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Sports briefs: June 14


Kyle Busch docked six points for failing post-race inspection

Kyle Busch lost six driver points Monday and Dave Rogers, his crew chief, was fined $25,000 because his car failed post-race inspection after Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. The No. 18 Toyota was found to be too low. Busch finished third in the race. Despite the penalty, he remains fifth in the standings, but he now trails leader Carl Edwards by 31 points.

Joe Gibbs Racing said in a statement it would not appeal the penalty. "We brought the No. 18 car back to our race shop and have identified the problem which caused us to measure low during the post-race inspection process in Pocono," the team said. "We have made NASCAR aware of our findings and we accept the penalty they have issued."

This is the first penalty for a Sprint Cup Series team since the implementation of the new points system. Under the old points system, failing to meet the required height was typically a 25-point penalty. Rogers, after he was made aware of the infraction, said he didn't know why the car had failed inspection.

"I don't have any excuses for you," Rogers said Sunday. "It's the last thing I expected."

Horse racing

Bind to miss Matt Winn with fracture

An injury suffered during a workout on Monday has taken highly regarded Bind out of consideration for Saturday's Grade III Matt Winn at Churchill Downs.

Trainer Al Stall Jr. said Bind suffered a condylar fracture in his right front leg during a 4-furlong work over Keeneland's synthetic Polytrack surface that was to have been his final major work prior to his stakes debut in the Matt Winn. Bind covered the distance in :49.60 under exercise rider Jerry O'Dwyer.

"He worked like a champ," Stall said. "He worked like his normal self. He looked like a gazelle running down the lane, but he didn't cool out properly and there it was."

Stall said the injury would require surgery and will probably sideline Bind for remainder of the year. "It's non-displaced, clean, there's no trash," Stall said. "It's a kick in the teeth right off the bat on a Monday morning, but that's just how it goes."

Meanwhile, another major contender for the Matt Winn, Dominus, is dealing with a foot issue, but remains "possible" for the 11⁄16-mile race for 3-year-olds.

Another Matt Winn contender, Alstom, worked a sharp 5 furlongs on Monday in :47.40 for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. The move over a fast track by the son of Silver Train was the fastest of 54 at the distance.

Astrology prepped for the race by working 6 furlongs at Churchill Downs. The third-place finisher in the Preakness breezed in company with 3-year-old stablemate Brock and covered the distance in 1:13.20.

Ruler On Ice's 24-1 upset in Saturday's Belmont Stakes helped trigger a $1,130,718 Pick 6 carryover into Wednesday's card at Belmont Park, representing the second biggest carryover in the history of The New York Racing Association. Wednesday's Pick 6 starts with Race 4, scheduled for 2:36 p.m.


Best TV rating for a Game 6 in 11 years

The Dallas Mavericks' clinching victory in the NBA Finals earned the highest preliminary television rating for a Game 6 in 11 years.

The Mavericks' 105-95 win over the Miami Heat on Sunday on ABC drew a 15.0 overnight rating. That's the best for a Game 6 since 2000, when the Lakers clinched a title over the Pacers. There had been five series since that went at least six games.

The rating was up 35 percent from Game 6 of the 2006 finals between the same teams, when the Heat clinched a championship. It was up 22 percent from last year's Game 6, when the Lakers routed the Celtics to force Game 7.

College baseball

Virginia rallies in 9th to beat UC Irvine

Chris Taylor hit a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, lifting host Virginia to a dramatic 3-2 victory against UC Irvine and back into the College World Series.

The Cavaliers (54-10) were down to their last out against Anteaters ace Matt Summers, making his first relief appearance of the season, when David Coleman singled to center, Jared King singled off Summers' leg and pinch-hitter Reed Gragnani drew a walk to load the bases. Taylor then took a called strike and singled up the middle, just out of the reach of second baseman Tommy Reyes.

Michael Wacha continued his brilliant post-season for Texas A&M, allowing two runs on three hits in 71⁄3 innings as the Aggies defeated host Florida State 11-2 to advance to the College World Series. In four post-season outings, Wacha (9-3) has allowed three earned runs in 281⁄3 innings.

The last word

Teammates say Bergen County (N.J.) Undersheriff Harry Shortway Jr. a 73-year-old great-grandfather, has a lethal weapon — his curveball. Shortway, a pitcher with the Hawthorne Fire Department Softball Team in Hackensack, achieved his 800th career mound victory this month, a goal that the ex-Marine was determined to accomplish. Shortway, who got his 700th career win 11 years ago, said:

"I like competition. I thought I would reach 100 more games faster than 11 years, and it took me about another 180 games until I reached 800, but these younger kids are coming up and pushing the old guy out. That's what happens. I still can hit, I can still bunt. ... I can still run. ... I can run like a deer."

Shortway throws a 40- to 50-mile-per-hour curve, slower than his colleagues, but he has adjusted his style since that 700th victory:

"I work the corners, 'cause with these young whippersnappers if you throw it down the middle, the ball is over the fence ... gone. They're starting to throw 70 miles an hour, and I'm still back in that 50-mile-per-hour range."