Furniture Row Racing hired Kurt Busch on Monday to drive for the Colorado-based team in 2013. Busch will replace Regan Smith in the No. 78 Chevrolet. Busch was the...

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Kurt Busch will drive for Furniture Row in 2013

Furniture Row Racing hired Kurt Busch on Monday to drive for the Colorado-based team in 2013. Busch will replace Regan Smith in the No. 78 Chevrolet.

Busch was the 2004 NASCAR champion, but he split with Penske Racing at the end of last season because of his many off-track incidents. He spent this season driving for Phoenix Racing in the Sprint Cup series and his brother’s Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Nationwide Series, where he won twice.

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The 34-year-old Busch has said his goal this season was to prove he deserved a chance with another top-tier team. With so few seats available, Furniture Row became the best option.

Busch will drive for his third team in three years when he takes the wheel for Furniture Row.

“Though we have made strides as a resourceful single-car Sprint Cup team, we are not where we want to be, which led us to the difficult decision of making a driver change as we move forward,” said Furniture Row Racing’s general manager Joe Garone. “Kurt’s exceptional driving talent has the capacity to take a team to another level. We look forward to having Kurt join our Denver-based organization and feel his racing experience will play an important role as we plan ahead to 2013.”

Busch has won 24 Sprint Cup races, as well as the 2010 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.


Labor talks remain at stalemate

A face-to-face meeting between top officials from the NHL and NHL Players’ Association wasn’t enough to break their labor stalemate.

The sides spent almost five hours together going over accounting for last season, but didn’t emerge with any plan to resume negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement to end the lockout.

The topic wasn’t even raised, according to representatives from each group.

Nine days into the lockout, negotiations remain on hold with owners and players entrenched in their positions.

“Obviously, we’ve got to talk before you can get a deal, so I think it’s important to get the talks going again,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. “But you also have to have something to say. I think it’s fair to say we feel like we need to hear from the players’ association in a meaningful way because I don’t think that they’ve really moved off their initial proposal, which was made more than a month ago.”

Steve Fehr, the NHLPA’s special counsel, declined comment after the meeting.


Olazabal arrives with Ryder Cup

European captain Jose Maria Olazabal has arrived at Medinah with a gold trophy that everyone wants to keep at the Ryder Cup.

Olazabal and three players from his team — Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari and Ryder Cup rookie Nicolas Colsaerts — flew from Europe to an airport in Rockford, Ill., about 45 minutes away Medinah.

U.S. captain Davis Love III was waiting to greet them in front of the clubhouse at Medinah when they arrived in a van.

Europe has won six of the past eight times, though Olazabal believes the teams are so evenly matched that it’s hard to call either team a favorite.

Both teams desperately want that 17-inch gold trophy.

Europe is coming off a 14 ½-13 ½ win two years ago in Wales, a week of slogging through the rain that forced a Monday finish that made everything worth the extra day when it came down to the final match, with Graeme McDowell delivering the winning point.


Lakers’ Blake out 3 weeks

with puncture wound

Training camp is still a week away, but the Los Angeles Lakers are already dealing with an unusual injury.

Backup point guard Steve Blake stepped on a spike strip over the weekend at a beach parking lot and suffered a puncture wound in his left foot. He can’t take part in any impact exercises for about three weeks, the Lakers said.

The Lakers begin exhibition play Oct. 7 against Golden State. The regular season begins Oct. 30 against Dallas.

Blake, 32, lives in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and was walking barefoot when he was injured.


• The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency tightened security at his organization after receiving several death threats during his investigation of Lance Armstrong.

“The Armstrong affair has prompted death threats against me. I received three of them, individual initiatives, in my opinion. Once again, the FBI dealt with that,” Travis Tygart said in an interview published in French sports daily L’Equipe from USADA offices in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“The BALCO case changed everything; we received death threats for the first time,” he added.

Kerri Walsh Jennings said she was pregnant when she won her third beach volleyball gold medal.

Walsh Jennings said on NBC’s “Today” show she is 11 weeks pregnant. That means she was already expecting her third child when she and Misty May-Treanor won the Olympic gold medal in London on Aug. 8.

• Chelsea captain John Terry announced his retirement from international soccer less than 24 hours before a Football Association hearing into allegations he racially abused an opponent during a Premier League game.

Terry, 31, said in a statement that English soccer’s governing body had forced his decision after he’d been acquitted in a London court of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during the Oct. 23 match.

Trudi Lacey is out as the general manager and coach of the Washington Mystics after a 5-29 record, the worst in the WNBA this season.

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