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College Basketball

Lions’ transfer wins SIAC award

Paine College guard James Devlin has been selected as Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Week.

Devlin, a transfer from Hillsborough Community College, scored 11 points and had five assists in Paine’s 78-56 win over conference-foe Lane College last week.

He also had three steals in the victory over Lane.

Auto Racing

Stewart hires new crew chief

Tony Stewart made a decision to fire crew chief Darian Grubb, and winning the NASCAR championship didn’t change his mind.

Grubb was officially replaced Monday, eight days after guiding Stewart to the Sprint Cup title.

Steve Addington, who quit as Kurt Busch’s crew chief last week, takes over immediately – and begins work as Stewart and Grubb head to Las Vegas to begin the championship celebration.

“I know Steve well and I know how he goes about setting up a race car,” said Stewart, who worked with Addington from 2005 through 2008 during his time at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Grubb was told midway through the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship that he was going to be let go at the end of the season. Stewart had gone winless through the first 26 races of the season, but opened the Chase with back-to-back wins to become a sudden title contender.

• Williams co-founder Patrick Head says he is ending his involvement in Formula One.

The 65-year-old Head set up the team with Frank Williams in 1977. Williams went on to win nine constructors’ championships and seven drivers’ titles.

This season, however, the English team scored only five points. Head says he’s leaving as director of engineering “to have a change of focus.” He will instead work on the company’s hybrid business.

Skiing

Vonn’s husband files for divorce

After four years of marriage, Lindsey Vonn is splitting with Thomas Vonn, who also serves as her chief adviser and assists as a coach.

Thomas Vonn said in an e-mail to The Associated Press he filed for divorce last Monday.

The Olympic gold medalist skier confirmed the couple has started divorce proceedings.

“This is an extremely difficult time in my personal life and I hope the media and my fans can respect my need for privacy on this matter,” Lindsey Vonn said in a statement to AP.

Soccer

Manager’s death surprises friends

Gary Speed was smiling and relaxed, talking on national television about the day’s upcoming soccer matches. A few hours later, the Wales manager and former English Premier League star was found dead at his home at 42, an apparent suicide.

“Twenty minutes before we went on air on Saturday, he was the normal Gary Speed to me,” said Gary McAllister, a former teammate who also appeared on the BBC program Football Focus. “He was very excited about the prospects of the Welsh national team and was upbeat.

“There were no signs, nothing to suggest he was troubled. He looked well and things are going well for him at the moment. I could never have thought that 10-12 hours after I saw him I’d be getting that news. It’s a nightmare.”

While officials scheduled an inquest into Speed’s death Tuesday, police said there were no suspicious circumstances.

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