NASCAR Valvoline reunites with Hendrick team for 2014
Lexington-based Valvoline announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement with one of the hottest teams in NASCAR on Tuesday.
Beginning in 2014, Valvoline will reunite with Hendrick Motorsports, whose Sprint Cup drivers will be Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Valvoline, a marketer, distributor and producer of automotive and industrial products and services, will be the official lubricants partner of Hendrick Motorsports, and the Valvoline brand will be featured as a major sponsor of the team's full stable of Chevrolet SS race cars through the 2017 NASCAR season.
Valvoline was a partner of the team from 1993-95, when owner Rick Hendrick won his first Cup championship with Gordon.
Transy's Kruse wins Heartland award
Alyssa Kruse, a Transylvania University junior from Tates Creek, was named women's soccer player of the week in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Kruse, a forward, scored the game-winning goal in two victories last week for Transylvania (4-2).
Kruse scored in the 72nd minute of Transylvania's 1-0 win over Centre on Wednesday. She scored the game's only goal again on Saturday at Wooster, in the 58th minute.
"(Alyssa) has worked extremely hard for us and finished an amazing shot (this weekend) to help us win the game," Coach Michael Fulton said. "She is a good finisher and is playing very well."
Kinchen wins bout in Bulgaria
Lexington boxer Samantha Kinchen opened competition Monday in the Women's Junior/Youth World Championships in Albena, Bulgaria, with a dominating 3-0 victory. Kinchen, a Henry Clay graduate and now a freshman at the University of Kentucky, won all four rounds against Ana-Roxana Patrascu of Romania, doling out a standing eight-count along the way in a youth welterweight (152-pound) bout. Kinchen advanced to the quarterfinals, where she will take on Ukraine's Tetiana Ryzhenkova on Wednesday. Kinchen is trained by Lexington's William "Sarge" Farris.
NFL Lions receiver breaks arm in accident
Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm in a single-car accident early Tuesday after he reached over to keep two pizza boxes from falling off the front passenger seat, authorities said. Coach Jim Schwartz stopped short of writing off the rest of Burleson's season, but surgery is scheduled for Wednesday. "It's not an emergency surgery," Schwartz said. "Nate'll be back at some point, and when he will, he will be a big contributor again to our team." Burleson's car hit a center median wall on a highway in suburban Detroit and he was taken to a hospital. Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said there were no indicators of alcohol on the scene or on Burleson's person after the crash at 2:25 a.m. Burleson has a team-high 19 catches.
Cowboys: Defensive end Anthony Spencer could need micro-fracture surgery on his left knee and might miss the rest of the season. Spencer, 29, is on a one-year contract with the franchise tag for the second straight season, so he will be a free agent when he's healthy again. Spencer had arthroscopic surgery July 25 and missed the pre-season and the opener against the Giants.
■ Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos rolled over the Oakland Raiders 37-21 Monday night. Denver's 127 points lead the league and are 31 more than second-place Green Bay.
Manning went 32-for-37 for 374 yards and set a few more records while outwitting the overmatched Raiders (1-2).
Manning's 12 touchdown passes are one more than Tom Brady's old record for the first three games, set in 2011. Manning still has yet to throw an interception, which matches a record held by Michael Vick, who also threw 12 touchdowns before his first pick in 2010.
College Football Former UK assistant Dietzel dies
Paul Dietzel, who led the LSU Tigers to their first football national championship and worked as an assistant coach under Bear Bryant at Kentucky from 1951-52, died early Tuesday. He was 89. Funeral arraignments were incomplete, said LSU sports spokesman Kent Lowe. He said Dietzel died after a brief illness, but did not provide any other details. Dietzel coached LSU from 1955 until 1961, leaving for Army and South Carolina. He also broadcast Southern Conference football games and helped create Samford University's athletics department before returning to LSU as athletics director from 1978 until 1982. Dietzel was the last living member of the staff that guided LSU to an undefeated season and national championship in 1958. The Tigers beat Clemson in the 1959 Sugar Bowl.
Sports in the courts
Broadcaster's son indicted in killing
The son of Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy has been indicted by a Massachusetts grand jury on a murder charge in the death of his girlfriend. Jared Remy has pleaded not guilty in the stabbing death of Jennifer Martel. The Middlesex district attorney's office said Tuesday that Remy will be arraigned Oct. 8 in Superior Court. Remy is accused of repeatedly stabbing Martel at a Waltham apartment complex on Aug. 15 and slashing at neighbors who tried to help her. He was arrested at the scene, covered in Martel's blood. The attack came a day after Remy was released from custody after being accused of assaulting Martel on Aug. 13. After his son's arrest, Jerry Remy announced he wouldn't return to the broadcast booth this season and said he was "full of grief" for Martel's family.
The last word
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, after hearing that 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick said the Seahawks "get away with a lot of things on defense":
"We got away with three picks, two fumbles, five turnovers. We got away with a 29-3 victory, it looked like."