Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Sports digest


Kahne, crew chief still angry at Stewart

The Enquirer and wire reports

Kasey Kahne and his crew chief were still seething Monday over a tap by Tony Stewart that took their car from contention when it crashed at Chicagoland Speedway.

Stewart bumped Kahne on a restart Sunday in the Tropicana 400, sending the rookie into the wall. Kahne's crew quickly steamed into Stewart's pit. Angry words and punches were flying, and people were wrestling on the ground.

Ray Evernham, who owns Kahne's car, said 2002 NASCAR Cup champ Stewart should be suspended.

Kahne was one of 22 drivers participating Monday in a Nextel Cup test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the Brickyard 400 will be run Aug. 8. Stewart, who won the Chicagoland race, was not testing at Indy but was very much on the minds of Kahne and crew chief Tommy Baldwin.

"Tony does some stupid things, like he did yesterday," Baldwin said. "He's done this to so many people for so long now, it doesn't bother him. I have no respect for him."

Kahne said somebody needs to set Stewart straight.

"That's the wrong place for that," he said. "It turned me right into the wall. If my car goes the other way, it would have taken Michael Waltrip and Brian Vickers. It probably would have been a 15- or 20-car wreck."

Kahne said if he did something similar, his crew chief would sit him down and that Greg Zipadelli should do the same with Stewart. Baldwin agreed with Evernham that NASCAR should do more to penalize Stewart.

Golf

USGA PUBLINX: Danny Green, 47, of Jackson, Tenn., fired the lowest stroke play score in U.S. Amateur Public Links history, a 9-under-par 63, for a one-stroke lead at the 2004 Championship at Rush Creek Golf Club at Maple Grove, Minn.

Green, the 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, who is playing in his 12th Public Links, broke by one stroke, the previous record of 64, which was shared by three players. He also tied the championship record by shooting a 6-under-par 30 in his first nine holes. In addition, Green's total of nine strokes under par tied the USGA wide mark for an 18-hole score with Chris Mundorf, who shot 63 in the second round of stroke play at the 2001 U.S. Amateur.

Pro football

BENGALS: First-year linebacker Kenny Jackson was waived. He played in 10 games for Amsterdam of NFL Europe this year, recording 20 tackles (17 solo) and one interception.

Colleges

CINCINNATI: Four seniors have been initiated into Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society: They are women's soccer players Rachel Lieberman and Kristina Wilson, women's track athlete Jennifer Limle and cheerleader Allison Lockard.

KENTUCKY FOOTBALL: Cornerback Bo Smith was released from University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington after a fight in Oldham County that involved at least four other people, police said. Smith, 21, was hit in the head with a baseball bat Saturday morning and suffered a fractured skull and a broken orbital bone.

MIAMI HURRICANES: Cornerback Antrel Rolle was charged with a felony count of battery on a police officer and two misdemeanors.

Hockey

NHL SIGNINGS: The Anaheim Mighty Ducks have agreed to terms on a 2-year contract with defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski.

The New Jersey Devils bolstered their defense by signing unrestricted free agent Richard Matvichuk.




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