LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal judge on Monday dismissed an antitrust lawsuit filed against NASCAR by a Kentucky track that was left off its premier racing circuit.
Kentucky Speedway alleged that NASCAR had conspired to leave the Sparta track and others out of the Sprint Cup -- formerly known as the Nextel Cup -- series despite their superior amenities.
Judge William O. Bertelsman threw out the speedway's suit against NASCAR and the International Speedway Corp. in a ruling from U.S. District Court at Covington in northern Kentucky.
NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said the ruling "puts an end to any question about which locations and dates NASCAR can operate its races. Like other sports such as the NFL, MLB and the NBA, NASCAR can host its events where it decides is best for the sport and its fans."
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The speedway plans to appeal, its attorney said.
• Robby Gordon said Monday the cancellation of the Dakar Rally cost him approximately $4.5 million, and he disagreed with the decision not to race at least a portion of the event.
Gordon, who won stages of the race the past three years and led the event in 2005, was in Portugal and preparing for the start when organizers canceled it because of "direct" threats of terrorism from al-Qaida-linked militants.
Gordon said his team had built two cars for the event and had more than $1 million invested in each vehicle.
• HOLE IN ONE -- Clover's Joe Hurihan scored a hole-in-one Jan. 5 at York's Spring Lake Golf Club.
He aced No. 5, a par-3 130-yard hole using a 9-iron. It was witnessed by Paul Pratt Jr., Emmett Boyd and Darrell Paul.
It was Hurihan's fifth career hole-in-one.
• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- June Jones is giving up the paradise of Hawaii for the daunting task of trying to restore SMU to football respectability.
Jones, who coached Hawaii to an unbeaten regular season, resisted an emotional plea from Warriors fans as well as the governor and decided Monday to return to the mainland to guide a team that finished 1-11.
He agreed to a 5-year deal with SMU, which will pay him about $2 million a year, agent Leigh Steinberg told The Associated Press.
• Auburn quarterback Blake Field will transfer to Division II power Valdosta State for his senior season in a final bid for playing time.
Field, a career backup to Brandon Cox, asked Auburn Sunday night for a release from his scholarship to play his fifth season for the defending Division II national champions.
• PRO FOOTBALL -- Michael Vick left Virginia on Monday to enter a drug treatment program at a Kansas prison, a move that could reduce the former NFL star's 23-month sentence on a federal dogfighting conviction.
The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback is now at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons minimum security facility in Leavenworth, his attorney, Billy Martin, said.
Vick tested positive for marijuana in September while he was on supervised release following his guilty plea. The residential drug treatment programs at Bureau of Prisons institutions take place in units set apart from the general prison population, lasting at least 500 hours over six to 12 months, according to Bureau of Prisons policy.
Upon successful completion of the program, nonviolent offenders may be granted up to one year of early release. Staff members review the inmates' records and behavior to determine if they are eligible for early release.
• PRO TENNIS -- Roger Federer is sick, and he's hoping some rest will get him healthy for the Australian Open.
The top-ranked Federer pulled out of the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament because of a severe stomach virus that flared up after he traveled from his training base in Dubai at the end of last week.
• PRO BASEBALL -- Jayson Werth and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a $1.7 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.
The 27-year-old Werth hit .298 with eight home runs and 49 RBIs last season for the Phillies. He started 63 games, seeing most of his action in right field while platooning with Shane Victorino.