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HAMPTON, Ga. - Robby Gordon will get to start today's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a primary sponsor on his No. 7 Chevrolet after all. Gordon, an owner/driver in the series, showed up at the track Thursday with the logo of his Busch Series sponsor, Motorola, on his Cup car. NASCAR immediately told Gordon that, because of the non-compete clause in its contract with telecommunications giant Sprint Nextel, which sponsors the series, he could not make the change. But NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said a compromise was reached Saturday using "a reasonable paint scheme solution."

Michigan fires Amaker

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan coach Tommy Amaker was fired Saturday, two days after his sixth season with the Wolverines ended with an 87-66 loss at Florida State in the NIT. Michigan went 22-13 this season. Amaker's record at Michigan was 109-83, with three 20-win seasons, but his teams went only 43-53 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines never made the NCAA tournament under Amaker.

Bucs sign Cato June

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TAMPA, Fla. - Free-agent linebacker Cato June signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The fifth-year pro spent his first four seasons with Indianapolis. He started 45 of 56 games he appeared in with the Colts and has 10 career interceptions. He made a team-high 162 tackles in 2006.

Tickets stolen for NCAA second-round games

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Police and arena security officers are investigating the theft early Saturday of 550 tickets for the NCAA second-round games at Nationwide Arena. Tennessee plays Virginia today at 12:10 p.m., with Virginia Tech meeting Southern Illinois in the second game, 30 minutes following the opener. All of the tickets were invalidated by the NCAA and will not be accepted at the doors. Fans will receive replacement tickets.

Blue Jays pitcher Chacin charged with DUI

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TAMPA, Fla. - Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Gustavo Chacin was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Chacin was stopped by Tampa police early Friday morning, according to the charge report of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The 26-year- old Chacin was booked for a misdemeanor and released on $500 bond. Police reports showed Chacin registered a blood-alcohol content of .150 and .152 in two consecutive readings. The state limit is .08.

Anderson, Sampey set records in Gatornationals

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Greg Anderson and Angelle Sampey used record performances to top qualifying Saturday in the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. Larry Dixon and Robert Hight also earned No. 1 qualifying positions at the third of 23 events in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Anderson had the first Pro Stock run in excess of 210 mph when he blasted to 211.20 mph in his Pontiac GTO, while Sampey equaled the quickest Pro Stock Motorcycle run with her 6.911-second run on a Suzuki.

Boyce Cox dies

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BRISTOL, Va. - Boyce Cox, the long-time general manager of the Appalachian League's Bristol affiliate, passed away Saturday. Cox was GM of the Bristol club for more than 20 years, first when affiliated with the Chicago White Sox, then with the Detroit Tigers. The field at Devault Stadium is named after him.

Hantuchova wins second Indian Wells title

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Daniela Hantuchova won her second Pacific Life Open championship in five years Saturday - and just her second tour title ever. Hantuchova, the 2002 champion at Indian Wells, defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4 in the final this time to end her long winless streak. In the men's semifinals, Rafael Nadal beat Andy Roddick 6-4, 6-3 and Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 6-2, 6-3.

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