Four-time champion Jeff Gordon avoided suspension Monday when NASCAR instead fined him $100,000 and docked him 25 Sprint Cup Series points...
NASCAR’s penalties for Gordon
include $100,000 fine, probation
Four-time champion Jeff Gordon avoided suspension Monday when NASCAR instead fined him $100,000 and docked him 25 Sprint Cup Series points for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.
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Gordon also was placed on probation through Dec. 31. But he will be allowed to close out the Cup season Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida despite his actions in Arizona that triggered a fight in the garage area between the two drivers’ crews.
“I take responsibility for my actions on the racetrack,” Gordon said in a statement. “I accept NASCAR’s decision and look forward to ending the season on a high note at Homestead.”
Gordon intentionally slowed his car and waited for Bowyer on the track Sunday to wreck him on what was scheduled to be the final lap. There had been contact between the two a few laps earlier, and Gordon viewed it as the final straw in an apparently escalating on-track feud with Bowyer.
Bowyer crew chief Brian Pattie was fined $25,000 and placed on probation through the end of the year for failing to maintain control of the crew. Gordon crew chief Alan Gustafson was placed on probation through the end of the year.
Djokovic beats Federer in final
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat No. 2 Roger Federer of Switzerland 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 in the championship match at the ATP finals in London.
Federer, a six-time champion in the season-ending event, won 12 of the first 14 points to take a 3-0 lead. But Djokovic broke Federer’s serve twice in each set.
“I shouldn’t have been broken as often as I was broken today,” Federer said. “But then again, that obviously has something to do with Novak, as well.”
Djokovic had 19 winners and 28 unforced errors, compared with 30 winners and 42 unforced errors for Federer.
Armstrong cuts ties with charity
Lance Armstrong has cut formal ties with his cancer-fighting charity to avoid further damage brought by doping charges and being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
Armstrong resigned from the board of directors for Livestrong on Nov. 4. He had resigned Oct. 17 as chairman from the charity he founded but had kept a seat on the board.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency ordered Armstrong banned from the sport for life and stripped of his titles won since August 1998.
Livestrong spokeswoman Katherine McLane said Armstrong “remains the inspiration” and is still its largest donor, with nearly $7 million over the years.
In a statement, board chairman Jeff Garvey said Armstrong resigned from the board to spare the organization any negative effects resulting from the controversy surrounding his career.
4 forwards enter Hall of Fame
Forwards Mats Sundin, Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in the player category.
Buffalo Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret and Globe and Mail columnist Roy MacGregor received media awards.
Counsel discusses labor issues
Steve Fehr, special counsel to the NHL Players’ Association, said he believes the collective-bargaining agreement can be wrapped up in a hurry once the sides make a breakthrough in negotiations. Monday was the 58th day of the lockout.
“One thing (NHL deputy commissioner) Bill Daly and I agree upon is that when the moment is right, the deal could be done very quickly,” Fehr said during a panel discussion at the PrimeTime Sports Management Conference in Toronto. “One day, three days or whatever.”
Asked later if he agreed with that assertion, Daly replied, “I hope he’s right.”
Fehr told the panel three major issues remain to be solved: the split of money, player-contract rights and who pays for the damage caused by the lockout.
• Olympic gold medalists Allyson Felix of Santa Clarita, Calif., and Ashton Eaton of Eugene, Ore., are the 2012 Jesse Owens Award winners as the top track-and-field athletes in the United States.
Sprinter Felix, who earned three gold medals at the London Games, earned the award for a record fourth time.
Eaton, who set a decathlon world record at the U.S. Olympic trials and won the competition in London, collected his first Jesse Owens Award.
“I can improve in all of my events,” Eaton said, “and I don’t know by how much.”
• American skier Lindsey Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champion, has been admitted to a hospital in Vail, Colo., with an undisclosed illness.
• Justin Rose of Britain and Peter Hanson of Sweden won the Tyco Golf Skills Challenge, a made-for-TV event at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.
Rose and Hanson beat Americans Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley in the reverse-scramble finale on a breezy day to secure the title. The event will air on NBC on Dec. 29 and 30.
A chip-off decided the reverse scramble. Hanson’s chip was 2 feet, 10 inches from the hole, beating Bradley’s chip that ended up 3-6 from the cup.
“The biggest skill today was survival,” Rose said. “The weather was kind of tough.”
Rose and Hanson earned $285,000 and Johnson and Bradley made $223,000 for finishing second.
Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor and fellow American Zach Johnson placed fourth and earned $134,000.
• Chelsea captain John Terry will be sidelined for “weeks not months,” officials for the soccer team said, after a scan found knee-ligament damage is not as serious as feared when he was injured Sunday during a 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the English Premier League.
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