Kyle Busch loses license for driving 128 mph
NASCAR points leader Kyle Busch lost his driver's license for 45 days on Tuesday in North Carolina for driving 128 mph on a road close to a day-care center and church in a nearly $400,000 car. His lawyer said his client was not treated "like any other citizen." Busch, who doesn't need a license to compete in NASCAR, also was fined $1,000, sentenced to 30 hours of community service and put on one year of unsupervised probation. Busch and his wife, Samantha, were in the car when he was pulled over on a two-lane road in an area near a subdivision. The hand-built LFA sports car was on loan to Busch from Lexus for a 24-hour test drive. Busch attorney Cliff Homesley, calling Busch one of the best drivers in the world, said: "He had full control of that vehicle at all times. That automobile in his hands was like a scalpel in the hands of a surgeon. Not a knife in the hands of a 5-year-old."
■ NASCAR fined crew chief Jerry Baxter Tuesday $5,000 for pulling Steve Wallace's hair after the race at Montreal. Baxter reached into Wallace's car and pulled the driver's hair as Wallace drove down pit road following the Nationwide Series race on Saturday, upset about contact with his driver, Patrick Carpentier, who had announced before the race he was retiring after the event.
Mason Co.'s Lofton signs in Spain
Former Mason Co. star and Tennessee All-American Chris Lofton has signed a new deal with Asefa Estudiantes of Spain's ACB League, according to his agent. Jared Karnes said he couldn't release the specific details of the deal Tuesday, but he said it's the most lucrative of Lofton's professional career. Lofton, 25, the SEC's all-time leading three-point shooter, started last season with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League before signing to play in the Russian Superleague, also known as BC Locomotive.
Ole Miss QB Mackey arrested, suspended
Mississippi's three-man quarterback race has been settled, though the circumstances that led to Coach Houston Nutt's decision certainly aren't what he had in mind. Nutt announced Tuesday that sophomore Barry Brunetti will start the season-opener against Brigham Young on Sept. 3 following junior Randall Mackey's arrest for disorderly conduct after a fight at a downtown Oxford bar early Tuesday morning. Nutt said Mackey would be suspended for the BYU game.
■ A cab driver has been charged with manslaughter in the death of an Alabama player who died after taking drugs. Fernandina Beach Police said Tuesday in a news release that Rodney Young Odum was arrested late Monday and charged with manslaughter and the sale/delivery of a controlled substance. An autopsy report found that lineman Aaron Douglas died May 12 as a result of drugs found in his system.
■ Notre Dame has picked senior Dayne Crist as the starting quarterback for the season, Irish Coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday. He said it was a difficult choice between Crist and Tommy Rees, "but one I was excited to make."
■ Highly touted freshman quarterback Brock Berglund will not practice with Kansas this season, even though Coach Turner Gill said Tuesday he remains a part of the program.
Kentuckians hanging on in U.S. Amateur
Kentuckians Justin Thomas and Hunter Stewart still have work to do if they are to advance to the match play portion of the U.S. Amateur at Erin, Wis. Play was halted Tuesday because of darkness with only about half of the field of 312 able to finish. Thomas, the 2010 Mr. Golf in Kentucky for St. Xavier who is headed to the University of Alabama, was 3-under through his first 27 holes. Scores are only reported in increments of nine holes. Stewart, the 2011 Mr. Golf for Lexington Christian, was 1-over through 27 holes in his quest to make the field of 64 for match play. At the end of play Tuesday, a score of even par was tied for 62nd place. The qualifying will be completed Wednesday morning followed by the first round of match play.
■ Brown Cullen Jr. and Ted Schulz have been elected to the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Golf Association and the Kentucky PGA Section announce Tuesday. A formal induction will take place later this year at a time to be determined.
Lexington 12-year-olds to play again
Southeast Lexington's 12-year-old team will play in this week's New Era National Youth Baseball Championships in Memphis, Tenn., which begins Thursday. American Division champions at the Cal Ripken Major/70 World Series this past weekend, Lexington will play its first game on Friday at 12:30 p.m. EDT against Tamiami Bronco, and the team's second pool-play game, at 11 a.m. Saturday against Team Florida, will be televised on MLB Network and MLB.com.
Johnson meeting with Titans GM
Tennessee running back Chris Johnson said Tuesday he was flying to Nashville to meet with Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt , a move that might bring both sides closer to getting a deal done and ending his holdout. The three-time Pro Bowler has refused to report to camp despite having two years left on his original contract.
Bengals trade for 49ers safety
Safety Taylor Mays is getting a chance to start over with a team that's been interested in him since his college days. The Bengals acquired the second-year player from the 49ers on Tuesday in a trade for an undisclosed draft pick. Mays was San Francisco's second-round pick last year out of Southern California.
■ Veteran running back Larry Johnson signed with the Dolphins on Tuesday after sitting out most of last season. Johnson gained 2 yards on five carries in two games before he was released by the Washington Redskins last September. He has career rushing totals of 6,221 yards and 55 scores, but his most recent touchdown came in 2008.
■ The Steelers and linebacker Lawrence Timmons agreed Tuesday to a new six-year contract. The deal will pay Timmons $50 million through 2016. Timmons is the second linebacker to sign an extension with the Steelers in the last month. Teammate LaMarr Woodley agreed to a six-year, $61.5 million contract on Aug. 5.
■ Colts receiver Reggie Wayne returned to practice Tuesday after missing five days for personal reasons.
■ New England's Albert Haynesworth returned to practice Tuesday, one day after he pleaded no contest to a charge of simple assault.
■ Oakland also got starting QB Jason Campbell back at practice.
■ The Cardinals are down to two quarterbacks after Max Hall injured his shoulder. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Hall's injury is the same as the one that sidelined him late last season. GM Rod Graves said former Kansas City quarterback Brodie Croyle was en route to Phoenix on Tuesday for a physical.
Jankovic loses after earthquake
Elena Vesnina shook off an earthquake and upset Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Tuesday at the New Haven Open. Vesnina was leading 2-0 in the first set and facing two break points when the quake, which was centered in Virginia, sent the Connecticut Tennis Center swaying, forced the evacuation of the stadium and causing a delay of over two hours.
■ Serena Williams was seeded 28th Tuesday for the U.S. Open, which stuck with its policy of following the rankings instead of taking into account players' past performances.
The last word
Patrick Willis on rooming with fellow linebacker NaVorro Bowman at 49ers training camp:
"The only bad thing I can say about him is he snores like a diesel."