Petty, Jarrett clans add another member to Hall
NASCAR honored members of its royal families with inductions into the Hall of Fame on Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C.
Past champion Dale Jarrett joined father Ned in the hall and master mechanic Maurice "Chief" Petty became the fourth member of one of NASCAR's most successful families to be honored.
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Maurice joins older brother, "King" Richard Petty; their father, championship driver Lee Petty; and cousin Dale Inman, Richard's longtime crew chief in the hall.
Tim Flock, a two-time premier series champion, also was selected along with Jack Ingram, who drove to success on what became NASCAR's Nationwide Series; and Fireball Roberts, the flashy showman from the 1950s who raced to 33 victories before his death in 1964.
"This sport has been such a huge part of the Jarrett life," Dale said. ""Now to be part of something that my father is a part of, it just means the world to me."
Maurice Petty supplied the horsepower that led to most of his brother's record 200 NASCAR wins and seven series championships. "It makes me happy because that means all of us are in. So I'm tickled to death with it," Maurice said.
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Asheville stops Legends' win streak
Ben Hughes (4-4) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings Wednesday as the Asheville Tourists took the final game of a three-game series with the host Legends 3-1. The loss ended Lexington's winning streak at four games.
The Legends scored their only run in the first inning on a walk to Bubba Starling and a double by Fred Ford. Colin Rodgers (3-2), who pitched the first four innings for Lexington, was the losing pitcher.
49ers' Crabtree has surgery on torn ACL
The San Francisco 49ers suddenly have a huge void in their receiving corps as they chase another Super Bowl berth: Michael Crabtree is sidelined after surgery on his right Achilles tendon.
San Francisco's leading wide receiver underwent surgery Wednesday, one day after getting hurt during 7-on-7 drills in an organized team activity. The team is optimistic he will return at some point in 2013. The 25-year-old Crabtree had career highs last season with 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns.
■ Brian Urlacher wasn't sure how dominant he could be any longer, so he's calling it a career after 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears. The eight-time Pro Bowler announced his retirement through social media accounts Wednesday. The Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 also made a trip to the Super Bowl as 2006 NFC champ.
■ Geno Smith, the New York Jets rookie quarterback out of West Virginia, has chosen the rap artist Jay-Z's new Roc Nation Sports agency to represent him. Smith, who slipped out of the first round last month, fired his agents shortly after the draft.
SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
Aggies send Vandy into losers' bracket
Ray Parker pitched eight-plus innings to lead Texas A&M to a 5-0 victory over top-seeded Vanderbilt on Wednesday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament in Hoover, Ala. The Aggies (32-25) got three solo homers and Parker made sure it was plenty in the double-elimination tournament.
Vandy (48-8), which had lost only three SEC games, didn't manage an extra base hit and was shut out for the first time this season. The Commodores came in leading the league in hitting.
■ Brian Anderson scored on a wild pitch in the 10th inning to give Arkansas a 2-1 victory over Mississippi in the SEC Tournament. The Razorbacks advance to play LSU.
Anderson started the Razorbacks' rally with a one-out, ground-rule double. Dominic Ficociello's single moved Anderson to third and then Tyler Spoon was intentionally walked to load the bases.
The Rebels (37-21), who ousted UK in the first round, fall into the losers' bracket to play Alabama. Arkansas (36-19) was outhit 11-6.
■ Cody Glenn pitched seven scoreless innings as LSU beat Alabama 3-0. LSU (49-8) scored all its runs in the first inning. Freshman Alex Bregman, who finished 3-for-4, hit a double during the first. Alabama (33-25) managed just six hits — all singles.
Garcia apologizes; Woods not amused
Sergio Garcia apologized to Tiger Woods for saying he would serve fried chicken if they were to have dinner at the U.S. Open, an ugly addition to nearly two weeks of verbal sparring.
What had been a celebration of European golf at an awards dinner south of London shifted suddenly to a racially sensitive moment involving Woods, the No. 1 golfer in the world and the only black player on the PGA Tour. Garcia said he meant to give a funny answer to a playful question, and it turned out to be "totally stupid and out of place. I feel sick about it and I feel truly, truly sorry," he said Wednesday from the BMW PGA Championship.
The two golfers have exchanged barbs the last 11 days, dating to the third round of The Players Championship when Garcia implied that Woods purposely stirred up fans as the Spaniard was playing a shot. Woods said it was not surprising that Garcia was complaining.
Woods responded Wednesday morning with a series of tweets: "The comment that was made wasn't silly. It was wrong, hurtful and clearly inappropriate. I'm confident that there is real regret the remark was made. The Players ended nearly two weeks ago ... ."
Coach K staying with U.S. Olympic team
Mike Krzyzewski has decided to remain coach of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team. Krzyzewski will try to lead the Americans to a third straight gold medal, a person with knowledge of the decision said Wednesday. Originally expected to step down, Krzyzewski will hold a news conference to confirm his return Thursday at Duke.
The 66-year-old Hall of Fame coach has led the Americans since 2005, winning gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
■ Philadelphia Soul part owner Ron Jaworski said Wednesday he was serious about his offer to former New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow to join his American Football League team. Jaworski, a former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, reached out to Tebow in April but has yet to hear from him. "I know Tim's in a funk right now," Jaworski said. "But I think he's got to have a career path. What's he going to do to get back?" Tebow is currently a free agent.
■ Jarome Iginla and James Neal each scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins routed the Ottawa Senators 7-3 on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
■ The Vancouver Canucks have fired Coach Alain Vigneault. He led the club to six Northwest Division titles and an appearance in the 2011 Stanley Cup final. But Vancouver was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in the past two seasons, including getting swept by the San Jose Sharks this year.
■ Former baseball slugger Jose Canseco Jr. has been accused of sexual assault in Las Vegas, in an investigation that the former baseball slugger made public on a social media website claiming that a woman falsely accused him of rape. No arrest was made and police said no charges were immediately filed against the 48-year-old.
The last word
Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly made it clear Wednesday that he is not happy with his last-place team's grit while also questioning the wisdom behind the roster's construction:
"We've got to find a team with talent that will fight and compete like a club that doesn't have that talent. ... It's not, 'Let's put an All-Star team together' and the All-Star team wins. ... All grit and no talent isn't going to get you there. But all talent and no grit isn't going to get you there either."