NASCAR will use track-specific rules packages at three more race tracks as the sanctioning body continues to try to improve the racing. A unique rules package already had been announced for Saturday night's race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.
NASCAR executive Steve O'Donnell said Tuesday a similar low downforce package will be used at Darlington in September. Teams will use a higher drag rules package at Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this month and Michigan International Speedway in August.
The Kentucky package is expected to cut about 1,000 pounds of downforce from the cars. Drivers have cautioned not to expect too much from Kentucky because Goodyear can't provide a soft enough tire to match the lower downforce package.
But Goodyear was able to determine a tire for the Darlington package during a one-day test last week with Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth and Brad Keselowski.
"The ideal package for us is matching the tire with lower downforce, and when we looked at the schedule, the most ideal venue for that was Darlington, so we feel like we have the lead time for Goodyear to come in and build that specific tire, so that's why we moved forward on the Darlington package," O'Donnell said.
For Indy and Michigan, the aero package will feature a 9-inch spoiler and 1-inch wicker bill; a rear fascia extension panel similar to what is currently used for superspeedway events; a 2-inch leading edge on the splitter; and a 43-inch splitter extension panel. That high drag package could cut speeds by nearly 10 mph.
"You'll see some significant mile-per-hour differences," O'Donnell said. "I think we we're looking at over 200 (mph) before, and kind of the 191 range that we'd be looking at now."
■ Daytona 500 winner Buddy Baker said he has a "huge tumor" in his lung that is requiring him to immediately step down as co-host of his SiriusXM NASCAR show.
The 74-year-old Baker won 19 races in the Sprint Cup Series, including the 1980 Daytona 500. He made his series debut in 1959 and retired in 1992.
Baker's wins also include the 1970 Southern 500, and the Coca-Cola 600 in 1968, 1972, and 1973. He was named one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers in 1998.
Baker announced his departure from his radio show on Tuesday night. He said doctors did not give him a good prognosis.
Baker is the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Buck Baker, and at 6-foot-6, he earned the nickname the "Gentle Giant" during his racing days.
College footballUK's Forrest on watch list for Bednarik award
Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Forrest was one of 80 players named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, which honors the nation's top defensive player.
The Paducah native led UK in tackles last year, with eight for a loss, one sack, two interceptions, two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. Last season was a breakout year for Forrest, who went into the year with 29 career tackles. He had five double-figure tackling games, including a career-best 20 versus Tennessee.
The award will be given out on Dec. 10 during The Home Depot College Football Awards, which will be aired live on ESPN.
■ Mississippi's athletics department said it has started an internal investigation into potential NCAA rules violations involving starting left tackle Laremy Tunsil.
The Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger reported on Friday that Tunsil's stepfather, Lindsey Miller, met with two NCAA officials last week. The university's investigation comes less than two weeks after Tunsil and Miller pressed misdemeanor charges against each other following a fight in Oxford.
Tunsil, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior, has been the Rebels' starting left tackle the past two seasons. He is also considered one of the top prospects for next year's NFL Draft.
Horse racingMedal Count to stand at Spendthrift Farm
Graded stakes winner Medal Count was retired and will stand stud in 2016 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm. The 4-year-old son of Dynaformer had three wins in 14 career starts and $480,671 in earnings. The bay colt had struggled in recent starts, finishing last of five in his seasonal debut at Churchill Downs on June 20 and seventh in the Grade II Firecracker Stakes on the turf June 27 for trainer Al Stall Jr., who took over his conditioning this year from Dale Romans.
Medal Count showed promise during his 3-year-old season when he won the 2014 Grade III Transyvlania Stakes at Keeneland, and then wheeled back eight days later to run second in the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. After finishing eighth in the 2014 Kentucky Derby, Medal Count rebounded to run third in the Belmont Stakes.
U.S. women celebrate with fans in L.A.
Carli Lloyd looked out over the cheering mob of U.S. women's national team fans and raised an arm in triumph.
"It feels great to wake up as a world champion, and that feeling won't ever get old," Lloyd said.
The home celebrations got underway for the World Cup winners on Tuesday. The Americans were welcomed to downtown Los Angeles by an estimated crowd of 10,000 cheering fans at a rally in the first stop on a victory tour.
Lloyd's hat trick in the final propelled the U.S. women to their record third World Cup title, routing Japan 5-2 on Sunday in Vancouver. The Americans hadn't won soccer's biggest prize since 1999, but Lloyd believes this team has done something comparably groundbreaking.
"I know in '99 it was a huge turning point for women's soccer, (but) I think we have just crushed history right now," said Lloyd, who scored six goals in the tournament. "With the amount of coverage, with social media, with everything else that's been going on, I think there was no greater time to win a World Cup than now. ... It's an unbelievable moment. It's something that's going to last for years."
■ New York City will hold a ticker-tape parade Friday for the U.S. women's national soccer team, breaking with decades of recent precedent to bestow a rare honor upon a group that competes outside the metropolitan area. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that the players would be saluted along the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan at 11 a.m. Friday.
Because of the sizable expense — the administration estimated a cost of $1.5 million to the city, excluding $450,000 from private sponsors — and traffic issues, the city has for years shunned ticker-tape parades for athletes who do not call New York home. The city last honored a group of national athletes in 1984, when Olympic medal winners were feted after the Los Angeles games.
■ Midfielder Lauren Holiday said she plans to retire from the U.S. national team following its World Cup victory. The Indianapolis native and UCLA product has scored 24 goals in 130 games with the U.S. team since making her debut in January 2007. She has won two Olympic gold medals. Holiday scored the Americans' third goal in their victory over Japan in Sunday's finals.
The last word
Lee Trevino, who has 29 PGA Tour wins and six major victories to his credit:
"This golf game is not that complicated. People make it complicated."