Keselowski injured in crash, says he will race this weekend
Brad Keselowski was airlifted to a Georgia hospital following a head-on crash into a wall at Road Atlanta on Wednesday. Penske Racing said in a statement that Keselowski walked from the car and was taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons.
Keselowski later posted several updates on his Twitter page, including two photos that appeared to show a swollen ankle and an abrasion on his foot.
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He posted on Twitter from his hospital bed that he hit a section of wall that did not have an energy-absorbing barrier after the brakes on his No. 2 Dodge failed. He was going over data with his engineers that showed he had slowed from 155 mph to about 100 mph at the time of impact.
"Guess I needed a reminder," he posted, "... this racing (stuff) is still dangerous."
Keselowski posted he was going to be released from the hospital Wednesday and would be fine to race this weekend at Pocono Raceway.
Nashville loses NASCAR for 2012
The Nashville Superspeedway is going out of business unless someone else thinks they can do better. Dover Motorsports Inc. announced Wednesday it won't hold NASCAR races at the concrete track in 2012 and might put the superspeedway up for sale. The track's Web site sums it up: "Thanks for the Memories!" The company has been trying unsuccessfully to secure a NASCAR Sprint Cup race since 2001. Kentucky hosted its first Sprint Cup race in July, and Dover decided it couldn't continue without getting onto NASCAR's top schedule. Dover opened the 1.33-mile track 10 years ago. The superspeedway has hosted NASCAR trucks and Nationwide races.
Pearl to interview for D-League job
Former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl will meet with the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League about the coaching job on Thursday. He originally was to meet with the team on Wednesday. Pearl and Donnie Nelson, the Dallas Mavericks general manager who is co-owner of the D-League team, are scheduled to have media availability Thursday after the meeting. Pearl, who has admitted lying to NCAA investigators, was fired by Tennessee in March. Pearl has been charged with unethical conduct by the NCAA.
Ex-EKU players sign to play overseas
Former Eastern Kentucky University basketball players Spencer Perrin, Justin Stommes and Josh Taylor signed professional contracts to compete in Europe this fall. Perrin, a Danville native who led EKU in rebounding last season, got a one-year deal to play for KK Lirija in Macedonia. Stommes, a four-year starter who ranks No. 15 on EKU's career scoring list, agreed to a deal in the German "A" league with the Paderborn Baskets. Taylor, a second team All-Ohio Valley Conference forward in 2009-10, will play for Hertener Loewen in the German "B" league.
Farmar joins Israeli team during lockout
Jordan Farmar became the latest New Jersey Nets player to head for the European leagues when he signed with Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv on Wednesday. The 6-foot-2 guard will play for Tel Aviv as long as the NBA lockout continues, the team said in a statement. Fellow Nets stars Deron Williams and Sasha Vujacic have signed to play for Turkish teams.
■ Lawrence Frank was introduced as coach of the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, taking over a team that went 57-107 in former coach John Kuester's two seasons. Frank talked about the excitement of taking over one of the NBA's "elite franchises," pointing to the replica banners hanging in the team's practice facility. "You look at the numbers — six straight years in the conference finals, playoffs in eight of the last 10 seasons and those three titles," he said. "There are only five teams in the NBA with three of those, and this is one of them. That's an honor."
■ Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng was cleared to play for Britain in the European Basketball Championships after resolving a dispute over insurance. Deng said on his Web site that "significant liability issues" have been overcome to allow him to play in the tournament.
Horse from WEG euthanized
Woodburn, a 15-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred ridden by U.S. equestrian Philip Dutton at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, was euthanized Tuesday night after apparently suffering internal bleeding at his home farm in Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Equestrian Federation. Dutton rode Woodburn as the anchor ride for the U.S. team at the Games in Kentucky last fall; the team came in fourth. Dutton and Woodburn were a familiar pair, competing for three years at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. They finished in second place in 2010, 12th in 2009 and 10th in 2008. "I have no doubt that I will never ride a better cross-country horse in my life," Dutton said on his Web site.
Notre Dame reinstates top receiver
Notre Dame reinstated wide receiver Michael Floyd to the football team four months after his arrest on drunken driving charges. Coach Brian Kelly suspended Floyd a day after his arrest. Kelly said Wednesday that he was comfortable with Floyd's return because the senior has shown personal growth. "I am pleased with the progress Michael has made since March," Kelly said on the school's Web site. The 21-year-old Floyd pleaded guilty in June to misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to a year of probation. Floyd holds the school record for touchdown catches (28) and ranks second in school history in catches (171).
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Second Georgia player dies
Two Georgia high school football players have died, one of them after he collapsed while leaving the field after practice. The Henry County schools superintendent's office confirmed Wednesday that 16-year-old Forrest Jones, a student at Locust Grove High School, died Tuesday night at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Jones had been hospitalized since Monday when he collapsed while leaving the field. His father, Glenn Jones, said doctors told him the collapse was heat-related. In Lake City, Fla. a Georgia teen attending football camp died following practice Tuesday morning.
Sharp gets extension with Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks and forward Patrick Sharp agreed to a five-year contract extension. The 29-year-old Sharp tied for eighth in the league with a team-leading 34 goals and was third on the club with a career-high 71 points. He added three goals and two assists in the playoffs as the Blackhawks lost to Vancouver in the first round following a championship run the previous year.
The last word
New Detroit Pistons Coach Lawrence Frank, when asked about the stigma of having never played basketball, even in high school:
"It's not a stigma, it is a fact. I was like a bad Hollywood actor — all I ever heard was 'cut, cut, cut, cut.' "