Childress bringing back No. 3 car for his grandson
Richard Childress is bringing back the No. 3 car full time into the NASCAR Nationwide Series next season with his grandson, Austin Dillon, moving up from trucks.
Dillon has used No. 3 in the Camping World Truck Series, where he is the season points leader, but this will be the first time the No. 3 will be regularly used on a car since Cup champion Dale Earnhardt's death at the end of the 2001 Daytona 500.
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"Dale made that number famous," said Childress, who drove the No. 3 himself from 1976-81 before Earnhardt, a seven-time champion.
"Austin is taking the next step in his career by moving to the Nationwide Series," said Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won consecutive Nationwide championships (1998-99) in the No. 3 Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Inc. "He has used the 3 predominantly throughout his career, and I for one am excited to know he'll be running it at the next level. He's a sharp kid with a lot of potential."
When Dillon first got into racing, he told his grandfather that he wanted to use his number. "How are you going to tell your grandkid no to something," Childress said. "That's how we got him that."
Stewart qualifies fifth; Edwards seventh
Sprint Cup points leader Carl Edwards qualified seventh for Sunday's race at Texas and will start just behind Tony Stewart. Stewart qualified fifth, in the row ahead of Edwards at Texas Motor Speedway. Greg Biffle took the pole with a lap of 193.736 mph. Edwards will enter Sunday's race with an eight-point lead over Stewart.
Patrick's Cup debut will be at Daytona
Danica Patrick will make her Sprint Cup debut in the season-opening Daytona 500 in February, her first of 10 races in NASCAR's highest division for Stewart-Haas Racing next season.
Hillis re-injures hamstring in practice
The Cleveland Browns' Peyton Hillis re-injured his left hamstring during practice on Friday, the latest moment of drama for the Browns bruising running back whose second year with Cleveland has been one misadventure after the next. Hillis, who has missed Cleveland's past two games with the injury, will likely sit out Sunday's game at Houston — yet another setback for the 25-year-old, who rushed for nearly 1,200 yards last season, endeared himself to Cleveland fans with his bulldozing style and earned the cover of the "Madden NFL '12" video, a tribute some warned was a curse.
■ The Cincinnati Bengals have sold out their Nov. 13 home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, breaking their streak of seven straight games blacked out on local television because of less-than-capacity crowds. Cincinnati (5-2) failed to sell out its last four games in 2010 and the first three this year. The Bengals drew only 41,142 fans for a win over Buffalo on Oct. 2, the smallest regular-season crowd in Paul Brown Stadium's 12-year history.
Former Cardinals star pitcher Forsch dies
Bob Forsch, the only pitcher in St. Louis Cardinals history to throw two no-hitters, died at the age of 61. Team spokesman Brian Bartow said Mr. Forsch, the third-winningest pitcher in franchise history, died Thursday at his home near Tampa, Fla. A cause was not immediately known. The death came less than a week after Mr. Forsch threw out the first pitch at Game 7 of the World Series, a few hours before the Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 to win the championship. Mr. Forsch was the stand-in for his longtime manager, Whitey Herzog, who is recovering from a fall that left him in a hospital for more than three weeks.
Mr. Forsch, who played on three World Series teams in the 1980s under Herzog, won 20 games in 1977 and twice was a 15-game winner, and had a career record of 168-136 with a 3.76 ERA.
■ Former University of Kentucky outfielder Collin Cowgill was named the Triple-A Pacific Coast League's player of the year. Cowgill, a Henry Clay graduate, batted .354 with 13 homers and 70 RBI at Reno before his call-up to the Diamondbacks on July 26.
■ The Oakland Athletics traded right-hander Trystan Magnuson to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash. Magnuson, who starred at the University of Louisville, made his major-league debut with Oakland last season and had no decisions and a 6.14 ERA in nine relief appearances. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 18 with right shoulder tendinitis and missed the remainder of the season.
Perry a shot back in Champions finale
Michael Allen shot a 2-under 69 for a share of the second-round lead with Fred Couples and David Frost on Friday in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Championship in San Francisco. Kentuckian Kenny Perry shot a 69 and is a shot off the pace along with Mark Calcavecchia, Jay Don Blake and Bernhard Langer. Charles Schwab Cup points leader Tom Lehman had a 72 to fall four strokes behind the leaders.
■ Fredrik Jacobson shot a 6-under 66 to take the lead in the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai. Jacobson was a shot ahead of Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott.
Volleyball sweeps past Mississippi State
Led by seniors Ann Armes and Becky Pavan, the 19th-ranked Kentucky volleyball team rolled to a 3-0 victory against Mississippi State on Friday night in Memorial Coliseum. Armes had a match-high 10 kills and a career-best .769 hitting percentage in the Cats' 25-19, 25-22, 25-20 win. Pavan had nine kills and nine blocks. UK improved to 22-4 overall and 13-2 in Southeastern Conference play.
■ Kentucky's men's soccer team got goals from senior C.J. Tappel and sophomore Tyler Riggs and despite playing a man down the majority of the match, the Wildcats held on for a 2-2 double-overtime tie against host South Carolina on Friday night. The win helped Kentucky (9-9-2, 2-5-1 Conference USA) avoid its first back-to-back losing season in program history.
■ Kentucky's Eric Quigley won two singles matches Friday to advance to the semifinals of the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y. Quigley, ranked No. 3 in the nation by the ITA, defeated No. 10 Sebastian Fanselow of Pepperdine 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Quigley also defeated Haig Schneiderman of Columbia 6-1, 6-2.
NKU beats West Virginia at buzzer
Eshaunte Jones hit a 25-footer with 1.1 seconds remaining to give Northern Kentucky a 77-74 exhibition victory over host West Virginia on Friday night. The Mountaineers had tied the game at 74-all on a three-pointer by Darryl Bryant with less than 10 seconds left. Tony Rack led the Norse with 21 points, and Jones added 15. The Norse entered the matchup 0-18 all-time in exhibition games against Division I teams.
The last word
Houston Texans fullback Lawrence Vickers, who spent five seasons with the Cleveland Browns, has been exchanging text messages with some of his former teammates. Vickers said his teammates have been telling him not to do "all my little stuff." When asked to define his "little stuff," Vickers said:
"I'm physical. I like to drive people into the ground, talk smack and finish them. Really I don't like the people I go against until the clock is over with. They know that, but they know I know how to show love and still pound on people."