Harvick goes after Hamlin's car
Kevin Harvick showed he had his teammate's back by damaging Denny Hamlin's car. After Hamlin bumped Harvick on the track, the top two points leaders were involved in a heated and profane exchange in the garage during the first practice Saturday at Dover International Speedway in Delaware. The dustup came a day after Hamlin blasted Clint Bowyer, saying Harvick's RCR teammate was making excuses for why his winning car at New Hampshire failed an inspection. Harvick stuck up for Bowyer, not with words but with force.
"It's a tight bunch," Harvick said of his teammates after the Nationwide race. "It's always been that way."
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Hamlin knew he'd be a target when Harvick's crew made sarcastic comments toward him before practice, he said. Hamlin and Harvick made contact during the opening laps of practice, with Harvick damaging the right rear of Hamlin's No. 11 car. Once the drivers returned to the garage, they got face to face before being separated. Tempers quickly flared again, and they went back to yelling at each other before they were broken up for good.
■ NASCAR set the appeals hearing on Bowyer's illegal car for Wednesday. Bowyer's car failed a follow-up inspection, and he was penalized 150 points after winning last weekend's race.
Busch sets Nationwide wins record
Kyle Busch has set a single-season record for wins in the Nationwide Series, taking the checkered flag for the 11th time in only 23 races on Saturday at Dover International Speedway. Busch held the record with Sam Ard with 10 wins. Busch set his mark in 2008, and Ard won 10 in NASCAR's second-tier series in 1983. Busch is closing in on Mark Martin's career Nationwide mark of 48 wins. He is in second at 41.
Louisville freshman out with broken foot
Louisville freshman guard Russ Smith has a broken bone in his right foot and will be sidelined for eight to 12 weeks, the team announced Saturday. U of L said the injury occurred during a short practice session on Saturday, and he will have a screw inserted within the next few days. Practice begins on Oct. 15. The Cardinals open their season against NCAA runner-up Butler at home on Nov. 16. Smith played high school basketball at South Kent School in Connecticut last season and averaged 19.7 points and 3.9 assists.
Ex-Cat Cochran takes big Champions lead
Paducah native Russ Cochran shot a 5-under 67 in the SAS Championship to increase his lead to four strokes, the largest 36-hole margin in the history of the Champions Tour's event in Cary, N.C. Cochran, the 51-year-old left-hander who played at Kentucky, is coming off his first victory on the 50-and-over tour two weeks ago in South Korea. He birdied the final two holes at Prestonwood Country Club to finish at 13 under.
Poet's Voice edges Rip Van Winkle at Ascot
Poet's Voice won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in Ascot, England, Saturday to give jockey Frankie Dettori four victories on the day. The Italian rider's feat came 14 years after his "magnificent seven," when he won all seven races at Ascot. Poet's Voice, the 9-2 third betting choice, emerged from a pack of horses in the stretch and beat Rip Van Winkle by a nose. Red Jazz was third. Rip Van Winkle was trying to become only the third horse to win the Queen Elizabeth two years in a row.
No. 1 Highlands routs Eastern
Patrick Towles led Highlands with 267 yards passing and one touchdown as the Bluebirds whipped host Eastern 46-0 Saturday. Highlands, ranked No. 1 in Dave Cantrall's Rating the State, held the No. 13 Eagles to 173 total yards. University of Kentucky commitment Jon Davis rushed 37 yards on 11 carries for Eastern.
■ Bobcats center Kwame Brown will miss four to six weeks after spraining his left ankle in a pickup game. Brown was injured Thursday in a workout before the start of camp. The team is calling it a third-degree sprain, and Brown is wearing a protective boot. The injury could mean Brown won't be ready for the start of the season.
■ Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill ended his holdout Saturday when he signed his one-year contract tender as a restricted free agent. However, he must sit out the next three games because he and wide receiver Vincent Jackson were placed on the roster exempt list by General Manager A.J. Smith on Aug. 20. McNeill will be eligible to play Oct. 17 at St. Louis.
■ The Packers listed left tackle Chad Clifton and left guard Daryn Colledge as probable for Monday night's game against the Bears.
■ The Bears ruled out starting left tackle Chris Williams and backup safety Major Wright for their game Monday night against Green Bay because of hamstring injuries.
Two Eastland bowlers roll 800s
Locals continued their high-scoring pace, posting two 800 series this past week, one by an adult and one by a youth bowler. Steven Lach rolled an 814 series on Sept. 17 at Collins Bowling Centers-Eastland, and Brandon Hatton rolled an 801 in the youth program at Eastland on Sept. 18. Lach led off his series with a 299 game followed by games of 269 and 246 in the Friday Night Fun League. Hatton rolled a rare 800 for local youth bowlers with games of 279-289-233 in the senior division of the youth program. Lexington Area Bowling Association Hall of Famer Frank Fitch came close to perfection on Sept. 16 at Southland, rolling a 297 in the Aroundtown League to pace a 743 series. Fitch is no stranger to award scores having rolled several 300s and 800s with each hand. He rolled the 297 right-handed.
The last word
Wisconsin freshman running back James White rushed for 145 yards and four scores in the No. 11 Badgers' 70-3 rout of Austin Peay Saturday. But Coach Bret Bielema lost track of exactly who scored what, so he was surprised to see White next in line behind him for an interview on the team's post-game radio show:
"I didn't know he had four touchdowns. I couldn't figure out why he was on."