. 7 for the U.S. Open, the 17-time major winner’s first slot outside the top three at any Grand Slam tennis tournament since he was seeded fourth at Wimbledon in 2003. Play begins Monday.
• Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson and his girlfriend, who reportedly got into a fight Saturday, each face charges of domestic violence, harassment and misdemeanor criminal mischief, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. Lawson, who was arraigned Monday, is free on $1,000 bond.
• The Miami-Dade Police Department says its officers violated policy by providing a police escort to Miami Heat superstar LeBron James through heavy traffic at Friday’s Ju
stin Timberlake/Jay Z concert.
• Russia is chartering a cruise ship for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi from Costa Crociere S.p.A. — a company headquartered in Italy that operated the cruise ship that sank in 2012 off Italy, resulting in 32 deaths.
• Cannondale cyclist Peter Sagan of Slovakia won the opening stage of the USA Pro Challenge in Aspen, Colo. Sagan completed the 60.6-mile, three-lap circuit in 2 hours, 26 minutes.
BMC rider Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium finished second and Kiel Reijnen of the UnitedHealthcare team was third. Reijnen grew up in Bainbridge Island.
Sagan, Van Avermaet and Reijnen have the same overall time, but Sagan is the overall leader based on his stage victory.
• Olympic bronze medalist Danell Leyva will not compete at the world gymnastics championships because of a shoulder injury. The event begins Sept. 30 in Antwerp, Belgium.
• Australian Christopher Lane, 22, a baseball catcher for East Central University in Ada, Okla., was shot and killed in Duncan, Okla., in what police termed a random act of violence by three “bored” teens who decided to kill someone for the fun of it.
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