Stewart fined, docked 25 points for cursing on TV

CHARLOTTE -- Tony Stewart was fined $25,000 and docked 25 points by NASCAR on Tuesday for cursing during his television interview after his win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Stewart, who had just scored his second victory in three years at his hometown race track, was soaking up the adoration from the throng of orange-clad fans when he dedicated the win to them.

"This one's for every one of those fans in the stands who pull for me every week and take all the (expletive) from everybody else," he said.

The curse came on ESPN's first Nextel Cup broadcast since 2000.

NASCAR, which called the language inappropriate and said Stewart's actions were detrimental to stock car racing, also docked car owner Joe Gibbs 25 points. It follows a precedent that started in 2002, when crew chief Chad Knaus was penalized for cursing on TV.

• Dale Earnhardt Inc. paired with Clemson University, giving the NASCAR racing team access to student and faculty engineering research, while students receive scholarships and internships.

An agreement was signed by DEI chief executive Teresa Earnhardt and Clemson President James Barker, making the racing group the school's first Motorsports Innovation Partner.

Teresa Earnhardt said the research and higher education partnership has unlimited potential.

• PRO FOOTBALL -- Michael Vick lost another sponsor -- Rawlings.

The sports goods company said Tuesday it was ending its relationship with the Atlanta Flacons quarterback because of dogfighting conspiracy charges.

"Rawlings recognizes that Mr. Vick has not been convicted of the charges stemming from his recent indictment," the St. Louis company said. "However, we have determined that ending our relationship with Mr. Vick at this time is necessary."

• Free agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper signed a one-year contract with Oakland, giving the Raiders a backup plan for top draft pick JaMarcus Russell.

Culpepper, 30, worked out in the afternoon before a gathering of Raiders scouts and coaches in a private workout. Oakland coach Lane Kiffin announced the signing shortly after the team completed practice.

• MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -- Police found evidence of cocaine and drug paraphernalia at former major league pitcher Rod Beck's home on the day he died.

A police report released indicated evidence in several places at Beck's house, including the bathroom and the master bedroom in which the 38-year-old Beck, a three-time All-Star who saved 286 games, was found dead at his northeast Phoenix home on June 23.

In a case on the bedroom floor, "four small canisters contained a white powdery residue of suspected cocaine. The larger canister contained a dried paste, commonly used to produce rock cocaine," the report said. They also found a white powdery substance on the roll top desk.

Police also found a loaded semiautomatic handgun in a bag containing numerous glass bowl pipes and torch lighters.


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