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Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

RACING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR has penalized Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team for failing a post-race inspection at Daytona International Speedway.

Crew chief Daniel Knost was fined $10,000 on Tuesday because the track bar on Busch’s Chevrolet exceeded the maximum separation. Busch finished third in Sunday’s rain-shortened and rescheduled race.

Busch was also docked 10 driver points; Gene Haas was docked 10 owner points.

The penalty dropped Busch from 24th to 26th in the standings. But the 2004 NASCAR champion still has a 156-point advantage on the 31st-place driver. Busch only needs to be ranked in the top 30 to be eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

INDIANAPOLIS — Jack Hawksworth has been cleared by IndyCar to race at Iowa after sitting out Sunday’s event at Pocono with a heart contusion.

The British driver was injured when he crashed in practice on Saturday. He was initially checked, cleared and released from the infield car center but went to a Pennsylvania hospital later that day because he felt ill.

Hawksworth was diagnosed with a heart contusion and held overnight for observation. He was released Sunday and had to be seen by IndyCar medical director Dr. Michael Olinger for clearance to race.

Hawksworth was cleared Tuesday to race this weekend at Iowa. The rookie has three top-10 finishes in IndyCar this season driving for BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian.

GOLF

HOYLAKE, England — Steve Stricker has withdrawn from the British Open next week at Royal Liverpool. It’s the second straight year he has decided not to play as he cuts back his schedule.

Stricker was replaced in the field by Ryo Ishikawa of Japan.

Stricker last year began reducing his schedule to spend more time with his family. He thought about playing The Open this year, though it looked unlikely when he added The Greenbrier Classic to his schedule and his wife caddied for him.

Ishikawa won in Japan last week for his first victory since November 2012. That moved him to a No. 76 world ranking and enabled him to be the first alternate.

CINCINNATI — The leader after the opening round of the 108th Ohio Amateur is Coldstream Country Club.

No fewer than 33 players shot 80 or higher and only six broke par under windy conditions over the course’s rolling 6,975 yards.

Wright State golf coach Pete Samborsky shot 2-under 69 to share the lead with Christopher Sloan and Clark Engle after the first round of the 108th Ohio Amateur on Tuesday.

Samborsky, originally from Cincinnati, birdied four of his last seven holes, while both Sloan, a native of Centerville, and Engle, an Ohio State golfer from Springfield, each had five birdies offsetting three bogeys.

Duke’s Michael Ricaurte, Kent State’s Ryan Troyer and Tim Crouch, a former Florida Southern player, were the only other players under par at 70.

The four former winners in the field all fared well.

Defending champion Andrew Dorn shot a 72 as did 1987 winner Peter Hammar, while 2-time champ Robert Gerwin and Alan Fadel each had a 73.

Ryan Reichley of Beavercreek, Tripp French of Dayton and Jack Sparling of Dublin matched par with 71s.

Play continues with 18-hole medal-play rounds concluding on Friday. There will be cuts after the second and third rounds.

 

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