Robby Gordon fined $35,000 by NASCAR

CHARLOTTE -- Robby Gordon avoided a lengthy suspension Tuesday when NASCAR fined him $35,000 and placed him on probation through the end of the year for his misconduct during the Busch Series race in Montreal.

The penalties came with the stipulation that Gordon will be suspended indefinitely if he disrupts another event this season or NASCAR deems his actions inappropriate.

Gordon protested a NASCAR ruling during the closing laps of Saturday's race, when he was ordered to surrender his second-place position and move back to 13th. He refused and was immediately disqualified.

Gordon then spun leader Marcos Ambrose, an act NASCAR ruled was intentional, and Gordon was ordered off the track immediately. He refused, completed the final two laps of the event and celebrated as if he were the winner by doing burnouts and pumping his fists in the air.

The celebration, and his lack of contrition in a post-race meeting with NASCAR, got him suspended from Sunday's Nextel Cup event at Pocono Raceway. Although Gordon believed he would be cleared to race this weekend on the road course at Watkins Glen, NASCAR officials said they still were reviewing his status.

Gordon is a strong contender to win both the Busch and Cup events at Watkins Glen.

• TRACK AND FIELD -- A longtime track coach at Clemson was being investigated by state law enforcement agents for breach of trust allegations.

State Law Enforcement Division spokeswoman Bobbi Schlatterer confirmed the agency opened an investigation into a Clemson employee May 7 at the request of the Clemson Police Department.

Clemson athletic spokesman Tim Bourret said Bob Pollock, the Tigers' 19-year coach, was the employee being investigated.

• OLYMPICS -- NBC will broadcast more than 3,600 hours of coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics on multiple television networks and the Internet.

The bulk of that will come online, the first time live streaming broadband video of the Olympics will be available in the U.S., NBC Universal Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol said.

The 3,600 hours of coverage are more than the combined total of every previous Summer Games televised in the U.S.

• LOCAL BASEBALL -- Shortstop Zach Vincej's two-run double capped a three-run second inning for the Blue Team as it defeated the Red Team 10-3 in Game 2 of the Youth National Team Trials Tuesday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

Center fielder Tyler Miller, a Fort Mill native, began the scoring when he stung an RBI single to center for the game's first run. The Blues went on to win handily, helped by Miller beginning a two-out rally in the sixth with a single.

Miller went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

The Youth National Team Trials has 36 players competing for 18 roster spots to be announced Friday. Following the announcement of the squad, Team USA will remain in Cary for four days of training before departing for Barquisimeto, Venezuela, to compete in the IBAF World Youth Championships Aug. 17-26.

• MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -- Wally Backman joined the independent South Coast League hoping to show he deserved another chance to manage in the big leagues. He didn't even make it through the season.

Backman resigned as manager of the Albany-based South Georgia Peanuts after numerous run-ins with umpires, an argument with a radio announcer and even a forfeited game when his team refused to return to the field after a brawl with rival Macon.