Stewart will miss third consecutive race
Tony Stewart will not race Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, the third Sprint Cup race he’s skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race.
Stewart’s decision was announced Wednesday, and Jeff Burton will once again replace him in the No. 14 Chevrolet. Burton also drove Stewart’s car at Michigan last weekend.
Stewart-Haas Racing is allowing Stewart to take the time he needs away from the track, and the team statement indicated the three-time NASCAR champion is taking it week by week. Stewart will not have to decide on another race until the Aug. 31 event at Atlanta.
U.S. women triumph; Solo’s shutout bid thwarted
Megan Rapinoe scored just three minutes into the game, and the United States got three goals in the second half to beat Switzerland 4-1 in Cary, N.C.
Carli Lloyd made a penalty kick early in the second half, Christen Press scored in the 77th minute and Abby Wambach got her 168th career score in the 87th minute.
Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic scored on a penalty kick in the 70th minute for Switzerland. It came on the only Swiss shot on goal and ended Hope Solo’s bid to set a new shutout record for the U.S. women. Solo remained tied with Briana Scurry for the team mark with 71 shutouts.
Solo, the former Husky star, and Rapinoe both play for the Reign, which hosts a National Women’s Soccer League semifinal Sunday night against Washington at Memorial Stadium.
Landon Donovan scored in the 80th minute to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 4-3 comeback victory over the host Colorado Rapids.
The Galaxy (10-5-7) trailed 2-0 and 3-1 in the first half. Goals by Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez, Alan Gordon and Donovan handed Colorado (8-11-6) its fifth straight loss.
Colorado rookie Marlon Hairston opened the scoring with his first MLS goal in the 14th minute. Three minutes later, Edson Buddle became the eighth player to score 100 MLS goals. Colorado’s third goal came on Marc Burch’s free kick that ricocheted off goalkeeper Jaime Penedo in the 30th minute.
Barcelona will be barred from signing any players in 2015 after FIFA rejected the club’s appeal against a one-year ban for breaching rules over the transfer of youngsters.
The Spanish giants will now ask sport’s highest court to overturn the punishment, which resulted from the signing of 10 players under the age of 18 to the club’s renowned academy. FIFA found the signings to have violated rules designed to prevent child trafficking.
Minnesota’s Maya Moore has won the WNBA Most Valuable Player award. She will receive the award Thursday night in Minnesota before the Lynx face San Antonio in the first game of the Western Conference semifinals.
Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi finished second in the voting and Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry was third.
It’s the first league MVP award for Moore, who led the league in scoring (a career-best 23.9 points) and set a WNBA record by scoring at least 30 points 12 times.
Serena seeded No. 1
Top-ranked Serena Williams is seeded No. 1 as she seeks her third straight U.S. Open title.
French Open runner-up Simona Halep of Romania is seeded second after reaching a career-best ranking this month. She has never advanced past the fourth round at the U.S. Open.
American men roll
Kyrie Irving made all five shots and scored 12 points starting in place of Derrick Rose, and the U.S. men’s national team beat the Dominican Republic 105-62 in an exhibition game in New York. James Harden also scored 12 in limited playing time for the Americans, who used their subs in the second half. Rose did not play.
Seven people were charged with trespassing at former Miami Heat player Ray Allen’s home in Coral Gables, Fla., while his wife and four young children were asleep upstairs.
Police said 18- and 19-year-olds were attending a party next door when they entered through the front door of the unlocked home last week. Shannon Allen said she woke up and heard male voices with large flashlights loudly discussing their personal property. The terrified mother screamed, the intruders ran and she called police, according to a statement from the couple.
The group told police they thought the Allens had moved and wanted to see how a professional basketball player lives. Police initially released the teens because there was no forced entry, no intent and nothing was taken.
• A federal judge in Oakland, Calif., sentenced former world champion boxer James Page, convicted of several bank robberies, to seven years in prison, handing down a lighter sentence in part because of the defendant’s boxing-related injuries and a mistake by a Georgia court in 2001 that resulted in his spending additional years in prison.
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