Broken leg sidelines Stewart
Tony Stewart’s chances of qualifying for NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship are in jeopardy.
The three-time Cup champion has a broken tibia and fibula in his right leg as the result of a Sprint Car crash Monday night at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa.
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Stewart, 42, had surgery and remained hospitalized pending a second surgery, according to a statement from the Stewart-Haas Racing team he co-owns.
Max Papis, 43, will replace Stewart as driver of the No. 14 Chevrolet for Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International in New York.
There is no timetable for Stewart’s return to competition. Five races are left before the 12-driver, 10-race Chase field is set. Stewart is 11th in the standings and missing multiple races would make it difficult for him to qualify for the Chase.
Montgomery has career best
New York Liberty guard-forward Alex Montgomery, a former standout at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, was feeling a little down about her play after scoring two points in a recent loss to Connecticut.
Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer offered some advice.
“I told her to just shoot the ball and be instinctive out there,” Laimbeer said.
Montgomery listened and scored a career-high 21 points to help New York rally for a 93-88 victory Tuesday against the visiting Washington Mystics.
“When I’m not knocking down my shots, I tend to put my head down and get down on myself,” said Montgomery, 24, who played college ball at Georgia Tech.
The third-year pro’s previous career high was 13 points.
“Maybe this can be a breakthrough performance for Alex,” Laimbeer said.
In other league games, Los Angeles edged host Connecticut 74-72; visiting Minnesota beat San Antonio 93-80; and Indiana defeated host Chicago 64-58.
Manziel plot thickens
Another day, another report from ESPN citing evidence from an unnamed source that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel signed memorabilia for money.
In Tuesday’s report, an East Coast autograph dealer said he paid Manziel $7,500 for signing approximately 300 mini- and full-sized A&M helmets on Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 in New Haven, Conn. The ESPN report said the broker played two cellphone videos for an ESPN reporter. The video does not show Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, taking money.
The report said the videos, taken without Manziel’s knowledge, included a clip of Manziel saying “you never did a signing with me.”
Under NCAA rules, an athlete can sign memorabilia but cannot be compensated for doing so. An athlete who violates that rule could be declared ineligible.
Meanwhile, USC officials said receiver Marqise Lee did not break NCAA rules in January when he signed autographs in Florida that have been offered for sale.
Luna Rossa beats Artemis
Rebounding from a shaky start and damage to its wing sail, Luna Rossa of Italy sped ahead of Artemis Racing of Sweden to win the opener of the America’s Cup challenger semifinals on San Francisco Bay.
The Italian catamaran, sponsored by the Prada fashion house, won by two minutes to take the lead in the best-of-seven series.
Artemis Racing made its debut in the Louis Vuitton Cup nearly three months after Andrew “Bart” Simpson was killed when the syndicate’s first boat was destroyed in a capsize during a training run May 9. The syndicate launched its second 72-foot catamaran on July 22.
The winner of the semifinal series advances to face Emirates Team New Zealand in the Louis Vuitton Cup finals starting Aug. 17. The winner of that series faces defending champion Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup, beginning Sept. 7.
• Quarterback John Elway, who went on to become a Pro Football Hall of Famer based on his play as a Denver Bronco, will have his No. 7 jersey retired by Stanford during halftime of a home game against Oregon on Nov. 7.
• Basketball coach Larry Eustachy, 57, has agreed to a new contract that will keep him at Colorado State through the 2017-18 season and has options for three additional seasons.
• American Venus Williams lost in her first tennis match in more than two months, falling 0-6, 6-4, 6-2 to Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Williams, 33, missed Wimbledon this year because of a lower-back injury.
• John Isner’s first-round loss in the Rogers Cup in Montreal means no U.S. man will be in the top 20 for the first time in 40 years of ATP rankings.
• In International Champions Cup soccer matches in Miami Gardens, Fla., Valencia of Spain defeated Everton of England 1-0 for fifth place and Inter Milan beat Juventus 9-8 in a penalty-kicks tiebreaker for seventh place after the Italian teams tied 1-1.
• Shawn Burr, who spent most of his 16 NHL seasons with Detroit, died Monday. He was 47.
Burr reportedly fell down stairs at his home in St. Clair, Mich., resulting in brain trauma, and was taken off life support. He was diagnosed with leukemia about 2½ years ago.
Forward Burr had 181 goals in 878 NHL regular-season games.
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