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Originally published Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Briefs | Post-Daytona penalties handed down

Auto racing NASCAR penalizes 10 teams after Daytona: Robby Gordon was docked 100 points and his crew chief was suspended for six races and...

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Auto racing

NASCAR penalizes 10 teams after Daytona: Robby Gordon was docked 100 points and his crew chief was suspended for six races and fined $100,000 as NASCAR penalized 10 teams in its three different national series for infractions found at Daytona International Speedway.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of seven drivers penalized for Nationwide Series infractions, and six crew chiefs were suspended. Todd Bodine, winner of the Truck Series race, and two crew chiefs were penalized.

The harshest penalty went to Gordon, who had an unapproved front bumper cover on his No. 7 Dodge during opening-day inspection for the Daytona 500. The deduction of points drops him from ninth in the standings to 40th.

Frank Kerr, the crew chief, was fined $100,000 and is not eligible to return to the track until the April 12 race in Phoenix. Kerr was also placed on probation through the end of the year.

In the Nationwide Series, Earnhardt's car was found to have an illegal spoiler. He was docked 50 points, owner Rick Hendrick was docked 50 points and crew chief Chad Walter was fined $25,000 and suspended for the next six races.

Unification of open-wheel series would provide fresh start for IRL: The possible unification of America's two open-wheel racing series was in the hands of the lawyers Wednesday, working out the details of a deal that could reenergize the struggling sport.

Rather than a merger, the proposed deal, which could be announced as soon as Friday, would see some teams from the Champ Car World Series blended into the Indy Racing League's IndyCar Series, with immediate gains in car count and races.

"It is still not done, but still moving," IRL spokesman Fred Nation said.

College athletics

Supreme court won't hear Ohio State appeal of coach's lawsuit: The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to hear Ohio State's appeal of fired coach Jim O'Brien's lawsuit against the university.

O'Brien, the men's basketball coach at Ohio State from 1998 until 2004, was fired after he told athletic director Andy Geiger that he had given a $6,000 loan to a prospective recruit.

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O'Brien sued the university for wrongfully firing him and won $2.2 million plus interest in the Ohio Court of Claims in 2006. The university appealed to the Supreme Court after an appeals court upheld the award.

Soccer

Gamba Osaka beats Beckham's Galaxy: In Honolulu, Bare scored an early goal and the short-handed Gamba Osaka defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 in the opener of the inaugural Pan-Pacific Championship exhibition tournament on Wednesday night.

The Brazilian forward momentarily broke free and scored in the third minute from 12 yards from the left side.

David Beckham played the full 90 minutes for the Galaxy, but didn't see the ball much in the first half and drifted to the right-back position late.

Osaka advances to Saturday's final to play the winner of the Houston Dynamo-Sydney FC match later Wednesday.

NHL

Flyer Gagne told to sit out rest of the season: Simon Gagne, 27, might not play again this season because of lingering symptoms from the three concussions he sustained this season.

Red Wings' Lidstrom expects to be out 3 weeks with knee injury: Detroit star Nicklas Lidstrom expects to be out for three weeks with an injured right knee. Lidstrom says his knee is sore, but feels better than he thought it would after being slammed into the boards earlier this week by Colorado's Ian Laperrier. Lidstrom says Laperrier's hit was not dirty.

Boxing

Joe Louis' sister, 92, dies in cold: The 92-year-old sister of boxing great Joe Louis died of hypothermia outside her Southfield, Mich., apartment at an assisted-living facility. Vunies High, who had Alzheimer's disease, was found Monday. An official at Swanson's Funeral Home in Detroit confirmed that High was Louis' sister.

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