Originally created 03/27/04


Auto Racing

Biffle captures pole with record time

In Bristol, Tenn., Greg Biffle set a Busch Series track record Friday in qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Biffle turned a lap of 127.132 mph on the .533-mile concrete oval to take the pole for today's Sharpie Professional 250. Driving a Ford, Biffle eclipsed the record of 126.945, set last March by David Green.

Martin Truex Jr., driving a Chevrolet, was second and also surpassed the previous record with a lap of 126.679.

  • Cars driven by Jamie McMurray and Larry Foyt were confiscated by NASCAR after an inspection for this weekend's race.
  • The cars will be held indefinitely and taken to NASCAR's research and development facility in Concord, N.C., for study, NASCAR spokesman Mike Zizzo said.

    The rear window of McMurray's No. 42 Dodge failed to meet the corner-to-corner measurements, while the roof on Foyt's No. 14 Dodge did not meet specifications, Zizzo said.


    Hurricanes' Clark fired after struggles

    Perry Clark was fired from the University of Miami's following a season that produced a second straight losing record and the school's longest losing streak in a decade.

    Clark was 65-54 in four seasons with the Hurricanes, who will have to pay $2.5 million for the three years that remained on his contract. The school took more than two weeks to decide Clark's fate, saying they wanted to consider the financial ramifications involved.

  • Oklahoma assistant Jimmy Tubbs was hired at Southern Methodist, returning to the school where he spent 12 seasons as a member of the staff.
  • He succeeds Mike Dement, who was fired Feb. 27, with three games left and another year remaining on his contract. SMU was 10-15 but had lost 12 of 16 games.

  • Sandersville native Takeo Spikes will host his annual All-Star Celebrity Basketball game this afternoon. The event will take place at Washington County High School, beginning at 3 p.m. for a game against Macon radio station Foxie 107 FM.
  • Celebrities scheduled to appear along with the Buffalo Bills All-Pro linebacker are Augusta's Deon Grant, All-Pro tackle Willie Anderson of the Bengals, offensive tackle Wayne Gandy of the New Orleans Saints, linebacker Carlos Emmons of the New York Giants and multi-platinum recording group 112. Doors open at 2 p.m.

    Ticket are $12 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Takeo Spikes Foundation.

    College Football

    Female kicker gets additional season

    The NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to kicker Katie Hnida, who transferred from Colorado to New Mexico and later said she was raped by a former Buffaloes teammate.

    Hnida was on Colorado's roster in 1999 as a walk-on but never got into a game. She transferred to New Mexico in 2002 and last year became the first woman to score in a Division I-A football game when she kicked two extra points in a 72-8 win over Texas State-San Marcos.


    Redskins give LB OK to seek a trade

    The Washington Redskins have given linebacker Jeremiah Trotter permission to seek a trade.

    Trotter, who was absent from the first day of minicamp Friday, was already a prime candidate to be cut after June 1 to save money under the salary cap.

    Track and Field

    U.S. sprinter sees lawsuit dismissed

    A lawsuit by sprinter Jerome Young against the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Track & Field has been dismissed.

    USATF was dismissed from the case March 17 and the USOC on March 22, court records show.

    Young tested positive for a steroid in 1999 but was cleared on appeal and allowed to compete at the 2000 Olympics, where he won a gold medal on the U.S. 1,600-meter relay team.

    He sued the two organizations in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis last month. Court records were sealed so no details about the suit were available


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