Driver Kyle Busch, who made an obscene gesture Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, was fined $25,000 and placed on probation through Dec. 31 by NASCAR.

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Driver also is placed on probation by NASCAR: Kyle Busch was fined $25,000 by NASCAR on Tuesday for an obscene gesture, and the driver again apologized for losing his temper.

Busch also was placed on probation through Dec. 31 — the same day as his wedding — for what NASCAR called unsportsmanlike conduct in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

“I lost my cool, plain and simple,” Busch said in a statement. “It’s not acceptable, and I know that. I apologize to NASCAR, its fans, all the partners who support Joe Gibbs Racing, and all the people who work so hard to give me a race car that’s capable of winning races every week. All of those people deserve better from me, and I owe it to them to keep my emotions in check.”

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Busch, 25, was penalized for speeding at TMS and called into the pits to serve a one-lap penalty. While sitting in his car, he held up his middle finger toward the NASCAR official standing in front of his Toyota.

The in-car camera caught the gesture, and it was broadcast live before ESPN realized what Busch was doing. Network personnel apologized and cut away from the shot.


WSOP champion Duhamel has tough act to follow: Canadian Jonathan Duhamel, 23, earned $8.94 million by winning the World Series of Poker main event Monday in Las Vegas — quite a jump from once making $3 an hour picking strawberries.

After partying the night away, the Quebec poker professional said Tuesday he is looking forward to returning to the tables.

“I have to prove something to myself. The best way to prove it is by just playing a lot, practicing a lot, and then be ready if I play a final table,” Duhamel said. “That’s what I’ll try to do.”

Duhamel said he is putting pressure on himself to be better, and plans to compete in the world’s biggest no-limit Texas Hold’em tournaments as a sponsored player. He said his last job before poker was working in a factory that bundled magazines for distribution.

“I’m just very fortunate to be in the situation that I’m in right now,” he said.

Before telling his skeptical parents he would play poker for a living, Duhamel had picked strawberries, worked in a grocery store and in the factory.


PGA Tour team triumphs: Bubba Watson made an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to cap a comeback victory for the PGA Tour team in the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge in Henderson, Nev.

Watson, Dustin Johnson and Boo Weekley finished a combined 14 under in the two-player, best-ball format that allowed each team to discard one score per hole. They earned $500,000 in the made-for-TV event. The Champions Tour team of Nick Price, Bernhard Langer and Kenny Perry finished at 13 under at Rio Secco Golf Club.

The LPGA team of Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen and Natalie Gulbis was third at 11 under.

McIlroy says he won’t join PGA Tour for 2011: Ninth-ranked Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland has decided not to join the PGA Tour next year and will play in Europe. The 21-year-old told British newspapers he found himself not wanting to be in America, especially during the FedEx Cup playoffs — when the major tournaments are over.


Federer says he questioned IMG head about alleged wager: Roger Federer, ranked No. 2 in the world, said he had sought a detailed explanation from Ted Forstmann, head of his management company IMG, after a lawsuit charged Forstmann had increased a bet on the 2007 French Open final after consulting with Federer.

Federer has denied he was aware Forstmann was betting on the match, which he lost to Rafael Nadal. Federer also denied involvement with gambling, saying, “I would never do such a thing.”

Federer, whose agent, Tony Godsick, works for IMG, said he contacted Forstmann for clarification after learning of the lawsuit, according to The New York Times. Federer didn’t elaborate on his conversation with Forstmann, 70.


Court orders Mayweather to stay away from sons: A Las Vegas court has ordered Floyd Mayweather Jr., 33, to stay away from his former girlfriend, Josie Harris, and their two sons after prosecutors say he hit her and threatened to beat his children if they called 911.

Mayweather, 41-0 in the ring, was not required to appear at a hearing before Las Vegas Justice of The Peace Diana Sullivan on eight misdemeanor and felony charges. Sullivan gave Mayweather a week to pay $31,000 in bail. Mayweather, who is due in court Jan. 24, could face up to 34 years in prison if convicted on all charges.


Farrar of Wenatchee to compete in Tour Down Under: Garmin-Transitions rider Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee is scheduled to compete in Australia in the Tour Down Under, the opening event of the 2011 ProTour season. The race starts Jan. 16 and Lance Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France winner, also is expected to compete.


Chelsea’s Drogba treated for malaria: Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has been treated for malaria and reportedly will be fit to face Fulham in an English Premier League match Wednesday.

Drogba, 32, who is from the Ivory Coast, complained of a fever on the eve of Sunday’s match against Liverpool and was used as a second-half substitute in a 2-0 loss.

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