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Indy is a no-passing zone

Indianapolis Motor Speedway amounted to a no-passing zone during Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400. Ryan Newman won, five-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was second and Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw finished third in the 20th Cup race at the 108-year-old Brickyard.

Johnson suggested the track needed a second lane with more banking to aid in passing. Denny Hamlin called passing “impossible.”

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“If impossible is hard, then it was impossible,” Hamlin said.

There were three cautions, for stalled cars or debris, and no accidents or spins. The field fanned out into single-file racing for most of the event — a plodding style that perhaps is a reason the crowd has dwindled from 200,000-plus in the Brickyard’s NASCAR heyday to maybe 80,000 fans Sunday.

“On a flat racetrack, it’s just tough to pass,” Johnson said. “These corners, they aren’t really that long. You have four, 90-degree turns. That puts a lot against this racetrack for side-by-side racing. But we still love this place.”

Tony Stewart said he was “baffled” at criticism of the racing.

“Look up ‘racing’ in the dictionary and tell me what it says in the dictionary, then look up ‘passing,’ ” Stewart said. “If you want to see passing, we can go out on I-465 and pass all you want.”

Boss criticizes driver Alonso

The president of Ferrari has criticized driver Fernando Alonso of Spain in an episode that could open a rift between the Italian team and the two-time Formula One champion.

Luca di Montezemolo said Alonso should know that “all the great champions who have driven for Ferrari have always been asked to put the needs of the team ahead of their own interests.”

Alonso is third in the F1 standings and criticized the car after finishing fifth in Hungary on Sunday, and Ferrari says on its website “we must stop these outbursts. … Alonso’s comments weren’t liked by Montezemolo or the team.”


Rockets sign Camby, 39

The Houston Rockets have signed center Marcus Camby, 39, who played for the team in 2012.

Camby appeared in 24 games for the New York Knicks in the 2012-13 season, averaging 1.8 points and 3.3 rebounds. He was traded to Toronto on July 10 and waived by the Raptors a week later.

Lakers hire Rambis, Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers hired former NBA head coaches Kurt Rambis, 55, and Johnny Davis, 57, as assistants to fill out coach Mike D’Antoni’s staff.

Gibson faces battery charge

New Orleans police say unrestricted free-agent guard Daniel Gibson, 27, has turned himself in to face a second-degree battery charge.

Police spokeswoman Remi Braden said ex-Cleveland Cavaliers player Gibson is accused of breaking a man’s jaw with a punch during an argument at a nightclub at about 5:15 a.m. on July 8.

Gibson was released on $20,000 bond, records show.

He said he was protecting his family.

“This guy got real aggressive toward my wife and myself and I did what I felt was necessary to handle the situation,” Gibson said.

College basketball

Vandy loses Johnson, Bright

Vanderbilt’s backcourt suffered two major losses with the announcement Kedren Johnson has been suspended from the university and Kevin Bright has voluntarily left the Nashville, Tenn., school.

Johnson led the Commodores in scoring (13.5) and assists (3.6) as a 6-foot-4 sophomore last season. The 6-5 Bright was the team’s top rebounder (5.5) as a freshman.

Johnson said in a letter released by the university he has been suspended “for a mistake I made, the result of using some very poor judgment.” He will miss at least the 2013-14 season but said he plans to return for the 2014-15 season.

Bright will play pro ball with the Fraport Skyliners of Frankfurt, Germany.


• The NHL Winnipeg Jets signed defenseman Zach Bogosian, 23, to a seven-year, $36 million contract.

• Retired rider Erik Zabel, 43, resigned as a member of an International Cycling Union advisory panel after telling a German newspaper he used the blood-booster EPO, cortisone and other banned substances during several years of a career that included 12 Tour de France stage victories.

Gordon Gee, 69, a former Ohio State University president who retired under a cloud after remarks jabbing Roman Catholics and Southeastern Conference schools, will receive a $5.8 million package over the next five years, along with an office, a secretary and other benefits, university officials said.

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