Waltrip in talks to add third team for Bowyer
Michael Waltrip said Friday he's had discussions with both Clint Bowyer and a potential sponsor for the driver.
Bowyer is in the final year of his contract with Richard Childress Racing, and talks on an extension deteriorated over the past month. It's opened the door for Michael Waltrip Racing to make a play for Bowyer, who has the qualities Waltrip and co-owner Rob Kauffman are seeking for their organization.
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"We have had very productive conversations with Clint and a quality sponsor," said Waltrip, an Owensboro native. "However, we don't have anything finalized. ... Pursuing Chase-proven personnel, including drivers, has been a priority. As soon as we have more information to share, we will."
Bowyer has four career Sprint Cup victories and has made three appearances in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He's not eligible for the Chase this season, his sixth with RCR.
"We're working, we're talking to Michael Waltrip Racing, but we don't have anything done yet," Bowyer said. "We're just talking ... it's something I would be excited about."
He likely would be added as a new third team since he's said to have at least partial sponsorship already secured with 5-Hour Energy. MWR fields cars for Martin Truex Jr. and David Reutimann.
Childress: Menard caution not intentional
Richard Childress denied his team ordered Paul Menard to cause an intentional caution at Richmond, but NASCAR said officials are investigating anyway. Menard spun with 16 laps remaining and Jeff Gordon leading Saturday night's race. The drivers pitted under caution, RCR driver Kevin Harvick was first off pit road and he held off Gordon to win his fourth race of the season.
Gordon has called the timing of the caution "a little fishy."
Childress said it's much ado about nothing.
"There were no team orders despite all the speculation in the media," the team owner said in a statement. "I know Paul Menard well enough that he wouldn't have spun out on purpose even if he had been asked."
■ With a two-tire call on a late-race pit stop, Austin Dillon stole a victory from Harvick in Friday night's Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. Harvick had led 99 of 129 laps before the final stop.
Pats' Pryor makes most of opportunity
The New England Patriots added several big-name free agents to their defensive line over the off-season, but third-year pro and former Kentucky standout Myron Pryor made a case for more playing time in the team's opening win Monday against the Dolphins.
Pryor had a team-high three quarterback hits, a half sack, and two tackles while playing about 40 percent of the team's snaps, ESPN reported. Pryor told ESPN that his experience with the team has helped. "I think just being in the system for a little while, kind of helps slow everything down, it helps you understand much more," he said. "And just being in better shape this year, knowing the system, it's all second nature for me now. Everything moves so much smoother."
Pryor started the team's first game last season, was later shifted to a reserve role and then missed the last seven games with an injury. "Every day I just pray and just keep doing what I gotta do — the extra little things to keep my body right, aligned, and adjusted, so that nothing falls out of place on me," Pryor told ESPN. "All I can do is keep my head up, keep going strong, and don't worry about the injuries."
■ Green Bay Packers rookie wide receiver Randall Cobb was named NFL Rookie of the Week. The former University of Kentucky star, who scored two touchdowns in his debut, won a vote by fans on NFL.com. Other nominees were the Panthers' Cam Newton, the Cardinals' Patrick Peterson, the Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan and the Seahawks' Doug Baldwin.
■ Houston Coach Gary Kubiak expects star running back Arian Foster to play on Sunday against Miami. Foster returned to practice this week after missing the opener because of a left hamstring injury.
■ Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks (bruised left knee) practiced on a limited basis Friday. He said he expects to play Monday.
■ Bills receiver Steve Johnson, who starred at UK, returned to practice Friday, and is expected to play Sunday against the Raiders.
Wilson, Rose tied atop leader board
Mark Wilson and Justin Rose are tied for the lead going into the weekend at the BMW Championship in Lemont, Ill. Wilson, who considers Cog Hill a home course after he moved to Chicago, had four straight birdies around the turn and wound up with a 5-under 66. Rose had a wild finish, making an eagle on the 15th hole to reclaim a share of the lead and finishing with a 68. They were at 11-under 131 and had a two-shot lead over Webb Simpson, the leader in the FedEx Cup who has won two of his past three tournaments.
■ David Peoples shot a 6-under 66 and is tied atop an American-dominated leader board with Michael Allen and Mark Calcavecchia after the first round of the Songdo IBD Championship in Incheon, South Korea. Defending champion Russ Cochran, a Paducah native, is tied for 11th after opening with a 3-under 69.
■ Lexi Thompson shot a 4-under 68 to take the lead in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala. The 16-year-old is at 10-under 134, two shots ahead of Stacy Lewis and Becky Morgan.
Track and field
Bolt runs season's fastest 100 meters
Usain Bolt ran the season's fastest time of 9.76 seconds in the 100 meters at the Van Damme Memorial on Friday in Brussels and was still upstaged by Jamaican training partner Yohan Blake, who powered his way to the second fastest 200 in history. Blake took Bolt's advice and ran a contained curve before blasting for the line in 19.26 seconds, just 0.07 seconds off Bolt's world record. "I think all the tutoring just stopped," Bolt said, knowing he had probably discovered his toughest challenger at the London Olympics.
Louisville native Reese Hoffa edged fellow American Christian Cantwell in the shot put, 72-5¾-72-5.
Lodge scores in OT for men's soccer
Kentucky men's soccer junior Matt Lodge sent a shot over charging High Point keeper Michael Chesler just under two minutes into overtime, giving the Wildcats a 2-1 victory Friday night in the Gamecock Classic in Columbia, S.C. Tyler Riggs scored 57 seconds into the game to give Kentucky (5-2-1) an early lead.
■ Kentucky's volleyball team (10-2) opened Southeastern Conference play with its eighth straight victory, 25-19, 25-12, 25-22 against visiting Auburn. Junior Ashley Frazier led the Wildcats with 10 kills and three blocks.
Anderson not eligible to play at Kansas
Highly touted prospect Braeden Anderson will not attend Kansas this academic year after the NCAA declared the power forward to be a partial qualifier. Coach Bill Self said the 6-foot-8 Anderson was "crushed." Self said part of the problem may stem from the time Anderson attended high school in Canada before he went to Wilbraham and Monson, a prep school in Massachusetts.
The last word
New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle after his team's 28-14 loss to the Washington Redskins last Sunday:
"We as a team and as an organization, we know that the Washington Redskins aren't better than us. We know that hands down. If we played them 100 times, they might win five."