November 13, 2012 |
NASCAR has sent a clear message to its drivers: No more Twitter, or any other type of smartphone use, in its race cars. The sanctioning body Monday levied a $25,000 fine on Brad Keselowski -- who leads the Sprint Cup Series standings -- because he used a smartphone in his car Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Keselowski's in-car television camera showed the 28-year-old using his phone, which included sending a tweet, during a 15-minute break when the cars were stopped so that crews could clean up a wreck involving Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer.
November 12, 2012 |
NASCAR levied a stiff fine on Jeff Gordon for intentionally wrecking Clint Bowyer and helping trigger a wild brawl among their crews Sunday in Phoenix, but Gordon was not suspended for the season's last race this weekend. Gordon was fined $100,000 and docked 25 Sprint Cup Series championship points, although Gordon - a four-time champion - already had been eliminated from title contention. Brad Keselowski has a 20-point lead over Jimmie Johnson heading into the season finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.)
November 10, 2012 |
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is Jimmie Johnson's teammate and Brad Keselowski's former boss, so who does Earnhardt see winning this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup? "I think Jimmie is going to win it" for a sixth championship, Earnhardt said Friday. Johnson has "great equipment . . . one of the best crew chiefs in the business" in Chad Knaus, and Johnson "is one of the best drivers in the business. " "It's going to be hard to beat those guys," Earnhardt said. Johnson has a seven-point lead over Keselowski in the title standings with two races left: Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and the season finale a week later at Homestead-Miami (Fla.)
November 10, 2012 |
Josh Hamilton, B.J. Upton and Kyle Lohse were among nine free agents who turned down $13.3-million offers from their former clubs Friday as the annual general managers' meetings ended and team officials headed home for what figures to be a busy month of negotiations. Also rejecting the one-year guaranteed offers were the New York Yankees' trio of Nick Swisher, Rafael Soriano and Hiroki Kuroda along with David Ortiz, Michael Bourn and Adam LaRoche. :: Charlie Beljan had trouble breathing even before he teed off, called for paramedics when he made the turn and even told his caddie at one point Friday that he thought he might die. With his job on the line at Disney, he kept right on playing until he had a remarkable eight-under 64 to build a three-shot lead going into the weekend at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The next question is if Beljan can even play on the weekend.
June 21, 2012 |
Jimmy Kimmel has been kicking around some ideas for his Emmy-hosting gig, but when we talked to him recently he was a bit reluctant to delve into specifics, since he had yet to meet with the show's producers. But Kimmel did say he would probably continue to explore his self-described “obsession” with acceptance speeches that go unread, a fixation he got some laughs from during last year's ceremony when presenting with Jimmy Fallon. “If you sit in the audience at the Emmys or any of these awards shows, you can see people pulling their speeches out of their pockets and reviewing their notes,” Kimmel says.
November 9, 2011 |
People keep waiting for Hollywood Park to be turned into condos and office buildings, but the Inglewood track is going full speed ahead with its 31st autumn meeting, which begins Thursday and lasts through Dec. 18. The track's always optimistic president, Jack Liebau, said nothing has changed from the orders he was given when the track was purchased by Bay Meadows Land Co. in 2005 and talk about tearing down the track to make way for condos began....