Indy 500 champ Wheldon starts search for next job
A day after JR Hildebrand's crash gave Dan Wheldon an improbable second Indianapolis 500 title, Wheldon was contemplating his racing future. With no ride lined up for IndyCar's next two stops — Texas and Milwaukee — or any other venue this year, his season could be one and done.
"I'm unemployed. I'm unemployed," Wheldon said during his day-after victory tour. "I'm sure Bryan will do everything he can to keep me in a race car, but Bryan is an astute businessman, too."
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In racing parlance, that means no sponsorship money, no ride. For the moment, Wheldon has neither.
His contract with Bryan Herta Autosport expired at midnight, hours after a stunning victory gave the team a win in its second Indy start. It was Wheldon's first win since 2008, and there's no guarantee Herta or Wheldon will compete again on the IndyCar circuit this season.
Herta's game plan was to run one race, Indy, then build its way into a full-time IndyCar team in 2012, a route he might still take. But Wheldon's win has changed things a bit.
Herta said Monday that he's already fielding some inquiries from businesses interested in working with the winning team and winning driver from Sunday's centennial anniversary race.
Track and field
Bolt focuses on defending his titles
Usain Bolt is scheduled to run the 100-meter race at the 50th edition of the Golden Spike meet Tuesday in Ostrava, Czech Republic, as he prepares for the Aug. 27-Sept. 4 world championships in Daegu, South Korea.
"It's very important to me — these two coming years are going to make me a legend," the three-time Olympic champion said Monday. "I'll be working hard. I'll be trying to get back into form the rest of the season. I'm really focused and I'm ready to work hard."
At the Golden Spike, Bolt will face fellow Jamaican Steve Mullings, who holds this year's best time of 9.89. "Steve Mullings has been improving over the years," Bolt said. "He's a very talented athlete and I'm really looking to it. It should be a great race."
Former UK player Drake injured in crash
A former University of Kentucky football player was hospitalized in serious condition after a car struck his motorcycle.
T.C. Drake, a tight end for the Wildcats from 2006 through 2009, remained in University of Louisville hospital on Monday.
An accident report said Drake, a Bardstown native, was thrown from the motorcycle at about 9 p.m. Sunday when a car made a left turn in front of him on U.S. 62 in Nelson County, WLKY-TV in Louisville reported. Police said Drake was not wearing a helmet.
Police said 35-year-old Jennifer Reed has been charged with first-degree assault, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Drake, a walk-on at Kentucky, had 20 catches for 281 yards in his career with the Wildcats.
■ South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier said quarterback Stephen Garcia will be allowed to return to the team on a probationary basis and can take part in summer workouts. Garcia had been suspended from the team since April 6 after an incident at a life skills seminar for South Carolina athletes. It was the fifth suspension of Garcia's career at South Carolina.
Louisville gets commitment from Ware
Kevin Ware, who is ranked 56th in the nation by Rivals.com, committed to play at Louisville on Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Consitution reported. Ware was also considering Georgia.
"It has been a long journey, with a few twists and turns, and now it's all done," Ware's stepfather, Wesley Junior, told the newspaper.
"Kevin is excited about the opportunity to learn the game of basketball from Coach (Rick) Pitino, who has been successful on every level. Kevin couldn't pass on that opportunity. Kevin's excited, we're excited and Coach Pitino is excited."
The 6-foot-4 guard from Georgia's Rockdale County High School committed to Tennessee as a sophomore and signed with the Volunteers last November. He was granted a release after the Tennessee fired Bruce Pearl, igniting a recruiting whirlwind.
High school basketball
Greenwell named to national squad
Owensboro Catholic's Becca Greenwell was named to USA Basketball Women's U16 national team after four days of tryouts. Marion County's Makayla Epps also tried out for the team but was not chosen. The U16 national team will represent the U.S. in the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship June 13-18 in Mérida, Mexico.
The last word
Dale Earnhardt Jr., who ran out of gas less than a lap before the end of Sunday's night's Sprint Cup race:
"The spotter was like, 'Man, they're coming! They're coming!' I was like, 'I'm cruising. What am I supposed to do, get out and pedal this thing with my feet?' "