CONCORD, N.C. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not be taking his familiar No. 8 with him to Hendrick Motorsports next season.
Earnhardt is leaving Dale Earnhardt Inc. at the end of the season and had hoped to take No. 8 with him to his new team. His late grandfather, Ralph, used that number and Earnhardt picked it when he entered the Cup Series in 1999.
Although teams do not own numbers -- they are leased through NASCAR -- DEI had the first right of refusal on the No. 8, and Hendrick officials said Wednesday they were unable to reach an agreement that would have made DEI pass on choosing the number for 2008.
Hendrick officials didn't reveal what number Earnhardt will use when he starts his five-year deal with the team next season. His sponsor has also not been announced, but Hendrick officials said Budweiser will not be on his car.
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One night after he surpassed John McGraw, the Atlanta Braves manager was tossed for arguing a balk call against Tim Hudson.
It was the 133rd ejection of Cox's career. He picked up his 132nd in the opener of a series against San Francisco, eclipsing the mark initially set by the Hall of Famer known as "Little Napoleon," who spent his long managing career with the New York Giants in the early part of the 20th century.
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The hard-throwing left-hander was on the eighth hole when he received a call informing him an $11.25 million, six-year contract was in place hours before the midnight deadline for teams to lock up their draft selections.
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Nadal, his right knee wrapped and his left wrist aching, retired in the second set of his match with Juan Monaco of Argentina.
Fourth-seeded Djokovic, who beat Andy Roddick, Nadal and Roger Federer en route to winning the Rogers Cup in Montreal -- the first time anyone beat the world's top three in the same tournament since Boris Becker did it in 1994 at Stockholm -- fell to Carlos Moya 6-4, 6-1.
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