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Sports briefs: March 10


Edwards put on probation after intentional wreck

Sticking with its "boys, have at it" attitude, NASCAR placed Carl Edwards on probation for three races Tuesday for deliberately wrecking Brad Keselowski's car last weekend in Atlanta.

Edwards will be monitored by NASCAR through the April 10 race at Phoenix but may drive in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series.

NASCAR President Mike Helton said Edwards acted unacceptably Sunday but did not cross the line in what the sanctioning body will allow this season. NASCAR promised in January to give the drivers more leeway in policing themselves and settling scores in an effort to energize the sport.

"We made it very clear to (Edwards) that these actions were not acceptable and did go beyond what we said back in January about putting the driving back in the hands of the drivers," Helton said.

There had been a strong call from fans and analysts to suspend Edwards, who returned to the track down 153 laps from an earlier accident with Keselowski and intent on wrecking his car.


Owens to meet with Bengals

Terrell Owens is headed to Cincinnati to see whether the Bengals are interested in adding him to their stalled-out passing game.

The 36-year-old receiver tweeted on Tuesday that he was on his way to meet with team officials. Receiver Chad Ochocinco has been lobbying for the Bengals to sign Owens.

Cincinnati needs at least one proven receiver after releasing Laveranues Coles. It's unclear whether they have much interest in Owens, whose production declined each of the last two seasons with Dallas and Buffalo.

Browns release QB Anderson

Quarterback Derek Anderson's uneven five-year stint with the Cleveland Browns is over.

The team released the one-time Pro Bowl quarterback Tuesday, one day after the Browns acquired backup Seneca Wallace in a trade from Seattle.

Anderson made the Pro Bowl in 2007 when he threw 29 touchdown passes and led the club to a 10-6 record. However, his promising career has been in a tailspin ever since. He lost his starting job to Brady Quinn at the start of last season, got it back, lost it again, returned to the starting lineup when Quinn got hurt, and won Cleveland's last two games.

■ After six years backing up Peyton Manning in Indianapolis, Jim Sorgi will get a chance to do the same for Peyton's brother Eli. The Giants announced Tuesday that they have signed Sorgi to a one-year deal. Terms were not disclosed.

■ Kansas City Tuesday signed free agent running back Thomas Jones, who led the Jets to the AFC championship game last season and was the NFL's third-leading rusher.

Figure Skating

Weir to skip World Championships

Johnny Weir says he won't compete at the World Figure Skating Championships later this month, but his career isn't done.

Weir, who finished sixth at the Vancouver Olympics last month, said in a statement Tuesday he wants time to "reassess" his strategies and goals. He'll be replaced by Adam Rippon, winner of the last two junior world titles.

Weir, the U.S. champion from 2004-06, says he plans to spend the next few months training and will be "re-energized" by the break from competition.

Weir is the second U.S. man to drop out of world championships in Turin, Italy, March 22-28. Olympic champion Evan Lysacek said last month he won't defend his world title.


Dunleavy, Clippers sever ties

Mike Dunleavy is out as general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers, barely a month after relinquishing his head coaching duties. The team announced that it severed ties with Dunleavy late Tuesday afternoon in an e-mail message. Assistant general manager Neil Olshey will take over Dunleavy's job. The team said in a statement that it hasn't made sufficient progress during Dunleavy's seven years.

Magic 113, Clippers 87: Dwight Howard had 22 points and 15 rebounds, and Orlando recorded its sixth straight victory.

Bobcats 83, Heat 78: Stephen Jackson scored 17 points, and Raymond Felton added 15 points and 11 assists. Charlotte moved into a tie with Miami (32-32) as they both tangle with Chicago for the last two playoff spots.

Rockets 96, Wizards 88: Luis Scola had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Martin scored 21 points for Houston.

Pacers 107, 76ers 96: Dahntay Jones scored 25 points for Indiana, which snapped a four-game losing streak.

college football

Ex-Cat Morriss apologizes for remark

Texas A&M-Commerce Coach Guy Morriss has apologized for applauding his players after they removed campus newspapers from their racks because of a story about the program.

Morriss told campus police the actions by his players was "the best team-building exercise we have ever done." On Monday, the former Kentucky and Baylor coach apologized for a "lapse in judgment" and said the comment was made facetiously.

Police were investigating the disappearance of newspaper editions that included a front-page article about two football players being arrested on drug charges.

women's basketball

Lexington lands semi-pro team

Lexington has been awarded a franchise in the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League, a new semi-professional women's basketball league.

Lexington's team, called the Lightning, will play in the seven-team North East Division along with two clubs from Toronto, and one each from Cleveland; Detroit; Columbus, Ohio; and Flint, Mich.

The league has 58 teams in all. The season begins May 15.

For more information, contact the WBCBL office at (214) 810-7406, e-mail Lexington@wbcbl.com or visit WBCBL.com.

college sports

Wunderlich leads unbeaten Cards

Junior infielder Phil Wunderlich hit a pair of home runs and finished with five RBI to lead the Louisville baseball team to a 9-7 come-from-behind win over Indiana Tuesday at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Cardinals improved to 12-0 for the second best start in school history.

Swimming: Campbellsville sophomore Brenna Irwin from Louisville was honored as the NAIA Champions of Character award winner for women's swimming last week before the opening of the swim nationals in St. Peters, Mo.

The last word

At the end of the 10-minute interview at the Angels' training complex Tuesday, the team's new designated hitter Hideki Matsui showed a keen sense of humor when asked what the Japanese media might ask him that American reporters didn't:

"Maybe what kind of underwear I'm wearing."