Suspended NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger has elected to bring his own experts to the testing of his "B" urine sample, The Associated Press...

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Allmendinger will bring own experts for ‘B’ sample

Suspended NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger has elected to bring his own experts to the testing of his “B” urine sample, The Associated Press has learned.

Under NASCAR’s drug-testing policy, an individual can bring in experts for the second test and Allmendinger wants his own toxicologist and attorney present, two people familiar with the case told the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because the process is confidential.

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Because Allmendinger is bringing his own people, the test of the sample will not occur until next week. Allmendinger has the right to take the time needed to assemble his team of experts.

Allmendinger was suspended by NASCAR on Saturday for failing a random drug test taken June 29.


Seau’s brain tissue donated for research

Junior Seau’s family has donated some of his brain tissue for research amid questions about whether damage from his football career contributed to his decision to commit suicide, officials said Thursday.

The San Diego County medical examiner’s office recently released preserved brain tissue to the National Institutes of Health, coroner’s spokeswoman Sarah Gordon said.

“We have no information about the type of study that will be done,” she said.

The tissue was released at the request of Seau’s family, she added. She declined to disclose whether Seau’s entire brain was released.

The 43-year-old former NFL linebacker shot himself in the chest at his Oceanside home in May, less than 2 ½ years after ending his Pro Bowl career.

Cleveland Browns select Baylor receiver Gordon

The Cleveland Browns believe they got a bargain in former Baylor wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Cleveland took Gordon in the second round of the NFL’s supplemental draft. He was the only player selected; the Browns must forfeit their second-round pick in the 2013 draft.

Gordon was suspended for marijuana as a junior in 2011 at Baylor. He transferred to Utah, but decided not to play.

Horse racing

Industry officials call for discipline for doping horses

Eight prominent members of the racing industry, including a track owner and a veterinarian, told a Senate committee that horse trainers should be barred for life if they are found even once to have used potent performance-enhancing drugs like dermorphin, a frog secretion recently found in racehorses in several states.

The hearing, before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, focused largely on the use of drugs, therapeutic and illegal, in horse racing and how to stem their improper use.

Under questioning from Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., all witnesses called for tougher discipline of trainers.

Jockey Albarado convicted of assaulting former girlfriend

Jockey Robby Albarado was convicted of assaulting his former girlfriend during a scuffle for his phone, the latest setback for the veteran rider who has been embroiled in legal turmoil the last two years.

Albarado, who has won more than 4,300 races, including the 2007 Preakness aboard Curlin, looked on glumly as the Jefferson (Ky.) County District Court jury convicted him of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor. The jury recommended he pay a $500 fine but serve no jail time.


Lleyton Hewitt defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I. It marked his second straight-set victory in three matches.

Marion Bartoli defeated Mallory Burdette 7-5, 6-0 in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford.

Teemu Selanne, 42, agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks to return for a 20th NHL season.

• Rookie forward Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points and 20 rebounds to help the visiting Los Angeles Sparks beat the Indiana Fever 77-74.

Ogwumike finished with 12 offensive rebounds, tying a WNBA record.

Also, Maya Moore scored a franchise-record 19 of her 28 points in the second quarter, leading host Minnesota out of an early funk and on to an 89-74 victory over Tulsa.

• The NCAA announced that the California Institute of Technology has been sanctioned for allowing 30 ineligible players in 12 sports to practice or compete over four years. Penalties include three years’ probation, one year without off-campus recruiting and the vacating of wins and records.

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